Top 10 Bali Off The Beaten Track

Nobody likes to be in crowded and busy places, especially during travels. Many of us independent travelers would seek out for places that are less touristy and less packed with people. Bali is no exception, where many travelers came in hope to find places where they can escape the crowd. Most tourists end up being disappointed due to the overcrowding of tourists. But fret not, there is still some charm to Bali that is still quite undiscovered. Let us bring you to Bali’s off the beaten tracks, in secret and unique places, and you will find the magic that made Bali famous in the first place.

Kintamani

Kintamani is located in the centre of Bali and not particularly that well known yet in the tourist circles. It has amazing views, including that of the famous Mount Batur. It is filled with villages, old temples, and rice fields, where you can just take a walk and get a sense of life among the locals there. There is also a Bali Elephant Safari Park, where you can get an up close feel with elephants, including feeding, touching and riding them through the jungle. You can also savour the Asian Palm Civets coffee here, which is one of the most expensive coffee in the world.

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Mount Batur view at Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia

Mount Batur view at Kintamani, Bali

Singaraja

Singaraja is the place to go in Bali if you are interested in learning more about the history and backgrounds of Bali. There’s the Lontar Museum in Singaraja that displays a range of information regarding the Balinese culture. It was established in 1928 and has a library that contains over 3000 manuscripts on lontar leaves, which include poetry and government content. If you are interested to know more on the royals that lived in Bali, then you can get an idea by visiting the living quarters of the late king Anak Agung Putu Djelantik.

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Munduk Village

Waterfalls at Munduk, Bali, Indonesia

Waterfalls at Munduk, Bali


Munduk is an area where you can go on treks in the villages, taking dips in waterfalls and traversing rice fields. It is known for the eco-tourism project that was planned to enhance the beauty and nature of this place. This includes the Puri Lumbung Cottages, which is one of the main resorts in this area. Staying here will guarantee tourists a view of the spectacular sunsets and local sceneries, including rice fields and the nearest coastline. This place is also famous for its amazing canyoning experiences.

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Lombok

Lombok, although not exactly in Bali, though recently known as “the other” Bali, is a place that is different from the other popular tourist places in Bali. Lombok is filled with activities that will keep tourists on their toes in a good and healthy way. It is also popular for surfing and is also known as a cool surfing village. There are also secluded coves and villages that picture a different image than the one tourists are used to in Bali. Come here soon to discover the magic before it gets onto the tourist trails and no longer be one of the off the beaten path.

-> Check out our Lombok Travel Guide to read more about this alternative to Bali.
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Pura Taman Ayun Temple at Mengwi, Bali, Indonesia

Pura Taman Ayun Temple at Mengwi, Bali

Mengwi

Mengwi is located near the popular tourists’ area, Ubud. It is surrounded by rice paddies and peaceful ambiences. Mengwi is considered a great spot for families with children and couples as well. It features nice and decent places of accommodations for visitors. Places to visit and explore include temples, a mountain, coffee plantation, waterfall, lakes, vegetables and fruits gardens, and much more. One of the Top 10 Temples to Visit in Bali, Pura Taman Ayun, is located here. There are also lots of activities for families, including massages and horseback riding. Other than Ubud, Mengwi is also located near Munduk; so tourists can always take a short trip to these areas.

Tabanan

Tabanan is an adventurous place in Bali, as getting there itself is quite a voyage to take through the unpaved roads. The place has the most beautiful scenery of green rice paddies. It is the ultimate place to go if you are looking for some peace and quietness in life. It is a great place for families with kids and it offers comforting accommodations. One such popular place is the Bali Eco Stay. Some places to stay are located close to the animals and the fields. Tabanan is a great place for natural resources, which include rivers and waterfalls.

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Rice fields at Tabanan village, Bali, Indonesia

Rice fields at Tabanan village, Bali

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is a tiny island in the east of Bali with crystal blue water and white sandy beaches. It is a nice and peaceful area that is also home to NusaBay Lembongan (Waka Nusa), a resort that provides traditional huts as rooms to tourists. Nusa Lembongan features a better beach than those found in the popular areas in Bali, largely due to the lack of . The water at the beach is a nice temperature and diving activities are provided on the island as well.

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Karangasem

Karangasem is a place that offers something different from the cosmopolitan places of Bali. This countryside area in Bali features only natural beauty at its best. It is filled with amazing green views, cool breezes as well as great volcanic sights. An interesting activity that can be found at Bali Asli, which is a cooking school that offers experiences like no other cooking schools including the chance to live a day as a fisherman or as a local Balinese person.

Cooking class at Bali, Indonesia

Cooking class at Bali

Gili Islands

Gili Islands is a must visit place to those for those who are truly seeking out the unknown and for some adventure. Technically not on Bali island, this trio of islands are easily accessed from Bali by boat. These idyllic islands offer what popular and packed places in Bali do not have – serenity and untainted nature. This includes no vehicles like cars and motorcycles. The Gili Islands is famous for its coral reefs, turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Accommodations choices are many in this place, including the choice of staying at the Karma Reef Resort that brings in a bit of luxury onto this island.

-> Read more at Gili Islands Travel Guide to get information on these relatively unknown islands.

Beach and sea at Amed, Bali, Indonesia

Beach and sea at Amed, Bali

Amed

Amed is not that popular in Bali among tourists, but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an abundance of activities that can be enjoyed. There’s the Mimpi Dive Resort for those, who want to try out this activity. Others include the Amed Dive Center and the Adventure Divers Bali. For snorkelling activities, there’s the Jemeluk bay that offers excellent activities. There’s also a place called Tulamben that visitors claim to be a secret delight. Nearby Amed, there’s the Blue Lagoon Beach and also, the Padang Bai beach.

-> Check out our Amed Travel Guide to know more about this amazing secret place in Bali.

Our Top 10 off the beaten track in Bali will take you to unusual places that will make you feel the soul and heart of Bali. There are so many activities that can be done and so many places yet to discover when you decide to visit Bali this way.

Photo credits from top: William Cho, Philip Kendall, m4sh.3d, baliwebs.com, Isabel Sommerfeld and Aleksandr Zykov

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UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia

Indonesia has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, for both cultural and natural, ranging from temples and early settlements to National Parks and rainforests.

Some of the Indonesia’s world heritage sites are under threat of losing its characteristics and properties inscribed by UNESCO.

Map of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia Map

Map of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia

Borobudur Temple Compounds

Borobudur Temple, Java Indonesia

Borobudur Temple, Java

This 9th century temple is one of the largest Buddhist temple in the world and is unique in structure and carvings in compared to other Buddhist temples in Asia. Thousands of Buddhists does their pilgrimage here in Borobudur during Waisak day. One of the most popular place to stay in Borobudur is the Manohara Hotel *, that connects directly to the temple gorund and offers a good sunrise trip as well.

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Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park, a volcanic island, is inhabited by around 5700 Komodo Dragons (giant lizards) which exist nowhere else in the world! It is a famous site for scientists to study the theory of evolution.

Besides this important attraction, the islands also have white sandy beaches, various wildlife and rich in marine life and reef corals in clear blue sea.

Komodo Dragon walking at the beach

Komodo Dragon walking at the beach. Photo by Adhi Rachdia

Prambanan Temple Compounds

Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta, Java

Candi Prambanan is a well known ancient Hindu Temple that stood majestically nearby Yogyakarta in Java. You will sure to find yourself standing in awe as you were greeted by the looming Prambanan temple that looks somewhat foreboding yet mesmerizing. It is one of the largest Hindu temple architecture in Southeast Asia.

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Ujung Kulon National Park

This national park is located at the extreme south-western tip of Java. It is part of the Sunda, including Ujung Kulon and its islands and the natural reserve of Krakatoa. This location exudes natural beauty and its inland volcanoes are the fascination to many experts. One can find species of endangered plants and animals here, for example the Javan rhinoceroes.

Trees at Ujung Kulon National Park, Java, Indonesia

Trees at Ujung Kulon National Park, Java. Photo by ovancantfort

Sangiran Early Man Site

This is the excavation site of the first hominid fossil discovery and also other 50 fossils of Homo Erectus, which are half of the world’s known. Sangiran has been inhabited for more than one and a half million years and the site is the key to understanding human evolution. The site is located in the Central Java, 15 kilometers north of Surakata in the Solo River Valley.

Replica fossil from Sangiran, Java, Indonesia

Replica fossil from Sangiran, Java. Photo by Gerbil, via Wikimedia Commons

Lorentz National Park

Lorentz National Park is a protected area but open to travelers to visit.

It has the tallest island peak in the world which is the Mount Carstensz Pyramid (Gunung Puncak Jaya), at 4884 metres tall on the Jayawijaya range, and it is surrounded by beautiful glaciers.

Lorentz National Park is the home to more than 630 species of birds and 123 species of mammals. 70% of bird species in Papua can be found in this park!

Also, it has many indigenous tribes still living here that go back to thousand of years in existence.

Birds of Paradise in Lorentz National Park, Papua, Indonesia

Birds of Paradise in Lorentz National Park, Papua. Photo by Luc Viator

Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

Comprise of three national parks – Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Sebat National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

Bukit Lawang in Gunung Leuser National Park is famous for its Sumatran Orangutan and many go for Orangutan trekking in chance to view the Orangutan in natural habitat or visit the Orangutan Viewing Platform during feeding.

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Mother and Baby Orangutan @ Bukit Lawang

Mother and Baby Orangutan. Photo by Arian Zweger

Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy

The cultural landscape of Bali consists of the five terraces and the water temples. The temples are a wonder itself with a complete water management system since the 9th century. One of these temples is the Pura Taman Ayun temple, one of the top 10 temples to visit in Bali. The subak is a philosophical concept of Tri Hita Kirana, bringing together realm of spirit with the human world and nature. The subak system has proven to be successful for the farming society.