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Top 10 Destinations for Tourist on Central Bali

Updated on April 16, 2012
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Tegalalang Rice Terrace.Inside of Goa Gajah Temple.Jatiluwih Rice Terrace.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace. | Source
Inside of Goa Gajah Temple.
Inside of Goa Gajah Temple. | Source
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace.
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace. | Source

Central Bali Introduction

Central part of the island is a prime destination for tourists who want to get closer into Bali.

In this area, a few destinations can fulfill your passion about Balinese culture. Thus, Ubud is one of them. It is absolutely the central of art, culture and spirituality in Bali. Not far from here, tourists can explore a mystic temple in Bedulu. Tampaksiring is your spot to see a beautiful castle and two important temples. Do not forget with Candi Kuning, which is a must visit destination in Bali. Did you know that you could enjoy traditional dances show in Batubulan?

To photography junkies, they can explore Jatiluwih and Keliki to capture a beautiful rice terraces. Sukawati and Celuk are two villages that provide buyers who love handmade products. Last, but not least, Sangeh has a good reputation as a place for monkey kingdom.


Ubud is the best place to discover art and culture of Balinese. If you like to learn or improve your yoga skill, stay in here is a must. The most important thing, if you are looking for stripper show or beer party in Ubud, you are in the wrong place.

People have known Ubud since year 1930. Thanks to Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet, who had visited Bali, introduced this town to international community. The first one is from Germany and the other one is a Hollander. They spent their life for more than a year in Ubud. Today, you can see the artworks from them in Puri Lukisan Museum.

Here, visitors can explore the town by foot or bicycle. Most of the hotels and resorts are not cheap in Ubud. But, make it as a second home is a worth experience. You can check out a few lodgings such like Komaneka at Tanggayuda, Komaneka at Monkey Forest and Desak Putu Putera Homestay on the Internet.

Low tide situation at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple.
Low tide situation at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. | Source

Candi Kuning

Bedugul is a trademark in here. There are two reasons; the first one is Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. It is old attraction, but still looks majestic until now. The community uses this temple for worship to The Goddess of Danu Sang Hyang (In Balinese: Sang Hyang Dewi Danu). Balinese People believe this God has a power to give fertility in agriculture. The second is Lake Beratan the mount. Those two things make the area cooler and comfortable. You can enjoy the area by walk or maybe boat.

There is also Bedugul Botanical Garden, which is the only one on Bali Island. Looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, there are many in here.

The distance is about 40 miles from Denpasar City to Candi Kuning Village. It is far, but it is a must visit destination to those who love culture experience.

Gunung Kawi Temple in Tampaksiring.
Gunung Kawi Temple in Tampaksiring. | Source


Tampaksiring is the other remarkable destination in Central Bali. Three main attractions are Tampaksiring Castle, Tirta Empul Temple and Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring in this village.

Mr. Soekarno, who served as first president of Indonesia, built Tampaksiring Castle for his leisure residence. Nowadays, the government still uses it for foreign leaders meeting.

Tirta Empul Temple stands not far from the castle. Locals visit the temple at special days usually, such like Galungan, Kuningan, and Pagerwesi. There is also public baths for self-cleaner in temple area. People usually take a bath before they start to pray.

There are three locations of Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali; they are Sebatu, Bitra and Tampaksiring. The famous temple rests in the last village.

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace with mount at the background.
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace with mount at the background. | Source


Those who love nature, genuine village and landscape photography; they must list Jatiluwih Rice Terrace into their journey map. The atmosphere is calm and the weather is fresh in here.

From news that I got, locals reject investors who want to build hotels or resorts in this village. Well, that is good for me and some people who do not like “modernization village”. Otherwise, there are already many of them in Bali. However, local houses are the answers if you want to stay in Jatiluwih Village.

View of Tegalalang Rice Terrace from upside.
View of Tegalalang Rice Terrace from upside. | Source


Keliki is one of famous villages in Bali. Tegalalang Rice Terrace is a trademark of this village. It has unique formation and shape. The purpose itself is to avoid soil erosion.

You can shop around the area, while most products are art-handicrafts. Spend your holiday in here is a smart decision, especially to people who crazy into culture and nature. For honeymoon travelers, this village can be your alternative area beside beach. Just check the availability rooms in Alam Sari through Internet.

You just need 20 - 35 minutes to get here if you drive from North Ubud. If you use tour guide operators, tell to your guide to stop for a few hours before toward to Kintamani.


Administratively, Sukawati is not just a village, but also Sub-regency in Bali. Here, tourists can visit Sukawati Art Market, which has operated since 1980s in Bali. Household goods and paintings are general products in this market. Selective and bargain skill are two important tools that you must have to get high quality product and good price. Try to visit this art market before around eight until ten in the morning.

Do not forget to visit Bali Zoo Park, which only 20 minutes from the art market. Most of the animals are endanger species in this zoo. It is a fun place for visitors who spend a holiday with kids in Bali.

Bali Bird Park is a place for bird lovers. Many types of birds exist in this park. Not far from the bird park, you have a chance to visit Singapadu Reptile Jungle. It is a great place to learn and discover reptile community.


Tourists can have a one valuable moment - beside sunbathing, surfing, scuba diving and party until morning - while they spend a holiday in Bali. It is culture tourism.

Speaking about Bali Culture, you have a chance to see two famous traditional dances in Batubulan Village. They are Kecak and Barong. Try to visit Batubulan around 10 AM for the first one and 7 PM for the rest.

Batubulan Village is also a good example for stone statue handicraft. If you interest with this stuff, you must add this village into your list.


Gold and silver handicrafts are the trademarks of this village. Visitors can clearly see the production process and buy the products directly from the artists. There are many various elegant designs that you can pick. Just use your “mouth skill” to get a best price for you.

You must complete the journey for around 11 miles from Denpasar to Celuk. However, it is so easy to reach Celuk Village, where it stands on BatubulanSukawatiUbudKintamani Road.

Goa Gajah Temple from the outside.
Goa Gajah Temple from the outside. | Source


As a central empire at past, Goa Gajah Temple is a main attraction in this village. According to archaeology report, it has existed at early 10 or 11 AD. Gorris and Eting found this temple for the first time in 1923. If you love archaeology stuffs, this temple could be your study case.

It is not a big problem to get here. The village stands on traffic DenpasarTampaksiringLake BaturKintamani. The distance is about 12 – 13 miles in one and a half hours journey from Denpasar City.


Sangeh Monkey Forest is a unique jungle in Sangeh Village. Many grey monkeys live in this forest. For Balinese People, the monkeys are sacred for them.

In the heart of forest, visitors can find Bukit Sari Temple. The temple has existed in this village since 17th century.

For your safety and convenience, keep your lightning and valuable stuffs in hotel.

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      5 years ago


      Bali is a great place for visiting with family. Thank you for providing us with places which we can see in Bali. It really made our trip an enjoyable one.

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      6 years ago

      so you can enjoy..the holiday,,book hotel online in Bali and beyond.

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      6 years ago

      Quite a lovely place with great greenery and warm temperatures. You've helped me decide if I will go to central bali. Thanks for sharing this great destination spot.

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      6 years ago book hotel online,,special discount new years.

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      Marianne Kellow 

      6 years ago from SE Thailand

      Hi Agsuto!

      This is such an excellent hub, thank you so much for the huge amount of information, beautiful photos and for the map. We live in Thailand and want to visit Bali but not to see the tourist side of the country. It's often difficult to find such information on the web. We love nature, birds, flowers,trees and walking, so your hub will be perfect for us to follow.

      Keep writing and telling us more of your beautiful country. Mai K.


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