Not very far from the eastern shores of India, lies the beautiful island called Bali, which is surely becoming one of the most sought after destination for travellers across the globe. However, the niche traveller has to look out for offbeat locations in Bali, that gives them a chance to mingle with the local flavours.
So, what are these lesser-known places we are talking about? Come, let’s find out!
Bali Aga, the old Balinese villages, are home to some of the indigenous tribes in Bali and Tenganan Pegrinsingan village is one of them. It lies to the north of Candidasa and it’s famous for Geringsing – double ikat technique of weaving cloth. There is also an annual ritual amongst the village boys called Mekare-Kare. The boys indulge in a friendly fight using the pandan leaves as their primary weapon.
Amed and Tulamben
The far eastern side of Bali is home to some really beautiful and remote coastal towns that are considered to be a hotspot for divers across the globe. Both Amed and Tulamben are Bali’s primary dive sites on the eastern front. The landscape is quite mesmerizing, thanks to the hilly areas that overlook the pristine coastline which is decorated by traditional fishing boats.
Another Bali Aga village with a passion for sticking to its traditional values and moral codes is Penglipuran Village. Dense Bamboo forests and numerous coffee plantations envelop the village from all the side thus creating a beautiful landscape. The village wears a different charm, thanks to its traditional houses that line up uniformly thus maintaining the architectural standards of ancient Balinese culture of spacious homes.
Tirta Gangga Water Palace
A mystical place like Bali is never short of historical places. One of the offbeat locations in Bali that is reserved for history lovers is the Tirta Gangga Water Palace built during the late Karangasem King’s reign. It was the king’s hillside escapade that comprised of fountains, ponds, pools, tropical gardens, stepping stones, and ornate statues.
Now Padangbai is not your ideal vacation beach because it acts as a touchdown for travellers ferrying to the adjacent Lombok island. It’s one of the most underrated beaches on the island and thankfully so. The beach here is a great spot for diving and snorkelling and is a base to a lot of lodging option, which makes it a base for exploring the eastern side of Bali. It’s approximately 12 kilometres to the west of Candidasa.
This picturesque village on the foot of Mt. Batukaru is quite popular for the never-ending expanse of its green rice terraces. The sprawling landscape and highlands create a very tranquil vibe which makes it one of the beautiful offbeat locations in Bali. It’s a great addition to the list of places, for those who want to be in the vicinity of nature! For adventure lovers, it’s a great place to explore as you can enjoy ATV riding and off-roading through the quiet lanes of this village.
If you call yourself a wine connoisseur, then head to this isolated beach in the north coast of Bali, to explore the beautiful vineyard that grows Alphonse Lavillee grapes and lies in the nearby hills. Apart from that, Brahmavihara-Arama, a Buddhist monastery sits peacefully in those hills, in the company of a tiny version of Borobudur temple. The beach itself is a unique blend of black sand, soothing waves, and mesmerizing sunsets & sunrises. If you are up for a hot-spring session, then head to Banjar Hot Spring and relax in the company of those surreal hills.
The tranquil countryside and some of the happening beaches in Bali makes it a great travel destination for all types of travellers. However, if you wish to ditch the touristy spots; visiting the above offbeat locations in Bali should be on your list!