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More than just beaches in Bali

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More Than Just Beaches In Bali

The small Indonesian island of Bali may be framed with a coastline of gorgeous, white-sand beaches, however what can be discovered within its interior is even more magical. Boasting an undulating landscape of leafy green mountains, shelving valleys of rice paddies, natural hot springs, waterfalls and volcanoes, Bali is a nature-lover’s dream. The island’s natural bounty can be found on a visit to its coffee plantations and chilli farms, while delicious, brightly-coloured fruit is sold on every roadside.

Sunrise at Mount Batur in Bali
For those wanting to see Bali from its most spectacular viewpoint, it’s worth getting up early in the morning and climbing Mount Batur, situated in the Kintamani region. Standing tall at 1,700 metres and still an active volcano - watching the sunrise at the end of the long climb (it takes about two hours) is a great experience for energetic travellers. But watch out for the monkeys that will steal your breakfast! Afterwards, you can visit the nearby Lake Batur and the Pura Ulun Danu Batur, one of Bali's key temples.

 

If the volcano climbing and sightseeing hasn’t worn you out enough to yearn for a couple of days relaxing by the pool or back at the beach, another exhilarating way to see Bali’s interior is on a downhill cycling tour from Kintamani to Ubud. Offered by several operators on the island, this is a relaxing way to explore the pleasant mountain and hill country between the two areas.


Locally painted artwork is available in the town of Ubud
A holiday to Bali really cannot be fully enjoyed without a visit to Ubud - its most famous cultural melting pot. Located smack bang in its centre, this arty, alternative hub is nothing more than a village, yet people flock from around the world to buy artwork in its many galleries, as well as trinkets and jewellery in its market – what’s more, the vendors will carefully wrap your purchases and post them home for you, so there’s no need to lug them back in a suitcase!


Why not try Surfing on your holiday in Bali?
Saying that, possibly one of the most cumbersome purchases you might find yourself wanting to buy on a Bali holiday is a surfboard – as surfing the island’s massive waves is really what Balinese beach life is all about. However, if you want to try the sport just once, there are more than enough surf hire shops and instructors knocking about to learn from!


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