A road trip through Bali is a beautiful dream unfolding in front of your eyes at a comfortable pace – Not too fast, not too slow, at just a pace so comfortable, it makes you wonder how it could be this perfect! A road trip through Bali is a road trip through beautiful villages, blue coastal stretches, gorgeous paddy terraces, bare volcanic mountains right next to lush green non-volcanic mountains, large lakes, narrow yet good village roads decorated with penjor (more on this in a bit), unbelievable number of Balinese temples, happy faces – locals and tourists alike, fragrance of incense sticks, aroma of out of this world food, breath-taking sunsets and sunrises.
When we were planning a vacation, I said Bhutan or Burma. I am sure Jeevan’s head said “this girl is gonna make me trek a lot during my vacation” and he carefully suggested Bali. (I did find and complete a trek in Bali too 🙂 ). After months of planning and dreaming, we headed out in August on our 10 day holiday to the land that belongs to the happiest people in this world.
Aishu had already done Bali and she gave me my first itinerary when it was to be a 5 day trip. I researched about Bali for 3-4 months, when I got the time. I drew out a Bali map and pasted it on our bedroom door, marking out places to see and stay (with great stationery of course. Who doesn’t love the colourful post-its). All that research paid off 🙂 We did not have a strict itinerary but wherever we were, we knew a few good things to see/do around. A great itinerary almost fell into place through our 10 days in Bali. I’m sharing this itinerary with you here and here, as it got nods of approval from a few Balinese people we met. They said you have done a lot in 10 days and believe me we were not rushing.
A little about the geography of Bali
Bali is an island in the shape of a fish facing right. The eye part of where its largest mountains are. West to East is about 150kms and North to South is 120kms. Airport is in South Bali and so are all the famous beaches. From Kuta to Seminyak to Legian, all the beautiful beaches are here! West Bali has Pemuretan where one can dive through a hidden temple. North Bali has Lovina and hot water springs, east has Tulamben, a wreck ship dive here, Amed and Candidasa beaches. Central Bali has the famous Ubud and then you have the secluded islands – Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida.
The weather of Bali is like that of pleasant Bangalore but imagine Bangalore with a beach next to it 🙂 It truly is a dream come true!
Highlights of our trip
Wreck ship dive at Tulamben
Trek at Mt. Batur, a volcanic mountain for the most gorgeous sunrise
Island hopping at Lembongan and Ceningan
Best road journeys
Drive from South to North-West Bali
Drive from East to Central Bali
Most beautiful temples
Brahma Vihara Aarama
Secret Beach, Ceningan
Restaurants that served the best food
Bunga Bungalo, Lembongan
Nusa Dua Beach Grill, Geger Beach
Café Garam, Amed
Restaurants with the best view
Trevally, Ceningan Island
Warung Pantai Indah, Sanur
Matahari Resort, Tulamben
Our favourite stay – Mayo Resort, Seririt
More on Bali
Travel Tips after a 10 day Bali holiday