History of Bali
The first written evidence about Bali dates back to 9th century AD when most of the cultural and technological developments that are still visible here were completed. Hinduism reached Bali in the first half of 11th century during the reign of King Airlangga. The great exodus of artists, dancers, musicians, and actors from Java to Bali in 14th and 15th century saw the Balinese culture flourish to great heights. In 1597 Dutch seamen set their foot here and ruled this place for more than 300 years. Bali became a part of the modern Indonesia in 1945, when Indonesia attained independence.
Bali has tropical climate. Temperatures are even throughout the year with average temperature around 30º C. There are two seasons, dry from April to September and wet from October to March. But, even they do not follow any set pattern. It can rain continuously in the dry season while rain can pass quickly in the wet season. more..
Best Time to Visit Bali
May to August is the best time to visit Bali. Temperatures are a bit cooler at this time of the year and chances of rain are also less. more..
Tourist Attractions of Bali
Denpasar: Denpasar is the capital of Bali and has a number of cultural and historical sites. It has many community temples called "Pura". Bali's picturesque countryside and most of the beautiful temples are just outside the limit of Denpasar. Some of the villages worth visiting are Celuk (for its silverware), Ubud (to have a glimpse at the finest of Bali's art-dance, music, and paintings) and Bedulu for its elephant cave.
Sanur Beach: Sanur is Bali's most famous tourist spot. It is at a shot distance from Denpasar and public transport to and from the city is easily available. There are number of important hotels on this small island. Offshore reefs protect the beach against the waves and make it popular for windsurfing, boating and other water sports.
Kuta Beach: Discovered by the hippies in early 1960s, Kuta is a popular beach for surfing although currents make it less suitable for swimming. It is also famous for its magnificent sunset, nightlife, and shopping options.
Nusa Dua: The Nusa Dua tourist resort is known for its clean white beaches and clear waters. Some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels are found here. It is also famous for its mouthwatering cuisine. During the rainy season, the beach provides excellent surfing conditions.
Menjangan Island: This little island off Bali's west coast is known for the beautiful coral reefs found nearby and the wealth of tropical fish inhabiting the waters around it.
Klungkun: The former seat of the Javanese Hindu Kingdom in Bali from where Balinese royalty draws its bloodline, Klungkung was the oldest kingdom on the island. The Kerta Gosa or Royal Court of Justice built in the 1 8th century, is specially known for its ceiling murals painted in the traditional wayang style portraying punishment in the hell and rewards in the heaven and other aspects of moralities.
Shopping in Bali
There are lots of shopping options in Bali. Some of the favorite shopping items are casual and tailored clothing, jewelry, leather ware, handicrafts, antiques, and artifacts. Departmental stores of Denpasar and street markets of Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dua sell items at very reasonable prices.
How to Reach Bali
International Airport in Bali is situated at Denpasar, the capital of Bali, not far away from any of your favorite destinations like Kuta, Sanur, or Nusa Dua. The airport is connected to a number of international destinations such as Australia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America. The airport is comfortably connected to other attractions in Bali by rented cars, taxis, and buses.