Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali's dichotomy of high mountains and pristine beaches make it the perfect place to vacation and explore.
Bali is one of more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and is about 90 mile long.
Time Magazine reports that visitors to Bali have increased due to the writings of Elizabeth Gilberts 2006 bestseller Eat, Pray, Love. The memoir speaks about one womans adventure around the world to find happiness and love, and stops in various countries, including Bali.
While in Bali, visit the Hindu temples that dot the island. Even though Indonesia is predominately Muslim, Bali is an area infused with the Hindu religion and culture. Each village is required by customary law to have at least three temples, a village temple, temple of the dead, and a temple of origin. The largest temples are the kayangan jagat, the nine directional temples, that were created to protect the island and the people who live there from evil. The Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is easily accessible at the southern tip of Bali and offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.
Take the time to try some local Balinese food, such as the bebek betutu, or duck that has been roasted in banana leaves over charcoal that is then topped with herb past. The same cooking method is also used to the chicken alternative, ayam betutu.
For the most authentic Balinese experience, travel to the island with a small group.
Head to Bali for an unforgettable adventure
Posted on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010