Monday, January 5, 2009

Bali



















The island of Bali is part of the Republic of Indonesia and is located 8 to 9 degrees south of the equator between Java in the West and Lombok and the rest of the Lesser Sunda Islands (Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba and Timor) in the East. Flying time to Jakarta is about 1.5 hours, to Singapore and Perth (Australia) 2.5 and 3 hours, to Hong Kong about 4.5 hours, and to Sydney/Melbourne about 5.5 to 6 hours.
The island of Bali has an area of only 5,632 square kilometers (2,175 square miles) and measures just 55 miles (90 kilometers) along the north-south axis and less than about 90 miles (140 kilometers) from East to West. Because of this it's no problem to explore the island on day tours. You can go wherever you want on the island and return to your hotel or villa in the evening.
Located only two kilometers east of Jawa, Bali's climate, flora and fauna are quite similar to its much larger neighbour. The island is famous for its beautiful landscape. A chain of six volcanoes, between 1,350 meters and 3,014 meters high, stretches from west to east. There are lush tropical forests, pristine crater lakes, fast flowing rivers and deep ravines, picturesque rice terraces, and fertile vegetable and fruit gardens. The beaches in the South consist of white sand, beaches in other parts of the island are covered with gray or black volcanic sand.

There is the combination of the friendly people, the natural attractions, the great variety of things to see and do, the year-round pleasant climate, and the absence of security problems. And then there is Bali's special "magic", which is difficult to explain.
As soon as you step off the plane you might sense the difference. In the villages you'll notice the quietness and wisdom in old people's faces, and the interest and respect in the young's. Old men sit at the road side caressing their fighting cocks. Beautifully dressed women walk proudly through rice fields and forests carrying offerings on their heads to the next temple. There is the smell of flowers, and in the distance you hear the sound of gamelan music.
Gods and spirits have been an important part of Bali's daily life for hundreds of years. Gunung Agung – Bali's holy mountain – is internationally regarded as one of the eight "Chakra" points of the world. This may be more than an coincident. Watch out, the moment you feel the magic of this island, you're addicted for the rest of your life.

Bali, the island christened by Nehru as the 'Dawn of the world' never ceases to facinate the visitor. Her breathtaking beauty, her friendly people and her strictly guarded traditions provide the traveller a sense of adventure and a genuine cultural experience.
Island of the Gods. The beautiful island of Bali is one of the world's favorite holiday destinations. Here you can climb a volcano, walk through beautiful terraced rice fields and jungles, swim and surf some of the worlds most famous beaches, visit magnificent temples and traditional villages and meet some of the world's most culturally rich and fascinating people.
Over the past decade or two, tourist numbers in Bali have soared towards one million visitors per year. The majority of tourists take advantage of package holiday deals that include all fares and hotel accommodation, generally in the resort areas of the south; Kuta Beach, Sanur or Nusa Dua.
But Bali has more to offer than hotel pools and tropical cocktails sipped in the shade of coconut palms and the occasional trek into the village streets to purchase souvenirs or fake watches.
To see the Bali of lush green tropical jungles and spectacular rice terraces perched on the sides of towering mountains, ancient temples and the events of everyday life amongst the local population, the traveller has to put aside the protection of the hotel walls and venture outside of the tourist area that is defined by Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dua.

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Wahya said...

Bali is the beautiful island to spend your holiday. Happy New year 2010, hope you will visiting bali next year

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