A trip to Bali is a journey through an exquisite landscape of mountains and hills that are complemented by sandy beaches as well as stunning coastline. The place is also known for beautiful rice terraces, archaeological attractions and an amazing culture of welcoming locals. There are many things that make Bali a great island destination for tourists to visit at least once in a lifetime. It is guaranteed that once someone visits this beautiful land, he or she is bound to come back again. The popular province of Indonesia houses many cities that are important from both cultural and natural aspects. Kuta, for example, attracts many surfers as well as boasts of many shopping venues and exciting nightlife. Seminyak is known as a place that is quieter and offers upscale beachside villas and resorts. Other major cities of this Indonesian province are Candidasa, Sanur, Jimbaran, Denpasar, Padang Bai, Ubud and Lovina. Indonesia tour packages include all or most of these cities. Bali offers a whole bunch of natural attractions like Mount Agung and Mount Batur, as well as historical sites like Pakerisan Valley, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces and Taman Ayun Temple, which always figure in the itinerary of Bali tour packages.
Mount Agung and Mount Batur, located in the north-central part of the island and featuring crater lakes, rivers and rainforests, attract travellers for nature-trek. The region also allures visitors around the world for its long list of idyllic beaches that include names like Kuta, Dreamland, Lovina, Padang Padang, Geger, Jimbaran, Seminyak and Sanur. Hindu temples of Bali are popular sights and due to a large number of such temples, it is sometimes known as the Island of a Thousand Temples. As per a popular belief, these temples are said to guard the land against the dark forces and have been built mostly on water edges and rugged cliffs. Besakih Temple, also popular by the name of Mother Temple, is more than a thousand years old. Tanah Lot is another major temple that is constructed off the coast on a rock and serves as a great sunset point. Other popular temples that must be included in the itinerary of a holiday package of Bali are Taman Ayun, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Pura Pasar Agung, Goa Lawah, Pura Masceti and Pura Luhur Batukaru. There is much more to Bali than temples and beaches, such as the famous Balinese massage and delicious cuisine. And tourists can explore all the different aspects of this Indonesian province by opting for a suitable Bali tour package.
Many people speak of North and South India as being like different countries, and this is true in so many ways. South India is sublime, entrancing tourists with its a subtle and delicate beauty. Intensely tropical and with a long coastline and high mountains, the result is a spellbinding natural beauty. Kerala is perhaps the best known of the southern states and is self-branded as “God’s own land” and, due to its geographic location and twin-monsoons that result, is the lushest part of India. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are mostly drier but no less beautiful in their own ways. These states are probably better known for their intricate monuments, temples, and ancient artworks. Among the major temples and monuments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are not-to-be-missed places including Badami, Belur, Hampi, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Madurai, Tanjore, and Chidambaram.
With a combined coastline of nearly 2000 kilometres (1200 miles), the 3 southern states- plus Goa- have a vast array of beaches which are a great way to take a break during any tour of the South. Not all beaches are safe for swimming due to ocean currents, but south Indian life along the coast has a flavour all its own and places like Varkala, Pondicherry’s famous Promenade, Sangumugam, Chennai’s Marina Beach, Kovalam, Kanyakumari and Mararikulam are all unique places with a character all their own. The best swimming beaches are generally on the western coast.
The backwaters of Kerala are justly famous and a luxurious boat ride on one of the glassy lagoons or a canoe journey deep into the small streams will give you a wonderful experience and make for an enchanting trip.
Away from the monuments and beaches, South India is blessed with verdant jungles in places like Mudumalai, Periyar, Nagarhole and Indira Gandhi wildlife sanctuary. Here you may be able to spot animals like, elephant, tiger, wild buffalos, leopards and bears.
During the 19th century heyday of the British Raj, many hill-stations were built as places for the colonialists to escape the summer heat of the plains. Many of these are now popular tourist spots and are often seen as idyllic honeymoon destinations. Some of the most famous of the stunning hill stations are Ponmudi, Ooty, Munnar, Kodaikanal, Kudremukh, Valparai, and Yercaud.
Tamil Nadu is the birthplace of Dravidian culture, and many of the temples built over the past 1000 years and more are famous worldwide. There are also significant temples in Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and some of the most important are found at Tirupathi, Tanjore (Brihadishwara is truly exceptional), Rameshwaram, Tiruvannamalai, Madurai an Srirangam. Connecting with the divine somehow seems very easy in these places of great devotion.