Bali is a province of Indonesia, and it also includes many other smaller neighbouring islands. Bali island lies 3.2 km (2.0 mi) east of Java and west of Lombok. Since 1960, it is a famous destination for tourists, and it is the fastest tourist centre in the world. One of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia and prominent tourist spots, also known as “Island of Gods” and there are lots of exciting places for travellers. Bali is small in size, but it is enormous in attraction, the island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats. There are lots of things exotic pagodas, beaches, lush fields, deep wild, lovely tropical climate to experience.
Bali is budget-friendly and full of things to do, such as paragliding, hiking, mountain cycling, horseback riding, jungle trekking, scuba diving, snorkelling, and it is famous for its phenomenal dive spots. It is also famous for black sand beaches, coral reefs, dolphins and you can also enjoy a fantastic nightlife. The place in which Bali located is called ‘ Coral Triangle’, and it gets water from west of Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Solomon island and Papua New Guinea. Bali is also known for its highly developed arts, traditional dance, sculpture, painting leather, metalworking, music and Indonesia International film festival is held every year in Bali. It is a stress-free place, and Balinese massage is one of the most relaxing massages in the world, and it’s effective spa treatments which involve the various herbs and spices. So, here are some interesting facts that you didn’t know about Bali.
7 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BALI
Indonesia is the country with the Muslim population, but Bali is the only Hindu island in Indonesia. The Bali island in Indonesia has a Hindu majority and the largest number of Hindus living in Indonesia, Hinduism came to Bali during the arrival of Indian traders.
Bali has a year-round warm, tropical climate with just two seasons; wet and dry. Dry season (April-October) and the wet season (November-March). For tourists who would like to enjoy the crowds, nightlife and many other things, then the peak time to visit Bali are July, August and December. If you want to save money, then the best time to visit Bali are May, June and October, the prices for flights and accommodation are lower.
3. KOPI LUWAK COFFEE
Kopi Luwak is one of the most expensive coffee in the world. However, farmed Kopi Luwak coffee can be purchase in Indonesia at large grocery stores. Kopi Luwak is a coffee that consists of partially digested coffee cherries, which have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet. Yes, you read it right but don't worry, it is hygienic and sanitary due to washing, roasting and brewing of the beans. It is produced mainly on the Indonesia island of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sulawesi and in East Timor.
Bali has its own calendar system, and there are two types of calendars; the Saka calendar and the Pawukon calendar. The Saka calendar is relatively similar to the Gregorian calendar. It based on the lunar cycles, and it is the calendar that determines the date for the Balinese New Year, Nyepi day. On Nyepi day the whole island closed, no work, no travel, no noise the entire island shut down, leaving room for self-reflection and meditation. Pawukon calendar consists of 6 months of 35 days making adding up to a total of 210 days, Pawukon sets a date for many of the traditional Balinese holidays and festivals, like Saraswati, Pagerwesi, Kuningan and Galungan, that due to the Pawukon calendar is celebrated every 210th day.
5. BLACK SAND BEACHES
Black sand beaches in Bali can be found all along the east coast stretching from Padang bai in the south to Lovina in the North. The black sand believed to have originated from the lava of Bali's most famous volcano Mount Agung. The locals also thought that black sand helps to treat various diseases.
6. ACTIVE VOLCANOES
There are two active volcanoes in Bali; Mount Agung (10,000 ft) high and Mount Batur (5,600 ft) high. This volcano is also a sacred place on the island, and even tourists trek in Mount Batur to see the sunrise. Bali is still safe to visit despite the threat of volcanic eruption. Despite the threat of volcanic eruption, Bali remains a safe place to visit.
7. SIMILAR NAMES
The Balinese usually have the same name, and they name their children depending on the order they are born. The firstborn child is named Wayan, Putu, the second is called Made or Kadek, the third child goes by Nyoman or Komang, and the fourth is named Ketut. It does not matter if the child is a boy or a girl; it only depends on the order they are born.
Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to the religious site, and it is a beautiful place for travelling. If you want to go for a vacation then Bali is perfect for you, it is cheaper than Maldives and amenities are also less expensive in Bali, making it a more economical park.
ANTHONY MURMU (author) from DHANBAD on May 30, 2020:
Thank you, Liz Westwood, and you should visit this place it is fantastic and value for money.
Liz Westwood from UK on May 30, 2020:
You have given a good introduction to Bali. I've never been there, but your article makes me interested to visit.