Pura Batu Bolong in Tanah Lot

What To Do in Bali for 2 Days

If you have two days to spare in Bali, here are the six things you can do:

First: Visit Pura Tirta Empul

Pura Tirta Empul
Pura Tirta Empul

Pura Tirta Empul was founded on the 10th century. It has a large water spring from the ground-source water. It is located at Jalan Tirta, Tampaksiring, Bali.

Pura Tirta Empul Bali
Ground source water

It is, as in many Pura in Bali, a sacred place, so you have to wear appropriate clothes. It is also regularly used by the locals to pray.

Balinese pray
The local Balinese are praying at Pura Tirta Empul
Balinese Hindu Pray
Joined by some Hindunist (tourists?)
Balinese Gods at Tirta Empul
Balinese Gods at Pura Tirta Empul

I really like that the Balinese people really respect their Gods. I often see that the Gods’ statues are wrapped and are given offering flowers or sajen.

Balinese Gods
Balinese Gods wrapped as a sign of respect
I think he is Barong
Balinese Architecture Tirta Empul Area
The entrance to Pura Tirta Empul

The whole complex is beautiful and you can appreciate the Balinese architecture surrounding.

Beautiful scenery at Tirta Empul
Beautiful scenery at Pura Tirta Empul
Tirta Empul Pura
Balinese architecture
Balinese Architecture
Look at the detail of this carving, amazing!
Architecture at Tirta Empul
Another architecture at Pura Tirta Empul

Second: Visit Tanah Lot/Pura Batu Bolong

Pura Batu Bolong in Tanah Lot
Pura Batu Bolong in Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is located in Tabanan area. Tanah Lot is a great place to spend the sunset. I really recommend to arrive at Tanah Lot before the sunset and you can watch the sun goes down perfectly with the setting of Pura Batu Bolong.

Pura Batu Bolong
Pura Batu Bolong

Pura Batu Bolong (batu bolong literally means hole in stone) is located in Tanah Lot complex. You can also visit the Tanah Lot temple. It is often very busy during the sunset. So come early to avoid long queue.

Pura Batu Bolong Bali
The sunset view from Pura Batu Bolong
Another sunset snap taken from Pura Batu Bolong
Another sunset snap taken from Pura Batu Bolong

Third: Dine on the Beach

Experience a seafood dinner on the beach (literally on the beach, you can feel you are walking and sitting on the sand). There are long list of restaurants located on Jimbaran beach.

Jimbaran beach Bali
Dinner on the Jimbaran Beach

I love this place, it is unusual to have dinner on the beach. You are very close to the sea. You can hear the sea waves. You can even walk into the sea before, during, or after your dinner.

Jimbaran restaurant Bali
Pretty scenery very close to the sea

Fourth: Visit Goa Gajah Temple

Located on Ubud, Goa Gajah Temple was founded circa 1023 AD.

Goa Gajah Temple
Goa Gajah Temple

The stone carving is so delicate, and inside the cave you can see a Gajah (Elephant) God. His name probably Ganesha?

Goa Gajah Carving
Delicate stone carving

The bathing temple, which is located in the front of the Goa (cave), is believed to be built earlier than the Goa itself. There was a statue of (might be) a Queen which was located in the centre – it was probably missing/damaged – and so its location was covered with yellow shrine/umbrella (see below picture).

Bathing Temple
Bathing Temple

Fifth: Stay in a hotel in Seminyak area

Well, this is just a recommendation, since Bali is quite busy and there is a lot of traffic congestion, so perhaps a wise choice to choose the area that is near to the beach but also not a crowded one. As for my experience, I stay in Horison Seminyak Bali, it is not the glamorous hotel with huge swimming pool, but it is convenient and not pricey. I would say that it is okay for a couple of nights stay.

Horison Seminyak Bali
Horison Seminyak Bali – bedroom
The breakfast area at Horison Seminyak Bali
The breakfast area at Horison Seminyak Bali
Horison Seminyak Bali Hotel
A cute pool
Horison Seminyak Breakfast
My breakfast: nasi kuning and bihun with krupuk

Sixth: Try restaurant/cafe near Seminyak

I had been to Ultimo Italian restaurant. I would say that it is located in a buzzing area, quite busy during dinner time, so booking is essential.

Ultimo Italian Restaurant
Ultimo Italian Restaurant
Ultimo restaurant starter
Roti/bread for starter
Ultimo Italian Seminyak Seafood Pasta
Spaghetti marinara for me!

My husband says the wine is ok, apparently it is a local wine (I think the wine is produced in Bali).

Ultimo restaurant pizza
Pizza for hubby 🙂

The place is quite big and the ambience is nice, however the pizza and wine according to hubby is average though…

Ultimo Italian Seminyak
Central table at Ultimo Italian restaurant
Ultimo Italian dessert
creme brulee for dessert

That’s all folks, I hope my tips are useful for everyone who loves to travel to Bali!


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