Bali is the most famous island in Indonesia. Amazing place that stores the combined beauty of the spectacular natural landscapes and cultures so alluring. Its beauty is in harmony with the people who are warm and friendly. Here the culture continues to be preserved from generation to generation. There is no rating so boisterous and customs and drum sounds of traditional musical instruments performed by wasps.
As the most popular destination in Indonesia, Bali has the best resorts in the world combined with the charming beaches and lively nightlife. Travel and Leisure Magazine chose Bali as the World’s Best Island in 2009, while the Lonely Planet’s pick Bali as the second Best of Travel 2010.
Bali is known as the island of gods, thousand temples island, or island paradise. Outstanding natural beauty, like a volcano that looked close and large, green rice fields that extend gives a sense of peace and tranquility, as well as the grains of sand and the awesome beauty of the sea. You feel the breeze and clouds in the blue sky seemed to be offering endless natural beauty.
In Bali you will find works of art and cultural grandeur. Dent detail and symbols as if born from the creativity without limits and continue to improve themselves. Bali also has a dramatic dance and diverse customary ceremonies, arts and crafts are beautiful and qualified. Many interesting things to offer this exotic island, ranging from spiritual life to the culinary and extraordinary experience, from surfing, diving, sightseeing, climbing, to trekking in the jungle challenge your courage. You will find a beautiful temple that was built with awesome wherever you step your foot on the island’s magical magnet.
The people of Bali who embraced Hindu Bali devout, dedicated most of their life in traditional ceremonies aimed at maintaining harmony in the universe. Therefore, a small island holds many cultural surprises in it. Bali is a gathering place for many tourists from around the world, ranging from tourists who come to surf the waves of Kuta Beach, Uluwatu and Dreamland, to the tourists who come to enjoy the panoramic beauty of the mountains and lakes in the Lake Batur, Kintamani, Beratan in Bedugul, hugest Rice terrace in Jatiluwih, Mother temple on the slope of Agung Mount, or if you love to visit heritages and beautiful temples at Tanah Lot Temple, Tirtha Empul temple, until tourists who come just to shop or spend time at the beach.
Bali is volcanically active and extravagantly fertile. Bali has an area of 5620 sq km, measures approximately 140 km by 80 km and is just 8 degrees south of the equator. Mount Agung known as the ‘mother mountain’ is over 3000 meters. South and north of the central mountains are Bali’s fertile agricultural lands. The southern region is a wide, gently sloping area where most of Bali’s abundant rice crop is grown. The south-central area is the true rice basket of the Island. The northern coastal strip is narrower, rising more rapidly into the foothills of the central range, but the main export crops, coffee, copra and rice, are grown here. Cattle are also raised in this area.
Bali has a climate that is tropical all year. The average temperature hovers around 30 degrees Celsius year-round. There are dry and wet seasons -dry from April to September and wet from October to March- but it can rain at any time of year and even during the wet season rain is likely to pass quickly. In general May to August are the best months in Bali. At that time of year the climate is likely to be cooler and the rains lightest. Around the coast, sea breezes temper the heat and as we move inland we also move up so the altitude works to keep things cool. It can get very cool up in the highlands and a warm sweater can be a good idea in mountain villages like Kintamani or Bedugul.
With a population of 3,890,757 in the 2010 census, and 4,225,000 as of January 2014, the island is home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority. According to the 2010 Census, 83.5% of Bali’s population adhered to Balinese Hinduism, followed by 13.4% Muslim, Christianity at 2.5%, and Buddhism 0.5%.
Each stage of Balinese life is marked by a series of ceremonies and rituals known as Manusa Yadnya. They contribute to the rich, varied and active life the average Balinese leads. There are ceremonies for every stage of Balinese life but often the last cremation ceremony is the biggest. A Balinese cremation can be an amazing, spectacular, colorful, noisy and exciting event. In fact it often takes so long to organize a cremation that years have passed since the death. During that time the body is temporarily buried. Of course an auspicious day must be chosen for the cremation and since a big cremation can be very expensive business many less wealthy people may take the opportunity of joining in at a larger cremation and sending their own dead on their way at the same time. Brahmans, however, must be cremated immediately. Apart from being yet another occasion for Balinese noise and confusion it’s a fine opportunity to observe the incredible energy the Balinese put into creating real works of art which are totally ephemeral. There are a lot more than a body gets burnt at the cremation. The body is carried from the burial ground (or from the deceased’s home if it’s an ‘immediate’ cremation) to the cremation ground in a high, multi-tiered tower made of bamboo, paper, string, tinsel, silk, cloth, mirrors, flowers and anything else bright and colorful we can think of. The tower is carried on the shoulders of a group of men, the size of the group depending on the importance of the deceased and hence the size of the tower. The funeral of a former rajah high priest may require hundreds of men to tote the tower.