That Bali Life...!

by - November 24, 2019

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide

Amidst the hustle and bustle of a routined life, one yearns to escape to a different world, to reinvigorate the soul for a small amount of time.

Curiosity, budget and climate helped me and my guy to seal it to Bali, Indonesia. It took us around 45 days to choreograph the entire trip. From identifying the cheap and best air route to sequencing the places to visit to hotel reservation and finally to settle for 6 days, we loved it all. We "self-packaged" our trip at ₹53,000 per person.

Day 0

Commute to Chennai by train. The flight was scheduled to take off at 1:20am time.

Day 1 (Beach temple visit)

We landed on I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport around 8am and took a taxi to the Horison hotel, Seminyak where we booked our first stay.

After a day-long trip via road, air and road, we freshened up and filled our starving stomach with a delicious lunch in the hotel's restaurant.
Nothing is more fun than wandering in a two-wheeler. We rented a motorbike near the hotel and headed to Pura Petitenget temple.

The backdrop of the setting sun and it's golden rays mirroring on the ocean floor with the view of the temple in shadow was splendid.
We spent the evening in the beautiful Petitenget beach beholding the magical transformation of a day into night. The clear sky and pleasant temperature add a perfect icing to it.

Day 2
Nusa dua (First scuba diving):
The beaches of Seminyak are not favourable for scuba. Hence we headed to Nusa Dua. 
It is famous for all water adventure.

Scuba diving was on the top of my bucket list when we started planning our trip. Honestly, I was a little nervous at the beginning since I don't know swimming. In reality, it was easy and incredible.
Living in the moment, witnessing the kaleidoscopic and vibrant aquatic world all around you makes it a mystifying experience of life...!

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. - Jacques Yves Cousteau
Kynd cafe:
After an exhilarating Scuba diving experience, we relaxed for a while and headed to a cafe, Kynd Community. I loved their cold coffee and would recommend others.
The interior was perfect for some of my Instagram collection 😉
Double six beach:
Double six beach is at a distance of 5 km from the cafe. We enjoyed the live performances and the 360° view of the beach immersed in the golden hues and the beautiful evening lights.
“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” – Sarah Kay
Day 3
Nusa Penida:
Nusa Penida is an island southeast of Bali and one of the least explored by tourists. We were very excited about the one day trip to Nusa Penida that we booked on Klook (₹3100 per person)The package included pick up and drop from the hotel, speed boat commute to the island and a complimentary lunch. Total travel time from hotel was approximately 45 minutes.

The roads are very bumpy but it all felt worth once we reached Angels Billabong, also known as Nature's infinity pool.

Angels Billabong:

The name says it all. The water is crystal clear and the sight is awe-inspiring.
At the same time, it was disheartening to be not able to climb down due to intermittent high tides alerts.

Broken Beach:
Adjacent to the Angels Billabong is the broken beach which provides a perfect natural frame to any amateur photographer's avidity. The colour of the water is gorgeous.
One can only be enchanted with the view of the beach and beyond.

Kelingking beach:
The feeling here is enigmatic.
If you are planning to get down to the beach and explore more in the West Nusa Penida, one night stay is recommended. It will be a 1-hour hike (difficulty level: medium to hard). One needs to be prepared with the right gears (shoes with good grips, water etc.)

"She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air." - Holly Black
Day 4
Gili islands:
Gilli Islands are a group of 3 tiny islands. We visited Gili Trawangan and it took approximately 90 minutes to reach the island in a speed boat (booked on klook).
The cool breeze, the endless blue horizon, music and beer made the journey delightful.

Gili Trawangan is a small island ideal for snorkelling, scuba diving or for partying. Horse cart, bicycle and on foot are the main modes of commute.
Since it is a dead coral beach, rubber shoes can make it easier to get into the water.

Gilli Trawangan is known as the party island of Bali. The parties can go up to 3 in the morning. Arak, the local drink is not recommended since it contains dangerous menthol. One should stick to canned drinks. 1-2 days of stay is recommended.

We checked in at Melati cottage in the afternoon. The cottage is very pretty. Post lunch we spent some leisurely time on the beach till the golden shimmer filled the western sky. The night view of the island is beautiful when all the cafes and pubs are lit up.

Since we were craving for some Indian food, we had dinner at Persona. Hookah is also available here.
Sama-Sama Reggae Bar has a great ambience with live band performances. The place can be a little crowded at late night. We danced our heart out until 1 am.  

Day 5
We returned to Seminyak from Gilli T and post-lunch, we hopped on the motorbike and headed to UbudUbud is famous for royal palaces, temples, waterfalls, and Bali swing. 

The one hour ride to Ubud through the lush green rice fields during sunset made the journey beautiful.  Cost of everything in Ubud is comparatively less.
We checked in to Wijaya guest house around 6 pm. The next day, we had a delicious breakfast at the guest house and headed to Bali Swing.

Bali Swing:
When one visits Bali for the first time, Bali Swing is a must to be added in the itinerary. The picturesque spot has gained much popularity among tourists and can be annoyingly overcrowded.
So we went to a little less known place called Swing heavenTickets were 2500 per person.

The gigantic swings amidst the lush greenery make perfect frames for one's Instagram pictures. Needless to say, it is an incredible, adrenaline-fuelled experience...!

Tegenungan Falls:
The next place in our list was Tegenungan Falls, a hidden beauty of Ubud. The path to the falls was beautiful. We stayed there for a while to adore the view and savoured our lunch in one of the nearby cafes.

Saraswati Temple: 
Later that day we visited our last destination, Saraswati Temple in Ubud
We got to know from the locals that the temple visit is barred for tourists. Well, that's disappointing but one can sit at the pretty entrance of the temple surrounded by lotus ponds on both the sides.

Pretty soon we realised we should have stayed in Ubud for at least 3 days and were in no mood to leave Ubud.

Day 6
We opted to stay in The One Legian hotel, Kuta on our last night since it is at close proximity to the Airport. The breakfast and the pool was the best.
There was no time to explore Kuta since our return flight was scheduled for next day morning.

We had dinner at Lola's Shakin all-day. The place offers healthy food and the decor is pinkish.

Day 7

Had a delicious breakfast at the Hotel and it was time to say Bye to Bali. 

Bali is often stereotyped to be a beach destination. My few hours into the city made such assumptions completely obliterated.
I loved everything about Bali from beaches, islands, green landscapes, cafes, humble people among many more things.
One of the most fascinating weeks of my life and I would love to revisit again someday. 


Cost per person:
DetailsCurrency in INRCurrency in Indonesian Rupaih
Bangalore to Chennai(Train)  550
Metro to Airport50
Bali Flight expenses  18300 
Commute from airport  750
Horison, Seminyak (3 days) 5069994488
Melati cottage, Gili island (1 day) 1142 224049
Wijaya guest house, Ubud (1 day) 750 147143
The One Legian, Kuta (1 day) 1156226796
Rental Bike(N-max) (5 days)1750343333
Food and Drinks97901920701
Scuba diving 2243 440054
Swing heaven2500 490475
one day trip to Nusa Penida3100608189
Entry tickets to Tegenungan falls10019619
Motorboat ride to Gili island4000784761
Commute to Airport25049048
Lunch and Dinner at the Airport900
Metro to Railway station 50
Chennai to Banglore 550


Indonesia allows a free 30-day tourist visa to around 169 countries including India. However, the tourists have to provide a copy of each: passport, hotel reservation and return tickets.
If you are planning to stay for more than 30 days, you will have to apply for a visa on arrival.

Lessons Learned:
  • Flight options from Bengaluru are limited and expensive when travel dates are within a 45 days window. During our research, we figured out that Chennai (at a distance of roughly 350 km) has the cheapest flights to Bali. Since we were on a budget, an inconvenient break journey through Chennai made a lot of sense. We paid ₹18,123 approx. per person for a round trip to Bali from Chennai.
    To get a cheaper deal one should plan to book a flight at least 3 to 4 months prior to travel date.
  • The commute from the airport costed us ₹1,500 for 9.7km by airport taxi.
    Like OLA | Uber in India, there are applications like My Bluebird | Go-Jek for booking cabs at a decent rate.
  • Decent 3-star hotels can be booked online starting at ₹500.
  • Timing of Pura Petitenget temple.
         The temple is open till 5pm in the evening.
  • Scuba diving on klook costed ₹2243 per person including hotel pick up and drop.
    Booking Scuba diving online is cheaper.

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