Unforgettable places in Bali
Bali is one of the most photogenic places I have ever visited in my life. Stunning nature, cultural objects, people dressed in amazingly colorful cloths, celebrations and ceremonies happening right on the streets among everyday life. It is hard to imagine more enticing place for photographers. During my four months stay in Bali I learned to always take the camera and additional battery with me. This magic island is full of unforgettable places and even during a normal stroll along the beach or to you favorite warung (local restaurant) you may discover something worth spending half an hour with your camera glued to your face 🙂
The list below is my subjective choice of places in Bali that every photographer will fall in love with. Enjoy the view!
Does not really matter which ones.. in my opinion the more hidden and secluded places you find the better, so instead of going to famous restaurant with rice field view in Ubud or taking one of those guided tours I choose to explore surroundings of Amlapura or Candidasa on my motorbike. Below are some of my discoveries.
TIRTA GANGGA – royal water garden in Amlapura
I fell in love in this place the moment I went in. The garden is maybe not the biggest one, but the amount of exotic plants, mysterious sculptures, fountains and the whole chilled atmosphere of the place makes it a paradise for photographer. I can easily spend hours and hours in such places without realizing the time passing. This is just couple of shots from enchanting Tirta Gangga.
PURA LEMPUYANG Temple
You have to drive a long and steep road, when you cannot drive anymore you need to take many, many steps (also rather steep), but it is worth paying a visit to magnificent Pura Lempuyang – one of the temples hidden high in the Lempuyang mountain in Karangasem regency. If you are lucky with the weather, your pictures from Pura Lempuyang will have a lovely background of Mount Agung. Me, as usually with my luck I have a background of grey clouds, but still I think that this temple is one of the most picturesque places in Bali.
UBUD and surroundings
Some people say Ubud is no longer chilled place for hippies and yoga lovers, it became touristy and fake. I did not spend a lot of time in Ubud so it is hard for me to talk about its atmosphere and whether or not it’s authentic. Indeed there were a lot of people around all the popular places, and the bars and warungs in the center were rather overpriced, but I still believe it is worth wandering around Ubud and its’ surroundings with a camera. It is a perfect place for those who love to photograph architecture, art and nature. There is always a way to make beautiful pictures in touristic areas without too many people on them.
OFFROAD (take a motorbike and get lost)
I know that this post is supposed to be about the places, but honestly this is how I took the best pictures during my stay in Bali. By exploring without a plan, taking tiny little roads through secluded villages you can discover some breathtaking places, hidden shrines or even interesting events. Don’t be afraid that you really get lost or that something will happen to you. Balinese people are very nice and friendly, even if they do not speak that much English they will try to help you anyway.
In fact you may experience some funny adventures, like we did when we were trying to find a way to one of the temples under Mount Agung, and we asked some local women sitting aside of the road if they know the way. They nodded and then both of them pointed at direction… each of them different one. Yes, people here are so friendly that even if they don’t know the answer, they still want to help you (even when their help if not really helpful, but rather confusing). Anyway, look what I found, when I got lost…
I hope you liked my list of unforgettable places in Bali you cannot miss if you love photography.
Please let me know in comments what are your favorite places to take photos.
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