I CAME, I SAW, I FELL IN LOVE
Bali, a much awaited trip that was! Weeks of planning, so many beautiful places to see and restaurants to try, and so little time. I read every blog I could and checked every video I could find on Ubud and Seminyak, the two places I had shortlisted for my trip. Finally when the day arrived, I had a lovely itinerary, which I knew would satisfy my body, mind and soul.
My first few days were in Ubud; I would like to call this place ‘the Kerala of Bali’. Lush green rice plantations, bamboo trees and fresh air, I couldn’t get the smile off my face throughout my stay here 😀 Coming from Kerala, it was like a home away from home. If you ever feel the need to find a place away from the city, where you can just relax and meditate, Ubud is the place for you! And the people – the friendliest bunch I have ever met 🙂 The trip will leave you rejuvenated. Let me tell you what I did in Ubud…
Most of us know that Indonesia is home to one of the most expensive coffees in the world – Kopi Luwak, This coffee is made from coffee beans eaten by wild civets. Their droppings are collected, cleaned and then roasted to make this coffee. I visited Bali Pulina in Gianyar to see this process. This place is located in Tegallalang, which has beautiful rice terraces. So make sure you stop and enjoy the sight on the way to Bali Pulina 🙂
The droppings are collected, cleaned and dried first
They are roasted and then powdered
Did you say you liked flavoured coffee?
You can try some coffee 🙂
I tried a few flavours of coffee and tea: lemon tea, ginger tea, ginger coffee, ginseng coffee, chocolate coffee, pure cocoa, vanilla coffee, pure Bali coffee and Kopi Luwak.
And of course, Bali style banana fritters (or Pazham pori in Malayalam 🙂 )
After this I decided to have a quick lunch from Cafe Pomegranate, a cafe located in the middle of the rice fields in Ubud. This is where you can spend a few hours chatting with your friends and catch up on the latest gossips 😉
Do not miss this view on the way to the cafe 🙂
At Cafe Pomegranate
Colourful Balinese food: Nasi Goreng (fried rice) and Nasi Campur (scoop of rice with small portions of other dishes which include meat, vegetables and eggs)
And, what I wore…
About the look : I chose a pair of denim shorts (DIY, an old pair of Levis jeans turned into a pair of distressed shorts) and a light printed cami from Express for my first look. I got some lovely curls, thanks to the humidity in Bali 🙂 I wore my favourite pair of starfish sandals from Nine West to complete my summer look. And my oversized black tote from Forever 21, to carry all the travel essentials.
I visited Bali Safari the next day. If you do not want to miss any show, make sure you reach in the morning. Located in Gianyar, this place is home to animals and birds from Bali, India and Africa. You could also go at night for a night safari, which includes a barbecue dinner with fellow travellers.
A temple inside
A few snaps from my visit
Entrance to the theatre, where I saw the Bali Agung show – where dancers and musicians tell us the story of King Sri Jaya Pangus. A show you should never miss 🙂
Lunch at Tsavo Lion restaurant – lunch with the lions
What I wore…
About the look : I wore a grey and white polka dot dress from 20 Dresses, comfortable for summers. To add a pop of colour to my look, I paired it with my yellow and white sandals from Riva. Perfect for a long walk around Bali Safari & Marine Park.
I started the next day with a yummy breakfast at Seniman Coffee Studio
Followed by a visit to Pod Chocolate Factory & Cafe in Carangsari. You can taste their chocolates (I bought a truck-load from here), or even learn how to make these chocolates from experts. This place is also home to three honey-bears which were rescued from various parts of the world.
I visited the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary after this. This forest houses three holy temples and is home to thousands of Balinese macaques. Make sure you read the brochures and signs on what not to do when in the forest.
And, what I wore…
About the look : I wore another polka dot dress in pink and white, again from 20 Dresses. With a halter neck and huge polka dots, it has a retro touch to it. I kept the accessories minimal due to the summer heat in Bali. I chose my cute bow sandals from Aldo to complete the look.
I had dinner from Cafe Vespa, another quirky restaurant to be added to your list if you are visiting Ubud 🙂
Hope you enjoyed reading the post. Leave your comments below and let me know if you found it useful. Also, do come back for Part II, where I will tell you what to see/do in Seminyak, a beautiful beach destination in Bali. Stay tuned 🙂