Venturing into Bali’s interior reveals a very different side to the island to its beaches and resort towns, where iconic rice fields sit alongside ancient forests. A tour of Bali’s interior would take you to World Heritage sites, sacred temples and cultural landscapes dating back centuries. Brightsun Travel runs regular Denpasar Bali cheap flights offers to take you to the heart of this fascinating island this holiday.
Forests & National Parks
Even though almost all of Bali’s natural habitat, once home to the now extinct Balinese tiger, has been cleared, small pockets of ancient forests remain, where you can imagine a time when Bali was full of wildlife and birdsong. West Bali National Park, or Taman National Bali Barat, is now a conservation area providing sanctuary to Bali’s native songbird, the Bali Starling, and contains lush jungles dotted with ancient temples. There are several hiking trails around the forest and guided tours to help you appreciate the variety of flora and fauna contained in the park. With the help of a local guide you might be lucky enough to spot deer, leopard cat or wild boar. Here you will also find long stretches of protected beach, uninhabited islands and coral reefs that provide fantastic diving spots. Boat tours can be taken around nearby bays and islands, which provide memorable, and less crowded spots, to appreciate Bali’s incredible marine life.
Rice cultivation has shaped parts of Bali’s interior since the 11th century, and the cultural landscape surrounding the ‘subak system’ has attracted World Heritage status. Bali’s subak system, a cooperative water management system dating back centuries, manages Balinese rice cultivation in such a way that there is no need for fertilisers or pesticides, where water flows through water temples and canals, and landscapes are seen to have sacred connections. It is based on the philosophical concept of Tri Hita Karana, which brings together the realms of the spirit, the human world and nature. As a result, Bali’s interior is covered in productive rice terraces, as well as water temples that are well worth exploring. A must-see is the 18th century Royal Water Temples of Pura Taman Ayun, the largest of its kind in Bali, and an example of the unique Balinese architecture and belief system associated to the island’s famous cultural practices.
Flights & Hotels
Stay at the Viceroy Bali, a boutique 5 star hotel in the centre of Bali, and you will enjoy luxury villas nestled in lush green hills, surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes. Contact Brightsun Travel about our wide range of hotel deals across Bali, as well as cheap airfares to Denpasar Bali all year round.