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Besakih - the temple of temples (Bali)
Besakih is the mother temple of India, the holiest of all temples. Not surprisingly, it is situated at the slopes of Gunung Agung, where three other main temples, dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Wishnu - the Hindu Trinity - are placed. For the Balinese people, a visit to Basakih is considered a pilgrimage.
Candi Das - an old fishing village (Bali)
This old fishing village in the eastern Bali has a nice laid-back atmosphere, and is close to several sights.
Goa Gajah - the cave of the elephant-god (Bali)
The cave was made in honour of the Hindu god Ganesh, and is believed to originally have been an 11th century monastery. There's also a sort of swimming pool, which might have been used for cleansing before religious ceremonies.
Gunung Batur - visit an active volcano (Bali)
Gunung Batur is an obvious choice if you want to visit one of Bali's active volcanoes, and is easy to climb. You climb it in the morning, before sunrise, and the view is incredible. Only downside is the many tourists and conmen.
Kuta - the tourist centre of Bali (Bali)
Kuta is a tourist city for better or worse. You'll see young Australians with surfboards along with backpackers from all over the world, relaxing and enjoying the beach, sea and beers. The reason for this is that Kuta is a cheap place to party, but the city isn't very Balinese.
Lovina - dolphins and black sand (Bali)
Lovina has become a hotspot among backpackers and is famous for its beaches of black, volcanic sand and excellent opportunities for observing dolphins. Food and overnight accommodation are cheap, especially out of season.
Nusa Dua - white beaches with coconut palms (Bali)
The luxurious beach resort Nusa Dua tempts with white beaches covered by coconut palms, and provides good opportunities for parasailing (a parachute dragged by a boat) north of the beach.
Sangeh - the holy monkeys (Bali)
Sangeh is a holy "monkey forest" which, as indicated, has a lot of monkeys in it. As they tend to be a bit aggressive, it would be wise to keep your distance. Furthermore, Sangeh has two temples, and loads of nutmeg trees.
Sanur - temples and white beaches (Bali)
Due to the surrounding reef, the water at Sanur is calm and ideal for snorkelling and swimming. A short way from the beach is a number of Balinese temples.
Tampaksiring (Bali)
Tampaksiring has a holy healing spring, whereby the temple Pua Tirta Empul (about 1,000 years old) has been erected.

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