An amalgamation of enchanting beauty, thrilling adventures and warm hospitality – Bali is the honeymooner’s paradise. Fascinated with the same, Amit Bhatnagar booked a package of honeymoon trip to Bali from India through TravelTriangle at a price of Rs 170,000, which included his accommodation, local tours and private transfers. Having explored Bali’s aesthetic beauty, here is what he has to say.
We were initially interested in going to Europe but considering the weather and the fact that we had never been to Southeast Asia, decided upon a honeymoon trip to Bali. My search led me to TravelTriangle, after which I raised my requirements and was served accordingly. The services and the Bali honeymoon itinerary that I received throughout my trip, turned out to be excellent. From the travel agent (Perfect O Holiday) to the driver, to the villa authorities – everyone was very cooperative and helped me craft an exquisite experience.
DAY 1: Acclimatizing in Bali
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We reached Bali on a beautiful bright day and on landing at the airport, we were warmly greeted by our tour guide. The arrival was followed by a transfer to the Legian Kriyamaha Villa in a private cab.
Although the villa was located in a quiet, isolated place, entering one of the best beach villas opened up a whole new world. We were further delighted to see our rooms complemented with a private pool and Jacuzzi. The experience of the stay turned out to be very comfortable since the services provided were impeccable.
As we were extremely tired after the long flight, we spent time relaxing in the room and freshening up. Our day was free for leisure and it was only in the evening that we explored the property.
We also spent a good amount of time on the beach in the evening, since the panorama looked very serene against the setting sun. So we dedicated the first day to relaxing, chilling and soaking in the aura of Bali.
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Day 2: River Rafting in Bali
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After a day of leisure spent in luxury, we next prepared for the adventure doze of river rafting. We were picked by our cab at around 9 in the morning and were taken to the beautiful Ayung River – our rafting site. Having indulged in rafting in Rishikesh, I was pretty excited for a distinct experience and did not get disappointed. Our ride turned out to be much more enjoyable, since the route was comparatively simpler and adorned with the charming scenery of lush jungles and grand mountains.
After a good 3 hours spent in the lap of river Ayung, we wanted to spend quality time rather than keep moving around. So for lunch, we sat in a restaurant on a cliff opposite to the Kintamani Volcano. For us hardcore non-vegetarians, Balinese food came as a disappointment. But we had a good time at lunch as the setting was awe-inspiring. After spending a couple of hours, we took off for the Coffee Farms.
For a cooking fanatic and a coffee enthusiast, a visit to the Coffee Farms is a must. We were introduced to a wide variety of coffee and were also made to taste some. We bought some variants that we liked and left for the villa.
Since the next day was free for leisure, we wandered around the market of Kuta till midnight. We rented a two-wheeler from our villa (at a price of $7 per day) as the place is congested and the traffic is dense.
Day 3: A peep into the Bali nightlife
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Planning our day at leisure, we went to Hard Rock Bali and had a great time. The place had its own unique ambiance and we spent most of the day chilling in music and food. The rest of the day was spent roaming and shopping around the local markets on our rented bike. We shopped around Kuta, Seminyak, the former being a descent market for electronics and copied items.
To a certain extent, I found Bali to be an international version of Goa. As the sun went down, we went to a club and had a peep into the Balinese nightlife. We had a lot of fun at the club, blending with the spirit of the place and happening music and young energy in the air to complement it with. The drinks were cheap and places were open till late.
DAY 4: Touring around in Bali
We woke up with the Blue Lagoon beach in mind but instead went for snorkeling as the Blue Lagoon was shut that day. Putting the fear of water to the backseat, I was keen on indulging in water sports in Bali. We were taken to the middle of the ocean on a boat and were asked to make the jump. It was then time for snorkeling, putting the life jackets on, we stepped into the blue. My wife gave up in a few seconds and retreated to the boat while I braved the blue for almost half an hour. Soon, the natural discomfort with water seeped in and I retreated too. As a result, we were not able to enjoy the exciting experience of snorkeling. We had disappointed ourselves.
Leaving behind the disappointment, we advanced towards the Monkey Forest. We walked through the dense forest, enjoying the commotion of monkeys around and reached the temple. The temple was very well made and a quiet beauty to look at. Interestingly, the Balinese long tail monkeys were nothing like the notorious monkeys one would encounter in say, Vrindavan or Haridwar. It seemed that they had made their peace with humans and did not pay much attention. Although my wife was scared most of the time, but the excitement of visiting an unusual place was present, throughout the tour.
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The evening was reserved for the astounding Tanah Lot Temple, sitting in the middle of splashing waves. With the sun setting in the background, it was an image straight out of a dream. We took our time admiring its beauty and clicked numerous images before calling it a day.
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Day 5 In Bali: Thoroughly chilled
We had been in Bali for around 4 days now and had been consistently visiting tourist attractions in Bali. So, on another day at leisure, we thought of taking a break from routine and relaxing the whole day at the villa itself. It turned out to be a great plan, as we chilled around the beach; chatting and did a recce of the local area on bike.
Day 6 & 7: Trekking, Cruising & Reminiscing About Past 7D/6N
The previous day prepared us for the next big task that we did not know would need preparation – the Mount Batur trek. The trek turned out to be the most difficult one that I had done till date. In order to catch the sun rise from the top of the crater, we left our villa at 2 in the morning. After a two hour ride, we began the trek. Although, the trek did not last for long, and we managed to catch the sunrise at 6:30, but it turned out to be extremely tiring.
Experiencing the sunshine from the top was truly enchanting, but drained us totally. But the trek made me proud of my wife, since she completed the trek despite twisting her ankle on the rafting adventure a couple of days earlier.
After coming back to the villa, we were too tired to do anything but rest. After a tight sleep, we caught hold of our senses and got ready for the cruise that was booked for the night.We were picked from the villa by the cruise people. The ambiance, food and the services at the cruise were decent, but the boat itself could have been better.
Our tranquility was soon disrupted, when we got mugged on our way back from the cruise. While riding the bike, I was being guided by my wife through GPS and her phone got snatched from her hand. We pursued the thieves for some time but lost them. Yet, we did not let the unfortunate incident kill the spirit that Bali had inflicted upon us. Sleeping off the incident, we left for India in the morning of the next day.
High Points: Rafting turned out to be the highlight of the trip, offering breathtaking views with a moderate difficulty level. Also, we thoroughly enjoyed the availability of mangoes during the year-end in Bali.
Low Point: Getting mugged at the end of the trip was the most unfortunate thing to happen. Apart from that, I think I missed on the Safari since it was pretty far away and could not be incorporated in the plan.
- Kuta is a great place to shop. You can take the liberty to bargain.
- Go for Mt.Batur trek only if you are looking for thoroughgoing adventure.
- Stay careful and avoid secluded streets at night.
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