Our traveller Shilpa Sardesai discovered friendship, adventure and more on her Bali trip. Here’s the story of her 5 day Bali itinerary unfolded:
HOW IT BEGAN
It all first began when my bestie and I decided to take a trip by ourselves to rejuvenate and catch up with each other. When we were discussing international trips, an acquaintance referred Pickyourtrail to us. After narrowing the destination Bali, we discussed activities, inclusions, experiences and more. And, *tada*, our 5 day itinerary was ready and we were raring to go.
UBUD, BALI – DIVING TO GO
For our first two nights in Bali, we stayed at Munari Resort & Spa in Ubud – a quiet, serene place away from all the city buzz. Our day began early the next day with a journey to the USS Liberty dive site. Being long drive from our hotel, we caught up on some sleep. It was beautiful and located close to the shore so we didn’t have to take a boat to reach it. We simply swam. For the non-swimmers, you can sign up for the Undersea walk experience like this couple did.
Next day began even earlier! We had to leave for the trek to Mount Batur at 2am in the morning. The idea was to catch the sunrise at the top. I expected the trek to be a more touristy one, but surprisingly, the trek wasn’t a very easy one! At an elevation of 5600 feet, it was chilly at the summit despite my warm jacket. Luckily we had breakfast and hot chocolate to warm us up.
Bags packed, our next stop was Kuta
Touchdown in Kuta and we are placed by another spectacular property by the Kuta beach. The next day was devoted to temple surfing and, of course, the mandatory shopping spree. The beach side Kuta Art Market caught our eyes for the longest time while, for vintage shopping indulgence we went down the Garlic Lane.
And, of course, the Petitenget Temple is a must-visit. Ancient and built entirely in sandstone and red bricks, it is located by the Petitenget beach. Its staircase, designed to resemble a dragon, only piques this temple’s ancient aura.
The next day we left for the Telega Waja white water experience. With waterfalls at side, the waters here are lovely and fall in refreshing sprays on your face. I realised I should have worn my sandals as my flip-flops kept slipping off my feet and then in one stretch one of my flip flops simply flowed away in the water.
The 15km long rapids were lovely and the part with the 4 metre fall was particularly awesome.
It was a lovely vacation and a much needed break and we returned thinking how we should have had a couple of days more at least. I had heard so much about Bali earlier and finally experienced it.