Many tourists come to Bali to experience a unique kind of vacation. The island boasts of so many wonderful destinations which could rival the number of Bali hotels there. There are pristine beaches flaunting soft beds of white, sun-drenched sand, spectacular nature reserves which take people's breaths away and a lot more ideal spots to relax and enjoy.
One example of the many tourist destinations in Bali is Denpasar. It is the capital of city of this Indonesian island and is known as a bustling and multi-cultural city. This place features a lot of beautiful places which satisfy the touristic needs of anyone who pays it a visit.
Basically, Denpasar is known for the white sand beaches stretching across its shores, perfect for total relaxation. The most famous is the Kuta Beach which is often crowded by foreign and local beach lovers alike. Surfing is also a good activity to while away time in the Kuta Beach, as well as in Legian and Canggu beaches. To get the perfect tan, people can bask under the sun in the Sanur Beach which is primarily famous for its calm water. Then at the end of the day, they can enjoy the comfort of their chosen Sanur Bali hotel.
The city of Denpasar is also gifted with lots of other tourist attractions which include temples, museums and palaces. Perfect for postcards and photographs are different unique structures boasting eccentric but magnificent architectural designs. Among the most notable pieces to marvel on are the Bajra Sandhi Monument, the Palace of Satria and the Royal Temples, the Maospahit Temple and the Bali Museum.
People will also love shopping in Denpasar. Most stores in the city sell authentic Balinese handicrafts like artworks, pottery, textiles and silverware.
After enjoying the whole city of Denpasar, tourists may head to the Goa Gajah. Located approximate 27 kilometers away off the city, this very interesting attraction in Bali is also known as the Elephant Cave. It may sound like it is just an ordinary spot but it captivates attentions through the unique and somewhat eerie carvings on its main entrance.
From afar, the mouth of the cave looks like an ornate elephant; hence, it got its name. But if one looks closely, these are actually figures of scary creatures and demons, with a pair of eyes strikingly located just above the entrance.
Locals believe that entering the cave, one enters another reality. It takes a few steps in the darkness before visitors could reach the what-used-to-be dwelling place for Hindu priests. During the 1950s, a bathing pool was dug up. According to history, the pool was built to drive away evil spirits.
Legends say that the Goa Gajah was created by the giant Kebo Iwa. Stories say that the giant carved such magnificent attraction with his fingernails on one night. Of course, no one knows if this is true. But real or not, it does not erase the fact that Goa Gajah is one of the most interesting pieces to see in Bali, Indonesia.