Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali is steeped in a rich heritage. A visit to the island would not be complete without experiencing its culture which is very much linked with local traditions and way of life.
From ancient temples to holy shrines, Bali has thousands of sacred sites each offering a unique insight into the island’s religious heritage. Tanah Lot and the Uluwatu Temple, within easy reach of such local properties as Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa are two of the main temples in Bali. Another notable site is the over 1,000 year old Besakih Temple on Mount Agung.
Local dishes are very much a part of culture too! Be it at Ubud, Seminyak or Tanjung Benoa restaurants, you can find a wide range of Balinese and Indonesian specialities. Babi Guling, Nasi Goreng and Nasi Ayam are among the culinary delights worth sampling.
Dance is also linked with Balinese culture and offers a storytelling element as well. These traditional dances are often accompanied by what is called a gamelan orchestra. The Barong Dance, Fire Dance and Kecak Dance are some of the popular local dance performances worth taking in.
Another cultural element is the festivals on the island. The Galungan Festival is a very important festival and during this time it is believed the Balinese gods come down to earth. Nyepi Bali and Saraswati Day are two other well known cultural festivals, while not to be missed is a chance to witness the colourful Bali Arts Festival.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+