Bali is world-famous for its gorgeous natural scenery and elegant architecture. This 5-day itinerary offers an overview, taking you to some of Bali's most picturesque temples — including a sea temple and a "floating temple" — framed by striking landscapes. Visit rolling green rice terraces, hike to the towering Sekumpul Waterfall, and take in spectacular views at the "Gateway to Heaven" temple at Pura Lempuyang. You'll relax in the tropical gardens of Tirta Gangga, a royal bathing complex in the highlands, before spending the last night of the trip in the peaceful countryside retreat of Sidemen. 

Highlights

  • Discover the wonders of a Balinese sea temple at Tanah Lot
  • Swim in the jungle pools beneath Sekumpul Waterfall
  • Visit the striking "Gateway to Heaven" at Pura Lempuyang
  • Explore sprawling rice terraces and learn about their irrigation system
  • Marvel at the "floating temple" of Ulun Danu Beratan

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali & Relax Near Tanah Lot Tanah Lot
Day 2 Visit Tanah Lot Temple Ubud
Day 3 Trek to Sekumpul Waterfall  Ubud
Day 4 Explore the Temple Complex of Pura Lempuyang  Sidemen
Day 5 Depart Bali - End of Trip  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bali & Relax Near Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot, one of seven Balinese sea temples

Welcome to Indonesia! You'll arrive in Bali, nicknamed the "Island of Gods" because of its many Hindu temples. Transfer to your hotel in Tabanan near Tanah Lot, an offshore rock formation — the name means "Land in the Sea." It's home to a famous Hindu sea temple that you'll tour on day two. For now, just relax in this beautiful setting, going for a swim in the ocean or sunbathing on the beach. In the evening, have dinner in one of several local restaurants, then get some rest before the trip continues. 

Day 2: Visit Tanah Lot Temple

The Tegallalagang rice terrace near Ubud
The Tegallalang Rice Terraces near Ubud

After breakfast, you'll tour the legendary sea temple of Tanah Lot. Perched on a rock by the sea, the 16th-century structure is one of seven sea temples found along the Balinese coast. You'll then continue on the scenic drive to Ubud. During the journey, you'll enjoy views of the island's twisting roads, quaint villages, and terraced rice fields. Once you arrive in Ubud and check in at your hotel, you'll have the rest of the day and evening free to relax. Explore the town's boutiques and cafés, take a yoga class, visit Ubud Palace, or learn about Balinese art at the excellent Agung Rai Museum of Art or the Neka Art Museum. Wander through Ubud Monkey Forest to see three historic temples and a native population of Balinese macaques — keep your distance and avoid direct eye contact, as the monkeys can get aggressive! Or walk through the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, learning about the region's unique irrigation system. Finish the day with a traditional Indonesian meal. Dishes to try include bebek goreng (crispy duck) and satays of grilled beef, chicken, or shrimp.

Day 3: Trek to Sekumpul Waterfall 

Sekumpul Waterfall on the island of Bali

Today you'll set off to the north of Bali to enjoy a guided trek to Sekumpul Waterfall. These cascades are often considered the island's most beautiful. The hike is picturesque, too, leading you through a lush jungle rich with flora and fauna. Once you reach the waterfall, you can go for a refreshing dip. On the way back to Ubud, you'll visit the famous Ulun Danu Beratan Temple on the shores of Beratan Lake. The smooth reflective surface of the lake, which surrounds most of the temple’s base, creates the impression that the temple is floating. This water temple is dedicated to Dewi Batari Ulun Danu, goddess of lakes and rivers, and is used for special ceremonies. Later on the trip, stop to visit the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll then return to your hotel in Ubud.

Day 4: Explore the Temple Complex of Pura Lempuyang 

The temple known as the
A temple at Pura Lempuyang known as the "Gateway to Heaven"

After breakfast, start traveling to the east coast of Bali to visit the temples of the beautiful Pura Lempuyang complex. With sites spread over various levels, the complex is fascinating to walk around. Many visitors stop for photo ops at the spectacular temple nicknamed the "Gateway to Heaven." The views along the tour are unforgettable. You'll then continue to Tirta Gangga, a royal bathing complex featuring tropical gardens, wading pools, fish ponds, and fountains. Enjoy a peaceful moment in this cool retreat in the eastern highlands before checking into your hotel in the peaceful countryside of Sidemen

Day 5: Depart Bali - End of Trip

Plane departing Bali
Looking down at Bali from the plane

It's your last day in Bali. Transfer to the airport in time for your international flight. Safe travels!

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Map of Scenic Bali - 5 Days
Map of Scenic Bali - 5 Days