A Scenic Escape


Varsha Sirisha and three of her friends chose to go to Bali for an ‘all girls’ trip recently. The destination is an island and province of Indonesia, located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Denpasar, the capital of Bali is located in the southern part of the island. The climate here is fairly even through the year so it is a good place to visit, irrespective of when you plan your vacation.

On arriving at the Denpasar Bali International Airport, the group headed to their hotel where they relaxed a bit before going down to the beach where they savoured the night breeze atop a deck while watching a live performance of exotic dancers. They later enjoyed a delicious dinner under the bright Bali moonlight. After breakfast on the second day, Varsha and her friends proceeded for a full day tour of Kintamani, Ubud, and Monkey Forest.

The Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave gave Varsha a glimpse of what might have been the fears and legends of ancient Bali, with its carvings of various menacing creatures and demons right at the entrance. Ubud was cooler than the coast and a very calm and serene area. It featured several galleries, museums, and amazing viewpoints that the girls could simply not get enough of. Post this they visited the small tropical forest known as Monkey Forest, that is, according to a legend, protected by a group of monkeys that live there. “The highlight of that day was the lunch we had amidst a breathtaking view of Smoky Agung Volcano, Lake Batur, and Monkey Forest,” Varsha reminisced.


On the third day, Varsha explored the city with her friends and indulged in some much needed retail therapy. Arms full of souvenirs and gifts, the girls headed to the beach to tick-off scuba diving from their bucket-list. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species, and this made for the most amazing scuba diving experience they could have asked for.
After this otherworldly experience, the girls visited the Uluwatu temple, which was built in the 11th century and is located approximately 100 metres above a cliff, at the south-western tip of the peninsula. “We had the most spectacular view of the sunset over here, after which we watched a simple but appealing local dance form, called the Kecak Dance,” said Varsha. After a visit to
Garuda Wisnu Kencana, a Bali cultural park that showcases the rich and diverse culture and art forms of the land, they returned to the hotel, exhausted but still excited.


The most popular temple of Bali, Tanah Lot, was the first place the girls visited on the fourth day of their trip. Located on a small, rocky island, the temple—with its backdrop of the blue skies and sea—was as picturesque as a postcard. After checking out of the hotel on the final day, they took the Bali Safari and also visited the Marine Park, both of which were exciting and fun.
“The entire vacation was unforgettable, but if I had to pick one most memorable moment, it would be our scuba diving experience. It was the first time for all of us and there is nowhere better we could have experienced it,” concluded Varsha.    --Tanya