I hope you are enjoyed the “Bappa” festival by making beautiful “Pookalam” for Onam and hogging “Biriyani” and “Sewaiyan” on Eid 🙂 I have recently moved to Kochi and finally back to blogging. In the mean time, I was collecting lots of stories and blog ideas to make this space even more interesting. Sometimes all you need is a vacation to revive yourself with fresh ideas and get rid of monotony. I chose to travel to my dream destination, which I’ve already mentioned in one of my previous posts – BALI 🙂 I’ve already given the basic info and the main attractions of the place in that post.
This post is going to be a highlight of the entire trip with loads of pictures of course! 😉
And the journey begins from the very famous LuLu Mall in Kochi! Yes, you heard it absolutely right! “Every journey begins with shopping and ends with more shopping!” 😀 But surviving Mr.Hurry-O_Hurry (husband) wasn’t an easy task. All I could hear was, “It’s 6.30PM…its 6.34PM… we must leave; it’s 6.39PM”. The airport was approximately an hour’s drive from the mall and our flight was at 11.35PM 🙁 I somehow managed to pick a tank top from Westside and set of 3 neck accessories. We arrived at the Kochi International Airport well ahead of time and checked-in. I was so happy to get my passport stamped for the first time 🙂 Yayyyyyy!!!
There was a layover of three hours at Kuala Lumpur International Airport before we took the connecting flight to Denpasar International Airport. I am not going to tell you what I saw at Kuala Lumpur airport!
You didn’t see nothing! 😛
…And the story next will be continued in another post 😉
We reached Denpasar Airport where our driver was waiting for us already. Heading towards Kuta Seaview Boutique Resort, our home for the next four days, our driver Mr.Gusto explained us a few things about Bali. The hotel was exceptionally beautiful and we had a warm welcome. Since we were tired due to the long flights, we decided to rest till evening. To our surprise, we has this to welcome us! 🙂
They looked so cute together that I didn’t even want to take them off 😛
In the evening we walked down the Kuta beach-walk and checked out some local street shops.
This shop sold some amazing dream-catchers. Loved them all <3
Tanah Lot temple is one of the major attractions of southern Bali. It means a “hole” as you can see in the picture below.
This rock is considered to be sacred and climbing it is prohibited for the general public. Only the prince or the head priest can go up there.
Our next destination was the Nusa Dua beach where we were given lots of options for water sports.
I somehow gathered the courage to go parasailing. You can see my hubby flying and that me waiting for my turn 🙂
We took a glass-bottom boat to the Turtle Island in Tanjung Benoa, which was about 30 minutes from the Nusa Dua beach. On the way we stopped to feed fishes and then my sailorman had the time of his life riding it all by himself for a few minutes though!
Look at the scared me! 😛
Then we met these cuties 🙂
And the biggies 😀 They were as heavy as 150 kilograms and over 100 years old.
BTW, he is “Shiva” 😉
We also made few more friends 😀 😛
They all had funny names 😛
Our travel guide Baron took us to a place where the World’s most expensive coffee, Luwak Coffee is made. More details on this in the coming post 😉
Sunset at Uluwatu Temple was one of the most amazing experiences <3 Loved every spec of it!
Candle light dinner at the Jimbaran Bay and a cultural dance.
We went to an art village where these masterpieces were displayed for sale.
Creative minds at work
The beautiful Ubud Heaven Penestanan Villa! We stayed here only for two days but enjoyed the spectacular view of the paddy fields and our own private pool 🙂
A day with Aristocat Cruise was loaded with fun.
Totally loved the snorkeling and sub-marine experience. Bali indeed has a rich coral reef.
It was our last day at Bali. We finished packing our bags and lots of memories. Our dear friend, Baron was there to pick us from the villa. just couldn’t stop myself from clicking this magnificent statue from Ramayana which depicts the building of “Ram Setu” by the “Vanarsena”.
Bali has a lot of similarities in culture to India. Their believe in balancing the good and bad spirits which in turn protects the people. People here are peace-loving and maybe that’s the reason they never honk unnecessarily while on the go! Interacting with them, I inferred that each one of them love whatever they are doing. That contentment reflects in their hospitality and the way they treat travelers like us.
By the time we left Bali, we had already capture the sweet fragrance of Canang Sari, an offering made to the God by the Balinese Hindus, before starting their day.
Pick Your Trail – Our Travel Partner
Our trip to Bali was flawless and I owe it all to this wonderful travel troop –Pick Your Trail. If you visit their website, you will see many pre-customized packages to various destinations around the world. But then, if you want to customize your own itinerary, then you may try VEHO. It’s a service offered by Pick Your Trail where you can choose your own flights, hotels and places to visit. Their representatives are super-friendly and will guide you through the entire trip. All you have to do is register on their website and choose the destination you want to travel and VIOLA!!!
Love Bali ♥