Gianyar is a regency in the Indonesian province of Bali, an island. Spread across an area of 368 sq-km it has a population of 470,380 thus making it the second most populated districts of Bali after Badung. As per the civil registry survey in recent years, this province has a majority of Hindu population and the town of Ubud which is supposed to be the nerve center of art and tourism in Bali is located in Gianyar. In fact, Gianyar is a well-preserved town and is full of natural, cultural and traditional heritage.
This place is a prime attraction for active travelers who are interested in discovering the cultural and traditional legacy of Bali. They can do so while relaxing on the beach and explore the natural beauty of the place. There are ancient temples and scenic rice terraces which co-exist alongside luxury villas and resorts. In doing so the natural look is not disturbed and the landscape of the place is very soothing to the eye. Ubud is a famous place and the cultural hub of Bali and so is the Keramas Beach, which is a world-class surfing destination as competitions are held here from time to time.
Numerous deserted volcanic black-sand shores are also quite popular in Gianyar with the vast coastline and stunning luxury villas also adding to its scenic beauty. Along the eastern part of Bali are a series of sacred temples as Gianyar is also home to some of the most glittering and exotic markets and the right place to buy some mementos to bring back home or gift them to your friends.
Transportation in Gianyar
- Gianyar can be reached from the Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport via taxi and the travel time is 40miutes for a distance of 41.62 km.
- The most preferred mode of transport in Gianyar is by car. The average transit preference & distance traveled daily is Car 44.44%; Walking 11.11%; Motorbike 33.33%
- Average distance: 7.85 km Average time: 26 minx
Top Attraction in Gianyar
Located in the village of Manukaya in central Bali, Tirth Empul is basically a temple complex and a holy mountain spring. There is a legendary tale about good versus evil linked to this place. Built-in 960 AD, this place is a silent witness to the old Balinese kingdom existing during the reign of the Warmadewa Dynasty. There is a presidential palace on the top of a hill located close to this place in Istana Tampaksiring, which was raised during the years of the nation’s first president, Soekarno. Tirta Empul, which literally means ‘holy water spring’ is actually the name of a water source that exists within the temple. The spring water caters to the needs of various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the area which finally flows into the Tukad Pakerisan River.
The Bali theatre is Bali’s first ever indoor premier Dance and Performing Art Theatre which is set in approximately 460m2 area and can house up to 1200 people. The theatre has a state-of-the-art complex and is loaded with advanced multi-media technology and the latest lighting systems. There are traditional and modern theatricals, music orchestras, dances and various art forms performed here. The Bali Agung show is quite popular. There are at least 100 performers and various animals including at least 5 elephants and even boats on the stage canal. The production is incredible and of the highest quality and supposed to be the most opulent stage performance seen anywhere in the world.
Kanto Lampo Waterfall:
The Kanto Lampo Waterfall is a waterfall located deep inside the Kelod Kangin hamlet in the Beng village in Gianyar, Bali. This waterfall is known to have been formed after the Kanto Lampo river region was hit by an avalanche. It is a perfect tourist spot for a day trip from Ubud. The water cascades from a height and flows over the rocky cliff, previously used for irrigation of farmlands. The best time to visit is between the months of April and September as the water levels remain high in the monsoon season, although the waterfall remains open 24×7. Being a tourist attraction there is an entrance fee of 10,000 Rupiah (IDR) per person.
The experience in a Bali Zoo is one of a kind. It’s all about discovering the sights and sounds of animals in their habitats. For instance, the Elephant Mud Fun half-day package gives the guest a chance to get down and dirty with the friendly Sumatran elephants and understanding their nature and style. Breakfast with the Orangutans is a package that one needs to certainly avail. While having breakfast, you can take pictures with Orang Utan, elephants and birds. The zookeepers will gladly help you.
You can also feed the elephants and watch them bathe There’re also short animal presentations while you are having breakfast. Kids would definitely love this. After breakfast, you are free to stroll around the zoo. The Bali Zoo is the cleanest zoo one would ever see.
The Bali Bird Park is a great tourist attraction and is located at the Gianyar Regency in an area of 2000 sq-m and houses more than 1000 birds representing more than 250 species in a closed aviary. There are seven regions that cater to the natural habitats of these birds. Provision is made to travel from the deep misty jungle of Sumatra to Far East Indonesia and Papua to explore the native birds. One can also witness South American exotic birds such as the Golden Macaw and the Congo Grey Parrot from the African Savannah.
Highly recommended to visit when in Bali. A free tour is provided for visitors to learn about how kopi luwak is made. At the end of the tour, a complimentary tea and coffee sample set is offered. Also, try the dessert that they have, all are set at 40K IDR and a cup of kopi luwak at 50K IDR. The stunning view of the rice fields and forest is a big plus. The place also has a souvenir shop if you are interested to grab a coffee or tea.
Sukawati Art Market:
This art market in Gianyar is a shopper’s paradise and perfect for those who just want to buy or see what is a typical Balinese souvenir, gift or craft look like. If you can bargain you can save some good money. This art market is famous for being wholesale heaven so you can buy cheap and in bulk.
Village Sightseeing, Rice Field Visit
Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are a beautiful spectacle to watch. The green paddy fields involving the subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system), makes for a visitor’s delight. Tegallalang has some of the most amazing terraced landscapes in Ubud’s shared region. There are similar terraces in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan. The village tours are a full day tour of sightseeing programs where visitors can explore the local cultures and get to know the Balinese lifestyle which is a mix of modern influences in some cases.
The Rice Field tour is planned over 8 to 9 hours by visiting several places around Ubud Village that will give you a total experience about Bali as a whole. The professional tour guide will always escort you and most trips are conducted using air-conditioned vehicles to ensure your comfort.
Restaurant and Cafe
- Suka Espresso Ubud: Australian Café with European fusion
- Genius Café: Internationa,l Asian, Healthy Caucasian, Vegetarian, Friendly, Vegan, Gluten Free Options
- Kafe: Asian, Indonesian, Vegetarian & Vegan
- Mudra: Japanese Café, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan
- Muse Cafe & Art: Bar, Wine, Vegetarian, Vegan Options
- Cafe du Monyet: French Spanish Café, European, Vegetarian, Vegan Options
- Aperitif Restaurant & Bar
- Cascades Restaurant
- Restaurant Locavore
- BLANCO par Mandif
- Padi Fine Dining
- Basa Gede Warung
- Sapu Lidi Resort Spa & Gallery: Most Popular House / Apartment in Gianyar at $32
- Rumah Luwih Beach Resort & Spa Bali at $100
- Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve House / Apartment at $785
- Anahata Villas & Spa Resort Hotel at $86
- Hotel Komaneka Resort at Tanggayuda at $353
- Komaneka at Monkey Forest Hotel at $195
- The Royal Purnama Art Suites & Villas at $200
- Komaneka At Keramas @ $280
- Komaneka At Bisma@ $250
- Hotel Anhera Suite Ubud at $95
Markets in Gianyar
- Pasar Gianyar: A good place to shop for some fruits and vegetables for cooking a nice meal. It’s cheap but the market is rather small in comparison to some other places.
- Morning Market: Morning market is always such a wild, crazy, exciting and hectic place and a perfect one to experience Balinese culture. All the best produce is gone by 7:30 am so get there as early as you can. 6am is best. The local farmers bring their crops and beautiful tropical fruit to sell and better prices than any grocery store, including Bingtangs. Never pay the price that’s asked. Always try to get yourself the best deal, because there is a local price and a ‘white’ tourist price. Don’t let anyone rinse you.
- Sayan Night Market: This was a great place for dinner. Total local hangout, a whole host of street vendors selling an amazing selection of street food. And so affordable, it’s always cheaper than a restaurant. Definitely worth a visit to escape the hassle and crowds in Ubud.
- Ubud Street Market: This place is an entire tourist market with a large variety of items. Lots of wiggle room for haggling. A good place to buy souvenirs and many and cloth stores if you’re willing to take your time out. Plenty of good food options too. It is a tourist market with all of the items you can expect from such a place. Don’t be afraid to walk away from a bad offer and don’t feel sorry for people if they don’t make a sale, and you should be able to get a good price. You won’t find many of sold items at local markets as local resident simply don’t buy the stuff.
- Senggol market Kedewatan Ubud: Come and visit Pak Cangkir. Their seafood is absolutely the best on this hawkers. And also the taste is absolutely great even when you eat at some of the best restaurants. Like any other ‘senggol market’ in Bali that is always full of customers, this new ‘senggol’ is going to be similar. A special one in this market is seafood booth selling fresh big clams, crab, shrimps, squid and various other fish.
Beaches in Gianyar
- Keramas Beach: This is a beautiful black sand beach. Very quiet in nature where you can be at peace as there’s hardly any crowd. You can enjoy the sea, surf or even run on the sand. You’ve got some places where you can just eat in front of the sea as there is a warung on the side of the road.
- Gianyar Beach: This is a hidden gem and a beach worth visiting. Though a small fishing beach, it has a plethora of seafood Warungs. You can buy fresh seafood to take home or choose one of the many there.
- Cucukan Beach: Lovely black sand beach and the right choice if you want serenity. A short stroll along the beach to Komune Resort, Keramas is a good experience. The black volcanic sand sparkles with minerals & the best part is it is a clean beach. Locals are very warm & friendly. On a clear day, you can see Lembongan. Very good Warungs for food in the vicinity who will deliver to Villa Puri Purnama.
Things to do Activities at Gianyar
- Hot Spring Volcano tour in Bali: Bali Hot Springs Tour is a unique experience for those who are willing to witness the breath-taking landscape of Bali’s volcano – Mount Batur and Lake – Batur Lake. There are beautiful pools at Toya Devasya with Bali Natural Hot Springs water.
- Bayad Eco Trek: This trek is all about a nature walk through Bali’s spectacular rural scenery that is blessed with lush green landscapes, labyrinthine caves & waterfalls. There are expert guides that will help you get info on the flora and fauna of the region. Overall it’s a relaxed adventure all along.
- Street Food: Gianyar Night Market is a buzzing place and when you come early you will get the freshest food. Don’t get late you’ll miss the tastiest dishes which tend to sell out quickly. The streets are filled with commotion and the sounds of busy chefs and the aroma of the best food. The best stalls sell pork roast and chicken rice. The local markets are full of different stuff. Pasar Gianyar, Morning Market, and the Sayan Night Market are the places to go.
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