Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or GWK for short, is the name of a cultural park on Bali's hilly southern coast famous for the ongoing construction of a gigantic statue of Vishnu riding on the back of a 'garuda' (a supernatural eagle-like being). The completed part of the statue is of the upper part of Vishnu's body, the head of the 'garuda' and Vishnu's hands.
The cultural park has become one of the favourite places in Bali for art and cultural performances, exhibitions, and conferences. One of the best Kecak Dance performances in Ungasan Bali, and various culinary vendors, not to mention the complete selection of local souvenir shops to complement modern cultural experience are ready for the tourists. GWK, once completed at 145 metres, will be one of the world's tallest statues and erected on the top of the hill, with a magnificent panorama of Bali.
Kertalangu cultural village: Desa Budaya is situated in the middle of an 80-hectare rice field and is the perfect one-stop location for experiencing shopping and culture in Bali. Here you can enjoy Balinese cuisine, watch cultural performances, observe locals make handicrafts, and even plant rice paddies with your own hands. The cultural village also has loads of facilities to accommodate and entice visitors, such as running tracks in lush surroundings, fresh fruit and vegetables available for purchase, fishing ponds, and a restaurant and beauty salon.
The temple of Tanah Lot stands on a rocky island just off the southwest coast of Bali. One of Bali's most sacred sea temples, Tanah Lot is dedicated to the guardian spirits of the sea. The temple itself is said to be guarded from evil by the sea snakes that inhabit the caves below.
The temple itself is not accessible to visitors, but magnificent views can be had from a variety of points nearby. Crowds especially gather on the terraces nearby to watch the glow of the sunset behind the temple. Naturally, there are plenty of souvenir shops and cafes with a view to keep you well-supplied
Pandawa Beach, locally referred to as 'Pantai Pandawa', is a great addition to Bali's collection of gorgeous beaches, located on Bali's southern Bukit Peninsula. 'Hidden' behind large carved limestone cliffs that reveal wide views to the Indian Ocean, Pandawa Beach was once also dubbed as 'Secret Beach' and it was officially opened in 2012, fast-gaining popularity among local tourists and international visitors.
Pandawa Beach also have giant statue of "Pandawa" – crown prince from Hindu story "Mahabarata", believed at Hindu as the incarnation of God – at the giant holes of the cliff. First statue at the left was Dewi Kunti – mother of Pandawa, continued by Dharma Wangsa, Bima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sadewa. The water at Pandawa Beach, as with most of Bali's southern coastline, is an exotic combination of blue and green, as local seaweed farmers still tend to their patches along these coasts. On clear days with mild winds, it is a great place to swim, or hire a sea kayak, do some life vests and paddle out for fun, and even grab a surfboard to catch a wave beyond the reef. Easily, this is one of the far-flung and exotic beaches to retreat a holiday in Bali.
Krisna Shopping Center
For those of you looking for cheap souvenir in Bali, look no further! Krisna Shopping Center is the place to go. You’ll find almost everything here in the convenience of a massive air conditioned store. Inability to speak fluent Bahasa (with the correct accent) can be a disadvantage for shopping in Bali, as the price mostly ends up higher. Therefore shopping in places like Krisna where the prices are fixed and lower than the more touristy markets, is a bliss.
The village of Guwang is home to the Guwang Art Market, referred to locally as ‘Pasar Seni Guwang’, is Bali’s most distinguished and long-standing art market. It is where visitors can seek and purchase distinctively Balinese art items such as paintings and sculpted wooden figures, curios, handicrafts and traditional handmade products. The Art Market was established in the 80s and is located on the main road in Gianyar, approximately 20km northeast from the main tourism hubs of Kuta and Denpasar. The art market’s main building is often packed with shopping holidaymakers and locals sourcing household and daily necessities. It is an alternative, inexpensive and complete shopping destination conveniently situated along most tour itineraries to the central and northern regions of the island.