The district of Gianyar is the centre of the Balinese culture, rich in history and artifacts. Gianyar’s history is arguably the most fascinating in Bali. Famous as the heart and soul of Balinese culture, a region where traditional arts, crafts are still remain a vital part of every day life.
The regency of Badung Bali extends in a narrow ribbon from the central uplands in the north of the island to the Nusa Dua Peninsula, also known as Bukit Badung, in the south. Kuta and Jimbaran are to the north and west of the peninsula, Sanur to the east.
Bangli is one of the most enchanting areas in Bali. Bangli is a home of many high mountain lakes which are the source of water for many areas in Bali, making this region an incredible ecological importance. Bangli is the only regency in Bali that has no beaches instead it´s got cool and misty mountais, lush tropical forest, valleys, highlands, lakes and traditional villages.
Klungkung is the smallest regency in the Bali province. This busy market town on the main route to Besakih and Amlapura is steeped in history and has some noteworthy sites. It is bordered by the stony Unda River with its great expanse of weirs protecting the surrounding villages during flood times. In the east side, the landscape is still scarred by the lava streams of the eruption that occurred in 1963.
Karangasem, the most eastern and the most beautiful province of Bali. A hidden paradise, no loud traffic, no nightclubs. Just the sound of wind and waves and the local fishermen and farmers, working in the area. Often referred to as ‘old Bali’, East Bali is a beautiful area with temples, sweeping bays, volcanoes, palaces, rice paddies and ruins, of villages where crafts lost to the rest of the island are still practiced. Here you are really away from the stress of your western life-style. This regency still supports many traditions that have been in existence since the 14th century, having resisted the Javanese influence that invaded other regencies of Bali.
Most of the north coast falls under the recency of Buleleng, once Bali´s chief port in Dutch colonial times, this town received many influences from the foreign traders. During the mid 1800s the Dutch defeated Buleleng in their first attempt to take Bali. The Dutch made Singaraja Bali´s first capital, which still has some colonial buildings and Chinese Temples.
Jembrana is perhaps the most ethnically heterogeneous regency in Bali. For those traveling by land and ferry from Java to Bali, Jembrana regency is where you start your journey of discovery. The distance between the two islands is only 4kms. The Loloan area is populated by a Malay-speaking populace of Bugis descent. There are also many Balinese Christians and of course, plenty of traditional Balinese communities, particularly in the rice-growing areas of the regency.
District Capital of Tabanan – Located on the south eastern part of the Regency. A very large, clean town with wide-open streets. The Subak Museum dedicated to rice cultivation, and the Gedong Marya theatre, dedicated to the famous dancer Mario, are the only real tourist sites in Tabanan, however the rest of this fertile region has many diverse attractions.
Denpasar, not a regency, is the largest city and capital of the island of Bali, Indonesia. It is located in South Bali.
Denpasar is bristling with temples, palaces and museums and its occupants are outstandingly friendly. You will be off the beaten tourist track here, so bring lots of time for a chat with the locals and a decent map of town. You can see many of the main sights comfortably on foot.
This is also a notable shopping city with options to please even the most jaded of world shoppers. Denpasar is the seat of government in Bali and is therefore home to the provincial governor’s office as well as the administration of the Regency of Badung.