11 Most Picturesque Places You can Visit on Your Solo Trip to Bali
Named the ‘Island of Gods’, Bali needs no introduction! Many tourists from all around the world visit this beautiful island every year. When I had decided to follow my dream of solo travelling, Bali was on the top of the list of places I wanted to visit. And luckily, it is also the destination I visited on my first ever solo trip!
And do you know what the best part about Bali is? It offers so many beautiful places for you to explore that one solo trip is never enough! Among all these places, there are some picturesque places that will make for a great backdrop for your next Instagram post.
If you are someone who is planning on visiting Bali on your next solo trip, then consider adding these picturesque places to your itinerary.
1. Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
Waterfalls in Bali are one of the most popular tourist attractions. While all the waterfalls are stunning in their own ways, I feel the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls look the most picturesque. When you visit the waterfalls, you will see the natural beauty preserved in the region, with lots of lush greenery in the surroundings.
Although finding Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is not easy, and you will have to hike quite a bit, the views will definitely be worth it! There is also a beautiful pool at the bottom of the waterfalls for you to relax after the tiring trek.
Along with clicking some pictures of the waterfalls, you can also have your own mini photoshoot here. For the photoshoot, I would recommend you wear something traditional, like a colourful sarong. You can also wear a few silver pieces of jewellery to complete your look.
2. Nyang Nyang Beach
Nyang Nyang Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. The fact that it is not so famous is something that makes it a picturesque place in Bali. You will not find any eateries or restaurants around either, and it perfectly fits the phrase ‘nature at its best.’
Nyang Nyang Beach is located in the Pecatu area, approximately half a kilometre to the southeast of the famous Uluwatu Temple. Although travelling to the beach may seem like a big task, it is definitely going to be worth the hassle.
While taking pictures of the gorgeous sunset at the beach is a must, you can also click your own pictures here. To get aesthetic beach pictures, I would suggest you wrap a sarong over your swimwear. You can do this in two ways, either wrap the sarong on your waist or over your bikini bra to make it look like you are wearing an off-shoulder dress.
You can also experiment with colours while picking out a sarong to make the pictures look colourful against the backdrop of the sunset.
3. The Bali Swing
Your solo trip to Bali would be incomplete without visiting the famous Bali Swing. In my opinion, it is one of the best ways to explore the beautiful island. The height of the Bali Swing ranges from 10 metres to 78 metres, and you can choose the height that you are comfortable with!
The best pictures to take here are definitely the ones where you are on the swing. For clothes, I would suggest you wear a long floral dress. To complete the look, go with neutral colour sandals. To enhance your outfit, you can team up your dress with a jean jacket! Trust me, you can never go wrong with it!
4. Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bali. Its dreamy appearance, which gets enhanced during the sunset, makes it a picturesque place in Bali. After you are done exploring the temple, you can pass through the tropical gardens and take a walk towards the Batu Bolong rock formation. The view of the sunset from here looks nothing short of magical!
On your way to the rock formations, you will come across many vendors selling traditional bags, cultural masks, and much more for you to check out. You can pick out whatever interests you the most and take it home as a souvenir from Bali.
Since it is a religious site, it is essential that you wear clothes that are less revealing. Anything that covers your legs and shoulders will work fine. My suggestion would be that you wear something comfortable like a dungaree or an ankle-length dress. The Batu Bolong rock formation is a great place to click some amazing pictures. Or, you can find a spot at the premise of the temple itself while making sure that the sunset is in your backdrop!
5. Campuhan Ridge Walk
Ubud is quite famous amongst tourists in Bali, and it offers plenty of places for you to explore. One of my favourite places, which happens to be quite picturesque too, is Campuhan Ridge Walk. Surrounded by greenery and a cool breeze, it is a perfect place if you want to have a relaxed time and not do much.
Even though the Campuhan Ridge Walk is situated in a very crowded region, it still remains untouched and offers you a breath of fresh air! Along this nine-kilometre hill track, you can also spot the lush valley of the Sungai Wos River and other hillside sceneries.
If you happen to visit the Campuhan Ridge on a day when the sky is clear, you might just get lucky and see the stunning Mount Agung standing tall from the pathway!
Since this is a place where you will not be indulging in any activity, you can wear anything comfortable like baggy jeans, a loose t-shirt, and shoes. You can also wear a hat in case it gets a little sunny.
6. Penglipuran Village
Located in North Bali, Penglipuran Village is one of the most beautiful villages in Bali. An interesting thing about the village is that it has remained untouched by modernization. So I think it is one of the most picturesque places in Bali!
The little houses of the locals lined up on the main street look extremely cute and make for a great background. And the fun fact is that the street is slightly sloped, which provides that perfect view till the end of the street in your pictures!
Because you will be visiting a local village, I would suggest that you wear something traditional. In my opinion, elephant pants with a block colour tank top would look really good in the pictures. And don’t forget to wear a long necklace and some bangles to complete the look. If you feel like it, you can even wear a cute little flower behind your ear! Please don’t be surprised if you receive compliments from the locals!
7. Pura Lempuyang Luhur Temple
Another of my favourite picturesque places in Bali, Pura Lempuyang Luhur Temple, is one of the oldest and revered temples on the island. Located in East Bali, the temple is situated at the height of 1,175 metres above sea level. The Pura Lempuyang Luhur Temple is actually a collection of several small temples, and the main one is located at the peak of the mountain!
However, reaching the temple can become a bit of a task for some of you as you have to climb up 1,700 steps! But your visit to this beautiful temple is definitely going to be worth it. If you are someone who loves adventures, then the visit to this temple can turn out to be a mixture of a mountain hike while exploring an exotic Balinese location!
A visit to an ancient Balinese temple calls for wearing something traditional. So a traditional sarong, a solid top, and a shawl or scarf to cover your head would be just the right type of attire to wear for this visit.
For the hike up 1,700 steps, I would recommend that you wear good shoes. You can also carry an extra pair of sandals and wear them once you reach the location.
To get good pictures here, I would suggest finding a spot that shows both the temple and the surroundings in your background!
8. Wanagiri Hidden Hills
Another of my most favourite picturesque places in Bali, Wanafiri Hidden Hills, is something that makes every solo traveller’s Instagram game strong. This place has a lot of spots where you can get the perfect picture. My favourite spots are the giant bird’s nest and the lookouts overlooking the lake! You can also check out the different types of swings available here.
The Wanafiri Hidden Hills is at a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Canggu (without any traffic on the route). The best way to travel is by hiring a cab or taxi.
For this hilly area, I would suggest that you wear something warm. Or you can also layer up your clothes. For example, let’s say a white shirt and a thin beige sweater over it along with a good pair of boots would look really good in pictures.
9. Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Without a doubt, Tegalalang Rice Terraces is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bali. The sight of this beautiful place, regardless of which spot you view it from, looks breathtaking. The cascading emerald green rice fields are the highlight of the Tegalalang Rice Terraces.
Once you reach the rice terraces, you can either climb up the stair-like structures and view the beauty from the top or descend from one side and climb back up from the other side! I would recommend the descent as it lets you explore the natural beauty in a much more fun way.
For this location, you can wear anything that you feel comfortable in. Either a short dress or a cute floral top and a plain skirt would work well. You can complete your look with a good pair of shoes. If you feel up for it, you can wear a hat as well.
Since it will be quite sunny when you visit the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, don’t forget to carry sunscreen in your backpack!
10. Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah is an interesting tourist spot in Bali. Along with being a picturesque place, it is also rich in culture where you can learn about Balinese culture. Goa Gajah is a beautiful cave that has a lot of detailed rock art inside. You can either sit inside and meditate (highly recommended if you are into yoga) or click pictures!
The cave dates back to the ninth century and also consists of cultural statues, water pools, and souvenir shops for you to explore.
A good pair of jeans and a comfortable t-shirt is what I would recommend that you wear to this place. For good spots to take pictures, I would say the main entrance works the best!
Check out my blog on what to wear on your solo trip to Bali.
11. Ubud Monkey Forest
Although not many of you may feel that Ubud Monkey Forest is a picturesque place, wait till you visit here and see it for yourself!
The forest is full of lush greenery and over 700 different long-tailed Balinese monkeys. One of the best pictures that you can take in the forest is with the monkeys! However, be careful with these monkeys as some of them are extremely aggressive. My suggestion would be that you get your pictures clicked at the entrance of the forest itself, as the monkeys at the entrance are quite friendly. This is something I found out when I visited Ubud Monkey Forest on my first solo trip to Bali.
Anything that is comfortable yet classic will look great in the pictures you take here. You can wear a white t-shirt with a jean dungaree for your visit to Ubud Monkey Forest. Along with the dungaree, a good pair of white sneakers would look perfect!
So, which picturesque place in Bali do you find the most interesting?
These are some of the picturesque places in Bali that you can check out on your next solo trip. Of course, visiting all of these places may not be possible, so shortlist the ones that you find the most interesting and add them to your itinerary to Bali to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
If you have never been to Bali before, here are some tips for your first solo trip to the island. Happy travelling, ladies!
An introverted blogger who is looking to make unforgettable solo travel memories with one short life.