Inside Guide to Bali

It’s now even easier for our India Members to visit the fabled Island of the Gods, with direct flights from Bangalore! All you need to do now is plan your trip. If you find yourself torn between the myriad of options Bali presents, fret not! We’re here to guide you… 

There is no island on the planet quite like Bali. Westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands, it is easy to miss, sandwiched between the much larger islands of Java to the west and Lombok to the east. And yet Bali’s international reputation belies its diminutive size – for the island’s allure is utterly unique. First, there is its culture – a hybrid of Hinduism, Buddhism, animism, and ancestor worship exhibiting unique forms of ritual theatre, art and music. Filled with colour, ceremony and magic, there is nothing quite like it anywhere in the world. 

Then there are its diverse landscapes, from black and white sand beaches lapped by the waters of the Indian Ocean – or massive ocean rollers beloved of surfers to lush rice terraces, spectacular volcanoes and waterfalls,  nature’s splendour is on display at every turn. Its coastal waters are home to coral reefs teeming with marine species, while its global popularity gives it a cosmopolitan atmosphere with a myriad of world-class culinary offerings – not to mention a vibrant nightlife.

Getting There

Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, is the main gateway to Bali. It is well-connected to major cities across the globe, with direct flights available from many international destinations.


At Karma Group in Bali, the accommodation options are as diverse as they are luxurious. From stunning resorts that immerse you in a tropical paradise to regal residencies fit for royalty, there’s something to suit every style and preference. Whether you’re seeking a tranquil escape or a lavish retreat, Karma Group ensures that your stay in Bali is nothing short of extraordinary.

Karma Kandara, Ungasan, Bali
Karma Grand Cliff Villa Nirvana, Ungasan, Bali
Karma Grand Residence Maria, Ungasan, Bali
Mentari Residences @ Karma Kandara, Bali
Karma Royal Candidasa, Bali
Karma Royal Sanur, Bali
Karma Jimbaran, Jimbaran Bay, Bali
Karma Royal Jimbaran, Jimbaran Bay, Bali

Getting Around

Upon arrival, you can easily find taxis (Bluebird is the recommended provider), ride-hailing services, and shuttle buses to reach your accommodation. Many luxury resorts and hotels also offer airport transfer services for added convenience. 

Renting a car isn’t a must, but if you would like to do so, then foreigners must hold an International Driver’s Permit or an Indonesian licence to rent a car and drive in Bali.

  • Pristine Beaches: Relax on iconic beaches like Kuta, Seminyak, and Nusa Dua. Try water sports like surfing (Bukit) and snorkelling (East Coast, Candidasa, Gili Islands)
  • Ancient Temples: Discover ancient temples such as Uluwatu Temple, Tanah Lot, and Besakih Temple.
  • Explore Ubud: Visit the Ubud Monkey Forest, Tegalalang Rice Terraces, and Ubud Art Market.
  • Balinese Dance Shows: Watch traditional dance performances like the Kecak Fire Dance.

  • Adventure Activities: Go hiking up Mount Batur, white water rafting in Ayung River, or quad biking in Ubud.
  • Spa and Wellness: Known for its world-class resorts and luxurious wellness retreats, traditional Balinese massages and spa treatments are an experience not to be missed.
  • Art Markets: Explore local markets for handmade crafts, paintings, and souvenirs.
  • Nyepi Festival: Experience Bali’s Day of Silence with unique rituals and ceremonies.

Must-Try Foods
  • Babi Guling: Spit-roasted suckling pig with crispy skin – Bali’s most famous dish! 
  • Nasi Goreng: Flavourful fried rice with vegetables, egg, and choice of meat.
  • Lawar: Minced meat mixed with coconut, vegetables, and spices.
  • Sate Lilit: Spiced minced meat on lemongrass skewers.
  • Pisang Goreng: Deep-fried bananas served with a sprinkle of sugar.
  • Balinese Seafood: Fresh seafood dishes like grilled fish and prawns.

For more insights into Bali and bespoke guidance for your holiday, just reach out to your Karma Concierge.


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