Bali is a province of Indonesia which you should not miss to visit. It is famous for being called the Islands of the Gods because of the natural beauty and scenery found here that resembles the most beautiful creations of God. In fact, this province claims to be a paradise on earth. There is probably no perfect word to describe the beauty of the place. Acknowledged internationally, for being one of the world's top travel destinations, Bali has won several travel awards and recognitions.
Travel and Leisure for example has acknowledged Bali to be the Best Island in the World in the year 2010. According to BBC Travel in 2011, Bali is one of the world's best island destinations, next to world renowned Greece. With the attractive surroundings and sceneries both in the coastal and mountain areas, the multitude of tourists attractions and the world class local restaurants in the area plus the warm hospitality of locals, there is no doubt Bali deserves to be acknowledged by travel authorities and organizations.
Bali got even more popular when the world famous and multi awarded movie Eat Pray Love was released in August of 2010. The film was shot in Ubud and Padang-Padang Beach at Bali starring Julia Roberts. It definitely exposed the beauty of the place to all the people in the world who were able to watch the movie. In fact, there was a surge of visitors visiting the place after the release of the movie. Tourists wanting to experience the place in person came to witness how beautiful Bali really is, and they were never disappointed.
Millions of people continue to visit Bali. In 2012, the number of foreign tourists reached almost 3 million with an additional 5 million domestic tourists. The expected number of foreign tourists will reach more than 3 million in 2012, a proof that the tourism industry continues to grow.
As of the 2010 Census, population in Bali was more than 3,800,000. About 30,000 of these are expatriates. The current population is estimated to be around 4.22 million.
One of the famous places to visit here is the Tirtha Empul temple which is widely visited by tourists for its holy waters and serene environment. The Pura Taman Ayun is another temple which is also a popular tourist destination. The beautiful Kuta Beach is also another popular place to visit in Bali. The West Bali National Park, the only naturally protected area in Bali is a must-visit as well. Here you can enjoy bird watching, trekking, or diving. The Nusa Lembongan is a great place for relaxation, diving, and surfing.
Bali is only one of the 17 thousand islands of the Indonesian archipelago but it’s one of those that stands out in the entire world. It is often referred to as "paradise" by both residents and tourists and if you read enough about the place, you will know why. You will understand this even more when you finally get to visit the place. In fact, as an added detail, of the total tourists in Indonesia, 80 percent of them go to Bali and only to Bali alone. This being said, it is safe to say that Bali really lifts the tourism industry in the entire country and makes the country internationally known.
With all the paradise-like beaches and bodies of water, the warm smiles and hospitality of the locals, the scenic environment filled with natural beauty and wonders and the rich culture and tradition of the island combined with deep connection to nature and spirituality, Bali has become the number one undisputed travel destination in Indonesia.