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The Undeniable Charm of South Gianyar

North Gianyar is very popular destination, but South Gianyar has its own charm

Keramas, Bali, Indonesia. Competition WSL Corona Bali Protected. Professional surfers. (c) Shutterstock
Keramas, Bali, Indonesia. Competition WSL Corona Bali Protected. Professional surfers. (c) Shutterstock

If we are talking about tourism, Northern Gianyar is dominated by Ubud, and it’s for good reasons. Ubud is definitely the heart of Balinese culture, with so many craft centers and also cultural legacy from ancient times. But Gianyar is not just Ubud. There are many other places that might charm you with different charisma.

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Aerial view of Beach of Keramas. Keramas surfing beach Bali, Indonesia. (c) Shutterstock
Aerial view of Beach of Keramas. Keramas surfing beach Bali, Indonesia. (c) Shutterstock

The southern part of Gianyar is especially peppered with man-made attractions. Since we’re talking about Bali, we will definitely be talking about a beautiful beach. Located just north of Denpasar, Gianyar surely is a wonderful place to visit after you finish all the white sandy beach in South Bali.

Bali Zoo

Mother and son feeding beautiful deer from hands in a tropical Zoo. (c) Shutterstock
Mother and son feeding beautiful deer from hands in a tropical Zoo. (c) Shutterstock

There are a several big animal attraction in Bali, but interestingly, only one use ‘zoo’ in its name. Called Kebun Binatang Bali by locals, this zoo is set on an area of eight hectares in Singapadu. Being a zoo, it naturally displays an assortment of exotic animals. However, this zoo creates a program that can make you be a zookeeper for a day.

Tourist enjoy riding a Sumatran elephant at Mason Elephant Safari Park & Lodge in Ubud, Bali. (c) Shutterstock
Tourist enjoy riding a Sumatran elephant at Mason Elephant Safari Park & Lodge in Ubud, Bali. (c) Shutterstock

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and be given refreshment. You will learn about zookeeping from an actual zookeeper, and then you will be given responsibilities to care for some animals here. Probably not a lion, though. Most likely, you will be assigned to care for cute baby elephants, bearcat, or tiger cubs.

Gianyar Night Market

Gianyar Night Market is a top destination for hungry locals and tourists, offering a large variety of traditional balinese food in Gianyar province, Bali, Indonesi. (c) Shutterstock
Gianyar Night Market is a top destination for hungry locals and tourists, offering a large variety of traditional balinese food in Gianyar province, Bali, Indonesi. (c) Shutterstock

Referred by locals as Pasar Senggol (literally Nudge Market), the Gianyar Night Market can be an ideal dining option. If you want to try authentic Bali snack and delicacies, there is no better place than this market.

Here, you can sample huge variety of traditional cuisine and snacks from many places. The vendors open up a food stalls in a tent. However, this market can be very crowded and the traffic can be hectic.

Keramas Beach

Perfectly black sand at Keramas beach in Bali, Indonesia (c) Shutterstock
Perfectly black sand at Keramas beach in Bali, Indonesia (c) Shutterstock

Keramas Beach stretches for 1. Kilometers in the coast of Gianyar. It has black sand and has wonderful right handed wave, very challenging for surfers. Keramas is actually only one of several beaches in this particular shore. There are alsoMaceti, Saba, Lebih, Cucukan, Lepang, and Watu Klotok. Keramas Beach is home to some of the nice dining places.

Taman Nusa Cultural Park

Taman Nusa Bali. via Instagram/
Taman Nusa Bali. via Instagram/tamannusa

Jakarta has Taman Mini Indonesia Indah to showcase Indonesia’s rich cultural diversities, Bali has Taman Nusa. This is a unique cultural and educational park intended for those who wants to learn the rich heritage of Indonesian traditions. Located in 15 hectares of land, Taman Nusa display 60 different traditional houses of Indonesia as well as the tradition in their respective land.

Bali Safari and Marine Park

The picture shows 2 lioness resting on the rock. (c) Shutterstock
The picture shows 2 lioness resting on the rock. (c) Shutterstock

This park is located on the south side of Gianyar. It has many animal shows that aims to educate people on how human being has destroyed many of these animals’ habitats and how we can all help them.

There is also a tour where the park tries its best to mimic a safari in a wild. You will ride a train and taken into a jungle setting where animals from India, Africa, and Indonesia are roaming in their large cage.

Keramas, Bali, Indonesia. Competition WSL Corona Bali Protected. Professional surfers.
Keramas, Bali, Indonesia. Competition WSL Corona Bali Protected. Professional surfers. (c) Shutterstock

South Gianyar doesn’t have the natural charm that its northern part has. However, you can still enjoy the many parks and dining options that fill this area. There is a recurring theme in tourism in this area; education. That makes South Gianyar a perfect destination for family vacation. Next

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