Gianyar is a market town of cultural and historical importance in the Gianyar district of Bali, Indonesia. Even though many tourists visit the town, it still retains its natural beauty and charm. Verdant rice terraces and ancient sacred temples sit a few kilometres from beaches hosting surf competitions. In addition, there are exotic bird parks, safaris, white water rafting and a variety of shops and dining opportunities to suit all visitors.
There are several districts in the Gianyar district. These include Ubud, Sukawati and Payangan. Gianyar town itself has a rich heritage with much to see and do. Plunge straight into Balinese food culture at Gianyar Night Market, which locals believe has the best food in Bali. Choose from a range of delicious local dishes from one of the street carts. A favourite dish to sample is “babiguling”, which is a roasted pig stuffed with garlic, chilli, ginger and turmeric. Gianyar is famous for its textiles, where factories open their doors to locals and tourists so they can purchase fabrics or have an outfit made to measure. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a day at Bali Bird Park. The park is divided into seven natural habitats all with indigenous plant life. Observe as the storks, pelicans and crested cranes go about their lives, oblivious to the tourist photographs. Take a walk to the Owl House, the Balinese Jungle or thick forests of Sumatra to discover myriad exotic birdlife. Alternatively, Bali Marine and Safari Park is nearby. With safari journeys, river lodges, waterparks and entertainment, it’s a great experience which everyone will enjoy. Those who have access to a vehicle should take a visit to Goa Gajah, 6 kilometres outside Gianyar. The “Elephant Cave” as it is also known, is a significant archaeological complex built as a meditation site in the 11th century. Delve deep into the hidden caves, temple courtyards and marvel at the beauty of the rice terraces behind.
Getting around central Gianyar is easy on foot, although visitors wishing to explore further afield will need to rent a car or take a ’bemo” bus, taxi, or shared service like Uber and Grab. Some accommodations may offer shuttle buses and organised trips. Those wishing to remain independent on their travels should consider hiring a car or a driver, allowing for greater exploration of locations which may be otherwise inaccessible.
Gianyar is an artistic district which is known as the centre of Balinese culture. It’s rich in history, cultural significance and is popular with tourists keen to visit the ancient temples, beaches and vibrant markets.