Annual Festival of Traditional Kites Bali

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Published on October 11, 2019 | Activities, Bali Culture, Travel

Bali is one of those places that will have you immersed in its arts and culture as soon as you arrive on the island. In fact, you are immediately greeted by the iconic Balinese gates when you arrive at the airport, along with traditional music playing in the background. One art form in particular that will surely amaze you is the annual kite festival.

Kites Festival

Kite Festival

The kite festival began as a seasonal festival in Bali where locals compete to build kites to represent their artistic expressions. The kites range from small intricate designs to absolutely huge sizes with multiple levels. They come in all different shapes and sizes, reflecting the creator’s ideas and expressions. This alone is a beautiful concept in and of itself.

When to catch the festival

In order to get the best conditions to fly a kite, the festival is held all over Bali every year, though the main opening and closing ceremony will be held at the beach where the wind conditions are most optimal. As a tropical island, Bali gets the most wind gusts around early to mid-July, which is exactly when the kite festival is held. The festival is held usually for a month or two and ends in early October.

To catch the stunning opening and closing ceremony, you’ll need to go to Padanggalak Beach which is located in the northern part of Sanur. You’ll definitely want to witness the ceremonies where you’ll get to see the longest kite, known as the Janggan Kite, which stretches for over 100 meters!

Are you planning a trip to Bali? The kite festival is one of those festivals you don’t want to miss out on! It’s also a family-friendly agenda that everyone can enjoy during your visit. If you’re looking for other family-friendly activities in Bali, look no further than Bali Safari Park!

Make it a package by staying over at Mara River Safari Lodge, which includes complimentary admission to Bali Safari Park along with a breakfast at the Tsavo Lion Restaurant, among other bonus perks. Head over to our booking page to reserve your rooms now!