Bali is one of the world tourism destination in which there are many kinds of natural beauty and cultural uniqueness for visitors to explore and enjoy. The culture of Bali has been influenced by the Hindu Religion from early ages with grace and temperance, which has rooted in a very long history making it intrinsically very inviting for tourism in Bali. Bali’s culture is also based on philosophy of local genius called, Tri Hita Karana which means the three causes of Happiness, Wealthy, and Prosperity.
Denpasar is the economic centre of Bali. There is a bajra Sandhi museum of heroes and Balinese statues which have become a symbol of Denpasar. The Unique Kreneng night Market, Denpasar cultural Park ( Art Centre ).
Bangli Regency attraction can be found at Bukit Jati, which is an ideal place for hiking and trekking, visiting Historic villages and Penglipuran temple. In the Mountainous areas around Kintamani. There are mount Batur and lake Batur which is the largest lake in Bali. It has natural hot spring in Toya Bungkah. Bangli district in Bali that does not have a beach.
Karangasem Regency became the spot for the biggest Temple in Bali, Besakih Temple. The temple is visited by local residents as well as tourists. There is also water park, Tirta Gangga Water palace, rice fields, rolling hills and crystal clear water. Taman Ujung karangasem made by three architects from Bali, the Netherlands and China.
Buleleng is the largest area among nine district and cities in Bali, almost 1/3 of Bali’s main island. Some place that you will wish to visit area Lovina beaches where you ca see dolphins., Twin Buyan and Tamblingan Lake’s with their natural beauty and the 35 meter high waterfall. The uninhabited Menjangan Island is suitablefor snorkling and scuba diving. The hundreds of years old Banjar Sulfur hot springs is unique and wonderful destination.
Jembrana Regency in located in the west and has nomerous tourist areas, Medewi Beach which is suitable for surfing, candi Kusuma Beach, Rening Baluk and Pengeragoan a Museum of early humans. Aferry and shipping port that connects the island of Java and Bali, Can take you to the west Bali National Park a sanctuary for starlings ( Bali Birds- Leucopsar Rothschild ) which is protected by the Government.
One-third of Klungkung Regency is located between island of Bali. The other two thirds is in the islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. These three island are suitable for water activities. Kerthagosa, is an ancient building complex erected during the reign of the first King of Klungkung. There is also a Temple called Goa Lawah with an impressive amount of bats inside.
Tabanan Regency has an area of 839.33 Km which consist of mountainous areas and beaches. Bedugul Botanical garden are surrounded by hills and has three beautiful Lakes. Tabanan Regency hasmany beaches such us Yeh Gangga Beach, Soka Beach, Surabrata Beach, Kelating Beach, Pasut Beach etc. It’s more than just beaches though, there are also famous Temple such us Tanah Lot which is located a short distance off the coast with a great view of the surrounding the ocean. Batukaru Temple located on mount batukaru and Jatiluwih Both have famous terracing.
Badung Regency includes Kuta and Nusa Dua with several famous beaches such as Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, and Nusa Dua. Uluwatu Temple located at the edge of the cliffs is also a great attraction for tourists. Tanjung Benoa is the place with a lot of different kinds of water sport.
Gianyar Regency includes, Siyut, Suba, and Many More beautiful beaches. There are lots of beatiful temples to visit like Goa Gajah temple. Yeh Pulu Temple, Penataran Sasih Temple, Kebo Edan Temple, Pusering Jagat Temple, Gunung Kawi Temple and Tirta Empul Temple. In the centre of the regency in Ubud with lush green areas and rice fields of Tegalalang. Puri agung Ubud is located inthe heart of Ubud. It was the Government kingdom of the past and is now a center for culture and arts.
The highest temple density in the world. Pura Luhur Lempuyang is one of the nine directional temples in Bali. It is also known as the “Temple of thousand steps”, it is called Temple of thousand steps because to reach the main temple area, visitors must climb about 1700 steps. The word Lempuyang is derived from 2 words “Lampu” which means light and “Hyang” which means God therefore the meaning of Lempuyang is Light of God.
Lempuyang temple is located in sub district of Abang, Karangasem regency. Was built in mount Lempuyang 1.058 meters above sea level, northeast of
Besakih is called also Mother Temple located in the village of Besakih ( Rendang sub-district of Karangasem) right at the foot of mount Agung, in the eastern part of Bali, located about 1000 meters above sea level and finally it is the highest substantial public temple complex.
Besakih Temple dates back to about the 10th century ( the same age as Tirta Empul Temple and is actually a complex consisting of about 30 singular temples, with hundreds of shrines, dedicated of helpers of the Gods. When you have finally reached Pura Penataran Agung Besakih The Highest Temple of the mother temple complex you will be rewarded with unimaginable views and fabulous, spiritual feeling.
GUNUNG KAWI TEMPLE
Gunung Kawi temple is unique Balinese temple complex, carved into the mountain and located in Pakerisan River, closed to Tampak siring Village in the regency of Gianyar. Pura Gunung Kawi is resemblances to the soul American Maya Temple as it is surrounded by lush green tropical rainforest and situated on a mountain river.
Batukaru Temple, referred to by locals as Pura Luhur Batukaru, is one of Bali’s key temples, located at the foot of namesake Mount Batukaru. At an altitude of 2,270m above sea level on the second highest peak in Bali after Mount Agung, the temple is surrounded by cool natural forests, providing a pleasant sightseeing stopover for nature lovers.
he main structure of Batukaru Temple features a multitude of shrines with tiered roofs, and the complex is filled with ancient structures heavily covered in green moss. The walled compounds contain several shrines, as well as high ‘meru’ towers, and ‘bale’ pavilions with unmistakably ancient Balinese features, such as the dark grass roofs and intricate wall carvings.
There are different courtyards inside the complex, sparsely positioned and on different elevations, connected through a series of flowering gardens and statue-lined steps. Within the main temple courtyard there is a freshwater spring that serves as the holy water source for prayers and ceremonies. Another separate spring serves cleansing and purification rituals.
Mount Batukaru as a whole is considered a sacred site and the misty slopes of the heavily forested mountain enhances its spiritual vibe. The temple complex is frequented by visitors on any given day; however several parts of the temple’s inner sanctum remain off-limits to non-pilgrims. The temple is devoted to the Hindu god Mahadeva, considered the master of the air, water and plants. The 11th century Batukaru Temple shares the cool and quiet upland vicinity of the Wongaya Gede farming community in the Penebel Village of Tabanan regency.
The best time to visit is during the temple’s biannual ‘piodalan’ temple anniversaries, which coincides each Thursday after the Galungan celebrations. Balinese families from adjacent villages in Wangaya Gede and from all over the island make pilgrimages to this mountain temple for blessings.
Old Balinese chronicles state that the temple suffered major destruction following a siege by the neighbouring Buleleng kingdom during the warring times of 1605 AD. The temple remained in ruins for a considerable period, until major restorations began in 1959 for over two decades, reinstating Batukaru Temple back to its current form.
A visit to the temple calls for proper attire and conduct. As with any Balinese temple visit, you must wear a sash around your waist, which are available for free at the security post before the temple entrance, and women during their periods are not allowed to the temple grounds. There is a large parking area a kilometre down from the temple, where a variety of local kiosks and warungs offer local cuisine, snacks and refreshments. One of the traditional must-try cakes in the Tabanan region include klepon, palm sugar-filled gelatinous steamed rice flour balls served with shredded coconut.
Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves; Tanah Lot Temple is simply among Bali’s not-to-be-missed icons.
The onshore site is dotted with smaller shrines alongside visitors’ leisure facilities that comprise restaurants, shops and a cultural park presenting regular dance performances. The temple is located in the Beraban village of the Tabanan regency, an approximate 20km northwest of Kuta, and is included on most tours to Bali’s western and central regions.
At high tide, waves flood the causeways making it impossible to cross. At low tide, you may cross to view the rock base where the legendary ‘guardian’ sea snakes dwell in crevices around the Tirta Pabersihan fountain. This natural spout is the source of holy water for all the temples in the area. Priests at the fountain bless visitors by sprinkling holy water over their heads. You can cup your palms and take a sip to prove it is amazingly fresh water.
Onshore temples include the Penyawang, a spiritual proxy to Tanah Lot that hosts pilgrims when the main offshore temple is inaccessible during high tide. Other smaller temples around the site host prayer sessions for various aspects of the villagers’ agrarian life, from good rice harvests to rites of passage. North of Tanah Lot is Batu Bolong, similarly built on a rock formation with a ‘hollow’ overpass linking to the mainland.
Convenient pathways and well-kept tropical gardens line the grounds from Tanah Lot to Batu Bolong, with resting spots offering shades and good viewpoints to both outcrops. Art shops selling souvenirs and curios of all sorts line the pathway from the parking area to the temple, also with peddlers selling traditional snacks such as jaja kelepon –yummy, must-try palm sugar-filled gelatinous balls rolled in grated coconut.
Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of six key temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars, is renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level. This temple also shares the splendid sunset backdrops as that of Tanah Lot Temple, another important sea temple located in the island’s western shores.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is definitely one of the top places on the island to go to for sunset delights, with direct views overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean and daily Kecak dance performances. Balinese architecture, traditionally-designed gateways, and ancient sculptures add to Uluwatu Temple’s appeal.
Without a doubt, what makes Uluwatu Temple spectacular is its cliff-top setting at the edge of a plateau 250 feet above the waves of the Indian Ocean. ‘Ulu’ means the ‘top’ or the ‘tip’ and ‘watu’ means a ‘stone’ or a ‘rock’ in Balinese. Several archaeological remains found here prove the temple to be of megalithic origin, dating back to around the 10th century. There are two entrances to Uluwatu Temple, from the south and the north.
A small forest lies at the front and hundreds of monkeys dwell here. They are believed to guard the temple from bad influences. The serpentine pathway to the temple is fortified by concrete walls on the cliff side. It takes about an hour to get from one end to another as there are several fenced points along the way to stop. The views from the bottom of the water surging up against rocks and the ocean horizon are remarkable.
The Balinese Hindus believe that the three divine powers of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva become one here. That belief results in making Uluwatu Temple a place of worship of Siva Rudra, the Balinese Hindu deity of all elements and aspects of life in the universe. Pura Uluwatu is also dedicated to protect Bali from evil sea spirits.
Inscriptions mention that Uluwatu Temple was instigated by Mpu Kunturan, a Majapahit monk who also participated in establishing several other important temples in Bali such as Pura Sakenan in Denpasar, about 1,000 years ago. A holy priest from eastern Java, Dhang Hyang Dwijendra, then chose Uluwatu Temple to be his spiritual journey’s final worshiping place. Balinese Hindu devotees believe that he reached the highest spiritual point of oneness with deities by a strike of lightning and completely disappeared.
Legend, however, says that Dhang Hyang Dwijendra (also frequently referred to by name as Danghyang Nirartha) was the architect of Uluwatu Temple and several other temples in Bali, Lombok, as well as Sumbawa. Until 1983, Pura Uluwatu was hardly accessible and a lightning strike in 1999 set some parts of the temple on fire. The temple has had some restorations since it was first built.
Every six months according to the Balinese 210-day Pawukon cycle, big temple anniversary celebrations are held at the temple. The temple’s keeper, the royal family of Jro Kuta from Denpasar, are patrons for the event.
Precautionary signs warn visitors of the monkeys grabbing attractive items such as sunglasses and cameras. However, they can be calmer when approached with peanuts or bananas, lending an opportunity to retake stolen possessions.
There hasn’t been any significant erosion on the shoreline underneath the temple’s towering cliff. Believers regard it as a manifestation of the divine power that protects Pura Uluwatu. Public facilities are available, but not in the temple area. Unlike some other tourist destinations in Bali, Uluwatu Temple area has limited amounts of hassling vendors.
Visitors must wear a sarong and a sash, as well as appropriate clothes common for temple visits. They can be hired here. The best time to visit is just before sunset. A Kecak dance is performed every day at the adjacent cliff-top stage at 18:00 to 19:00. Visitors are charged a nominal fee. What makes it the most favourite venue to watch a Kecak dance is the sunset background of the performance.
There’s no public transportation to get here and going back in to town will be difficult without any prearranged ride or taxi. A guide is not necessary, though helpful. The service offered is hassle-free at very minimum prices.
Goa Gajah’s name is slightly misleading, lending the impression that it’s a gigantic dwelling full of elephants. Nevertheless, Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave’ is an archaeological site of significant historical value that makes it a special place to visit. Located on the cool western edge of Bedulu Village, six kilometres out of central Ubud, you do not need more than an hour to descend to its relic-filled courtyard and view the rock-wall carvings, a central meditational cave, bathing pools and fountains.
Even though the site’s name translates into ‘Elephant Cave’, you won’t find any pachyderms here. Various theories suggest the origin of the name, such as back in time the Petanu River was originally called ‘Lwa Gajah’, meaning the ‘River Gajah’, before it came to be called Petanu River. Other sources state that the ‘Gajah’ or elephant aspect came from the stone figure inside the cave depicting the Hindu lord Ganesh, who is characterised by an elephant’s head.
Ancient inscriptions also allude to the name Antakunjarapada, which roughly translates to ‘elephant’s border’. The cave’s entrance shows a menacing giant face with its wide open mouth as the door. Various motifs depicting the forest and animals are carved out of the outer rock face. The giant face was considered to be that of an elephant’s.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or GWK for short, is the name of a cultural park on Bali’s hilly southern coast famous for the ongoing construction of a gigantic statue of Vishnu riding on the back of a ‘garuda’ (a supernatural eagle-like being). The completed part of the statue is of the upper part of Vishnu’s body, the head of the ‘garuda’ and Vishnu’s hands.
The cultural park has become one of the favourite places in Bali for art and cultural performances, exhibitions, and conferences. GWK, once completed at 145 metres, will be one of the world’s tallest statues and erected on the top of the hill, with a magnificent panorama of Bali.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is set in 250 hectares of land in Ungasan, south of Bali, and is dedicated to embrace as well as preserve the art, cultural, culinary, and spiritual aspects of the island. The Garuda is a Hindu mythical bird, Wisnu is the Indonesian for Vishnu and kencana means a carriage. Bali’s future landmark of a 145-metre tall copper-steel-brass statue is planned to be placed here; it is of Vishnu riding on the back of his ‘garuda’ with 64-metre long wings.
Nyoman Nuarta, a Balinese sculptor, started the project in 1997 and it has instantly become one of Bali’s points of interests even though it is currently only around 25% complete with the existing upper part of Vishnu body, garuda’s head, and Vishnu’s hands. Eventually, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue will be able to be seen within a radius of 20km from Kuta, Sanur, and Nusa Dua.
GWK Cultural Park is about 260 metres above sea level, resulting in must-see spectacular views overlooking the island and the ocean. Facilities here include an amphitheatre, an exhibition gallery, open-air venues, two restaurants, a souvenir shop, an art market, a massage centre, ATV and Segway rentals, as well as adventurous activities.
The most beautiful vista of the island in the area is found in the Indraloka Garden. It holds medium-scale events such as wedding parties, company gatherings, and more. The GWK Amphitheatre accommodates up to 800 people and features high-quality acoustics. A number of plays have been performed here. This was also the venue of the international ‘Bali for the World’ event in 2003 that was intended to resurrect Bali’s tourism industry after the Bali Bombing in 2002. Don’t forget to watch Bali’s famous Kecak dance performed here every day at 18:30!
Balairung Dewi Sri is the name of the GWK exhibition hall, derived from the goddess of rice and fertility. Fun free services are provided here such as nail painting, hair braiding, and more. Visitors are also welcome to watch a feature video on the making of the GWK statue or Panca Yadnya (Balinese Hindu five holy offerings). Visitors can purchase the video at the GWK souvenir shop. Tirtha Agung is the area where you will find the hands part of Vishnu statue.
A Balinese parade around the park is scheduled at 17:00 daily. Jendela Bali, a panoramic restaurant, is situated in the Street Theatre area. It provides authentic Balinese food and daily entertainment. The Berandas is a new addition to Street Theatre, serving an all-you-can-eat buffet.
The Vishnu statue on its own is planned to be at least 75 metres tall and the garuda statue should be around 70 metres tall. The weight of the statue will be approximately 4,000 tons. Some parts of GWK statue will be covered in gold foil. The project will take longer time for completion than initially planned due to Indonesia’s monetary crisis.
TAMAN AYUN TEMPLE
Taman Ayun Temple is a landmark in the village of Mengwi, Badung regency, located 17km northwest of Denpasar. This temple complex boasts magnificent traditional architectural features throughout its courtyards and enclosures as well as expansive garden landscapes comprised of lotus and fish ponds.
The temple was built circa 1634 by the then ruler of the Mengwi kingdom, Tjokerda Sakti Blambangan, with Chinese architectural inspirations, and underwent a significant restoration project in 1937. Towering tiers from the temple shrines make up most of the profile of Taman Ayun and are a gesture of the people of Mengwi’s reverence to their deified noble ancestors, for the temple complex is considered the ‘mother temple’ of Mengwi.
The Taman Ayun Temple was to serve as a main site of worship among the Mengwi people who need not travel too far to the main large temples, the likes of the Besakih ‘mother temple’ in Karangasem, Batukaru Temple in Tabanan, or Batur Temple in Kintamani. It also served as a unifying symbol among the Mengwi royalty and the people.
The Taman Ayun Temple complex comprises four different divisions, one ranking higher than the other. The first is referred to as the ‘Jaba’ or outer division, accessible only through a single entrance and walkway over the ponds. Inside, near the entrance is a small guardian shrine and on the right is a large ‘wantilan’ hall where the communal gatherings take place. A tall fountain with spouts jutting up and out to the cardinal directions can be seen in this area.
Onto the next court, a small temple compound by the name of Pura Luhuring Purnama can be seen. The second and third terraces are slightly higher than the first. To enter, visitors must go through a second gate where a shelter called Bale Pengubengan greets them with ornamental features that depict the nine Hindu gods that guard the nine points of the compass, referred to as Dewata Nawa Sanga. East of this court is a small temple called Pura Dalem Bekak, while in its western corner is an eight metre-high wooden bell tower known to locals as ‘Bale Kulkul’. A climb up will reveal two hanging rectangular wooden bells, plus a high and spectacular view of the whole complex.
The fourth and last court is considered the most sacred, thus ranks the highest. It is referred to as the Utama Mandala. The intricately ornate central gate is open only during ceremonies, as the entryway for consecrated heirlooms and other ceremonial paraphernalia. Another gate at its east is for daily access. Several tiers of different outlines and sizes rise up into the temple’s skyline.
The temple’s three grounds denote the three cosmological levels known to Balinese Hinduism, namely the world of man, the realm of gods and deities, and the topmost divine level. As recounted in the ancient texts of the ‘Adhiparwa’, the whole complex of the Taman Ayun Temple represents Mount Mahameru in the so-called ‘churning of the sea of milk’ or the cosmic formation of the world.
The name ‘Taman Ayun’ translates as ‘beautiful garden’. The vast encircling pools were once royal recreational places for the palace maids who would sail small canoes. Now the pools and ponds are fenced and visitors are denied entrance.
Entrance fee to the Taman Ayun Temple is a modest Rp. 3,000-4,000. The temple shares the same anniversary day of the cliff-perched Uluwatu Temple on the island’s southern Bukit peninsula, which is celebrated on the 210-day Balinese Pawukon calendar system or on every ‘Kliwon Medangsia’ Tuesday. The ‘piodalan’ temple anniversary celebrations see pilgrims flock to the temple complex, day and night.
A trip to the Taman Ayun Temple complex is usually an included itinerary for long journeys up to the central or northern Bali regions. It is particularly a frequent stopover for visitors who opt to spend time up in Bedugul, as the site is conveniently en route from southern Bali.
It is a great place to marvel at the early and traditional Balinese architectural features that prevail on the island. Although the pools are far from what can be imagined during its days of glory in the distant past, the moss-lined walls and jade algae-filled water add to the rustic charm of the whole scenery of this over three centuries-old temple site.
North of the bell tower is a pavilion called Bale Loji. In old times, this was where priests and ceremonial attendants would make preparations and take a break. Nowadays, artists can be seen here busy at their art-in-the-making. Paintings are also available here for purchase.
Museum Manusa Yadnya is located just across the road from the temple site. The museum showcases Balinese Hinduism rituals and human rites of passage, throughout their stages of life. It is an often convenient and additional highlight on each visit to Taman Ayun.
Sakenan Temple or ‘Pura Sakenan’ as referred to by locals, is an important temple in the southern region of Bali, perched on the north-western shore of Serangan Island, a small island located 10km south of Denpasar.
Once strong for its unique feature of pilgrimages during the 210-day piodalan temple anniversary celebrations with processions leading to the Serangan Island on foot or by traditional wooden boats, reclamations in the 90s have changed the ways, as well as the natural landscape of the island.
Sakenan Temple was built in the tenth century by high priest Mpu Kuturan, who arrived in Bali in 1001AD before the fall of the Majapahit Kingdom, on a mission to restructure the socio-religious aspects of the Balinese communities.
The temple is comprised of two significant areas, the largest having undergone renovation except for its antique walls around the temple grounds, and a smaller part that retains its olden features. The old temple was built of limestone and corals sourced from the surrounding coastal reefs.
Within and around the temple grounds are large and towering trees that are silent witnesses of the temple’s past. Given the infusion of dynamism in Balinese Hinduism, these trees are adorned with chequered cloths and are regarded as dwellings of guardian spirits of the temple grounds.
Hundreds of pilgrims from the various village temples in southern Denpasar flock to the Sakenan Temple for its 210-day piodalan temple anniversary celebrations which coincides with the holy day of Kuningan, 10 days after the Galungan celebrations, another major Balinese Hindu observation.
Before the reclamations that took place in the 90s pilgrims would carry ancient heirlooms and sacred temple objects at low tide by foot through mangrove forests towards Serangan. At high tide, traditional outriggers taxi the crowd over the waters. Now, the land mass is easily reachable by automobiles via a 110m bridge, making the colourful and unique boat rides memories of the past.
Upon arrival, devotees proceed towards the Pura Susunan Wadon, a temple separate from the main Sakenan Temple grounds, located an approximate half kilometre to the east. Then prayers continue at the Pura Susunan Agung, and then the Pura Dalem Sakenan close to the westernmost shore of Serangan Island.
ujawali or the grand celebrations and the piodalan or temple anniversary of Sakenan Temple falls on every Kliwon Kuningan Saturday, the day of the Kuningan observation in the Balinese 210-day Pawukon calendar and is held over three days with the height of the revelries on the Sunday.
Access to the Sakenan Temple and the Serangan Island is easy via the bridge. However during the three-day temple celebrations, entrance fees apply to both pilgrims and visitors on cars and motorcycles. Fees range from IDR 2,000-5,000 and are collected by the village officials for the community’s fund.
Several exceptional ritual dances are performed during the height of the piodalan celebrations, usually over the Kuningan weekend. These range from Barong dances to various Tari Topeng or mask dances, and all provide rare, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities.
As with any Bali temple visit, you may enter in proper temple attire, that is, a simple sarong and waist sash. Try to walk around offerings placed on the ground instead of stepping over them. Try not to obstruct a line of procession in progress. Also, women must remember not to enter temples during their periods.
Tirta Empul is an important temple complex and holy mountain spring, located in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. The site serves as a legendary setting of a traditional tale about good versus evil. It is also a national cultural heritage site.
The complex, built circa 960 AD, is also a silent witness to the old Balinese kingdom years, particularly at the time of the Warmadewa Dynasty. Another nearby and prominent site on top of a hill is the presidential palace, Istana Tampaksiring, built during the years of the nation’s first president, Soekarno.
Tirta Empul, meaning ‘holy water spring’ is actually the name of a water source located within the temple. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter, which all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. Various sites throughout the region and many other archaeological relics relate to local myths and legends.
As is common with Balinese temples, the Tirta Empul Temple complex has three key divisions, namely a front, secondary and inner courtyard. Visitors to Tirta Empul first come upon the lush gardens and pathways adorned with statues and tropical plants that lead to its entrance. After stepping through this typical ‘candi bentar’ (temple gate), a vast walled courtyard welcomes visitors to the bathing pools where a large ‘wantilan’ meeting hall stands at the right.
Inside the central courtyard, referred to as ‘madya mandala’ or ‘jaba tengah’, pilgrims first approach a rectangular purification bath where a total of 13 elaborately sculpted spouts that line the edge from west to east. After solemn prayers at an altar-like shrine, they proceed to enter the crystal-clear, cold mountain water. With hands pressed together, they bow under the gushing water of the first spout, carrying on to the eleventh. The water from the last two of the 13 spouts is meant for purification purposes in funerary rites.
The myth behind the curative and purifying spring tells of a Balinese ruler, known by the title Mayadenawa, who is depicted to have defied the influence of Hinduism and denied his subjects religious prayers and practices. The legend goes that this eventually angered the gods, and in a campaign, god Indra sought Mayadenawa’s subdual.
he hide-and-seek tactics of Mayadenawa fleeing Indra’s troops took place at various places all over the region, from the rivers Petanu to Pakerisan, and up to the north of Tampaksiring. Hence, the names of the sites and natural features all reflect an episode from the tale, such as Tampaksiring – tampak meaning ‘feet’, and siring meaning ‘sideways’, depicting an episode when the fleeing king left his footprints up the hill.
It was here that through his magical powers Mayadenawa created a poisoned spring from which Indra’s exhausted troops drank and succumbed. Indra noticed the fall of his men, and soon thrust his staff into the ground where a holy purifying spring spurted out, to cure the troops and to even bring some of them back to life. This escapade became the legendary background to the holy spring of Tirta Empul, as well as the holy days of Galungan and Kuningan celebrated by the Balinese Hindus.
As with any Bali temple tour or a visit to a holy place, it is always important to dress respectfully. The simple Balinese temple visitor dress code is a traditional ‘kamen’ wrap around the lower body plus a sash around the waist. Women during their periods are prohibited entry to any temple or sacred site, and may enjoy the sights and attractions in the outer perimeters only.
It is tempting to try out the purification bathing ritual yourself; however the formal routine is strictly meant for pilgrims and devotees. You might want to consult your guide who may ask a temple authority for further details.
Far at the front of the temple complex is a large parking area with its eastern side lined with art markets and rows of shops selling various curios and souvenirs. There are also several warungs or food stalls selling local food, snacks and refreshments.
Penglipuran village inthe traditional Balinese country side is located in Bangli Regency, about an hours and 30 minutes trip from Kuta. See the original Balinese way of living. Visit the traditional houses and talk to the locals. To keeps this outstanding cultural attraction going, the family agreement is that the oldest family members has to move back to Penglipuran after both parents have passed away. a must see for culture Lovers!
gitgit waterfall is located in Pleteau, about 300 meter above sea level. It is Height of about 40 Meters, sorrounded by tropical trees and a lush green environment. The way to gitgit waterfall is paved with lots ofstalls and on either side of the path you can find some lush plantation ( coffe and clove). The sellers are not agresive at all and you can finally enjoy a 15 minute walk without getting hassled by anyone.
Sukawati Art Market is the biggest local market in Bali to purchase traditional handicrafts and traditional Hand made products, spanning over many blocks on the main road of Sukawati, it can very interesting when you arrive at the ” food department ” as this area is extremely local.
Mount Batur’s original height was about 4000 meters in prehistoric tomes. After an enormous eruption nothing was left apart from a large caldera which in 2012 become part of the Global Geopark Network, by UNESCO. The actual height of mounth Batur’s is 1.717 meter’s. Mount Batur’s offer a great opportunity to all cycling and tracking fanatics. The Sunrise trekking tour is highly recommended to all those who are physically fit.
Formerly known as dreamland, the most beautiful sunset in the world.
About 45 Minutes trip away from Kuta, in the regency of Tabanan, you are able to find a very interesting but widw ignored attraction : The subak museum : Subak stand for a very ingenious water irrigation management system which was developed in Bali hundreds of years ago but is still in use. A visit of this museum teaches you about Bali’s Agricultural tradition with the use of numerous farming related exhibit.
The monkey forest is located in Bali’s cultural Capital Ubud and rough;y an hours trip from the major cities in the south. The monkey forest become one of the most popular sight seeing destination and plenty or guides put it on their selection of tours. This is you can see plenty of wild monkey’s and it’s the perfect place to go with kids. Be aware of thieving monkeys and make sure you don’t wear any sunglasses, caps, necklaces and take care of your wallet.
seminyak beach is very well known , it perfectly combines relaxation, dinning and night life. As with plenty of others places located on Bali’s west coast, it is a great to to see Bali’s wonderful sunsets. Plenty of restaurants and beach bar in very price category.
BIRD MARKET DENPASAR
The bird markets are very local markets. The biodiversity of the shown birds in such a small area is simply anazing and reminds more to a Zoo than a market. Hundreds of birds, are waiting for a new owner. However not only birds can be found at Bali’s major Bird Markets in Denpasar. Puppies, cats, bats, monkey and other exotic creatures can be bought too.
PUJA MANDALA (Five prayer houses 0
It is a myth that religions can’t live in peace and harmony next to each other. See a protestant and a Catholic Church next to Buddhist or Hindu temple as well as a Muslim Mosque nearby. Some of these prayer houses are open for public for a little donation and if you are in Nusa Dua or Jimbaran you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to see, maybe the only place in the world where religions are that close to each other.
Perasi Beach or that more was known by the name of the Pasir Putih Coast or Virgin Beach was located in the Karangasem Regency, Balinese Timur. If you wanted to go to one of the locations of the coast that was not too busy with tourists like Kuta/Sanur in the south, then this coast was very appropriate for you. Not the hotel, the villa and other accommodation that was seen around the Perasi Coast, but only Gili Biaha scenery that was seen in the distance. There were many kiosks – the food kiosk and the shop that offered various local food sorts, camilan as well as the drink for the tourists. And you too could lease a complete umbrella with the coastal mattress all day long only to enjoy this coast. Located 4,5 km to the east from the Candidasa Temple, Pantai Perasi could be followed by just one half of the hour from Denpasar. Follow the guidance from the Candidasa Highway – Bugbug to the side of the Perasi Village and viewed one of the roads that was seen broken opposite each other with the Desa Bale Agung Temple, that will bring you headed the location of the coast. The sign of the location of the coast was possibly put forward with various name sorts like White Sand Beach or Putih Sand.
The Balangan coast was the location of the favourite for the surfers as well as was located in the Hill peninsula, was not too far from the location of the other popular tour, Uluwatu. Enabled for and you too that want to finished your night in the Balangan area, both in Guest House that was located around this area and the Hut – the hut that was available in the coast, right-hand the coast. Coastal umbrellas were white berjejeran all along the exact coastal bank in the foundation tebing, whichever this point was the perfect point for you who wanted to sunbathe during surfers busy pursuing the wave in the coast.
To reach the Green Bowl Coast possibly to the special challenge but when you arrived in this coast all was paid because this coast was very quiet, was isolated as well as his wave was heaven for the professional surfers. Was located in the area of the Balinese coast south, passed the site of the hotel that was not used again of Bali Cliff Resort, the obligatory visitor down to hundreds of ladders to achieve this point. In the foundation of the coast was gotten a bat cave; really was not dangerous because all the bat fell asleep during the day. Green Bowl was known as one of the best points in Bali to surfers, and really was not suggested for the beginners who just studied surf. For his access personally, found the ladder route that was located near a Temple, close to Bali Cliff Resort.
The Amed name in fact pointed to one of the fisherman’s villages that was located in the coast Balinese Timur. East. With sun scenery rose that mesmerised and the point was best for did diving as well as snorkeling, Amed became the favourite destination during weekend we arrived. The village – the coastal village that was enough captured spread all along the coast so as the village did not feel that his village was the best village or was the reverse, also grand Mount Agung scenery, became the other reason for tourists continued to live in this area. Amed could be followed 2 half of the hour from Balinese Selatan, passed the Karangasem area and Klungkung. This place also was the best point for you who wanted to visit the local attraction famous other like Gangga Water Palace Water and the Temple Goa Lawah.
Although this coast was not located in the Balinese Island, but Dream Beach was still being located to the Balinese Province in Nusa Lembongan, one of the small islands in east Bali. Dream beach was some 10 coasts were hidden our choice favourite. This small island could be followed for 30 minutes by using the ship speedboat from Sanur or the Benoa port, where this island offered the free area of the car-going vehicle, sun scenery sank the world class, as well as the coast – the coast was isolated other. Dream Beach with his white sand that captured was located in the south Nusa Lembongan coast as well as was over the row of palm trees as well as the scrub undergrowth. In this area also was gotten various accommodation were covered but also the cafe – the cafe that provided various local cooking kinds.
KARMA KANDARA BEACH
This coast was a part of Resor Karma Kandara, that was located in the Ungasan area in the Hill peninsula, but also was known as the Nammos Coast, that was the name from beach club that was in resor this. To access the coast, you will be accompanied descended by a cable lift with white scenery, as well as coloured sea water of the sand coast sky blue. To enter Beach Club Nammo you will be put on the import duty that also could be used as voucher food and the drink, must be known also that the style of his cooking take the form of in the style of Meditarinian. Possibly the price of the entry rather somewhat expensive, but by the tariff as big as this to spend time to one of the private coasts without being disturbed by the seller of food/the drink every time, really appropriate. Also, was really not unfortunate to go here because you will be served in a friendly manner by the staffs there.
Other heaven of the secret coast located below A Mara Luxury Villa Resort in Ungasan. The best part during you accessed this coast was you would menuruni tebing used the cable lift that was pressed by scenery of two tebing steep in right left. The price of the entry ticket personally only Rp250,000 per the person for the outside guest of the hotel, where this price will be reduced by the number of the total food as well as the drink that was ordered (a reason that was exact to spoil yourself with the menu that was made to the kitchen be open The Finns). Finn’s coast apostr s was the coast and the perfect choice of the family’s tour for you to enjoy his intensity the sun rays and the beautiful panorama the coast. To be able to go to this coast, access the Selatan Gau coastal road in the Ungasan region, then followed the The Finns guidance.
The character of the coast berpasir black volcanic as well as the wave that was suitable for the surfers to make the Coast Balinese Barat had the attraction as well as the different atmosphere compared with the other coast in Bali. The wave from this Balian Coast, interesting for the surfers from the corner of the world and his accommodation also relative was easy to be found. The Balian coast was in the meeting of the coast and the river mouth as well as spent travelling time 2 hours from A Minyak (depended from being fluent in him the traffic flow). The street to this Coast also was the route towards the Gilimanuk Port that was famous somewhat hard, was recommended by us for you for extra hearts – the heart as well as patient by the truck – the cargo truck or the bus – the bus that went on a trip to the side of the Javanese Island and was the reverse
Was located in the region of Pecatu Indah Graha, a region developed that until this was still continuing to tidy up and busy beautifying himself, made him one of the obligatory coasts was visited. With the colour of turquoise to his sea water and his white sand that were clean, you could only imagine and dream like whether the face of this coast the first time before the development – the development happened in this region. As for the popular location for surfing could be accessed after passing the big gate of Pecatu Indah by descending with the wide street that guided you to the side of the coast.
PADANG PADANG BEACH
Finally, the coast that entered our list was the small gulf that was named Padang – Padang that was located parallel to the side of Uluwatu. You were required menuruni several steps that was going down to the gap tebing, to be able to arrive at the coastal coast. Padang-Padang was also very famous in the circle surfers the world, you could witness the shrewd action of the surfers in controlling the wave in this coast, because this coast offered the relaxed area for you to enjoy warm him the sun rays and spectacular coastal scenery.