Giri Putri Temple

Giri Putri cave located at Karangsari, Suana village, Nusa Penida. Has a length of about 310 meters and there are 6 places to pray / pelinggih, they are : Pelinggih Hyang Tri Purusa, Pelinggih Hyang Wasuki, Pelinggih Hyang Giripati, Pelinggih Hyang Giri Putri, Pelinggih Payogan and Pelinggih Hyang Amrita Shiva, Sri Sedana / Queen and Goddess Kwam Im Syahbandar . If we visit Giri Putri cave temple, while down in the parking and then cross the street, directly opposite the road, there’s pemedek (people who coming for praying) staircase-steps (stairs), amounting to 110 steps. Up above, meets the first pelinggih (Pelinggih Hyang Tri Purusa) in the form of a Padmasana which is directly in front of the mouth of the cave.

After praying at Pelinggih Tri Purusa, pemedek continued to enter the area of Goa Giri Putri. The first impression for anyone who come for the first time to this temple is, it will definitely feel scared, worried and thought could not enter because when he saw a small cave mouth only can be crossed one person. However, these thoughts will disappear, when pemedek already entered the cave area. Small mouth of the cave will only pass about 3 meters. The rest, pemedek be amazed by the wonders that exist and certainly did not expect that the cavity of the cave is very wide and high, is expected to accommodate up to 5,000 persons pemedek.

Peguyangan waterfall

Peguyangan Waterfall is one of the nicest places to visit in Nusa Penida. However, many visitors never get to see it as it’s not on the day trip itineraries of most tour operators.

Peguyangan Waterfall is on the Southeast coast of Nusa Penida island (the other Nusa islands are Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan) which is off the coast of mainland Bali.
It is important to note that the name of this waterfall is often abbreviated to “Guyangan Waterfall Nusa Penida” Address: 6G99+FRR, Batukandik, Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency, Bali 80771, Indonesia

How To Get To Peguyangan Waterfall, Nusa Penida Island?
You will first need to get to Nusa Penida from Bali. You can get a ferry or a fast boat from various ports on the mainland.

You can join a day trip to Nusa Penida too, but it’s unlikely that the Peguyangan Waterfall will be on the tour itinerary as it’s a bit out of the way and most people see the Peguyangan Waterfall Nusa Penida under their own steam or better to do this if you stay at Nusa Penida for 1 night or 2 nights.

To get there you will need to rent a motor scooter, we don’t recommend riding scooters in Bali and if you are going to do it – we recommend that you ensure you are 100% road-legal and have insurance.

The roads on to Peguyangan Waterfall Nusa Penida are not great and it’s all too easy to fall off and hurt yourself. However, there’s nothing like the traffic on Nusa Penida that there is in Bali, so if you go slow, you should be safe.

This attraction is a bit out of the way on Nusa Penida island and you will want a full tank of gas to make sure that you get to this location and then back again.

If you do get stuck on your journey, then the locals will usually be happy to help you out – but there’s no guarantee that you will encounter any locals out here.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Peguyangan Waterfall?
The best time to visit this waterfall and, indeed, all waterfalls in Bali, is at the end of the rainy season when the water flow is heaviest.

Is There An Entrance Fee For Peguyangan Waterfall?
There are no entrance fees at this site and you can visit Peguyangan Waterfall for free.

However, you are expected to pay 5,000 IDR if you want to park in their parking area and an additional 10,000 IDR per person before you start on the blue stairs as a sarong rental fee.

What To Expect At Peguyangan Waterfall
This waterfall is part of the Pura Segard Kidul & Guyangan temple complex and as such it’s a sacred place. You will be expected to wear a sarong while you on the grounds here in Nusa Penida.

There are monkeys running about the place and while they are not quite as cheeky, aggressive and thieving as those at some of the better-known attractions in Bali, you should still be cautious around them – they are wild animals.
It’s best to avoid injury or bites in Nusa Penida as there’s not much in the way of a health service.

There are three natural rock pools at the base of Peguyangan Waterfall Nusa Penida but you are not allowed to swim in them.

The best time to visit is when there’s a ceremony taking place at the temple and the whole area comes alive with offerings and locals in traditional dress.

Steep Stairs
The blue stairs are very steep and you will find that they can get very slippery, particularly those that run from the temple to the pools.

We’d strongly recommend wearing shoes with decent grip to visit this waterfall as you don’t want to injure yourself at Peguyangan Waterfall, it’s a long way from any kind of medical service.

Bali Botanical Garden

The Bali Botanic Garden (Indonesian: Kebun Raya Bali) is the largest botanic garden in Indonesia and is located in the mountainous region of Bedugul, Tabanan Regency, central Bali, around 90 minutes drive north of Denpasar. The Garden was established on 15 July 1959 and is situated around 1300 metres above sea level overlooking Beratan Lake and the Ulun Danu Temple on the slopes of Tapak Hill. The Garden is a centre for botanical research, conservation, education and recreation. It is operated by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).
The Garden has an area of 157.5 hectares (389 acres) and daytime temperatures range from 17 – 25 °C and 10 – 15 °C at night. The humidity averages around 70-90%.
The Garden contains more than 21,000 living specimens belonging to 2,400 species, representing various species from mountainous areas of eastern Indonesia: Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua. In addition its herbarium contains 10,000 preserved plant specimens ranging from algae to flowering plants.

Apart from plant collections that include orchids, ferns, cacti and carnivorous plants, there is also a traditional Balinese style guesthouse that functions as a guest house for visitors. One of the world’s largest displays of begonias is also on display in the conservatory building.


History
The Bali Botanic Garden was first established on 15 July 1959 by Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno. The Garden was first known as the Eka Karya Botanic Garden, where “Eka” means first while “Karya” means creation in the Balinese language, referring to the garden’s status as the first Indonesian botanic garden to be established after independence.
It was originally intended that The Bali Botanic Garden specialise in the cultivation of conifer plants (non-flowering seed plants, or Gymnosperms) and as a place for recreation. The garden accommodates scientific, cultural and recreational activities for visitors.
Development of the garden stopped in 1965 due to political instability and was only reopened on 30 April 1975. When the garden became operational once again, its area was expanded to 129.2 hectares. It also added a new function for ex-situ conservation of plants from the mountainous region of eastern Indonesia.
In 2001 the land area of the Garden was expanded to 157.5 hectares.


Attractions
The garden is made up of both open areas for recreation and remnant mountain rainforest. Attractions include a large orchid display (>300 species), carnivorous plants, bamboo garden (87 species), cactus greenhouse (100 species), a fern garden (188 species), traditional Balinese medicinal plants (300 species) and ceremonial plants (218 species), Rhododendron garden (>20 species), a rose garden, aquatic garden, conservatory and one of the world’s largest begonia collections (100 species). On a clear day, there are good views to Lake Bratan and one of the most photographed trees in the garden is a giant ficus or fig tree located on the upper slope of Tapak Hill.

The garden is home to at least 79 species of birds, treeshrews are regularly seen and occasionally macaques can be spotted entering from the adjacent Batukaru Nature Reserve.
Three Hindu temples are also accessed from within the Garden.
As of 2011, the botanical garden is visited by 350,000 people, including 10,000 foreigners, yearly.

Bali Butterfly Park

The Bali Butterfly Park is a charming destination for nature enthusiasts. It’s a haven for butterflies of various colors and patterns. The park’s layout mimics natural habitats, giving you a chance to see these delicate creatures up close.

As you explore the park, you’ll encounter a diverse collection of butterfly species, each with its unique characteristics. The knowledgeable staff is eager to share interesting insights about these winged wonders.

A trip to the Bali Butterfly Park offers a visual treat and a chance to learn about the life cycles and behaviors of these insects. It’s an ideal spot for families, nature lovers, and photographers to immerse themselves in the vibrant butterfly world.

This sanctuary provides a peaceful and educational experience, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of butterflies amidst Tabanan’s natural charm.

Tabanan is the capital town of the regency of Bali with the same name. Parts of Tabanan regency lie in Central Bali and other parts would be more often regarded as part of West Bali. For the purposes of this guide the Tabanan area will be classified in Central Bali, as that is where the key areas of interest to visitors are located.

The coastal areas in the south were previously not well known by visitors due to a lack of infrastructure, but these have been lightly developed in recent years, and there are now some high profile accommodation options there. Tabanan is though more usually associated by visitors with rolling green landscapes, hills and especially the imposing Mount Batukaru, Bali’s second highest peak at 2,276 metres.

White Ancient Tree

Wisata Kayu Putih which translates to White Wood in English, is located in remote village of Tabanan in central Bali. The ancient tree which the villagers believe to be approximately 700 years old is giant and mind blowing. It has been gaining popularity recently with many people visiting here specially on their way to north Bali.

The tree is located in a remote area bit off from the main road and there are no restaurants or hotels around. But only few kilometers from this area, you can reach Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, Bali’s most attractive rice terrace and further north you can reach many beautiful destinations in Bali. All in all, Wisata Kayu Putih is more ideal to pass by during the trip to north Bali. There is no entrance fee to get here but you are free to make donation to Wayan who stays there and maintains the place.

ASIDE from natural tourism with beautiful scenery, in Bali visitors will also be able to find a unique attraction related to the diversity of flora such as tropical giant white tree (Kayu Putih), not eucalyptus, at Bayan customary village, Tua, Marga, Tabanan.

This tree grows behind the Babakan Temple which was established during the time of King of Perean. If banyan trees, sacred fig or devil’s tree are commonly encountered at other temples, well, at this temple is different.

This giant white tree belonging to the tropical rain forest ecosystem has buttress roots that grow high above the ground. This root is shaped like a flat plank that serves to support the tree because it has shallow roots. This is distinct characteristics and adaptations of this kind of tree to ensure their survival.

The buttress roots protrude at the base of the tree, larger than the trunk. Buttress roots have a function to help the erect plant stems. Most trees having this type of root are trees that grow in tropical forests.

What uniqueness does it have?

This tree is named so because of the color of the tree. The uniqueness of this giant tree object in Tabanan lies in its age and size where this tree is estimated to have been 700 years old, towering about 75 meters and 60 meters in diameter.

There is a Balinese general belief that when a tree is sizing more than an adult’s embrace, the tree has the potential to be inhabited by a community of spirits. Related to this belief, this giant tree also once showed a haunted impression, especially when it is associated with mystical stories.

It is said, there are local residents who have heard the sound of gun shots or the strains of gamelan from the direction of the big tree. This story is then associated with the existence of gamelan instruments having been buried under the tree in the past.

Attractiveness

For photography enthusiasts or at least selfie lovers, this Tabanan destination in the form of a large tree object is used as a selfie background to enrich post content on social media or just make a travel album. Visitors can pose from various angles or the expanse of the buttress roots of the giant white tree.

Well, if you are a spiritual practitioner, this giant tree object with mystical nuances certainly has its own charm. By an large, those wishing to interact with the ‘residents’ and enjoy the magical atmosphere around will do meditation activities.

This natural tourist attraction has been widely known by residents outside the village or foreign travelers since 2013. Travelers then shared unique photos under this white tree through their social media account. Those who saw the beauty finally became curious. Even though it is known as a place with mystical and haunted nuances, the instagenic appearance makes the place a destination or an ‘instagrammable’ selfie tourist attraction that is quite attractive.

Location

It’s not too difficult to find out the location of the giant white tree. To be precise, it sits at Banjar Bayan, Tua Village, Marga subdistrict, Tabanan, right in front of a stretch of rice fields. This location can be accessed by car and motorbike and there is an adequate parking space. Approximately, it’s 2 km from the main road.

Alas Kedaton

Alas Kedaton Temple is a small forest with the width about 6-7ha located in the middle of the rice field in Tabanan regency, west part of Bali. The total size of Kedaton forest, temple and its supporter facility is about 12 ha. In this forest, there is a temple called Alas Kedaton Temple and owns the natural environments that is looked green with its fresh air and create the calm, quite and holy atmosphere.

Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting Alas Kedaton Temple Bali
The monkeys in Alas Kedaton Temple are very tame and free gallivanting in temple yard, so that the calm atmosphere is sometime solved by noise voice of the monkey, which are playing around and scrambling of food. The monkeys who dwell in Alas Kedaton Temple, there are jump up and down in temple wall, take a bath in moat or there is also hang out in few leaves representing impression view. The monkey like as custodian of temple, which are always ready to greet all visitor who are paying a visit to Alas Kedaton Temple. Beside monkeys, in Kedaton forest also can be met the bats and some other animals. At least 24 types of grove plant have been identified in Alas Kedaton Temple Bali.

Alas Kedaton Temple is located in Kukuh countryside, Marga Sub district Tabanan Regency. The journey go to Alas Kedaton Temple can be done easily by using motor vehicle follow the major roadway from Denpasar to Tabanan. On the way go to Alas Kedaton Temple, we will see the beautiful nature view where in front of us will meet the carpet of rice field and irrigation voice at the side of road to bear the impression/peaceful atmosphere.

Alas Kedaton Temple have three yard that are external yard, middle and center yard. In the center and middle yard are encircled by wall and the outside yard is representing a open yard. The interesting point of this temple is the inside yard representing holy yard, its situation lower than the middle yard. This thing is different compare with the general temples in Bali that are more goes to inside the temple, the more higher the place will be. Beside of that another interesting point of this temple owns four entrances.

Alas Kedaton Temple as Tourist Destination in Bali
In growth of handling of this tourist destination in Bali, Alas Kedaton Temple has several become a training location about tourism nature, environmental handling and agro tourism. Alas Kedaton Temple is as one of touristr destination at Tabanan area has visited by many tourist from local and foreign countries which are generally a lot of paying a visit on August, December until January, while the local tourist generally pay a visit on holiday season and feast day of Ramadan (Moslem holiday) and this place is good to be visited in the day time.

In front of Alas Kedaton temple there are quite a lot small shops selling the handicraft as souvenir, for example clothes, pants and other handicrafts. Others, there are some shops booth selling food and beverage, toilet and park area which is wide enough.

Temple Festival at Alas Kedaton Temple
The temple ceremony in Alas Kedaton Temple is carried out every 210 days a year. It is on Anggarakasih Medangsia (Balinese Hindu calendar) or on every Tuesday where on that time the society do the worship or pray to request the safety and prosperity. The unique in this ceremony is do not use the fire and do not hence Penjor and also finished before the sunset or before the night is come.
Alas Kedaton Temple Bali | Interesting Things.

Visiting Alas Kedaton Temple Bali, at least there are 3 interesting things we can see.

1. First is the funny of the monkeys around the trees, Is free from charge of taking picture of monkey
2. The second one is bat show, must paid in order to enjoy the bat show at Alas Kedaton Temple
3. The third one is take some pictures with the snake. must paid to take picture with the snake. is good expereince especially for the children,can bring a very interesting experience related to the animals
In Alas Kedaton Temple, there are about 2.000 monkeys. They are the most attractive magnet for the visitors. The visitors can give some foods to the monkeys directly. Just put some nuts or cookies on your hand and those monkey will be happy to eat. With only some nuts on the hand, some brave visitors can take some pictures while the monkeys eating the nuts on their head, or hand. When doing this activity it is very advised to not wearing your hat, or glasses. The monkey have a bad attiture: they will steal your hat or glasses when ever they have a chance.

The authorities of Alas Kedaton Forest, Desa Adat Kukuh, Marga, Tabanan has designed the forest full with the monkeys, to interact with the visitors directly. Of course, all of the monkey is gentle. They are not bad, as long as the visitor does not doing some bad thing, like hit them. Another attraction is a bat show. It is not ordinary bat, but a giant bat. Very big. You will not see this kind of bat in daily life. So in Alas Kedaton Temple this could be the only one experience taking picture with a giant bat.

Last attraction or the third one is taking the picture with the snake. Not only for adults, kids is also very happy with the attraction. Again, this is not a wild snake like we often see in National Geographic. Although the snake is very big and long, but this creature is a gentle one. Some photograph with the snake in Alas Kedaton can be good here.

Tree House or Rumah Pohon

The Tree House (Rumah Pohon) on Nusa Penida has become one of the most popular attractions and one of the most popular places to stay! It is perched up on the mountain at Thousand Island (Pulau Seribu) viewpoint near Atuh Beach.

It is part of the Thousand Island viewpoint area costing only 10,000 rupiah to park and enter, which is less than $1 USD. The best part about this treehouse is that it is actually a house and you can rent it out for pretty cheap considering how popular this spot has become and how insane the view is.
Imagine waking up to a breathtaking sunrise and a panorama of the sparkling ocean from your window. That’s the unique allure of Rumah Pohon Nusa Penida, a mesmerizing treehouse that encapsulates the untouched charm of Nusa Penida, Bali. Rumah Pohon Nusa Penida sits majestically on a hilltop, overlooking the alluring Thousand Island viewpoint.


How to get to Rumah Pohon
The best part about this treehouse is that it is actually a house and you can rent it out for pretty cheap considering how popular this spot has become and how insane the view is.

If you would love to wake up in this treehouse and watch the sunrise from the balcony with views over the coastline you can book a night or two in the treehouse. I’ll share the details on how to do that later in the blog post. Personally, I would suggest that one night is enough. There is a small restaurant at the top of the cliff near the treehouse so you can buy your meals but other than that you need to bring everything with you.


Rumah Pohon is on the south-eastern Coast of Nusa Penida. The island is quite big and it can take over an hour to cruise from one side to another depending on where your accommodation is located. The roads are improving very quickly throughout Nusa Penida as tourist traffic increases but if you are a novice scooter driver this is gonna be an interesting journey for you! If you aren’t confident in driving, you can rent a car on Nusa Penida with private driver, which is a good option to visit multiple spots safely in a day with a group of friends.Rumah Pohon is on the south-eastern Coast of Nusa Penida. The island is quite big and it can take over an hour to cruise from one side to another depending on where your accommodation is located. The roads are improving very quickly throughout Nusa Penida as tourist traffic increases but if you are a novice scooter driver this is gonna be an interesting journey for you! If you aren’t confident in driving, you can rent a car on Nusa Penida with private driver, which is a good option to visit multiple spots safely in a day with a group of friends.

Kusamba Beach

Kusamba Beach is one of Bali’s favorite sights, famous for its beautiful beach. The boat line belongs to the rural fisherman decorating the black sand that unfolds along the coast.

Kusamba has a beautiful view from the ocean with a splashing wave and a tropical atmosphere surrounded by soft sea breeze. We can see that the fishermen look after the crevasses, send rice, legume, fruit and other materials twice a day to Nusa Penida.

The Kusamba fisherman with the big boat and five crews can squire the heavy material to Nusa Penida at 1.5 ton cargo. They can travel across the sea from Banjar Tri Buana, Banjar Bias Coastal and Kampung Coastal Island for 30-2 hours, depending on the type and the medium-speed transport used.

This boat may also squire passengers who want to enjoy the beautiful coral and white sand on the Bali island cross.

Segara Beach in Kusamba is especially dedicated to the Hindu rituals that often carry out Nganyut’s activity in accordance with the Ngaben ceremony. In this place we can also meet a fish market that usually takes place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A lot of fish dwells in the strait between Bali and Nusa Penida Island, so it is crowded by the fishing boat’s white sail decorating the sea around Kusamba beach. There are 40 fishermen’s families as the traditional salt maker on the west side of this coast, especially in Banjar Batur.

In fact, Kusamba’s name is not far from Balinese’s fighting history against the Dutch colonist. The Balinese hero succeeded in frightening the Dutch soldier during the war against the Dutch in Kusamba on 23-24 May 1849 and killed the Dutch key man-Letnan General Michiel.

Goa Lawah Temple

Pura Goa Lawah (Balinese “Bat Cave Temple“) is a Balinese Hindu temple or a pura located in Klungkung, Bali, Indonesia. Pura Goa Lawah is often included among the Sad Kahyangan Jagad, or the “six sanctuaries of the world”, the six holiest places of worship on Bali. Pura Goa Lawah is noted for built around a cave opening which is inhabited by bats, hence its name, the Goa Lawah or “bat cave”.
Pura Goa Lawah is located in the village of Pesinggahan, Klungkung Regency, Bali. The large complex of Pura Goa Lawah is located on the north side of Jalan Raya Goa Lawah main road, on the beach of Goa Lawah.

Pura Goa Lawah is sometimes included among the Sad Kahyangan Jagad, or the “six sanctuaries of the world”, the six holiest places of worship on Bali. According to Balinese beliefs, they are the pivotal points of the island and are meant to provide spiritual balance to Bali. The number of these most sacred sanctuaries always adds up six, but depending on the region, the specific temples that are listed may vary.

History.
Pura Goa Lawah was established in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan. Mpu Kuturan was one of the early priests who introduced Hinduism on Bali. The temple complex may start as the center of meditation for priests.

When the Dutch attacked the Klungkung kingdom of 1849 in the War of Kusamba, the temple was one of the key points during the war. The conflict in the War of Kusamba was between the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army led by Andreas Victor Michiels and the Klungkung kingdom led by Dewa Agung Istri Kanya.

Carving at Pura Goa Lawah
The temple decoration evolves as time progress. In the early 20th-century, porcelain ceramic plates attached into the shrines and gates of Pura Goa Lawah are common. This treatment can still be found in other old temples in Bali such as Pura Kehen. Today, the porcelain ceramic plates decoration on the shrines and gates has been reduced.

Temple compound
Bat temple ornaments inlaid with gold at Pura Goa Lawah.
The compound of Pura Goa Lawah is built over a hilly outcrop. It is divided into three areas: the outer sanctum of the temple (jaba pisan or nistaning mandala), the middle sanctum (jaba tengah or madya mandala), and the inner main sanctum (jero or utamaning mandala).

The entrance to the temple complex is marked with a candi bentar gate. A bale kulkul (pavilion to keep a drum) is placed to the west of this entrance. Within the first courtyard of the temple, the outer sanctum or the jaba pisan, there are three pavilions (bale) located in three corners of the temple complex. One of the pavilions is the bale gong, where the gamelan set is kept for musical performance. Access to the middle sanctum or jaba tengah is located to the west of the outer sanctum.

Three paduraksa portals mark the entrance to the innermost sanctum of the temple (jero). The inner main sanctum consists of three meru towers, one of which is dedicated to Shiva. Several smaller shrines are nested into a cave, where hordes of nectar bats rest. The entrance to the mouth of the cave is marked with the candi bentar gates. Other shrines is a bale pavilion adorned with motifs of Naga Basuki flanking its steps. Naga Basuki is a primordial dragon who is believed to keep the balance of the cosmos.

Bukit Jambul

Bukit Jambul is one famous tourist attraction located on the east part of Bali, precisely in Pesaban Village, Rendang district, Karangasem Regency. It would approximately take 1.5 t0 2 hours to reach this famous highland from Denpaar City. Bukit Jambul is derived from 2 words, Bukit means hill and Jambul means crest, hence, the meaning of Bukit Jambul is crest of a hill. It is situated in a plateau area which offers great scenery of hills and rice terrace combined with green coconut trees unfolding the sea also the roads wining underneath the hills. The hill is located 500 meters above sea level, the atmosphere in this area is very cool. Many visitors come to Bukit Jambul when having a tour to Karangasem, it is such a great place to relax and see beautiful natural panorama.

A Story tells that this hill Buki-Jambulwas first discovered by the Dutch who came to Pesaban Village. It was named Bukit Jambul because the shape of the hill looked like a hair’s crest. The crest shape is created by the Bayan trees that are growing on the hill. These group of Bayan trees makes the hill looks like a crest from the distance. On top of the hill, there is an old Hindu Temple called the Pucak Sari Temple. The temple is visited regularly by the locals especially on Hindu Holidays, locals come and to pray to thank God for all the prosperity that has been given to them.

Bukit Jambul is becIndonesia_Bali_BukitJambul_RiceTerracesoming a favorite nature tourist destination, it is an interesting place to visit in Karangasem Regency. Restaurants which offer both Indonesian and international food are provided around the hill area, visitors can have a meal while viewing the scenic panorama of hills and rice terrace.

Kerta Gosa

The Kertha Gosa Pavilion is an example of Balinese architecture located on the island of Bali, in city Klungkung, Indonesia. The Kertha Gosa Pavilion at Klungkung Palace was built in the early 18th century by Dewa Agung Gusti Sideman. Kertha Gosa means – “the place where the king meets with his ministries to discuss questions of justice”.

The first function of the pavilion was for the court of law in 1945. Kertha Gosa was repainted in the 1920s and again in the 1960s. The Pavilion has a section of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, called Bhima Swarga, depicted around the ceiling.

Paintings

Use of iconography
The ceiling of Kertha Gosa is painted in a traditional Balinese style that resembles wayang (puppet theatre). Paintings in the wayang style are related closely to shadow theatre art and have been faithfully preserved to reflect Bali’s Hindu-Javanese heritage in its traditional iconography and content. Iconography was to represent living things through pictures and shadows because it was prohibited to represent any living entity.

Types of characters
All of the characters in the story of Bhima Swarga have a symbolic meaning relating to color and whether the characters are kasar or halus. Kasar characters, like the demons, are rough and coarse. They have big eyes, noses, and mouths. The hand positioning of the kasar characters is upward.

Halus characters, in contrast, are refined and flowing, recognized by delicate hands and fingers. They have small eyes, noses, mouths with thin lips and uniform teeth, and almost no facial hair. Their heads and faces are pointed downward. Bhima, his siblings, and Kunti are all halus characters. One of Bhima’s most important features, assigned only to him, is his right thumb which ends in a long curved nail as his weapon; this is a magical implication.

The angle of the head and body attitude of the characters are also important. For example, human heads and bodies are always in a straight-on position, but kasal characters are represented with eyes and noses at an angle.

Social hierarchy
In the paintings, social standing is portrayed by the hierarchical position of the characters, the size of their body, and the side on which they are placed (left or right of the scene). Siwa, Heaven’s most prominent god, is shown as larger and more intimidating than any other god. Similarly, Bhima dominates the other humans in the story. Bhima’s servants Twalen and Mredah usually appear side by side, with Mredah, Twalen’s son, placed a little below his father.

Age and social class also play a role in the placement of the five Pandawa brothers. Bhima’s power is strictly physical, so his body must be unhindered and ready for battle. Bhima wears a black-and-white-checked sarong that, in Bali, is believed to have magic protective qualities. In Heaven, battle scenes are not bloody, and Bhima is usually in the center of the war panels. His body is much smaller than in hell, showing his diminished importance in comparison to the gods.

The Bhima Swarga painting is a moral epic, depicting wisdom and perseverance, and the ultimate victory of virtue over vice. It is said, “He who with fervid devotion listens to a recitation of the Mahabharata attains to high success in consequence of the merit that becomes his through understanding even a very small portion thereof. All the sins of that man who recites or listens to this history with devotion are washed off.

Construction works
Dewa Agung Gusti Sideman, patron of the arts, supervised the design and construction of his palace in Klungkung – an example of Hindu-Balinese architecture. Kertha Gosa is in the shape of a mandala, a Buddhist-influenced dome-shaped mountain. Kertha Gosa’s first major function was as a court of law and justice. The pavilion was the meeting place for the Raja (Hindu prince) and Brahman judges (Kerthas) to discuss issues of law and human affairs.[citation needed] It is not known whether the Bhima Swarga was painted at the time Kertha Gosa was built. The earliest, and only, record of paintings at Kertha Gosa dates from 1842 and is written in a lontar book (a book that holds prayers, the history of Bali, and epics).[citation needed] Also it is not known whether the paintings were a permanent feature of the pavilion or if they were a temporary decoration for a celebration.

Dewa Agung Gusta Sideman ruled until 1775. He was succeeded by his son, then by his grandson, and his line of descendants continued to reign until the beginning of the 20th century. In 1908, the Dutch attacked Klungkung; it was the last Balinese kingdom to fall. In 1909, Kertha Gosa became the official court of Justice for the region of Klungkung.

Restoration works
In 1960 the entire ceiling at Kertha Gosa was replaced and new paintings were made, still depicting the story of Bhima Swarga but adding greater detail. In 1982 eight panels were replaced

Padang Bai

Padangbai (or Padang Bai) is better known for its main seaport in East Bali, where ferries and boats take travellers southeast bound to the neighbouring island of Lombok. Even so, this coastal village has much more to offer for day-trippers to Bali’s lesser-visited east, offering some cultural sites as well as great diving and snorkelling from its many white sand beaches.

Padangbai is about 13 km southwest of the main hub of Candidasa, if you’re coming from the main southern Bali resort areas such as Kuta and Denpasar. Divers won’t find a shortage of operators lining the beachfront. Boats operated by locals can take you to the best spots around the waters, where you can discover vivid reefs teeming with marine life.

Things to do in Padangbai
A highlight in Padangbai for beach lovers is Blue Lagoon, a small bay northeast of the seaport with only a 60m stretch of white sand, which you can snorkel right off from. Divers take a 5-minute boat ride from Padang Bai to a dive spot of the same name, where there are large Napoleon wrasse, reef shark, stonefish, moray and blue ribbon eels, nudibranchs, rays, giant frogfish, and cuttlefish.
Often dubbed a ‘hidden beach’ due to its location between small hilly capes, Bias Tugel is a 130-metre-long strip southwest of the Padang Bai port. It offers calm and blue waters most times of the year. You can relax on the even sand or under shades of parasols with beach loungers. The beach that shares the bay with the seaport is not so busy, especially on its eastern end, and you can also enjoy fairly good swimming and snorkelling.

There are several temples around Padangbai, with the most significant being the 11th century Pura Silayukti, located on a headland north east of the bay and seaport. A path leads you up to the hill where two other temples are also found, namely Pura Tanjungsari and Pura Telaga Mas. Silayukti’s vibrant temple anniversary, which coincides every ‘Kliwon Pahang’ Wednesday on the Balinese pawukon calendar, sees pilgrims from all over Bali over the course of 4 days.

Padangbai Location
Location: Padangbai, Manggis, Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia

Batu Karu Temple

Batukaru Temple, referred to by locals as Pura Luhur Batukaru, is one of Bali’s key temples. It’s located at the foot of namesake Mount Batukaru, which stands at 2,270 metres above sea level. The temple is surrounded by cool natural forests, providing a pleasant stopover for nature lovers.
The island’s most impressive expanse of rice paddies, Jatiluwih, is within a 2-km drive from the temple, making both a popular combination for excursions to Bali’s central highlands.

Features of Batukaru Temple
Batukaru Temple is filled with ancient structures heavily covered in green moss. The walled compounds contain several shrines and high meru towers, together with bale pavilions with unmistakably ancient Balinese features, such as dark grass roofs and intricate wall carvings.

There are different courtyards inside the complex, sparsely positioned and on different elevations. These courtyards are connected through a series of flowering gardens and statue-lined steps. Within the main temple courtyard, you’ll find a freshwater spring that serves as a holy water source for prayers and ceremonies. There’s another separate spring reserved for cleansing and purification rituals.

Visiting Batukaru Temple
A sacred site in Bali, Mount Batukaru has misty slopes from the heavily forested mountain which enhances its overall spiritual vibe. The temple complex is frequented by visitors on any given day but several parts of the temple’s inner sanctum remain off-limits to non-praying visitors.

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 Hindu families from villages in Wongaya Gede and from all over the island make pilgrimages to this mountain temple for blessings.

Things to know when visiting Batukaru Temple
Old Balinese chronicles state that the temple suffered major destruction following a siege by the neighbouring Buleleng kingdom during the warring times of 1,605 AD. The temple remained in ruins for a considerable period, until major restorations (1959–1979) reinstated Batukaru Temple 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 is available for free at the security post before the temple entrance. Women during their periods are not allowed to enter the temple grounds.

There is a large parking area about 1 km 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.

Batukaru Temple
Location: Jalan Penatahan-Wongayagede, Wongaya Gede, Penebel, Tabanan, Bali 85125, Indonesia

Sideman Village

Sidemen Village is a stunning panoramic view of rural ingenuity and heritage. Here you’ll find a countryside community down the southern hillsides of Bali’s tallest mountain, Mount Agung. Swathes of paddies and plantations around the village are tended by their respective farming communities.

The village area is one of the main destinations for day trips through the eastern region. It’s where you can find a ‘real Bali’ scene that offers both beautiful Bali rice paddy landscapes and interesting cultural highlights.

Rice fields and crafts of Sidemen Village
The scenic and traditional Sidemen Village is along the Klungkung and Besakih Temple route, roughly a 2-hour drive from Ubud. The main highlights are its expanses of rice fields, with many available tours offering nature and paddy treks. These offer you an immersive experience, often traversing local plantations and crossing rivers. You can also enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour through the downhill routes of the village.
Sidemen village is also known among Balinese locals as the top producer of traditional palm toddy called tuak. The product is also often further refined into arak palm wine. Cottage industries producing the beverage are widespread throughout the village.

A great souvenir to take home from Sidemen is the villagers’ traditional dye weavings, known as songket and endek. The heritage textiles are praised for their intricate motifs and use of colourful hand-loomed cotton or silk threads. Silk items are naturally on the higher side of the price range. Both the cloth and a large print of this picture-postcard rice paddy landscape can be perfect mementoes of your time in Bali.

Amed Beach

Amed refers to a long stretch of coast running from the village of Culik about 14 km eastwards incorporating the seven villages of Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang, Banyuning and Aas. The pace of life here is slow and the coastal scenery quite stunning making Amed the perfect place for a relaxed holiday in Bali.

Amed Beach with the sun disapearing behind Mount Agung
Amed is the most recent tourist development area in Bali. It was only in 2000 that tarmac was laid on the roads. Telephone lines were installed in 2003 and it took until 2007 for a bridge to be built over a section of the main road that regularly washed away during the rainy season.

This is the most commonly used base for visitors wishing to dive the USS Liberty wreck at Tulamben and that area is also covered by this article. There are other good dive sites close at hand and a thriving dive industry has developed all the way along the coast here.

Amed’s inhabitants live from fishing, salt-making and tourism. The lack of tourism-based revenue, its remote nature and the generally harsh environment for farming, meant that this area was very much one of the poorer areas in Bali. Amongst others, the East Bali Poverty Project drew attention to the plight of the local villagers in this area and that, together with recent tourist development, has gone a long way to improving general standards of living, health and education.

Get in:
Amed lies on the north-eastern tip of Bali, about three hours drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport. A taxi service to Amed is available outside airport (turn left after customs) van rental parking lot about Rp 450,000 as of Nov. 2014. Amed is accessed by turning east at the village of Culik which lies on the main east coast road from Karangasem to Singaraja.

Shuttle buses regularly serve the destination from Candidasa and Lovina and now that the road has been greatly improved, they take you all the way into Amed (previously all buses stopped at Culik and motorbikes ferried visitors into Amed). Perama operates optional shuttle buses from Padang Bai or Candidasa to Tirtagangga, Amed and Tulamben (Rp 125,000, min. 2 people). Depart : 9.30AM & 2PM – Return : 11AM. There is no Perama office in Amed, however there are two shops serving as pick-up/drop-off points, as well as ticket offices. One is Amed Cafe and the other one is No Problem Shop (at Amed Beach, the first village of Amed).

The easiest way into Amed though is to hire your own transport with a driver. Be aware that the Amed district is stretched out over more than 10 km. Transport by local drivers is widely available in Amed. Transport to Padang Bai should not cost more than Rp 180,000.

If you are coming from the islands to the east, Amed Sea Express offers pick-up in Lombok, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air with twice daily service to Amed arriving at 9:15AM & 1:15PM.

See:
The black sand and fishing boats of Amed
There is vibrant marine life close offshore in clear seas – see more at Diving, Freediving.

Amed is famous for its beaches, lined with traditional outrigger fishing boats. There is quite coarse black volcanic sand at Amed village beach. As you move further east (and away from Mount Agung), the beaches have softer sand and become more of a mid grey-brown in colour. The prettiest bays are probably those at Jemeluk and Lipah but the whole stretch of coastline is very attractive.

Salt production is a declining but still important industry in this area. As you drive along the main coast road through the villages you will see large open drying pans crusted with salt crystals. Those little boxes of gourmet Bali salt crystals you see in delicatessens and speciality food stores all over the world may have started their long journey from these very pans.

Do:
Jemeluk Bay with Mount Agung in the distance
Most people come to Amed as a getaway, including expats from other parts of the island. It is a favourite honeymoon destination for tourists and is very popular with divers and snorkelers. Day trips to local places of interest such as the water palace at Tirta Gangga and Bali’s most sacred temple, Besakih, can easily be arranged. Mount Agung with lots of trekking options just 30-40 minutes from Amed.
Traditional outrigger boats are available for fishing charters from the main beaches in the Amed area. This normally involves early morning trolling for mackerel, barracuda and tuna.
Have a traditional massage on the beach. Women from the local villages are always on hand for an invigorating massage, especially at Lipah Beach.
Enjoy nature and go with the wind on a traditional sailing boat for diving, fishing, exploration, dolphin watching, snorkelling or just swimming and relaxing.
Go stand up paddleboarding (SUP) in Jemeluk bay beside Apneista freediving school, this is a beautiful way to explore the coast and stay in shape, there are amazing views of Mount Agung.

Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple is a pura or Temple complex in the village of Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung in eastern Bali, Indonesia. It is the most important, largest, and holiest temple of Balinese Hinduism,and one of a series of Balinese temples. Perched nearly 1000 meters up the side of Gunung Agung, it is an extensive complex of 23 separate but related temples with the largest and most important being Pura Penataran Agung. The temple is built on six levels, terraced up the slope. The entrance is marked by a candi bentar (split gateway), and beyond it, the Kori Agung is the gateway to the second courtyard.



History
A puja ceremony at the Besakih Temple.
The precise origins of the temple are unclear but its importance as a holy site almost certainly dates from prehistoric times. The stone bases of Pura Penataran Agung and several other temples resemble megalithic stepped pyramids, which date back at least 2,000 years.
It was certainly used as a Hindu place of worship from 1284 when the first Javanese conquerors settled in Bali. By the 15th century, Besakih had become a state temple of the powerful Gelgel dynasty.
The temple is on the slopes of Mount Agung, the principal volcano of Bali.


Architecture:
Pura Besakih is a complex made up of twenty-three temples that sit on parallel ridges. It has stepped terraces and flights of stairs that ascend to several courtyards and brick gateways that lead up to the main spire or Meru structure, which is called Pura Penataran Agung. All this is aligned along a single axis and designed to lead the spiritual person upward and closer to the mountain which is considered sacred.

The main sanctuary of the complex is the Pura Penataran Agung. The symbolic center of the main sanctuary is the lotus throne, or padmasana, which is therefore the ritual focus of the entire complex. It dates to around the seventeenth century.

A series of eruptions of Mount Agung in 1963, which killed approximately 1,700 people also threatened Pura Besakih. The lava flows missed the temple complex by mere meters. The Balinese people regarded the saving of the temple as miraculous, and a signal from the gods that they wished to demonstrate their power but not destroy the monument the Balinese faithful had erected.

Festivals
Each year there are at least seventy festivals held at the complex since almost every shrine celebrates a yearly anniversary. This cycle is based on the 210-day Balinese Pawukon calendar year.
It had been nominated as a World Heritage Site as early as 1995 but was pulled out in 2015

Lahangan Sweet View Point

Lahangan Sweet Located in the Banjar Dinas Gulinten region of the Kabupaten Karangasem district in Bali, Indonesia, the Langhangan Sweet Lookout is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. With stunning views of the surrounding mountains and rice fields, this lookout offers a peaceful and serene escape from the bustling city life
When visiting the Langhangan Sweet Lookout, visitors can expect to find a peaceful and serene atmosphere, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and rice fields.

Located on a mountain ridge, this lookout offers breathtaking views of Mount Agung on Bali and Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island. A short path leads to the viewpoint, where visitors can marvel at the stunning vistas on a clear day.

There are several benches and gazebos available for visitors to relax and take in the beauty of the surroundings. The lookout is located in a traditional Balinese village, providing visitors with the opportunity to learn about and experience local culture.

Navigating to Lahangan Sweet Lookout can be challenging, so it is important to pay close attention to the directions. The road leading up the mountain can be slippery and difficult to navigate, especially if you are arriving by scooter. It is recommended to have a full tank of gas and to be cautious when riding on the roads. If you are not a confident rider, you can park your scooter near the wooden sign and continue on foot. The walk up to the lookout is short but steep, so expect to get a bit of a workout. However, the effort will be worth it as you will be rewarded with one of the most incredible views in Bali.

There are several viewpoints at Lahangan Sweet Lookout that offer panoramic views of the Amed region and the surrounding area. One of the most famous viewpoints is the treehouse platform (that is the one you see in all the photos on social media), which is located a short walk down the path. This platform is built around a tree and requires climbing a ladder to access. From here, you can see the southern part of Bali, including Mount Abang and Mount Batur in the distance. The main attraction at Lahangan Sweet Lookout is the view of Mount Agung, which is truly breathtaking.

There is also a square palm terrace with wooden benches located near a big tree, as well as a small platform with a roof on the ground. These viewpoints offer the perfect opportunity to relax and take in the beautiful scenery.

Photo Opportunities and Tips
The Langhangan Sweet Lookout offers a variety of photo opportunities, including panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and rice fields. It is recommended to visit the lookout during the early morning or late afternoon to capture the best lighting for photos.

For the best views with no clouds, it is recommended to visit Lahangan Sweet Lookout during the dry season (March to November). During this time, the area is much drier and provides a great opportunity to see the surrounding islands in the distance. The dry season is generally the best time to visit the lookout for clear, unspoiled views. If you do decide to visit during the wet season, be prepared for potentially cloudy or rainy conditions.

Be sure to also take some photos of the traditional Balinese village and the local people who call it home.


What Visitors Say They Liked About Visiting
Many visitors to the Langhangan Sweet Lookout have praised the stunning views and peaceful atmosphere of the lookout. Some visitors have also enjoyed learning about and experiencing the local culture and traditions of the traditional Balinese village where the lookout is located.

Segar Rupek Temple

Segara Rupek Temple, Traces of the History of the Separation of the Islands of Bali and Java
Hidden in the silence of the West Bali National Park, precisely in Sumberklampok Village, is hidden a sacred place that holds an unforgettable story. Segara Rupek Temple, which is located at the westernmost tip of Bali Island, is not only a historical site, but also a silent witness to a major event that separated the islands of Bali and Java. But unfortunately, its charm is still hidden and rarely noticed by the eyes of the world.
Segara Rupek Temple is a holy place located in the West Bali National Park area, precisely in Sumberklampok Village, Grokgak District, Buleleng Regency, Bali. From Denpasar City, you can travel 143 km by vehicle with an estimated travel time of around 4 hours 20 minutes.

This temple has deep historical significance where this place is a silent witness to the split of land between the islands of Bali and Java. However, unfortunately, the condition of the facilities, infrastructure and infrastructure around this temple is inadequate, so it rarely receives proper attention from the community and leaders in Bali.

This temple is located at the westernmost tip of the island of Bali, making it the land closest to the island of Java. However, to reach this temple, visitors have to travel around 12 kilometers through the protected forest of the West Bali National Park (TNBB), with additional obstacles in the form of dirt roads and rocks that must be passed. This condition makes Segara Rupek Temple a place that is rarely visited by the general public.

Segara Rupek Temple was only discovered on April 8 2001 by a hiking group consisting of 21 people. They carried out search efforts to reveal the whereabouts of the original Segara Rupek. This expedition was guided by the guidance of lontar literature, geographical calculations, and spiritual wisdom, with guidance from the advisor and supervisor of the Besakih cave temple, namely I Gusti Mangku Kubayan Manik Arjawa.

The history of the founding of Segara Rupek Temple originates from the chronicle or lontar entitled “Indik Segara Rupek”. The chronicle tells of the friendship between Mpu Siddhimantra from East Java and the Dragon Basuki in Bali. It is said that Mpu Siddhimantra often visited his friend every full moon. Mpu Siddhimantra often brought food to the Dragon, and in return the Dragon Basuki would give valuable jewelry to Mpu Siddhimantra.
However, this story takes place when Manik Angkeran, the son of Mpu Siddhimantra, who likes gambling, steals his father’s bell. He went to Besakih to ask Naga Basuki for treasure and gold. This request was immediately granted by Ida the Dragon King Basuki. However, because of his greed, Manik Angkeran cut off Naga Basuki’s tail which was made of jewels. As a result of his actions, Naga Basuki became angry and killed Manik Angkeran.

Mpu Siddhimantra, who knew about this, rushed to Besakih to ask for forgiveness for his son’s mistakes and asked the Dragon Basuki to bring his son back to life. The Dragon Basuki granted this request. However, Mpu Siddhimantra was worried that his son would repeat his bad actions,

After meditating, Mpu Siddhimantra received the order to scratch the ground with his stick three times precisely in the area of Ceking Getting or now the Bali Strait. The ground shook and split the land, separating the islands of Bali and Java. This event is known as the Segara Rupek event, which means narrow sea. Not long after, a shrine was erected which would later be known as Pura Segara Rupek. This temple is a silent witness to the extraordinary event that separated the mainland islands of Bali and Java. Its existence is a symbol of the greatness of nature and the greatness of the Creator.

When you want to pray at Segara Rupek Temple, there is a flow that must be followed. First of all, the pemedek will go to the Beji Segara Rupek Temple, a place where they will be purified first before continuing to pray. In this place, there are the Pelinggih Penglurah Agung and the Pelinggih Gedong Betel, as well as direct views of the island of Java which can be enjoyed clearly across the beach.
Next, go to Payogan Ida Mpu Siddhimantra Temple which is located to the east of Segara Rupek Temple. This temple has several main pelinggihs, but there is one pelinggih which is specifically intended to worship Ida Mpu Siddhimantra directly.

Only after that, the pemedek will enter the Kahyangan Jagat Segara Rupek Temple which is located in the Utamaning Mandala. The structure of this temple consists of the Nista Mandala (Jaba Sisi), which is the outermost part of the temple architecture. And the Main Mandala (innards) is the deepest and holiest part of a temple as well as the main shrine of the temple.

The architecture of the buildings and pelinggih in this temple displays a charming ancient feel, conveys an aura of ancient grandeur, and enriches the spiritual experience of the pemedek in praying. Even though these three temples are located separately, they are still in the same Segara Rupek Temple area, complementing each other in their sacredness.

The piodalan at Segara Rupek Temple falls on Purnama Jyestha, or the eleventh full moon of Wraspati Kliwon Wuku Klawu in the Balinese calendar. At that time, the entire temple complex was filled with a sacred spirit, decorated with a series of ceremonies and offerings that depicted devotion and respect for the presence of the Creator.

To visit Segara Rupek Temple, visitors can get entrance tickets at an affordable price. Visitors are charged IDR 5,000 to IDR 15,000 per person. Meanwhile, Hindus who want to go to this temple can enter the place without being charged a penny. However, please remember that visitors must be careful because this temple is still in the West Bali National Park area. Many wild animals such as monkeys, deer, wild boars, porcupines, and so on can be encountered during the trip.

With all its rich history, nature and spiritual values, Segara Rupek Temple is not only a historical place, but also a cultural and natural heritage that must be protected and preserved for future generations. With joint efforts, Segara Rupek Temple can continue to radiate the beauty and meaning contained within it.

Rambut Siwi Temple

Rambut Siwi Temple is a revered ocean-view temple nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of West Bali. Perched atop a scenic cliff overlooking the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, this temple symbolises spirituality and tranquillity. With its panoramic views and serene ambience, this sacred site offers visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Bali while marvelling at the beauty of the surrounding seascape.

As one of the prominent tourist attractions in West Bali, Rambut Siwi Temple beckons travellers seeking to explore the region’s spiritual and natural wonders. Set against the backdrop of lush forests and rolling hills, the temple provides a serene retreat for contemplation and reflection. Visitors can partake in traditional Hindu rituals and ceremonies, offering prayers and seeking blessings amidst the soothing sounds of the ocean waves. With its significance as one of the places to visit in West Bali, Rambut Siwi Temple invites guests to experience the harmony between nature and culture, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking solace and serenity on Bali’s western shores.



ABOUT RAMBUT SIWI TEMPLE
General Information
Rambut Siwi Temple, located in the village of Mendoyo, embraces a picturesque setting overlooking the Indian Ocean. As a prominent sea temple, its strategic location adds to the allure, creating a spiritual atmosphere that resonates with the ebb and flow of the ocean waves. The temple complex, surrounded by lush greenery, comprises various shrines and pavilions, each telling a tale of devotion and cultural significance.

History
The history of Rambut Siwi Temple traces back through centuries of Balinese spirituality. Constructed to honour the sea god Baruna, the temple is a testament to the island’s enduring cultural practices. Explore the intricate carvings and artefacts that narrate the tales of worship and reverence, offering a glimpse into the deep-rooted traditions that define Balinese spiritual life.

The Highlights:
Embark on a spiritual journey as you explore the highlights of Rambut Siwi Temple:

Panoramic Coastal Views: Absorb breathtaking vistas of the Indian Ocean, providing a backdrop for spiritual contemplation.
Sacred Rituals: Witness or partake in traditional Hindu ceremonies, experiencing the vibrant cultural expressions that characterize Rambut Siwi Temple.
Architectural Grandeur: Admire the Balinese architecture and artistic elements that adorn the temple, reflecting the island’s cultural richness.
Sunset Point: Experience the magical allure of sunset at Rambut Siwi Temple as the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the coastal landscape.
Photography Opportunity: Capture the temple’s serene beauty and cultural intricacies, preserving the moments of your spiritual exploration through captivating photographs.
Serenity Ambiance: Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of Rambut Siwi Temple, finding solace amidst the sacred surroundings and echoing waves.

Other Tourist Attractions Nearby
Extend your journey in West Bali by discovering nearby attractions. Explore the biodiversity of West Bali National Park, embrace the serenity of Gede Perancak Temple, unwind at Medewi Beach’s laid-back shores, and marvel at the iconic Bunut Bolong. Each destination complements the spiritual ambience of Rambut Siwi Temple, creating a well-rounded and enriching travel experience.

Zen Hideaway Swing

The Zen Hideaway Bali offers a serene natural habitat away from the busy and commotion of the city life, making it one of the most Instagram-worthy spots in Bali. Zen Hideaway Swing is a fantastic swinging spot, which is located about 30 minutes outside of Ubud and provides you with a magical experience of swinging above the lush greenery of Bali. The Zen Hideaway Bali Swing is all about a delightful experience of swinging and a majestic view of the nearby valley and the beautiful waterfall of the Ayung River, along with its surrounding rice paddies and the majestic Mount Agung.The swinging experience is reserved for guests with accommodation only, so you can either take a walk outside or go for a swing, or you can soak in the enchanting views of the scenic valley from the comfort of your bed. What makes this swing special and postcard-worthy is that it offers you an opportunity of swinging high on top of a hill between the coconut trees with stunning views of the Ayung River and its mini waterfall that provides a sense of calm and serene. The Zen Hideaway Swing session lasts for only 30 minutes, so if you have arrived with your friends and family, make sure to divide your time accordingly.

Location– The exact location of Zen Hideaway Bali is Jalan Dewi Saraswati, Banjar Tegal Kuning, Bongkasa Pertiwi, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali 80352, Indonesia.

Ticket Price– The ticket price for your stay at the Zen Hideaway Bali is $158.22 per night, which includes a delicious breakfast and a fresh coconut as you arrive.

Timings– There are no specific timings to arrive at Zen Hideaway Bali Swing; however, the most preferred timing is 2 to 3 pm every day.

How to Reach- Zen Hideaway Swing is located at a distance of 14 km from Ubud. You can hire a cab/taxi or rent a private car to reach the Zen Hideaway Swing which takes only 25-30 minutes.

What is the best time to visit Zen Hideaway Swing?
The most popular time to visit Zen Hideaway Bali is from 2 to 3 pm due to lesser crowds and a pleasant time to hop on the swing.

Why Zen Hideaway Swing is so famous
Zen Hideaway Bali Swing is recognized globally as the origin of the Bali Swing and the ideal location for spectacular photographs, making it yet another Instagram-worthy spot in Bali. It’s an AirBnb house that is open to both rural and urban visitors, making it an excellent paradigm of wabi-sabi beauty, which seeks perfection in the flawed.

Is there any age limit for Zen Hideaway Swing?
There is no age limit for Zen Hideaway swing; however, it is generally not recommended for people aged 60 above.

West Bali National Park

Unspoilt beauty lies at the west end of the fabled island of Bali: lush green forests, picturesque mountain range, crystal clear blue water, and vast stretches of pristine beaches, those are what await at the West Bali National Park. Home to over a hundred species of wildlife, the national park is best known as the sanctuary of the exotic white Bali Starling , an endemic iconic bird of the island of the gods.
Located in the most north-westerly point of Bali, the national park includes the whole area of the Prapat Agung Peninsula, and large swathes of land around the towns of Gilimanuk, Cekik and Banyuwedang which lie in the regencies of Jembrana and Buleleng. This national park is approximately 100Km from Bali’s capital city, Denpasar, or about 50 km west from the northern city of Singaraja, capital of Buleleng regency.



West Bali National Park has a total area of 19,002.89 hectares, covering 15,587.89 hectares of land and 3,415 hectares of water. The habitat is very varied with rainforests, dry savannas, acacia scrubs and lowland forests, as well as more montane forests in the higher region. There are also some pockets of dense mangrove forests. In the north of the park is an obvious north jutting peninsula called Prapat Agung. Around this peninsula are long stretches of protected beach and offshore coral reefs as well as a small offshore island called Menjangan . The latter is a very popular diving destination.
One hundred and sixty species of birds have been recorded in the park, including the near extinct Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi), Bali’s only endemic vertebrate species,the fauna icon of Bali. It was the key reason why this national park was created in 1941. By 2001, it was estimated that as few as only six individual starlings were thought to have survived in the wild, all of them in this park. Since then, captive breeding and re-introduction efforts have continued apace, but poaching pressures remain a large problem. With that in mind, a second re-introduction program was started in the remote regions of Nusa Penida, off the coast of Sanur Beach in 2004. In June 2011, West Bali National Park received 60 endangered Bali Starling for release, 40 from the Surabaya Zoo and 20 from Taman Safari Indonesia . Keen birdwatchers can find a checklist of likely species and their status here.

Among some other fauna found in the National park are: the Wild Bull ( Banteng), Barn Swallow, Black-naped Oriole, Black Racket-tailed Treepie, Crested Serpent-eagle, Crested Treeswift, Dollarbird, Hawksbill Turtle, Indian Muntjac, Java Sparrow, Javan macaque (Lutung), Large Flying Fox, Leopard Cat, Lesser Adjutant, Long-tailed Shrike, Milky Stork, Pacific Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Menjangan Wild Deer, Sacred Kingfisher, Savanna Nightjar, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Water Monitor, Wild Boar, Yellow-vented Bulbul, and many more.



The national park is also the home of several endangered species of flora such as: Pterospermum diversifolium, Antidesma bunius, Lagerstroemia speciosa, Steleochocarpus burahol, Santalum album, Aleuritas moluccana, Sterculia foetida, Schleichera oleosa, Dipterocarpus hasseltii, Garcinia dulcis, Alstonia scholaris, Manilkara kauki, Dalbergia latifolia and Cassia fistula.
The Marine reserve includes the cape shores and several sanctuary islands with many seabirds in the bay of Gilimanuk, on the island of Menjangan and the excellent coral reefs surrounding it. The good drop-offs on Menjangan’s south side are only surpassed by the particularly superb reefs on its northern shores. The island is a popular spot for locals and tourists wishing to dive for a variety of fish and coral reef exploration. There are no dangerous currents to contend with in this area.

West Bali Barat National Park also shows high bio-diversity in a relatively small marine area. At the end of the last century, 110 species of corals belonging to 18 families were recorded, of which 22 species were of the mushroom coral family (there are only 29 species of mushroom corals recorded worldwide), and there were at least 27 species of Acropora coral found in a relatively small area of only 2 hectares.
With all the splendors that stretch from the heart of its thick jungle to the deep waters that surround the peninsula, West Bali National Park is truly a natural treasure of the fabled island of Bali.



How To Get There
Most visitors to the park arrive along the north coast road from Lovina (about 90 minutes) or Pemuteran (about 15 minutes). Others come from the south via Gilimanuk harbor which is the main port that connects Java with Bali (about 15 minutes). From the capital city of Denpasar, the trip will take roughly about 4 to 5 hours along the main west road that connects Denpasar to Gilimanuk.
All visitors should check in at one of the two park offices (PHPA) for information, and to obtain permits and arrange guides. The headquarters is at the village of Cekik just south of Gilimanuk in the west. The other is at Labuan Lalang on the north coast from where boats to Menjangan Island depart. The main ranger station is on the road between the two offices at Sumber Klampok.

For permit and information please contact:
West Bali National Park Head Office:
Balai Taman Nasional Bali Barat
Jl. Raya Cekik-Gilimanuk Jembrana, BALI 82253
Phone: +62 365 61060
Fax: +62 365 61479
E-mail: tnbb09@gmail.com
Website: www.tnbalibarat.com

Ubud Ridge Walk

Hidden behind the hotels of Ubud’s main street you will find the beautiful Campuhan Ridge Walk, an absolute must see when visiting the town of Ubud. The rather short, but very rewarding, walkway will take you up and down a ridge along rice fields and palm trees, a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle from Ubud. In the last couple of years the Campuhan Ridge Walk has quickly become one of the most popular things to do in Ubud, so while the hike is beautiful any time of the day, we advise you to come for sun rise to avoid the larger crowds and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this location. The Campuhan Ridge Walk is only a short walk from Ubud’s centre and catching the sunrise here will be the perfect start of your day of exploring Ubud. Want to add this beautiful walk to your own itinerary? Then keep on reading to find out everything you need to know about the Campuhan Ridge Walk!

WHERE IS THE CAMPUHAN RIDGE WALK
The Campuhan Ridge Walk is located in Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali, is a place that undoubtedly will be on your Bali itinerary. Known for its lush rice terraces, stunning temples and the amounts of delicious food it is a place that is known and loved by many. And while the Campuhan Ridge Walk is located rather central, it might be a bit tricky to find it. To get a better idea of the exact location of the Campuhan Ridge Walk check out the map below.



HOW TO GET TO THE CAMPUHAN RIDGE WALK
If you are staying within the centre of Ubud then the Campuhan Ridge Walk is within walking distance, just simply go to the second part of describing how to get there. If you are staying outside of Ubud town centre read the following section first.

Staying outside of Ubud – If you feel confident enough to ride a scooter or motorbike in Bali then we would definitely recommend it. It is a cheap and convenient way to get around, you can rent scooters for roughly 3$ a day (including helmet) giving you the ultimate freedom to go and explore the surroundings of the towns and cities. Another option is to hire a taxi service for a half or full day tour, which is something that almost all accommodations can advice you on further.

From the centre of Ubud – So when you have rented a scooter or are walking, simply head to the direction of the Warwick IBAH Luxury Villas and Spa. Upon immediate entry you will see a split in the road, marked by another sign with IBAH marked on it, the left right hand side leads to the IBAH Luxury Villas, the left hand side to the Campuhan Ridge Walk, go down this road. If you are coming by scooter, you can drive the scooter down, and on the bottom of the street before the bridge you will see a parking lot, this is where we left our motorbike as this seems to be the only option in this area. Before the bridge you will see steps leading down, followed by a bridge, follow this path. The path will take you along a beautiful Balinese temple, and will the continue into the Campuhan Ridge Walk.



THE CAMPUHAN RIDGE WALK
So you have made it to the start of the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Signs indicate that it is roughly a 2km walk, but we found that depending on till where you want to walk you can make it as short or as long as you want to. Officially, the walk continues all the way to the Karsa Cafe. However, mid way the walk will take you through an area of shops and restaurants first before leading you to the last bit of rice fields (where the Karsa Cafe is located). In the end, depending on how much time you have, you can make the Campuhan Ridge Walk as long or as short as you want. I would recommend spending half an hour to 2 hours here.

The path will take you up and down hill providing you with a stunning view over the surrounding scenery, before leading you through rice fields. Although the path is situated right next to the hustle and bustle of Ubud it almost feels like a different world, so lush, so green, so quiet. We would highly recommend going in the early morning or late afternoon as it might get pretty warm during the day. We went at sunrise and were one of the few people there, allowing us to have the view to ourselves. Simply have a walk up and down the path and enjoy the peace and quietness.

CAMPUHAN RIDGE WALK – KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The Campuhan Ridge Walk quickly became one of our favourite spots in Ubud, and with views like these you might know why. Now to make your visit to the Campuhan Ridge Walk a bit easier we have compiled a short list of things you should know before going here:
* Campuhan Ridge Walk opening hours: There are no opening hours to the Campuhan Ridge Walk. As there are no gates you are welcome to enter whenever you like! However, it is not advised to visit this path when it is dark as the path is not lid and quite uneven.
* Best time to visit the Campuhan Ridge Walk: Go early, we would even recommend sunrise early, to have this place almost completely to yourself and to avoid the midday heat. The Campuhan Ridge Walk is also beautiful around sunset, but it will often be busy around these times as it is one of Ubud’s most famous spots to watch the sun set.
* Entry fee for the Campuhan Ridge Walk: To make it ever better, there are no entry fees either to enjoy this walk, something that might seem rare in Bali as most natural sights do ask for a small entry fee.
* What to bring: Bring water as you might get thirsty hiking up and down the hills, at the end of the Campuhan Ridge Walk there are some restaurants and small shops where you could buy something refreshing if you’d like.

Saraswati Temple Ubud

Amidst the lush landscapes of Ubud, Bali, lies a sanctuary of culture and spirituality – the Saraswati Temple. This breathtaking complex, intricately crafted and steeped in history, offers not just a spiritual retreat but a feast for the senses and the soul. Let’s journey together through the serene pathways and picturesque surroundings of this Balinese marvel, exploring each aspect that makes it a must-visit destination.

The Enchanting Gateway to Saraswati Temple
As you approach the temple in the heart of Ubud Center, the first thing that greets you is its magnificent gateway, a testament to the exquisite Balinese architecture. The entrance, a masterpiece carved from indigenous stone, signifies the gateway to spiritual enlightenment and artistic awakening. The meticulous carvings and detailed sculptures narrate tales from ancient scriptures, beckoning visitors to delve deeper into the Balinese culture and spirituality.
Historical Unveiling: The Chronicles of Saraswati Temple
Saraswati Temple, also known as Pura Taman Saraswati, dates back to the 1950s, a time when Ubud was blossoming as a hub of art and spirituality. The temple was the vision of the then Ubud prince, Cokorda Gede Agung Sukawati. Entrusted to the capable hands of the celebrated artist and architect, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, the temple blossomed into a magnificent edifice, standing as a beacon of culture and spirituality in Bali. Over the years, it has woven itself into the fabric of Ubud’s history, standing not just as a place of worship but also as a living testimony to Bali’s rich cultural past.



Architectural Splendors of Saraswati Temple
Where Stone Sings Histories: The Architectural Splendors of Saraswati Temple.
The temple complex showcases the zenith of Balinese craftsmanship. Every inch of the space echoes the genius of its master designer, Lempad, who infused the structure with elements of nature and mythology. The intricate carvings depict tales from Hindu epics, while the overall design mirrors the philosophy of ‘Tri Mandala’, a concept central to Hindu temples in Indonesia. The complex is divided into three zones – the outer sanctum (Nista Mandala), the middle sanctum (Madya Mandala), and the inner main sanctum (Utama Mandala), each representing various phases of human life and spiritual progression.

Lotus Ponds: The Heart of Saraswati Temple
Perhaps the most famous aspect of the temple is its expansive lotus ponds. These tranquil water bodies are not just visually stunning but are also symbolic of purity and spiritual enlightenment. As you walk alongside the ponds, you would find yourself lost in the tranquil surroundings, the lotus blooms standing as a serene testament to the temple’s philosophy of harmony and peace.

The Fragrant Frangipani Trails of Saraswati Temple
Adding to the temple’s enchanting ambiance is the plethora of frangipani trees scattered across the premises. These trees, with their vibrant blooms and soothing fragrance, create a pathway that seems almost heavenly. As you walk through these fragrant trails, you can feel a tangible connection with nature, an experience that calms the mind and nurtures the soul.

Cultural Tapestry: Dance Performances at Saraswati Temple
A visit to Saraswati Temple transcends mere sightseeing, morphing into a rich cultural experience. The temple has become a vibrant hub for traditional dance performances, offering visitors a glimpse into the mystical world of Balinese dance and music. The performances, held regularly in the evenings, narrate tales from ancient scriptures, with dancers adorned in vibrant costumes portraying various deities and mythological characters.

Goddess Saraswati: The Divine Patron of the Temple
At the heart of the temple lies the divine sanctum dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the deity of wisdom, knowledge, and arts. In Hinduism, she is revered as the source of intellectual pursuit and artistic inspiration. At Saraswati Temple, you would find her presence resonating in every corner, fostering an environment where creativity blossoms, and wisdom prevails.

Photographic Paradises within the Saraswati Temple Grounds
For photography enthusiasts, the temple presents boundless opportunities. Whether it’s the sunrise reflecting off the lotus ponds or the intricate details of the carvings and sculptures, every corner offers a chance to capture the beauty and grandeur of this place. As the golden rays of the sunset bathe the temple in a warm glow, photographers can capture moments that seem almost ethereal.

Spiritual Harmony: Sacred Spaces at Saraswati Temple
In the midst of the architectural splendor and cultural vibrancy, Saraswati Temple also offers corners of peace and spiritual harmony. These sacred spaces within the temple complex allow for moments of reflection and meditation, where one can connect with the divine energies that resonate strongly within the temple grounds.

Visitor Essentials: Dress Code and Guidelines at Saraswati Temple
To maintain the sanctity of this sacred space, visitors are expected to adhere to a certain dress code and guidelines. Modesty in dressing is encouraged, with sarongs being provided at the entrance for those who require them. It’s also advisable to speak softly and move respectfully within the temple premises, maintaining the tranquil ambiance of this spiritual haven.

Gastronomic Experiences near Saraswati Temple
After your spiritual sojourn, you might find yourself craving some culinary delights. Fortunately, the area surrounding the temple hosts a range of dining options. From traditional Balinese cuisines to international dishes, the eateries here offer something for every palate, adding a gastronomic delight to your visit.

Surrounding Attractions: Exploring Beyond Saraswati Temple
The temple’s central location in Ubud allows for easy access to several other attractions. Whether it’s the bustling Ubud market, the scenic Tegallalang rice terraces, or the Monkey Forest sanctuary, there are numerous spots to explore in the vicinity, making your visit to Saraswati Temple a starting point for a larger Ubud adventure.

Sunset at Saraswati Temple: A Heavenly Sight
As the day draws to a close, the temple transforms into a silhouette against the blazing Bali sunset, offering a sight that is nothing short of heavenly. The golden hues reflecting off the lotus ponds create a surreal ambiance, providing a perfect ending to your visit.

Carvings and Sculptures: The Artistic Side of Saraswati Temple
An exploration of the temple would be incomplete without mentioning its artistic facets. The complex houses numerous carvings and sculptures, each telling a tale of Bali’s rich cultural and spiritual heritage. These artworks, some of which were crafted by the master architect Lempad himself, offer a visual feast, narrating tales from ancient Hindu scriptures and Balinese folklore.

A visit to the Saraswati Temple is not just a journey through its stunning landscapes but a walk through the vibrant culture and rich history of Ubud, Bali. Through its intricate carvings, picturesque ponds, and vibrant performances, the temple offers a multifaceted experience, where spirituality meets artistry, creating a harmonious blend that resonates with every visitor.

As you step out of the temple complex, carrying with you memories and moments captured, you realize that your journey was not just physical but also a spiritual sojourn, a glimpse into the beautiful synthesis of nature, art, and spirituality that is the essence of Bali.

Ubud Art Market

The Ubud Art Market, also called “Pasar Seni Ubud”, is located opposite the royal palace Puri Saren and is open daily from 08:00 to 18:00. The market is divided into two main areas. In the western block is the art market, the eastern block is a traditional market where you can buy food and other daily necessities.
Insiders call it the best art market in Bali, where you can buy beautiful silk scarves, light shirts, hand-woven bags, baskets or hats, statues, kites and many other handmade goods. Haggling is common at the Ubud Art Market.
Most of the goods offered at the Ubud Art Market are made in the neighboring villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan. The location of the traditional art market amidst the handicraft villages and directly opposite the Royal Palace, which is the center of Ubud, makes it a strategic shopping place for Balinese handicrafts and souvenirs.
The Ubud Art Market also served as a backdrop for the Hollywood movie “Eat Pray Love”. Actress Julia Roberts strolls through the stalls, which in real life are visited by both locals and tourists.

Stroll and marvel
Art markets in Bali are on the bucket list of most tourists. For many of them, one of their favorite pastimes is simply strolling to the heart of the city, made possible by the footpaths that pass by virtually every aspect of Balinese culture and life. One of these relaxing walks takes you from the Monkey Forest, located about a kilometer south of the market, through the Ubud Art Market to the Royal Palace.
Strolling through Ubud’s art market is not always about an actual purchase. Viewing the various items passed from one stall to another is a highlight in itself and shows the craftsmanship and artistry of the locals.
Compared to art markets in other tourist centers of Bali, for example Kuta, Ubud Art Market offers higher quality and greater variety. Although beach towels and shirts with “Bali” printed on them, woven ikat skirts, Balinese-style paintings, wood carvings and woven baskets can be found almost everywhere on the island, items such as four-color satin bohemian skirts, Moroccan-style oil lamps, quilted batik camisoles and brass Buddha statuettes are more typical curiosities of the Ubud Art Market.

Unlike the merchandise in the various stores along Monkey Forest Road, most items at the Ubud Art Market do not have a bar code or a set price. In other words, haggling is expected.
But trade in Bali is very different from haggling in Arab bazaars. In the Orient, potential customers are often harassed by the merchants or even pulled into the stalls by force. Balinese people would never do such a thing. They politely wait for the customer to make the first move and do not force them to buy immediately.
Haggling is always polite and with a smile. For Balinese, haggling is simply part of the fun of shopping, often it’s not even about getting the best price or the maximum possible profit. Still, it’s helpful to think about the most you want to pay for an item before haggling
Start with about half the asking price and increase it until you find a compromise. Don’t buy anything if it’s the first day of your vacation. Get an overview while you enjoy your first day and get used to the prices.
To admire all the goods and stalls is impossible to create in one day. If you spot an item that interests you, it’s best to come back another day to haggle and close the deal.

Good to know
If you definitely plan to buy something, you should visit the Ubud Art Market as early as possible, before the tourist rush starts around 10 am. As one of the first buyers of the day, you can usually get better prices. Many of the traders believe that the first sale of the day brings them luck. For this reason alone, they are often willing to lower their prices.
The afternoon is much more hectic. Salespeople are much more persistent in trying to keep the customer interested for as long as possible. This behavior should not be confused with aggression. For retailers, this is simply a sales tactic, even though customers may see it differently.
In the evening it becomes more relaxed again. Merchants also like to offer their goods at lower prices around closing time to make a few sales at the end of the day before going home. Anyone planning a visit to the monkey forest should go there before shopping. The macaques living there are excellent thieves and have already stolen many a purchase.

Definitely worth a visit.
Ubud Art Market offers not only high quality Balinese items, but also a universal and international assortment. Compared to other art markets in Bali, the items offered here are usually of higher artistic value. The market’s location amidst the art producing villages and in the center of Ubud makes it a strategic shopping destination for Balinese handicrafts and unusual souvenirs.
The art market is definitely worth a visit, even for non-buyers and photographers looking for colorful subjects. Stay polite while haggling and watch your valuables, because pickpockets also like to pay a visit to the Ubud Art Market. If you stay overnight in Bali, it is best to visit the market early in the morning or late in the evening.
Because the market is very large and located in the center, it is not difficult to find. The official address is Jalan Raya Ubud No. 35. Walking from the Monkey Forest to the King’s Square, you will walk right through the market.

Ubud Palace

The Ubud Palace, officially Puri Saren Agung, is a historical building complex situated in Ubud, Gianyar Regency of Bali, Indonesia.

Campuhan river junction
The palace was the official residence of the royal family of Ubud. It was on his travels that Rsi Markandya received a divine revelation that in Bali he was to bury five precious metals on a mountain slope where the mother temple of Besakih now stands today. Along with a group of followers, Rsi Markandya was magnetically attracted to a destination located in the central foothills of the island that radiated light and energy. This place was Campuhan in Ubud at a junction in the Wos River and it was here that he felt compelled to build a temple by the name of Pura Gunung Lebah.

On subsequent expeditions around Bali, Rsi Markandya built a number of other significant temples and created a shared irrigation system for the terraced landscape that is still practiced by farmers today. The formation of the banjar, which is a village council responsible for community and religious affairs, was also inspired by Rsi Markandya. In essence, it can be said that Rsi Markandya is responsible for the foundation of Balinese Hinduism in its purest form referred to as Agama Tirtha or the religion of holy water.

Since being discovered back in the 8th century, the area of Campuhan has always been highly regarded by the Balinese for its immense spiritual powers. Even the term Ubud is derived from the term ubad, meaning medicine in reference to the traditional healing properties of the array of plants that randomly grow here. Generations of Hindu worshippers have made special pilgrimages to the fork in the Wos River to mediate, bathe and collect holy water for temple ceremonies and cleansing rituals.

There had always been ties between Java and Bali, but it was the disintegration of the once mighty Majapahit Empire in the 15th century that saw a mass exodus of nobles to Bali. A new kingdom on the island’s east coast called Gelgel was consequently established and gave sanctuary to many important ruling families. They brought with them an artistic legacy and the principles of the caste system.

By the 17th century Bali invariably experienced a rapid emergence of new kingdoms, including the founding of several royal houses in Ubud. However, this period also saw much conflict between the royal clans with supremacy as the ultimate goal. A prince from Klungkung was sent to create a palace in Sukawati as a centre of great power and aesthetic beauty. Artisans came from all over Bali to help in its construction and once completed many of them chose to stay. Sukawati today is a community that strongly supports all forms of artistry as well as dance and music.

With the successful establishment of a reigning authority in Sukawati, palace retainers were then sent in the late 1700s to secure the area of Ubud. A pair of cousins formed rival communities in Padang Tegal and further north in the area of Taman. Following subsequent fighting between these neighbouring villages the king of Sukawati sent his brothers Tjokorde Ngurah Tabanan to Peliatan and Tjokorde Tangkeban to Sambahan to establish palaces with the notion to control these troubled areas.

Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest

Mandala Suci Wenara Wana, also known as Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest, is a sanctuary located in Padangtegal, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Monkeys
About 1260 Balinese long-tailed macaque monkeys live in this sanctuary. They are divided into 10 groups, namely Temple Group, Selatan Group, New Forest Group, Central Group, East Group, Michelin Group, Utara Group, Ashram Group, Atap Group, and Cemetery Group.

The Ubud Monkey Forest is a famous tourist attraction in Ubud. Every month, around 10,000–15,000 visitors come to Ubud Monkey Forest. The Ubud Monkey Forest has 186 species of plants and trees in 12.5 hectares of forest. The Ubud Monkey Forest has 3 temples, namely Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple, Holy Spring Temple, and Prajapati Temple. The forest is owned by the Padangtegal community and is managed by Mandala Suci Wenara Wana Management. The purpose of the management is to preserve the sacred place and promote the Ubud Monkey Forest as an international tourist destination.

The Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. The village’s residents view the Monkey Forest as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village.

Mission
The Ubud Monkey Forest describes its mission as the conservation of the area within its boundaries according to the Hindu principle of Tri Hata Karana (“Three ways to reach spiritual and physical well-being”), which seeks to make people live harmoniously during their lives. The “three ways” to this goal under the Tri Hata Karana doctrine are harmonious relationships between humans and humans, between humans and the natural environment, and between humans and The Supreme God. Accordingly, the Monkey Forest has a philosophical goal of creating peace and harmony for visitors from all over the world. It also seeks to conserve rare plants and animals for use in Hindu rituals and to provide a natural laboratory for educational institutions, with a particular emphasis on research into the social interaction of the park’s monkeys with one another and their interaction with the park’s natural environment.
Physical features and facilities
The Ubud Monkey Forest covers approximately 0.1 square kilometres (10 ha; 25 acres) and contains at least 115 different species of trees. The park is heavily forested and has lots of hills, And a deep ravine runs through the park grounds, and at the bottom, there is a rocky stream. Trails allow visitors access to many parts of the park, including the ravine and stream.

The Monkey Forest grounds have a forest conservation area, a public hall and gallery, an open stage, a canteen, a first aid center, a police post, parking and toilet facilities, and a composting facility.

Temples
The Monkey Forest grounds are home to three Hindu temples, all apparently constructed around 1350:

The Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal (“Padangtegal Great Temple of Death”), also known as the Main Temple, lies in the southwestern part of the park. The temple is used for worshiping the god Hyang Widhi in the personification of Shiva, the Recycler or Transformer.
The Pura Beji, or Beji Temple, in the northwestern part of the park, is used for the worship of Hyang Widhi in the personification of the goddess Gangga. A “Holy Spring” bathing temple, it is a place of spiritual and physical cleansing and purification prior to religious ceremonies.
The Pura Prajapati, or Prajapati Temple, located in the northeastern part of the park, is used to worship Hyang Widhi in the personification of Prajapati. A cemetery adjacent to this temple receives the bodies of the deceased for temporary burial while they await a mass cremation ceremony, held once every five years.
The temples play an important role in the spiritual life of the local community, and the monkey and its mythology are important in the Balinese art tradition. The Monkey Forest area is sanctified by the local community, and some parts of it are not open to view by the public. Sacred areas of the temples are closed to everyone except those willing to pray and wear proper Balinese praying attire.

Animals

Monkeys
There are five groups of monkeys in the park, each occupying different territories; one group inhabits the area in front of the Main Temple, another the park’s Michelin area, a third the park’s eastern area, and a fourth the park’s central area, while the fifth group lives in the cremation and cemetery area. In recent years, the monkey population has become larger than an environment undisturbed by humans could support; it continues to grow, with the population density in 2013 being higher than ever. Conflicts between the groups are unavoidable; for example, groups must pass through one another’s territory to reach the stream during the dry season, and increasing population pressures are also bringing the groups into more frequent contact

The monkeys rest at night and are most active during the day, which brings them into constant contact with humans visiting during the park’s business hours. Visitors can observe their daily activities – mating, fighting, grooming, and caring for their young – at close range and can even sit next to monkeys along the park’s paths.

The monkeys have lost their fear of humans. Generally, they will not approach humans who they believe are not offering food, but they invariably approach human visitors in groups and grab any bags containing food that the humans have. They may also grab plastic bottles and bags not containing food, as well as reach into visitors’ bags and trouser pockets in search of food, and will climb onto visitors to reach food being held in a visitor’s hand, even if the food is held above a visitor’s head. The visitor will notice the interesting phenomenon of numerous obese monkeys, a testament to the almost unbounded food supply the huge number of tourists entering the forest provides.

The park staff advises visitors never to pull back an offer of food to a monkey or to touch a monkey, as either action can prompt an aggressive response by the animal. Although they generally ignore humans who they believe do not have food, they sometimes mistake a human’s actions as an offer of food or an attempt to hide food. If a human does not provide the food the monkeys demand or does not provide it quickly enough, the monkeys will occasionally bite the human.

Park personnel carry slingshots with which to intimidate aggressive monkeys and intervene quickly in confrontations between monkeys and humans. Given the monkeys’ apparently increasing aggressiveness toward humans and the risk their bites pose to human health, Balinese politicians have called for a cull of crab-eating macaques in Bali. Authorities have not formally accepted these calls.

Timor rusa deer
The Ubud Monkey Forest contains a fenced enclosure for a small herd of Timor rusa (Rusa timorensis timorensis), a type of deer native to the island of Timor. Visitors can view the deer enclosure.

Management
The Ubud Monkey Forest is owned by the village of Padangtegal, and village members serve on the Monkey Forest’s governing council. The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation – “Wenara Wana” being Balinese for “Monkey Forest” – manages the Monkey Forest and serves to maintain its sacred integrity and promote it as a destination for visitors.


Bali Swing

For an authentic swing experience in Bali, head over to the Bali Swing in Ubud, also known as the Bali Swing Bongkasa Pertiwi. Located at a short 20-minutes’ drive from the centre of Ubud, the Bali Swing is tucked amidst lush jungle environs where you can swing to a height between 10 metres to 78 metres above the ground. It is a haven for adventure seekers, since each of the swings here has a unique thrill factor. With waterfalls gushing behind, and a scenic atmosphere, the Bali Swing also boasts of unique hanging nests, heart-shaped rocks, helicopter as well as a butterfly garden, which make this swing a photographer’s delight. It is here where you can enjoy the feeling of flying over clouds, whilst also soaking in the panoramic views of the valleys, waterfalls and canyons down below.

Location: Jl. Dewi Saraswati No.7, Bongkasa Pertiwi, Kec. Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352, Indonesia

Aloha swing price costs is $35 Timings: 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m

Aloha Swing

Aloha Swing Built on terraced landscapes, on the way to the famous Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud, the Aloha Ubud Swing is one of the most famous swings in Bali. It has also served as the shooting location for music videos of The Fall and Jay Chou’s Rice Field, among others. Offering spectacular views of the terraced rice paddies, the Coffee Luwak plantation and surrounding landscapes, this swing comprises 8 different types of swings. It includes 5 single person swings, 1 tandem swing as well as a romantic bed swing. You can also find 2 huge bird nests, chicken nests and a bed nest here, where you can pose for different photographs. The swings here range between five different levels, from 10 to 60 metres above the ground. You can also enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee after enjoying riding in the swings here.

Location: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

Aloha swing price costs is $35. Also, you can pay an extra $7 or $9 for pickup from your hotel in Ubud.

How to Reach:The Aloha Ubud Swing is located at a distance of only 5 kilometres from the Arjuna Statue in Ubud. You can either rent a scooter or motorbike, or take a car ride to the swing from anywhere in Ubud

Timings: 08:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

Gunung Kawi Temple

Gunung Kawi Temple, This unique and truly impressive temple complex from the 11th century comprises 10 rock-cut candi (shrines). They stand in 7-metre-high (23 ft) sheltered niches carved into the cliff face. The monuments are dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favorite queens.

General Information
This temple complex is thought to be the burial complex of King Anak Wungsu and his wives and favorite concubines. The area is quite large and you can walk around quite freely. So take your time and feel into this ancient and beautiful place. If you are lucky you will see a ceremony or see women preparing offerings. Gunung Kawi is still used today for ritual ceremonies.
The complex is considered as one of the oldest temples on Bali, with it’s origins dating to the times before the kingdom of Majapahit.

Location & Setting
The Gunung Kawi complex is located in the Bali’s region Tampaksiring, which is about 20km north east of Ubud.
The temple is only about 2 kilometers away from Tirta Empul. If you are physically fit enough you could decide to visit both.
To get to the temple and shrines you need to descend 371 stone steps leading you through a beautiful Balinese sawa scenery (rice fields) to the Pakerisan river. Four shrines are located on the west side of the river, five on the east side. The tenth is located in the south.

Good to Know
Take your Sarong with you. If you forget you can borrow one at the entrance. You need to walk almost 1km to reach the temple. The walk is beautiful, but not easy. Going down is one thing, but getting back up another, particularly in the hot and moist air of Bali. But, you will be rewarded for your effort.
You will see two pots filled with still water at the end of the stair case. If you are asked to wet your hair with it as a ritual, politely say no thank you. We are not all too sure about all the creatures that made this water their home.

Ceremonies
Local women carrying offering on their heads to the shrines (left picture).

Ancient Monuments
The carved shrines are 7 meters tall. When standing in front of them look around and imagine how this place looked like more than a 1000 years ago. No stairs, no land clearing, no pathways; only jungle, rocks, and a river deep down in a valley.

Satria Coffee Plantation

The Satria Coffee Plantation is a perfect stop to add on a day trip to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces or Tirta Empul.
It a pleasant surprised trip to Satria, because it felt almost similar to the experience of wine tasting in Napa Valley.

The experience first starts with a walk through a beautiful garden, containing trees, shrubs and herbs that feature Bali’s most popular indigenous fruits, vegetables and spices. it always love seeing how produce and spices are grown, so this is very fun for everyone.

Once you pass through the garden, you are greeted by a large cage structure housing the famous Asian palm civet, whose intestines are responsible for creating the popular Luwak Coffee. The Luwak Coffee is made from coffee beans that, when in their original cherry form, fall from the tree and are eaten and partially digested by the civet. Coffee growers then harvest these cherries to make the Luwak coffee.

Before you head to the bathroom to vomit, its comforting to know that the coffee cherry naturally has two outer layers. When digested by the civet, only the outer layer is metabolized by the process. A second, inner layer remains that protects the actual coffee bean from said poo. Coffee growers are able to wash the beans and then remove the outer layer prior to roasting.

At a small shed, the Satria team explains this process, complete with some authentic civet poop in a display case. A very old woman asa staff will be demonstrating the roasting process they use, which is achieved via a roasting pan over an open flame (almost like a sauté of the beans). Then, they put the roasted beans into an enormous mortar and pestle to grind them for serving.

After you see how the sausage is made, your host takes you by a Hollywood-style sign that says “Cat-Poo-Chino.” This is a great photo opp to capture your excitement before sampling the famous coffee yourself.

An open air gazebo then greets guests, who are seated and instructed to wait on the host to bring a sample of Satria’s coffees and (bonus!) teas. Guests have the option to try the Luwak coffee for an extra 50,000 IDR ($~3.50 USD). The spread of coffees and teas is really impressive and creates the Napa Valley feel that mentioned earlier.

Now, for the Luwak coffee. you can order this after all the hype, so I coughed up the extra 50,000 IDR. The way of making the Luwak Coffee is in the traditional Balinese style, where they place the fine coffee powder in the cup and just add water. You’re supposed to wait about 3 minutes for the sediment to fall to the bottom, and then you drink.

Open Hour:
Everyday at 08.00 AM-18.00 PM.

Location:
Jln Raya Tampak Siring, Desa Manukaya, Kecamatan Tampaksing, Gianyar.

Cretya Alas Harum

Cretya Ubud is an idyllic destination located in the heart of Tegallalang, Bali at Alas Harum (about a 20 minute drive north of central Ubud). This tropical paradise spans over 8 hectares and boasts stunning rice terraces, perfect for those looking for a relaxing and tranquil getaway.

For a memorable experience, visitors can explore the breathtaking natural wonder above Ubud’s signature rice terrace. This day club truly offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, immersing guests in the excitement that nature brings; while sipping on cocktails by the pool. The lush greenery and stunning views create an ambiance of serenity, perfect for unwinding and rejuvenating.

Food lovers will delight in the distinguished dining destination located right inside Cretya Ubud. The Yudhistira, Arjuna, and Bima Lounge provide the perfect setting for a relaxed, casual dining experience, surrounded by enchanting pools in the middle of a lush jungle. Here, guests can indulge in international favorites ranging from classic American breakfast to Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The culinary team even shares secret recipes and ingredients to make the dining experience even more special.

For those who want to slow down and indulge in the serenity of their surroundings, the Jungle day club is a must-visit. With three-layered pools (that are, oh so Instagrammable) and special Crowned Angels cocktails crafted by professional bartenders, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. The DJ booth provides music beats to complement the ambiance, creating a luxurious and chilled atmosphere.

At Cretya Ubud, visitors can take their time to soak up the natural surroundings and indulge in a relaxed, fun-filled day out. The experience is one that stimulates all the senses, from the lush greenery to the exquisite cuisine, refreshing pool, and the mesmerizing sounds of the DJ booth. It is a perfect destination for those seeking a serene day out in the hood!


Open Hours:
Everyday 08.00 AM-21.00 PM.

Location:
Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia.

Phone:
+62 812-3802-1174

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Bali is almost synonymous with pearly beaches and jungle-covered volcanic mountains.
But that’s not all, the island is also packed to the brim with sprawling landscapes punctuated by layers of rice paddies that offer visual treats that captivate even the most apathetic traveler.
Nestled in the verdant valleys of Bali, Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the most popular attractions in Ubud thanks to its photogenic ambiance.
Although the iconic rice paddies are a top tourist destination, Tegalalang gives a glimpse into the traditional Balinese irrigation system that support the livelihood of the locals to this very day.

Tegalalang rice terrace history
Tegalalang is known as one of the most popular rice fields in Ubud and deeply entrenched around a popular Balinese traditional mode of irrigation named Subak, dating back to the 9th century.
The system embodies the Tri Hita Karana philosophy on life and like many other Bali’s rice terraces, Tegalalang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Weather at Tegalalang Rice terrace.
The weather at Tegalalang Rice Terrace is pleasantly warm throughout the year and with Bali being approximately 890 km from the equator, it’s easy to see why.
Bali province boasts two seasons; a wet and a dry season. The temperatures are mild (averaging 26°C / 79°F), so there’s no need for jackets even during the coldest month of the year (January).
Be sure to stay hydrated and pack some sunscreen if you’re traveling in May, it’s the warmest month with an average temperature of 26°C / 82°F.

One of the perks of a temperate climate is that you can visit during the wet season and still fall in love with the tranquillity.
However, if it rains in Bali, it pours so get those raincoats and umbrellas ready! If you’re visiting during the wet season you should expect the weather to change in an instant – quick spews of rain and sunbeams in between.

Tegalalang rice terrace open hours.
Technically, Tegalalang is open 24 hours, however, it makes sense to visit in the daytime to truly appreciate the allure.
Anytime between 8 AM and 6 PM (official opening time) would be ideal, especially if you want to take a bite at the on-site restaurant overlooking the rice paddies.

Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta empul or Holy spring Temple, One of the busiest water temples in Indonesia, Tirta Empul is a temple considered sacred by Balinese Hindu community. The temple has several holy springs which are said to have been created by The God Indra and believed to be blessed water that could purify those who bathe there.
Tirta Empul is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu God of water. In the Balinese language, Tirta Empul loosely translated means water gushing from the earth, which for this reason Tirta Empul is regarded as a holy spring. The Tirta Empul Temple includes shrines to Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, as well as one for Indra and Mount Batur. It is considered one of the five most holy temples in all of Bali and is considered one of the holiest water sources in Bali. You can also find other holy water temples in Bali such as Pura Ulun Danu at Lake Beratan, Pura Tirta Tawar at Gianyar, Pura Tirta Harum at Bangli, Pura Tirta Taman Mumbul at Badung, and many more.

Tirta Empul was founded in 926 A.D and is still being actively used to this day. Although it is a sacred place of worship to the locals, tourists from all over the world are welcome to experience the beauty and participate in the purification rituals. In 2017, the former US President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Natasha, made Tirta Empul one of their selected sites to visit and experience.

If you’re planning to visit Tirta Empul, here’s what to know more about this sacred temple:

The inside of Tirta Empul

The Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple is located in the village of Manukaya, near the town of Tampaksiring, not far from Ubud, in the Gianyar Regency, the cultural heart of Bali. The temple is situated just below the Presidential Palace of Tampaksiring. Built-in 1957 by Indonesia’s first president, Soekarno, the beautifully built palace itself is an important landmark of the island and the country. Together with the Presidential Palace, the Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple provides some of the most fascinating views you will ever see.

As a petirtaan or bathing center, Tirta Empul is quite a large temple complex and it takes at least 30 minutes to an hour to explore the entire site. Just as at other temples and sacred sites around the island, you will need to put on a ‘sarong’ before entering the premises. The sarongs are available at the temple’s entrance and can be rented for a small donation.

As soon as you enter the temple, you will walk through the large stone Balinese gate (locally known as candi bentar) and arrive in the outer courtyard of the temple. This area of the temple is called jaba sisi. At the end of the courtyard is another candi bentar built into the wall that leads to the central courtyard. This gate is guarded by smoothly carved huge statues of two Dwarapala or guardians given a brush of golden colors. At the top of the gate is a carving of Kala which is quite different from other Kala carvings elsewhere since it has fangs that stick upwards and a pair of hands with open arms.
Entering the inner courtyard, you will arrive at the jaba tengah area which is the main area of the temple. The holy springs here bubble up into a large, crystal-clear pool within the temple and gush out through 30 waterspouts into the two sacred purification pools. Local Balinese and Hindu worshippers stand in long lines in the pools waiting to dip their heads under the waterspouts in a purification ritual known as melukat. Bathers start in the pool on the left side standing in the pool to the waist under the first water spout. Once they have cleansed themselves under the first spout they join the next queue. This process is continued until they have cleansed themselves under each waterspout. However, there are two spouts that are meant only for cleansing the dead and are prohibited to be used by the living for the melukat ritual.

Behind the purification, pools are the final section of the Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple, called the jeroan. Mostly overlooked by tourists, the jeroan or inner courtyard is a pleasant place where people come to pray. The front part of the courtyard is dominated by the large water spring that feeds the purification pools. The spring is filled with green algae and small fish swim among the reeds. Behind the springs are large Hindu shrines. This part of the temple is nice to quickly explore. The shrines are brightly decorated, which contrasts with the starched white clothing of the Balinese who come here to pray.

As you exit Tirta Empul you pass through a large pool filled with koi fish. This section of the temple is walled off on all four sides from the rest of the complex, which gives it a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Fat koi swim lazily in the pond waiting for their next meal.

The Legend of Creation
Based on a manuscript called Usana Bali, the creation of Tirta Empul involves the myth of an epic battle between a powerful yet wicked king named Mayadenawa and a God, Bhatara Indra. The king did not believe in God, and forbade his subject from worshipping God. He was also dangerous. He possessed a spiritual power but was too drunk with his power and carelessly used it for black magic. Seeing the chaos, a priest named Sang Kulputih prayed to Bhatara Indra to put an end to the evil king.
Later, Bhatara Indra and his warriors came to attack Mayadenawa and dethroned him. Mayadenawa and his troops fled to the north of a village which is now known as ‘Tampak Siring’. At night, when Bhatara Indra’s army were deep asleep, Mayadenawa snuck into their camp and created a beautiful but poisonous spring that the army would drink from upon waking up. When Mayadenawa crept into the camp, he walked on the sides of his feet so as not to leave footprints–this is believed to be the origin of the village’s name, ‘Tampak Siring’, which translates as ’tilted footprint’.

In the morning, Bhatara Indra awoke to find his men were poisoned to death. It was then, through his power as a God that he pierced the ground with his staff, creating a sacred healing spring of holy water. The water was sprayed onto the dead army and they came back to life. This water source which is believed to have healing properties and a source of life came to be known as Tirta Empul.

Knowing that his plan had failed, Mayadenawa tried to transform himself into all sorts of different beings but to no avail, since Bhatara Indra continued to chase him. When at last he transformed himself into a boulder, Indra shot an arrow through it, and eventually killed the evil king. The blood of Mayadenawa that gushed from the boulder is believed to have formed the Petanu River, and for over a thousand years, the river was cursed making rice grow rapidly, but having an awful reek of blood. The Balinese Hindu people commemorate the death of Mayadenawa every 210 days in the Balinese traditional calendar as the day when Virtue triumphs over Evil in the ritual and ceremony called Galungan.

Goa Gajah Temple

Goa Gajah Temple, or the Elephant Cave Temple, is one of the most sacred and interesting places in Bali.
It’s a living temple where people continue to worship to this day, and you can find it on a visit to the heartland of Bali near Ubud.


History
Our guide to Goa Gajah will tell you what you can expect to find at this spiritually enlightening place.
Although the exact origins of the cave are uncertain, it is believed to have been built as a place for spiritual meditation. One folklore relates that it was created by the fingernail of the legendary giant Kebo Iwa. However, examining its style, the sanctuary was probably dated from the 11th century Bali Kingdom. The complex contains both Hindu and Buddhist imagery, as the cave contains lingam and yoni, symbols of Shiva, and the image of Ganesha, while by the river there are carved images of stupas and chattra, imagery of Buddhism.
The cave was rediscovered by Dutch archaeologists in 1923, but the fountains and bathing pool were not discovered until 1954.

Site description
The temple is characterized by menacing faces that are carved into the stone – whose purpose is assumed to be the warding off of evil spirits. The primary figure was once thought to be an elephant, hence the nickname Elephant Cave. Other sources state that it is named after the stone statue of the Hindu God Ganesh (characterized by having the head of an elephant) located inside of the temple.[4] The site is mentioned in the Javanese poem Desawarnana written in 1365. An extensive bathing place on the site was not excavated until the 1950s.[5] The entrance of the cave is accessed only by walking down a long flight of stairs.[6] The inside of the temple is small and usually has trails of white smoke from the incense burning.[7] Visitors wearing shorts will be issued a sarong to tie around the waist before entering the courtyard. The complex also contains 7 statues of women (out of which 1 has been destroyed due to an earthquake) holding water pitchers that depict seven holy rivers of India: the Ganga River, Sarasvati River, Yamuna River, Godavari River, Sindhu River, Kaveri River, and Narmada River.

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 19, 1995, in the Cultural category,[8] but was pulled out along with 11 other sites on 2015.

Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall is located rather in the south of Bali. It is one of the most famous waterfalls in Indonesia and can be an unforgettable experience of your vacation.

What is there to see?
The waterfall is located on the sacred Petanu River and is close to the artists’ village of Ubud. It is about 13 meters high and very bulky and wide. So if you are vacationing in Ubud or exploring the town for a day trip, a visit to Tegenungan Waterfall is worthwhile for everyone.

From the parking lot you first walk along a small path where there are some stores. These sell food and drink as well as clothes and souvenirs. There is also a restaurant overlooking the beautiful scenery around Tegenungan. Here you can drink a fresh coconut and watch the river from the observation deck.

Down at the waterfall you can then swim in the shallow water and enjoy the nature around the lake. If you don’t want to explore the area on your own, you can also book a guided day tour with a local guide. Often these tours are paired with other attractions such as to the Rice Terraces or the Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Useful tips
On a trip to the popular waterfall, you should definitely think about a change of clothes and swimwear. On the way to the waterfall does not have to climb, but still you can sweat quite a bit due to the heat in Bali. Then down near the waterfall there are changing rooms with shower and lockers
Directly at the waterfall you can then swim. Behind the waterfall there is even a cave where you can swim. This is certainly not something that will be forgotten in a hurry.
You can not take a shower under the waterfall. There is even extra waterfall security that whistles back anyone who swims over the perimeter. This is for the safety of the guests. For beautiful photos is suitable not only the waterfall, but also the way to it. Here many spots were prepared for photos.
It is best to visit the waterfall in the morning hours, as the tourist attraction is not quite as crowded at this time. The waterfall opens for visitors already at 6:30 am.

The arrival
Tegenungan Waterfall is very centrally located and therefore easy to reach. From Ubud it takes only 20 minutes by scooter or cab. From Sanur about 35 minutes and from Kuta or Nusa Dua a little over an hour.
Plan about 1-2 hours for the stay and arrange directly on arrival when a cab driver can pick you up if necessary, since they are rather little represented at the waterfall.

For whom is a visit to Tegenungan Waterfall suitable?
In principle, a visit to this sight is suitable for everyone. Families who depend on a stroller, however, should carefully consider whether they want to take the somewhat arduous route.

Optionally, you can also admire the waterfall only from the viewing platform, then you do not have to take on the descent with children and / or strollers.

Bali Zoo

Bali Zoo – Bali’s first and only zoo is an amazing place to learn the way more than 450 rare and exotic animals do in a luxuriant tropical environment. A park where you can take part in a fascinating animal adventure, some of which in Indonesia are uniquely unique.

Whether the Bengal tiger is being fed closely and personal, the elephant safari over the friendly Sumatran pachyderm, dining a couple of meters away from King Jungle and his pride, having an orangutan breakfast, or having a part in Bali Zoos Mahout trademark for a day.

The Bali Zoo is located in the center of the Bali’s Gianyar Collection in the vicinity of Kuta, Sanur, Seminyak and Nusa Dua tourist resorts, just a 15-minute drive from Ubud. The islands were founded in 2002 by the only private zoo belonging to Balinese as the first and only zoological park that still stands today.
In Bali Zoo, on 22 acres of lush landscaping of the Singaporean art village, there is a variety of animals, the majority of which is natives of Indonesia, including Sumatran Elephant, Sumatran Tiger, Orangutan, Sun Bear and Binturong. In this region there is also a collection of 350 exotic animals.

Bali Bird Park

Bali Bird Park is a 2000 square meter park located in Gianyar Regency and offers various educational activities about the animals inside the park. In addition, the visitors can also interact closely with the birds.
Meet 1000 birds, 250 species in 1 unforgettable day! Bali Bird Park is divided into several areas that mimic the natural habitat of the birds, complete with native plants. In addition to being a tourist spot, this park also plays an important role in protecting and conserving endangered Indonesian wildlife.
Bali Bird Park has successfully bred many species of birds here, including The Rare Pesquet’s Parrot and starlings, which are cared for release to the wild. There are over 40 species of birds accommodated here, a number that continues to grow under the care of Bali Bird Park’s professional staff.

About twenty years ago, the innovative Bali Bird Park entered the eco-tourism scene in Bali. This park is dedicated to the protection, conservation, and breeding of exotic birds from all over the world, not only Indonesia. Each section of Bali Bird Park has a replica of the region’s native flora and fauna and a variety of bird species native to that area. Join us as we go on a fantastical adventure over the continents of Indonesia, South America, Africa, and Australia. Stop by the relaxed outdoor eatery (appropriately named after the stunning Bali Starling) for a break and some delicious food. Visit the Rainforest Café for some handmade ice cream or a refreshing tropical drink.
Check out our air-conditioned, 4D theater if you’re looking for something a little bit different to see. Take in one of the avian-themed, 5.1-surround-sound flicks playing here.

The Bali Bird Park has a long history of breeding success, with species ranging from the rare Pesquet’s parrot to large numbers of Bali Starlings, all of which are used in local release programs. Almost 40 species of Indonesian birds are housed at the park, many of which are successfully reproducing thanks to our staff’s efforts.

Bali Bird Park Show Schedule:
There are several shows and rides at Bali Bird Park with a certain schedule. You can access the Bali Bird Park official site for the full schedule or see the schedule directly on the spot.

Facilities at Bali Bird Park
• Restaurant
• Rainforest Cafe
• 4D cinema
• Parking area



Batuan Village

Batuan (alternate: Batoeon or “Baturan”) is a village in Bali, Indonesia. It is noted for its artwork and style of painting which originated in the village in the 1930s and has since emerged into a major Balinese artistic style, known as a Batuan painting. It is a major painting center and contains a number of art galleries and cooperative art societies which have played a key role in promoting the art of Batuan. The village is also known for its performance of the ancient Gambuh dance, performed every Full Moon day.

There are two temples on the western part of the village which are known as Pura Puseh and Pura Dasar. These temples are built in classical Balinese temple architecture style with elaborate carvings. Visitors are given vermilion sarongs to wear during visit to the temples. The town is also popular for carved teak wood furnishings. The village also has a “fat Buddha statue” (called the “Fat Baby Statue”) at the cross road from Sakah to Blahbatu facing east.

Geography
Batuan is located in central Bali about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of Ubud and about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northeast of Denpasar contiguous to northern Sukhawathi village, another well-known art center. The land in this part of Bali is very flat. The area covered by the town excluding agricultural lands is 6 square kilometres (2.3 sq mi). The town is bounded by streams flowing through chasms or gorges, which provide water supply to the town. Apart from the streams that flow through the town, there are also irrigation canals sourced from upstream dams which provide irrigation facilities to large tract of paddy fields that surround the village, which was the back bone of the sustenance economy in the past; economy is now largely dependent on tourist influx and the town is now part of “World Economy.” By 1995, the village had paved roads.

The town has a number of temples hidden in the labyrinth lanes and by lanes of the town but two temples are prominent on the main road. In addition, there are now concrete paved performance pavilions in the town with high roofs where dance performances are held by many dance groups, which have got established now to cater to the tourism in the town; one such pavilion is in front of the Pura Desa Batuan temple. The Hindu and Indian influence in the region in the village is evident from the carvings and temples. In the 17th century, Batuan and southern Bali were controlled by the royal family until a priest’s curse led to their losing their control; eventually they dispersed to various parts of the country. During the period of 1947–1949, most of the Batuan people remained loyal to the Gianyar Regency and opposed nationalism.

History
Batuan is mentioned in historical records as far back as 1000 years.The Hindu and Indian influence in the region in the village is evident from the carvings and temples. In the 17th century, Batuan and southern Bali were controlled by the royal family until a priest’s curse led to their losing their control; eventually they dispersed to various parts of the country.During the period of 1947–1949, most of the Batuan people remained loyal to the Gianyar Regency and opposed nationalism.

Culture
Balinese art forms are primarily classified under three major categories of which Batuan Style (distinct from the Ubud Style) which originated in Batuan is one style which has absorbed the traditional art form to the present dynamic art styles; the other two Bali art styles are the Ubud style of Ubed and the Sanur style which have been further supplemented by a “Young Artists” style of 1960s of Penestanan (the artists village) origin influenced by the Dutch artists. In the Batuan style of painting, the emphasis is adoption of sombre colour, generally in black and white with preponderance of mystic Balinese religious ethos related to sorcery and witchcraft. They are also famous for the miniature painting with great attention paid to detailing. The artists have an eye for detail as they paint with great patience. Vegetation is drawn in a stylised format, but each leaf is painted and shaded. The patterns, even in batik sarongs, have the minor figures drawn very carefully. Even the open space is filled with pulsating marks. Scenes emerge from the canvas and retreat into the vegetation such as a dog fight, a love affair, a group of gamblers, all shown in a corner of the canvas.

Batuan village gave its name to a style of painting which evolved in the 1930s after a group of local villagers, Ida Bagus Made Togog and Ida Bagus Made Wija began experimenting with ink-washed paintings on black backgrounds. These are popular to this day. The black and white background was said to evoke the supernatural.[8] Artists in Batuan later changed to gouache and acrylics. In the early years of the Batuan genre art, Batuan artists explored subjects that concerned themselves rather than creating tourist art. While anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson had a special relationship with Batuan artists, they avoided influencing them and were careful in what Western pictures they were to show to the Batuans. Batuan artists depicted only a traditional world in their pictures, avoiding objects such as automobiles, until at least the late 1980s. Anthropologists also interpret that the paintings made by artists of Batuan are visual texts which represent the “Balinese Character”.

Another notable feature is, unlike the Ubud style, the Batuan style also imbued daily life scenes in its depictions, deviating from the traditional. The depiction is of factual scenes but camouflaged in the form of masks. The colours used by the famous artists of Batuan were more bold than those used in Ubud paintings, with green and maroon being the dominant shades used for depicting human beings. Daily life with a complex variety of activities is depicted in great details. However, the painting canvases still adopted the three space formula with the bottom part devoted to daily human activities, with ritual activities in the middle section and with the upper section devoted to the realms of gods.

A Batuan painting by Ida Bagus Rai
The Batuan painters belonging to the Pita Maha Painters group also created aesthetically elegant paintings combining Buddhist mythology with vivacious and inventive Wayan-style images. These paintings have also been described as “naïve style works –almost caricatures – that depict daily life with humour.”

The village is now dominated by galleries of various artists. Of major note is I Wayan Bendi Gallery, which is named after a notable contemporary artist in the style and sells expensive paintings, mostly over $200. Many paintings of the artist I Made Buli are located here. I Wayan Bendi of Batuan created the paintings as “craft for tourist painting” with himself as the central figure surrounded by tourists in various modes of life and this format has now become a flourishing art form.

Dance
One of the popular and ancient dance forms, which is performed in Batuan and many other villages, frequently, is known as the Gambuh. It is a theatrical dancing art form which reportedly evolved in the 15th century which is a fusion of singing, drama and visual art forms. It is performed during the festivals of Full Moon day and also on occasions of marriages and other ceremonies, locally known as the Odalan, Manusa Yadnya and Pitra Yadnya (Ngaben). However, this dance form is stated to be on the decline.

Ethnography studies indicate that tourism has become integral to the economy of Batuan, particularly since the 1930s. So much so, that in the 1970s a frog dance was devised for the tourists which became a part of Balanese social life, as such dances were performed as part of wedding receptions.

Batuan Temple Or Pura Puseh
The most notable landmark is the village temple, known as Pura Puseh, an ancient structure dated to the 11th century, embellished with intricate stone carvings. It is located in the northern part of the village, 200 metres (660 ft) off the main road. The temple also has an inscription that testifies to the date of founding of Batuan in 1022 AD. The temple underwent restoration in 1992. It is a five-tiered gateway tower, clearly influenced by Indian religious architecture. Its icons and decorations, however, are typically Balinese in style. Notable depictions include a Bhoma head overlooking the main gateway, the god Wisnu astride a bull, great elephants on the central stairway balustrade, and Siwa standing amongst skulls. The roof of the temple is made of the fibre of chromatic black palm tree. The maintenance of the temple is done by the residents of the village. The temple is situated on the main road from Denpasar to Ubud.



The entry gate to the temple appears as a split gate as if it was formed once as one gate that was split into two parts. This gate leads into a courtyard which has a garden and a galaxy of statues fixed at various locations. From the courtyard, there is another gateway spanned by an intricately carved arch with bass relief on the inset and intertwined with vines and a closed door. The entry to the sanctum is again through two gates. The sanctum is where the gods are enthroned during festival time through a special invitation to “come down into this world.” The gods invited during the festivals are venerated with deep devotion and offerings. A sign post at the temple says:

Pr Puse Pr Desa
Desa Adat Batuan
Saka 944

The first line makes mention of two temples – The Pura Puse and the Pura Desa – the second line defines the organization responsible for the temple and the last line ‘saka 944’ is in Indic and is equivalent to 1022 CE.

On the 1st and 15th of each month, the Gambuh, an ancient court dance performance, is staged at the temple. Owing to the success of tourism in Bali, a plot has been built next to the temple to put on a daily morning barong dance for tourists, enacting a fight between the good, a shaggy haired lion-like creature, and an evil widow-witch named Rangda. In the evenings, the dance troupe puts on a Kecak dance and a fire dance.

“Fat Buddha” statue
In the northern part of the village can be found a stone Buddha statue of considerable girth which marks the Sakah road to Blahbatuh, pointing east.

Nearby tourist attractions include the Santi Mandala and Spa, Balifunworld, and the Bali Zoo.

Mas Village


Mas Village is one of the most famous Bali Places of Interest located very close to Ubud and is therefore of a similar landscape but Mas is not as developed in to the tourism market as Ubud and retains a traditional charm and feel. Mas is famous in Bali as being one of the main arts and crafts villages on the island. Where Ubud is the village of the painters, Mas is the village of the carvers where some of the most incredible woodcarvings are produced and have been produced for hundreds of years. If you wish to buy the balinese woodcarvings you may buy here with variable price between USD15 until USD100 for standard size products and USD10-USD10000 for big size products.

Carvings range from very small pieces that can be perfect gives up to larger ornaments and furniture and on to incredible elaborate pieces that can be as large as 25 square meters and even more such as murals ad great door arches that are traditionally reserved for temples and stately homes of the Balinese Royalty and wealthy. Mas Village is located in the same area as Ubud and therefore it can be included as part of a Ubud holiday and is a wonderful place to drop by at and look round the markets and take in the beauty and quiet that the village Mas entails.

Mas Village is located at around and hour and a half drive from the international Airport and is easily accessible from the south of Bali using the by pass road that leads through Sanur. Mas is located in the highlands and hill that lead up towards the mountains of the central of Bali and has some of the most amazing views of the island with many large and steep rice padi terraces and tropical woodlands that extend down towards the plains of the south, when looking north the huge impressive mountains are more prominent then anywhere else on the island.

This scenery coupled with the incredible culture of the area and low tourist presence makes for an ideal location to take some time out and there are some amazing traditional bungalows that extend into the 5 star class to do this from. The carving of Mas Village first began when the Royal Balinese families moved into Ubud and those who seek work wit them tried to offer to sell them goods. The royals then only started to buy and do business with the very best carvers from Mas and the best painters of Ubud. And soon all of the islands best craftsmen moved to their prospective villages creating subcultures orientated around there talents.

The carvings them selves differ between representations of the Balinese people often as farmers and in situations that the average Balinese worker can relate to, to amazing decorative carvings for the rich and then also some legends, myths representations of aspects of the Balinese religions and the stories that they entail. Today there is much to see and enjoy and many surrounding areas of interest in Mas Village and it can be worth staying to enjoy this area without the crowds on your doorstep. Whether you are an art lover or a couple looking to some time out, Mas Village will provide.

Related Tours
Mas Village is a pivotal stop on various Bali tours, including the Ubud Tour, Rafting Ubud Tour, Elephant Ride Ubud Tour, and the scenic Kintamani Tour. These curated packages offer a holistic experience, combining the cultural immersion of Celuk with the natural beauty and adventure that Bali has to offer. Explore the island’s diverse facets through these thoughtfully designed tours and create lasting memories.

Celuk Village

Celuk Village is a traditional village in Gianyar Regency, nestled amidst Bali’s vibrant cultural tapestry. Embark on a cultural odyssey as you step into the enchanting realm of this village. This artistic enclave has earned its reputation as the Silversmith Center of the island, weaving a narrative as compelling as the intricate craftsmanship that defines its essence. As you wander through the narrow lanes, the air is imbued with the legacy of silversmithing, a craft deeply embedded in Celuk’s history.

Celuk’s artistic nuances extend beyond its silver mastery, captivating visitors with the village’s distinct charm. Explore the intricate workshops and studios that line the streets, where skilled artisans pour their creativity into exquisite silver creations. The allure of Celuk lies not only in its tangible silver treasures but also in the intangible essence of a community dedicated to preserving and evolving the art form. Discover the cultural heartbeat of Celuk Village, where tradition meets innovation, making it a compelling and must-visit destination in Bali.

ABOUT CELUK VILLAGE

General Information
Celuk Village, situated in the Gianyar Regency of Bali, is a testament to the island’s mastery of gold and silver craftsmanship. This small village has earned a global reputation for its talented silversmiths, who transform raw materials into exquisite jewellery and art pieces. The sparkle of precious metals and the rhythmic symphony of hammers shaping dreams into reality will welcome visitors.

History
The history of Celuk Village dates back several centuries, with its roots deeply embedded in the art of gold and silver. Originally a centre for agricultural pursuits, the village transitioned into a hub for skilled silversmiths, passing down age-old techniques from generation to generation. Celuk’s artisans continue to create timeless pieces, preserving the village’s cultural legacy.

Silversmith Center
Celuk is synonymous with its Silversmith Center, where skilled artisans craft intricate jewellery and ornamental pieces. Wander through the narrow lanes and discover workshops adorned with gleaming silverware. Visitors have the unique opportunity to witness the meticulous process of moulding, engraving, and polishing that transforms raw materials into wearable works of art.

The Highlights
The highlight of Celuk lies in its unparalleled craftsmanship. Each piece tells a story, blending traditional Balinese motifs with contemporary designs. Whether it’s a delicate silver bracelet or an elaborate gold ornament, the village’s creations showcase the dedication and expertise of its artisans. The allure of Celuk is not just in the products but in the artistry and passion infused into every design.

Other Tourist Attractions Nearby
Celuk’s charm extends beyond its craft, connecting visitors to nearby attractions. Explore the woodcarving traditions of Mas Village, witness the mesmerizing Barong Dance in Batubulan Village, and visit the ancient Batuan Temple. For those seeking sun-soaked shores, Sanur Beach awaits, and the cultural haven of Ubud Village is a short journey away. Find other tourist attractions nearby, such as Puri Saren, Ubud Art Market, Ubud Monkey Forest, Puri Lukisan, and Tegenungan Waterfall.

Related Tours
Celuk Village is a pivotal stop on various Bali tours, including the Ubud Tour, Rafting Ubud Tour, Elephant Ride Ubud Tour, and the scenic Kintamani Tour. These curated packages offer a holistic experience, combining the cultural immersion of Celuk with the natural beauty and adventure that Bali has to offer. Explore the island’s diverse facets through these thoughtfully designed tours and create lasting memories.

Batu Bulan Village

All you need to know about Batubulan Village history, Barong Dance performance, Kecak Dance, Stone Carving Sculpture and local culture

Batubulan village has been known as a center for the art of sculpture and carving in Bali, whose name has been worldwide. This carving art by the artist of Batubulan village, Gianyar is so highly admired and in demand by foreign and domestic tourists. Not only being a center for producing various types of carvings and sculptures, Batubulan Village also offers other tourist attractions, which is a place for performing arts in Bali such as Barong Dance, Kecak Dance and Legong Dance at Barong Dance which are seen by many tourists.

The History
The history of Batubulan Village apparently started from a story of a Great Prince Kalesan. He was the adopted son of the King of Badung who in his adulthood was given a gift by the king to build a palace for him in the middle of the forest. Well get the mandate, then he went with his followers to a forest area in the eastern part of the Badung Kingdom. But a strange thing happened when he and his followers arrived at the border of the forest, they saw a lump of glowing stone (batu) that looked like the moon (bulan). Well from that incident, finally the Great Prince Kalesan established a palace at the location of the place and named the area as Batubulan.

About Batu Bulan
Batubulan Village stands on an area of approximately 6,422 km2 and administratively belongs to the Sukawati District, Gianyar Regency, Bali. Led by a Batubulan Village Head call Prebekel, for those of you who want to send letters to relatives or business relations, the Batubulan Postal Code is 80582. Batubulan Village itself is divided into three traditional sub villages (Desa Adat), namely Tegaltamu Traditional Village, Jero Kuta Traditional Village, and Dlod Tukad Traditional Village.

Each traditional village is further divided into several banjars which function to manage agricultural activities in their respective regions. Not only that, there are also several banjars in Batubulan, Gianyar, which function as places to stage various artistic attractions, such as Balinese dances such as the Kecak Dance and Barong Dance. Jambe Barong Dance Stage at Banjar Tegehe (in Dlod Tukad Traditional Village), Barong Dance at Puseh Temple of Banjar Denjalan (in Jero Kuta Traditional Village) and Sahadewa Barong and Kecak Dance at Pegambangan Village.


Interesting at Batu Bulan
One of the uniqueness of this village is the skill of it’s citizens in mastering the art of carving and sculpting statues from generation to generation. It’s no wonder that along the Batubulan Village road in Sukawati, Gianyar, it’s easy to find various galleries or art shops, You can go in there, see and buy a collection of statues or other artistic works of art as Balinese souvenirs to display at home.

Right in the middle of Village there is huge Banyan Tree, foot ball field, Batubulan Palace, Bale Budaya (culture hall) and local government office building. The foot field and culture hall use for sports and art events (PORSENI Pekan Olahraga dan Seni) every year around August to celebrate Indonesian Independent Day 17th August. There were 6 sports competitions and 7 art competitions. Among them, football, badminton, volleyball, tug-of-war for men and women, table tennis, barong competition, Balinese song karaoke competition, baleganjur competition at Batubulan youth level.

Batubulan Village also has famous 3 arts college school including SMK Negeri 1 Sukawati, SMK Negeri 2 Sukawati (SMIK) and SMK Negeri 3 Sukawati (KOKAR). These 3 college school learning how to play orchestra (Balinese Gambelan), learning Balinese Dance, how to be painter, wood carver, stone carver, silver smith and other product handy crafts.


Barong Dance
The Barong Dance is a type of traditional Balinese dance that is played by one to two people wearing costumes and masks of four legged animals. Then along with its development, Barong Dance is also manifested with two-legged animals. Barong dance is said to be an art that is part of the repertoire of pre-Hindu culture in Bali besides the Sanghyang dance. Both are religious and sacred in nature which were originally performed as a means of religious ceremonies. This dance depicts the battle between dharma (Virtue) and adharma (Ugliness). In this battle, the Barong dancers manifested virtue, meanwhile, the figure of Rangda, who looks creepy with two pointed fangs in his mouth, plays virtue. The famous one is Sahadewa Barong Stage located at Jalan SMKI, Pegambangan, Batubulan, the show starting from 9.00AM – 10.00AM.


kecak Dance
The Kecak Dance is typically performed by about forty to eighty men wearing only loincloths; their upper bodies are left bare. They form concentric circles, in the middle of which is a traditional Balinese coconut oil lamp. First they move their bodies rhythmically to the left and to the right, chanting the words “chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak” continuously, in slow rhythm. Gradually the rhythm speeds up and by turns they lift their hands, trembling, into the air. The kecak dance is performed for dance-dramas and the story presented is taken from the Ramayana Hindu epic. The Kecak Dance perform every day at Sahadewa Barong only from 6.30PM – 7.30PM.


The street of Batu Bulan
Batubulan village has been known as a center for the art of sculpture and carving in Bali, whose name has been worldwide. This carving art by the artist of local people from Batubulan village, Gianyar is so highly admired and in demand by foreign business tourists and domestic tourists. The street full with varieties stone carving located at Tegaltamu Village between Barong Dance Statue junction till up to Bali Bird Park. The stone carving made from sand stone the grey color, pualam stone the white one and lava stone the black one.

Buddha statues of various sizes are also in great demand by consumers from Japan, France, Germany and other European countries. Padas stone statues made of antique types are still entering the export market and even increased in number earlier this year. Stone statues in the form of various forms of animals such as frogs, horses, in addition to ancient humans, are widely used for decoration in gardens, guest rooms and workplaces.

Many statue perform as Dwarapala, the figure who guards the gate in the temple. Each of these statues is named Nandiswara which is located on the right (left of the gate) and Mahakala which is located on the left (right of the gate). The existence of both is associated with the power of Lord Shiva as one of the manifestations of God in Hinduism.

Interesting Place nearby
Some other places located near Batubulan Village is Bali Bird park, Bali Zoo Park, Butterfly Park, Puseh Batuan Temple, Celuk Silver Village, Sukawati Art Market, Mas Village, Traditional Balinese House, Tegenungan waterfall, Denpasar City, Denpasar Traditional Market, Sanur Beach,

To visit Batubulan Village and these places above can reach by take Full Day Tours and Half Day Tours or combine with Adventure Tours.

If you are staying in Ubud will take about 30 minutes drive by car local Ubud Driver or motor bike and from Kuta area will take about a hour drive by car local Bali Driver or motor bike. There is no entrance ticket to explore Batubulan Village, except if you would like to watch Barong Dance or Kecak Dance.

Sanur

Sanur (Balinese: Pasih Sanur; Indonesian: Pantai Sanur, pronounced sah-noor) is a coastal stretch of beach east of Denpasar in southeast Bali (about a 30-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport), which has grown into a little town in its own right. A 5.1 km (3.2 mi) area of Sanur’s coastline, from Matahari Terbit Beach to Mertasari Beach, was reclaimed in 2008.

History
In 1906 the northern part of Sanur Beach was used as the landing site for the Dutch invasion troops during the intervention in Bali. During World War II, Sanur was again the entry point through which the Japanese forces landed to occupy the island of Bali.

Tourism
As the coastal area closest to the capital Denpasar, Sanur predates Kuta, Nusa Dua, and Uluwatu as the oldest destination for beach tourism in Bali. Grand Inna Bali Beach (formerly Bali Beach InterContinental Hotel) was built in Sanur under Indonesian President Sukarno in 1963 as the first five-star luxury resort in Bali. Before its construction, only three significant hotels existed on the island. Grand Inna Bali Beach is unique for having ten floors, making it the highest hotel in Bali, which normally forbids buildings taller than the height of a coconut palm tree (it was built before the law regulating height limits was promulgated in 1971).

Aside from Grand Inna Bali Beach, Sanur contains some hotel resorts such as Maya Sanur Resort & Spa, the InterContinental Bali Sanur Resort (rebranded from Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali in 2022, which itself was rebranded from Regent Bali in 2014), the Hyatt Regency Bali (formerly Bali Hyatt, not to be confused with the Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua), and Andaz Bali. Sanur is also home to a growing number of popular villa resorts.

Also catering to the tourists are many restaurants and shops spread around the coastal area. Many of these are Bali-grown brands that favor ingredients or materials original to the island. Among those, The Sandwich Bar, Flamingo Beach Club in Pantai Saba, or Italian Gelateria and restaurant Massimo is a long-standing institution, with queues to be seen on almost every night. Another Italian style in Sanur is resort wear boutique BIASA, a fashion pioneer on the island founded by art enthusiast Susanna Perini. There are plenty of other retail spots along the coastal area, which, in comparison to other destinations on the island, cater more to a mature group of Bali visitors.

Sights
Traditional fishing boats can be seen on the beach of Sanur offering a scenic view of the island Nusa Penida.
Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merpes (1880–1958), a Belgian painter, lived in Sanur from 1932–1958. His house was transformed into a museum, Museum Le Mayeur, where about 80 of his most important paintings are exhibited.[5] Bali Orchid Garden, a park about 3 km north of Sanur, is worth a visit as well.

Another interesting sight can be visited south of Sanur in Jalan Danau Poso Street beside Pura Blanjong, a small Hindu temple. A stone column, Belanjong pillar measuring 1.77 metres can be seen under a roof at the end of a small and short blind alley. This is the oldest human-made object in Bali. The column bears inscriptions dating from the 9th century written in Sanskrit and a very old form of Balinese. Various objects made of stone possibly dating from the same period are exhibited as well.

Ubud

Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. Promoted as an arts and culture centre, it has developed a large tourism industry. It forms a northern part of the Greater Denpasar metropolitan area (known as Sarbagita).

Ubud is an administrative district (kecamatan) with a population of 74,800 (as of the 2020 Census)[1] in an area of 42.38 km2. The central area of Ubud desa (village) has a population of 11,971 and an area of 6.76 km2, and receives more than three million foreign tourists each year. The area surrounding the town is made up of farms, rice paddies, agroforestry plantations, and tourist accommodations. As of 2018, more tourists visited Ubud than Denpasar to the south.

Streets
The main street is Jalan Raya Ubud (Jalan Raya means main road), which runs east–west through the center of town. Two long roads, Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Hanoman, extend south from Jalan Raya Ubud.

Buildings
Puri Saren Agung is a large palace located at the intersection of Monkey Forest and Raya Ubud roads. The residence of Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati (1910–1978), the last ruling monarch of Ubud, is still owned by the royal family. Dance performances and ceremonies are held in its courtyard. The palace was also one of Ubud’s first hotels, opening its doors back in the 1930s.
Some Hindu temples exist, such as Pura Desa Ubud, which is the main temple, Pura Taman Saraswati, and Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, the temple of death. The Gunung Kawi temple is the site of the royal tombs. Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave, is located in a steep valley just outside Ubud near the town of Bedulu.
The Moon of Pejeng, in nearby Pejeng, is the largest single-cast bronze kettle drum in the world, dating from circa 300BC. It is a popular destination for tourists interested in local culture.

Transportation
Like other towns popular with tourists in Bali, it is not permitted to order a metered taxi or ride-sharing service for pickup within Ubud. Instead, a taxi and price must be negotiated with a member of the local taxi cooperative. This protectionist system ensures the driver is from the local area, and also keeps the fares inflated to up to 10 times the rates available elsewhere.

Economy
The economy of Ubud is highly reliant on tourism which focuses on shopping, resorts, museums, yoga, and zoos. There is a strong focus on sustainable economy regarding the retail industry in Ubud, with many Bali-grown brands favoring materials and ingredients that would not cause much waste to the environment. From home and living amenities to tropical clothing brands, Ubud has quite a unique array of retail selections that have proven attractive to tourists from around the world.

One of the initiatives that have boosted Ubud as another popular tourist destination in recent years is the Ubud Food Festival (UFF). Happening in less than a week every April, this festival brings fellow restaurateurs and restaurants in Ubud together to create either special menus or particular promotions that may not be available in other months.

In contrast to the tourist area in southern Bali, the Ubud area is less densely populated by locals. However, tourists far outnumber locals, with the Gianyar regency seeing 3,842,663 tourist arrivals in 2017 – 1.3 million alone visiting Ubud Monkey Forest.

Culture
The town and area have some art museums, such as the Blanco Renaissance Museum, the Puri Lukisan Museum, the Neka Art Museum, and the Agung Rai Museum of Art. The Museum Rudana in Peliatan is nearby. Galleries promoting local and overseas crafts are abound, too, in Ubud. Some often hold exhibitions focused on stimulating a dialogue between both local and international artists, and less about selling artworks. One of the primary examples is BIASA ArtSpace, founded by art enthusiast and fashion designer Susanna Perini.

The Tek Tok is a traditional Balinese dance that is accompanied by the musical sound of mouth ‘Tek Tok’ altogether with various combinations of body movement and other sounds. The story Draupadi Parwa told in the Tek Tok Dance tells a moral message, when a woman who embodies the values of patience, sacrifice, compassion, devotion, and holy sincerity is disrespected, then disasters and calamities will befall a kingdom or state. This story also conveys the message that truth, virtue, devotion, and genuine compassion will always be protected by God. The Tek Tok dance performance is held regularly at the Bali Culture Center (BCC) in Ubud four times a week. Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) is held every year, which is participated by writers and readers from all over the world.

Many Balinese dances are performed around Ubud including the Legong by the Peliatan Dance Group, the first troupe to travel abroad.

Nature
The Mandala Suci Wenara Wana is known to Westerners as the Ubud Monkey Forest. The grounds contain an active temple and are located near the southern end of Monkey Forest Street. This protected area houses the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, and as of June 2017, approximately 750 crab-eating macaques (Macaca fascicularis) monkeys live there.

The Campuhan Ridge Walk is a hill in nearby Campuhan, from where one can see two rivers, Tukad Yeh Wos Kiwa, and Tukad Yeh Wos Tengen, merge. A one-meter wide paved-block track runs about two kilometers to the top of the hill which is a popular spot to watch the sunset.

Goa Gajah: Also known as the Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah is an archaeological site with intricate carvings and a tranquil meditation cave.

Jagatnatha Temple

Jagatnatha Temple Denpasar is a beautiful Hindu temple situated in the center of Denpasar City that is the biggest Hindu temple in the capital city of Bali Province. The temple built in east of Puputan Badung square garden is a public shrine to worship for Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa.
Jagatnatha Temple Denpasar is strategically located on Major Wisnu Street that is very easy reached from any directions as well as famous temple and appointed as a tourist destination in Denpasar City. This temple many visited by the Hindu people especially during the Hindu Holiday season including full moon.

Philosophy Jagatnatha Temple Denpasar Bali
Name of Jaganatha Temple is taken from special name which is not similar with other familiar temples in Bali taken from the location where the temple is situated such as Besakih Temple, Ulundanu Batur Temple, Lempuyang Luhur Temple, Luhur Andakasa Temple, Puncak Mangu Temple, etc.

Among other famous Hindu Temple in Bali, the first ceremony held at Jagatnatha Temple is also similar with other temples by conducting small ceremony procession. The unique of this temple is not having the Pengemong (the group of people/organization/team who support, keep, maintains the temple) like other temples in Bali, but it is only own the small volunteers and people who worship at this temple.

At the beginning, this temple is managed by temple development committee of Jaganatha Temple and afterward managed by The Hindu Holiday Committee which is institutionally stipulated Badung Regency Government decree. But nowadays, this temple has been taken over by the government of Denpasar City.

When we look from the exposure of Jaganatha Temple Concept, it can be concluded the elements and structures of Jagatnatha Temple set in the main temple area (Utama Mandala) those are details as follows:

1. Padmasana
Padmasana is a main building of the temple as a symbol of a seat of Sang Hyang Widhi (god). The word of Padmasana is derived from the Sanskrit, old Javanese and laterally means a throne or a seat of god in lotus shape. In the concept of Arcanam and Citra-Lekha, lotus flower is a plant secret as a seat or throne for the god or the authority in many different forms which is famous called Istadewata of god and goodness.

2. Fish Pond surrounding of Padmasana
If we look the physical structure of the ancient temples in Bali, usually set a Titi Ugal-agil (bridge made from wooden rods) with the pond under it at the entrance gate. Please see and compare the Titi Ugal-Agil at Agung Taro Temple located in Taro Village and Taman Sari Temple located in Klungkung town. The function of Titi Ugal-Agil is to purify every Hindu people who entering the main temple area.

3. Twin Canopies
Jagatnatha Temple, Denpasar City, Bali IslandThe twin canopies are set in front of Padmasana and the canopies building at temples in Bali Island generally has function to put the embodiment of god or Gagaluh on the procession of ceremony (Pawedalan). However, the Pawedalan at Jagatnatha Temple has function as an altar to put the offerings especially on praying procession of Balinese Hindu Holyday such as full moon, dark moon, Galungan and Kuningan Days, Saraswati Day, Siwaratri Day and other important days.

4. Altar of Sang Hyang Anantaboga
This altar is located in north part of main temple complex.
The well for taking Holy Water or Tirtha
The well is set in north part of main temple complex.

5. Bale Paselang
If there is not specific big ceremony held in this temple, Bale Paselang is usually used to keep the offerings and sometimes used as a place for Mesanti (reading and singing the holy bible which is famous called Geguritan or Kekawin). If there are plenty of Hindu people do for praying, then this Bale Paselang is used as a resting place.

6. Perantenan/Kitchen
It is a building has multi functions where the context of kitchen activities, it is not has function on ceremony but it is also accordance with other religious activities at this temple.

7. Gudang/Store
This store is functioning to keep the gamelan and others temple belonging items.

8. Bale Gong
Bale Gong is a building to beat the gamelan during the ceremony procession and it is sometime also used as a rest place for Hindu people.

9. Apit Surang / Entrance Gate

In the west part of the main temple complex area from north to the south, it had been built some of the buildings as follows:
* Bale Kulkul is a beautiful tower building to hang the wooden bell
* Apit Surang Kiwe is left entrance gate
* Gelung Kuri is a center entrance gate
* Apit Surang Tengen is right entrance gate
* Dakam Karang Althar (Tugu)
* Bale Bengong is a canopy of rest
* Bale Pawedan is a canopy for Hindu Priest reciting the mantra.

Location Jagatnatha Temple Denpasar Bali
Jagatnatha Temple Denpasar is a beautiful Hindu temple stratecially located in the center of Denpasar City and it has been appointed as a Bali tourist destination which is many visited by tourist. Other places of interest that you can discover in Denpasar City such as Badung Traditional Market, Bali Museum, Bali Art Center and Banjra Sandhi Monument are just close with this temple. See the map below to find out Jagatnatha Temple location

Jati Luwih Rice Terrace

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, an iconic destination in Bali, enchants visitors with its mesmerizing blend of nature and culture. The vast rice fields, meticulously cultivated in terraced patterns, create a stunning panorama that reflects the harmony between human ingenuity and the untouched beauty of the environment. The cool mountain air and the rhythmic life of local farmers add an authentic touch to the experience, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and cultural admirers.

Central to Jatiluwih’s charm is the Subak, a Balinese social organization dedicated to preserving nature and regulating the local community’s social life. Recognizing the profound significance of this synergy, UNESCO has bestowed World Cultural Heritage status upon Jatiluwih Rice Terrace. As visitors explore the terraced landscapes, they witness a living canvas where tradition, nature, and culture converge in timeless splendour, making Jatiluwih a scenic spot and a cultural sanctuary in the heart of Bali.

ABOUT JATILUWIH RICE TERRACE.

General Information
Nestled in the enchanting landscape of Tabanan, Bali, Jatiluwih Rice Terrace unfolds over 600 hectares, showcasing the marvels of Bali’s Subak irrigation system. Recognized as a UNESCO Cultural Landscape, Jatiluwih is a testament to the profound intertwining of cultural and natural elements.

The name “Jatiluwih” derives from the words “Jati” and “Luwih,” signifying “true” and “good.” This aptly captures the essence of Jatiluwih as a place of undeniable beauty. The expansive rice fields, extending from the foothills of Mount Batukaru to the ocean’s edge, create a unique allure. Beyond its scenic charm, Jatiluwih produces three distinct types of rice—white, brown, and black. White rice serves as a staple for Indonesians, while brown rice, with its low carbohydrate content, is valued for its health benefits in preventing diabetes. Additionally, black rice finds its place in culinary creations, notably in pudding. Jatiluwih’s rice, recognized for its quality, holds global appeal, being exported abroad as a testament to Bali’s agricultural excellence.

The History
Dating back to the 9th century, Jatiluwih has been shaped by traditional Balinese farming practices. The Subak system, an ancient water management system, has sustained the terraced fields, showcasing the island’s agricultural ingenuity.

The Highlights
*.Wide Expanse of Rice Fields: Marvel at the breathtaking terraced landscapes, symbolizing Bali’s sustainable and harmonious relationship with nature.
*.UNESCO Heritage Site: Acknowledged for its cultural and natural value, Jatiluwih holds the prestigious title of a UNESCO Cultural Landscape.
*.Rice Field Trekking Track: Explore the intricate network of trekking paths, offering an immersive journey through the terraced fields and Subak irrigation channels.
*.Subak Irrigation: Witness the ancient Subak irrigation system, a UNESCO-recognized cooperative water management system unique to Bali.
*.Panoramic Landscape View: Admire sweeping vistas of terraced rice fields against rolling hills, creating a mesmerizing scenic landscape.
*.Cool Temperature: Enjoy the cool climate of the highlands, making Jatiluwih a refreshing escape from Bali’s tropical heat.
*.Restaurants: Indulge in local cuisine at restaurants overlooking the rice terraces, offering a scenic dining experience.
*.Public Facilities and Parking Space: Convenient facilities ensure a comfortable visit, with tourist parking spaces available.

Nearby Attractions
Explore nearby wonders such as White Tree Temple, Taman Ayun Temple, Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest, Tanah Lot, Butterfly Park, Bloom Garden, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Beratan Lake, Bali Botanical Garden, Buyan Lake, Tamblingan Lake, Batukaru Temple, Penatahan Hot Spring.

Nature’s Symphony Awaits
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace invites you to step into a world where the rhythm of nature harmonizes with centuries-old traditions. Explore the green tapestry, breathe in the fresh air, and let the beauty of Bali’s cultural and natural heritage captivate your senses.

Bajra Sandhi Museum

Bajra Sandhi Monument is a monument to the struggles of the Balinese people throughout history. The monument is located in front of the Bali Governor’s Office in Denpasar, Indonesia, on the island of Bali. The monument was built in 1987, and inaugurated by President Megawati Sukarnoputri on June 14, 2003.

Structure
The monument is rectangular, and follows the architectural principles of the “Tri Mandala.” It consists of three parts:

Utama Mandala, the main building in the center of the monument
Madya Mandala, the inner courtyard surrounding the Utama Mandala
Nista Mandala, the outer courtyard surrounding the Madya Mandala
The main building, the Utama Mandala, has three floors. The ground floor, Nistaning Utama Mandala, contains administrative rooms, a library, and exhibition halls. In the center of the ground floor is a lake called the Puser Tasik. The first floor, Madyaning Utama Mandala, contains 33 dioramas, similar to those in the National Monument in Jakarta, but with a focus on the struggles of the Balinese people. The dioramas cover various incidents in the history of the Balinese, including the Balinese kingdom, the introduction of Hinduism, the Majapahit era, Dutch colonialism, and the struggle for independence. The second floor is a meditative space which provides a panoramic view of Denpasar.



History
The monument was originally built in 1987 and opened to the public in 2004. It stands to represent a long history of struggle of the Balinese people, namely the invasion of the Dutch in 1906 and 1908. The invasions saw the deaths of over 1,000 Balinese people, many of whom were civilians, including the Balinese rulers of Badung and Tabanan. These were some of the 6 Dutch involvements in Bali, being the most recent and catastrophic in statistical proportions.[3] The statue now represents the struggle surrounding Dutch colonialism, which was criticized down the line for its policies especially in the eastern islands, along with religious historical references predating Dutch colonialism such as the introduction of Hinduism.

Bali Museum

Bali Museum is strategically located in Major Wisnu Street in Denpasar Baliand it is find it due to the location is in the heart town. In the north side there are glorious temple of Jagatnatha, meanwhile in front of it the Puputan Badung (Badung Courtyard) and four face statue (Catur Muka Statue) are located. The development of Bali Museum is begun by the existence of initiative how to vitally the heritage of Balinese culture and taking care of, preserve and maintaining. The initiative is based on the existence of feeling to worry, that there is symptom a kind of culture erosion, so that the cultural heritage become totally disappeared, lose, what omit only photograph and documentations. An extraordinary experience in knowing about the life and culture of the Balinese people in the past here, enjoy information about Bali from the past to the present at the Bali Museum
ali Museum Location
The location of the Bali Museum is located in the center of Denpasar city with all the hustle and bustle of social activities in the city center and next to the Jagatnatha Temple which is a public temple for the people of Bali and also close to the Puputan Badung field which is a place of recreation for residents of the city of Denpasar. It’s not so difficult to find this place, by relying on google maps and being able to reach the location of the Bali Museum, it has become one of the museum tours in Denpasar. If you are confused about finding the location of this bali museum, you can use Hire Car and Driver services that offer Bali Tour to get around Denpasar city and visit the Bali Museum and also other tourist destinations that are no less interesting. With a very cheap price and also satisfying service, it will make the trip to the Bali Museum very enjoyable. An opportunity that rarely exists where you know the uniqueness and beauty of this tourist destination in the city of Denpasar.

Bali Museum History
The fall of the Kingdom of Klungkung into the hands of the Dutch colonialists on April 28, 1908 has signaled the change of power in Bali into the territory of the Dutch colonial government. This situation made a change in governance in Bali from being somewhat closed to outsiders to becoming more open to Europeans, especially the Dutch during the European colonial period in Indonesia. All other foreign nations became more and more free to come to Bali. They consist of various layers of society who often bring Balinese souvenirs as souvenirs when they return to their country. This condition made the existence of Balinese cultural heritage threatened, thus causing Dutch scientists and culturalists as well as artists to try to prevent this and to preserve Balinese cultural heritage.

The initial idea for the establishment of the Bali Museum was initiated by architect W.FJ Kroon (1909-1913) who was also an assistant resident of southern Bali in Denpasar. The idea was realized with the establishment of a building called Gedung Arca in 1910, while the architects who built the Bali Museum were I Gusti Gede Putu Kandel from Banjar Abasan and I Gusti Ketut Rai from Banjar Belong together with a German architect, Curt Grundler. for funds and materials provided by the Kings of Buleleng, Tabanan, Badung and Karangasem. The chairman of the antiquities service at that time was W.F Stturterhim who continued efforts to complete the ethnographic treasury in 1930 and to facilitate the management of the museum, a foundation was formed, chaired by H.R Ha’ak with its members and the foundation’s personnel. 1932 and at the same time the Bali Museum was opened to the public which became a museum for storing relics of the human past and ethnography. The museum collection consists of ethnographic objects including tools and equipment for life, art, religion, written language, and others that reflect the life and development of Balinese culture in the past.

Noble Purpose of Bali Museum
The purpose of building the Bali Museum is to maintain and preserve the history of Balinese culture in the past, because times are increasingly advanced and it is hoped that the history and discoveries of past relics that tell the history of Bali will not go extinct, and can be remembered and studied by future generations of Balinese people.. The construction of Bali Museum is begun from the idea how does the important to keep, maintain and sustainable the Balinese culture heritages. This initiative was based on sense of worry that there are symptoms such culture erosion, hence the culture heritages have become extinct, lose and leave the photos only. To save the Balinese culture heritages, come the plan to establish a museum which is now ell know as Bali Museum. This is a very noble goal, so that even though times are advancing, we must not forget our identity as Balinese people and at least maintain and preserve the results of our ancestral heritage which is one of the characteristics of the island of Bali which is famous for its local wisdom, customs and variety traditions.

Bali Museum Geography
The museum building is designed in a typical puri or royal style in Denpasar, which has a museum complex pavilion representing various regencies on the island of Bali. So you can visit the Bali museum and see various historical relics of each district with the uniqueness and beauty of each district will make your insight increase, So in one place you can find out the history of the island of Bali as a whole, a museum place that is very suitable for tourists. students who want to know more about the island of Bali, the geography of the Bali Museum is as follows

1.Tabanan Pavilion: Located in the north and stores collections – keloksi such as dance equipment, dance costumes, all kinds of masks for dance, wayang kulit, keris (traditional Balinese sword) for Calonarang as well as some ancient statues from ancient times in tabanan district.

2.Buleleng Pavilion: Located in the center of the building has a typical temple style in North Bali and stores various kinds of collections such as Balinese clothing from Buleleng and also traditional fans made in Buleleng long ago and also some other important relics found

3.Badung Pavilion: Located at the entrance with a high bale kulkul and stores various kinds of prehistoric collections used by humans during hunting and farming, cultivation and metallic periods in antiquity and also displays a collection of fine arts in Bali

4.Karangasem Pavilion: Located in the eastern part and holds a depiction of traditional building art from the eastern part of Bali. This building contains several exhibitions of paintings, fine arts, archeology and several objects from pre-historic times which are very full of history.

The building area of ​​​​the Bali Museum is 2600 square meters with three pages, namely the outer courtyard (jaba), the middle courtyard (jaba Tengah) and the inner courtyard (offal) which are bordered by walls and gates. The gate here is named Candi Bentar and Candi Kurung serves as the entrance, and there is a Kulkul Hall (wooden bell) which is located to the south of Central Jaba. Meanwhile, in the northwest corner stands the Bengong Hall which was used during the royal era as a place for the King’s family to rest if they want to observe the atmosphere outside the palace. In addition, there is also a beji, which is a bath for the royal family placed in front of the Tabanan Building. The roof of the fibers is only used for the roof of the temple building.

What You Can See at Bali Museum
As one of the museums in Denpasar which is very complete with historical stories from culture in Bali which has several collections of ancient civilizations found in Bali, which will add to your full insight about this beloved and very unique island of Bali. The object collections or ancient tools kept at Bali Museum can be classified into prehistoric object collections such as tomb stone (sarkopag), the object collection from the historical era such as Stupika clay containing mantra ‘Ye te’, bronze statues (Arca Perunggu), and ethnographic objects such as the collection of Kris, Endek material, religious ceremony equipment and Sidakarya Mask. can be classified become the prehistoric object collection like: the Grave Petrify (sarkopag), the object collection coming from history era like: stupika clay containing superstitious formula Ye Te, the bronze statues (Hindu andBudha statues) and ethnography object collection like Keris, Endek Cloth, and religious ceremony equipments (Sangku, Cecepan and Sidakarya mask) and also some unique collections that are no less interesting. Those are some pre-historic collections that you can see here, very suitable for those of you who like history and want to know about the history of the development of Bali from the past to the present and know the developments from era to era to the present day.

Facilities at Bali Museum
The facilities at the Bali Museum are very complete so that it will make you feel at home for a long time at the museum location, with a very good layout that will make the atmosphere of visiting very pleasant. There is a parking lot located around the Puputan Badung field which is quite spacious, so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space, there are people selling drinks and snacks that you can buy if you are thirsty and take a rest in the Puputan field and see the social activities of the community here. often used as a place for jogging and recreation, there are clean toilets in the Bali museum that you can use, so you don’t have to worry about this toilet problem. A very capable supporting facility that will make tourists feel very comfortable visiting the Bali Museum while adding insight into the history of traditional culture in Bali which is very full of uniqueness and diversity of customs and customs.What You Can See at Bali Museum
As one of the museums in Denpasar which is very complete with historical stories from culture in Bali which has several collections of ancient civilizations found in Bali, which will add to your full insight about this beloved and very unique island of Bali. The object collections or ancient tools kept at Bali Museum can be classified into prehistoric object collections such as tomb stone (sarkopag), the object collection from the historical era such as Stupika clay containing mantra ‘Ye te’, bronze statues (Arca Perunggu), and ethnographic objects such as the collection of Kris, Endek material, religious ceremony equipment and Sidakarya Mask. can be classified become the prehistoric object collection like: the Grave Petrify (sarkopag), the object collection coming from history era like: stupika clay containing superstitious formula Ye Te, the bronze statues (Hindu andBudha statues) and ethnography object collection like Keris, Endek Cloth, and religious ceremony equipments (Sangku, Cecepan and Sidakarya mask) and also some unique collections that are no less interesting. Those are some pre-historic collections that you can see here, very suitable for those of you who like history and want to know about the history of the development of Bali from the past to the present and know the developments from era to era to the present day.

Facilities at Bali Museum
The facilities at the Bali Museum are very complete so that it will make you feel at home for a long time at the museum location, with a very good layout that will make the atmosphere of visiting very pleasant. There is a parking lot located around the Puputan Badung field which is quite spacious, so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space, there are people selling drinks and snacks that you can buy if you are thirsty and take a rest in the Puputan field and see the social activities of the community here. often used as a place for jogging and recreation, there are clean toilets in the Bali museum that you can use, so you don’t have to worry about this toilet problem. A very capable supporting facility that will make tourists feel very comfortable visiting the Bali Museum while adding insight into the history of traditional culture in Bali which is very full of uniqueness and diversity of customs and customs.

Denpasar City

Denpasar (Indonesian pronunciation: [denˈpasar]; Balinese: Dénpasar) is the capital city of the province of Bali, Indonesia. Denpasar is the main gateway to the Bali island, the city is also a hub for other cities in the Lesser Sunda Islands.

With the rapid growth of the tourism industry in Bali, Denpasar has encouraged and promoted business activities and ventures, contributing to it having the highest growth rate in Bali Province. The population of Denpasar was 725,314 at the 2020 Census, down from 788,445 at the 2010 Census due to pandemic outflow; the official estimate as at mid 2022 was 726,808. The metropolitan area centred on Denpasar (called Sarbagita) had 1,785,800 residents in mid 2022. Pandemic and travel related closures has further exacerbated the population loss.

Etymology
The name Denpasar – from the Balinese words “den”, meaning north, and “pasar”, meaning market – indicates the city’s origins as a market-town, on the site of what is now Kumbasari Market (formerly “Peken Payuk”), in the northern part of the modern city.
Colonial era
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Denpasar functioned as the capital of the Hindu Majapahit Kingdom of Badung, thus the city’s former name being Badung. The royal palace was looted and razed during the Dutch intervention in 1906. A statue in Taman Puputan (Denpasar’s central square) commemorates the 1906 Puputan, in which as many as a thousand Balinese, including the King and his court, committed mass suicide in front of invading Dutch troops, rather than surrender to them.


Independence era
In 1958, Denpasar became the seat of government for the Province of Bali. It remained the administrative centre of both Badung Regency and the City of Denpasar.

Both Denpasar and Badung Regency have experienced rapid physical, economic, social, and cultural growth.Denpasar has become not only the seat of government, but also the centre of commerce, education, industry, and tourism.

With an average population growth of 4.05% per annum, accompanied by rapid development, came a variety of urban problems. It was later resolved[when?] that meeting the needs and demands of the burgeoning urban community would be best addressed by giving Denpasar administrative independence from Badung Regency.

An agreement was reached to raise the status of Denpasar to that of an autonomous city and on 15 January 1992, Act No. 1 of 1992 officially established the City of Denpasar. It was inaugurated by the Minister of Home Affairs on 27 February 1992.

On 16 November 2009, in a further administrative realignment, Regulation Number 67 shifted the capital of Badung Regency from Denpasar to Mangupura.
Geography
Denpasar is located at an elevation of 4 m (13 ft) above sea level. While the total area of 125.98 km2 or 2.18% of the total area of Bali Province. From the use of land, 2,768 hectares of land are paddy, 10,001 hectares are dry land, while the remaining land area is 9 hectares.

Badung River divides Denpasar, after which the river empties into the Gulf of Benoa.

Climate
Denpasar, located just south of the equator, has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification: Aw), with hot and humid weather year-round. Due to this, there is little temperature change throughout the year, with temperatures averaging about 28 degrees Celsius. The year is divided into two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season lasts roughly from November to May, while the dry season lasts from June to October.

Badung Market

Badung Market, or ‘Pasar Badung’ in the local tongue, is the largest traditional market in Denpasar, Bali. The market functions as the main source of fresh produce among Denpasar residents. Regular stalls open well before the break of dawn, with a daily flow of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers from suppliers in farming regions in the central highlands and elsewhere.

This central landmark in Denpasar is located on the eastern bank of the namesake Badung River, with the Kumbasari Art Market on the other side. The negotiable prices here can usually be a whole lot cheaper than in other markets in Bali, and the mandatory hard bargaining always adds to the shopping experience..

Badung Market features
Badung Market was rebuilt and modernised following a fire in 2016. The floors are linked by escalators and elevators. The multi-storey building now houses many vendors selling both fresh and non-perishable goods.

Stalls on the upper floors sell batiks and other fabrics, household items, kitchen utensils and farming tools. The lower levels are the most frequently visited, with vibrant rows of stalls selling fresh tropical fruits, flowers, meats and poultry, and other groceries.

Badung Market in Bali
Lokasi: Jalan Sulawesi No.1, Dauh Puri Kangin, Denpasar, Bali 80233, Indonesia

Open: Daily from 5am to 5pm.

Munduk Village

Munduk is a mountain village located in the highlands of northern part Bali, Indonesia. It is approximately 80 kilometers or two an half hours by car from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. Munduk is located in the north of Bali and is relatively easy to get to by car or motorbike from both Ubud or Canggu, which is about a 2-3 hour drive up into the mountains.

Munduk is a charming mountain village in the highlands of northern Bali, tucked away in the lush jungle of Bali and surrounded by the best waterfalls of the island. Munduk is located in northern Bali and is truly one of the most underrated places on the island.

Munduk is a village nestled in the mountains in Northern Bali set about 800 meters above sea level and at least a few degrees cooler than its hot and humid surroundings. We can list a lot of thing of what to do in Munduk.

Munduk offers a plethora of activities that cater to various interests. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature enthusiast, or a culture buff, there’s something here for everyone. Here’s what to do in Munduk:

1. Explore Waterfalls
The first thing of What to do in Munduk is to explore waterfalls. Munduk is home to several stunning waterfalls, including Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, Gitgit Waterfall, and Sekumpul Waterfall. These waterfalls are surrounded by lush greenery and are perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot day.

2. Wanagiri Hidden Hills
Wanagiri Hidden Hills is a popular Instagram spot in Munduk. It offers stunning views of Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan, as well as several photo opportunities, including a giant bird’s nest and a swing overlooking the lakes.

3. Handara Gate
Handara Gate is a famous landmark in Bali and is located in Munduk. It is a beautiful entrance gate to a golf course and is surrounded by lush greenery and mountains.

4. Ulun Danu Temple
Ulun Danu Temple is a beautiful temple located on the shores of Lake Bratan. It is one of the most photographed temples in Bali and is a must-visit attraction in Munduk.

5. Munduk Rice Terraces
Munduk is home to several rice terraces, including the Munduk Rice Terraces. These terraces offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and are a great place to take a leisurely walk.

6. Visit a Coffee Plantation
Munduk is known for its coffee plantations, and a visit to one of these plantations is a must-do activity. One of the most popular coffee plantations in Munduk is the Munduk Moding Plantation, which offers tours and tastings of their famous Kopi Luwak coffee.

7. Trekking
Munduk is a great place for trekking, with several trails available for all levels of hikers. Some of the most popular trekking routes in Munduk include the Munduk Waterfall Trek and the Tamblingan Lake Trek.

8. Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is a beautiful waterfall located in Munduk. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is a great place for a refreshing swim.

9. Gitgit Waterfall
Gitgit Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located in Munduk. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is a great place for a refreshing swim.

10. Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul Waterfall is a stunning waterfall located in Munduk. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is a great place for a refreshing swim.

11. Buyan Lake
Buyan Lake is a beautiful lake located in Munduk. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is a great place for a leisurely walk.

12. Tamblingan Lake
Tamblingan Lake is a beautiful lake located in Munduk. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is a great place for a leisurely walk.

13. Munduk Moding Plantation
The last thing of what to do in Munduk is coffee plantations. Munduk Moding Plantation is a beautiful resort located in Munduk. It is known for its coffee plantations and offers tours and tastings of its famous Kopi Luwak coffee.
Munduk, with its natural wonders and cultural richness, offers a unique travel experience that will leave you enchanted. You don’t have to worry about what to do in Munduk. From exploring enchanting waterfalls to immersing yourself in the local culture, Munduk has it all. So, pack your bags, embark on this adventure, and create memories that will last a lifetime in this hidden paradise.