Taman Ayun, A Beautiful Temple in Mengwi – Bali

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Taman Ujung Soekasada

Taman Ujung is the water palace built by the King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Djelantik, who holds Anak Agung Agung Ketut Karangasem Anglurah. This palace is a privately owned by Karangasem Royal. It was built in 1909 on the initiative of Anak Agung Anglurah. The architect was a Dutch van Den Hentz and a Chinese Loto Ang. This development also involves the undagi (Balinese architect). This palace is actually the development from Dirah Pool which has been built in 1901. The construction was completed in 1921.

The grounds destroyed in the explosion of nearby Mt. Agung in 1963 and further ruined by an earthquake in 1979.  The government and royal family have since restored Taman Ujung. The expansive grounds dilute the few tourists who make it over here, making this water palace a quieter and more peaceful stroll than Tirtagangga.   Wander into the rooms of the palace itself, or climb the terraces for a bird’s-eye view of the grounds.  And while you may be the only tourists around, you’ll probably catch a glimpse of newlyweds posing for wedding pictures — this place has caught the eye of many a fanciful Asian bride.

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Tirta Gangga

In the middle of rice fields and surrounded by jade green hills, Tirta Gangga nestles peacefully and timelessly. Tirta Gangga is a royal water garden belonging to the royal family of Karangasem. It is located in Ababi village, approximately 83km from Denpasar or 6km north of Amlapura, the capital of Karangasem regency. The watergarden was constructed in 1948 on the initiative of the King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. The architecture of this water garden is a mix of Balinese architecture style and Chinese style. Before the water garden was constructed, the spring was already there, which was used by the people to fulfill their basic needs for water but also it was believed to be sacred water to purify any bad energy around the area.

The garden’s name literally translates into “Blessed water from the Ganges,” the holy river in India.  Tirtagangga itself has a natural spring that is considered holy water, which is used for religious ceremonies as well as for drinking water for the town of Amlapura and for irrigating the local rice paddies.

Entering the garden one can see that there is Mahabharata Pond on the right side that has decorative stones placed around the pond while another functions as a bridge. Statues of Gods and Goddesses majestically stand amidst the pristine cold water. Golden yellow fishes are swimming around, their scales shining as the sun light refracts into the water. Guests are free to roam and play — hopscotch across the playful Mahabharata Pond. This part is the Swah level. In this level, where beside those two decorative ponds, there is also a swimming pool where the locals or visitors can enjoy swimming in the cold spring as it’s open for public.

The area of the water garden is as large as 1,2 ha, consisting of three levels of ground stretching from east to west. In the middle level, Bwah level, the eleven-tiered Nawa Sanga fountain stands elegantly. And in the Bhur level, on the left side of the straight foot-path from the entrance to the west there is a big pond with an island in the middle.

The spring has a huge output of pure water. One third of the flow is to provide drinking water for the town Amlapura. Some flow to the upper swimming pool through an underground pipe while the overflow goes into the lower swimming pool, the other ponds and to irrigate the rice fields surrounding the water garden.

This place is great for escaping from the heat as the weather in the area is less tropical. Taking a relaxing walk or dipping your feet into the cold water is as enjoyable as taking some snapshots of the picturesque scene.

Tenganan Pegringsingan

Tenganan Village is one of the ancient villages with a native Balinese. The walled village is laid out in three parts to suit different functions: dwelling, gardening and rice farming. The houses all sport the same design and are backed off by one central living and trading vein. Tenganan is famous for its Gringsing handmade weaved cloth, which possesses spiritual properties. The village has its own peculiar artistic traditions, the most spectacular of these being the Pandanus leaf duel (Geret Padan) where men fight each other with spiky leaves to the entrancing sounds of native selunding music.

This village has a wide area of approximately 1,500 hectares. Houses and customs were retained as the original. This is because society of Tenganan has customary village rules are very powerful, which they call the awig-awig. In addition, the offspring is also maintained by matings between fellow villagers. Walled villages like fortress. Lawangan or village entrance in the four corners. Tenganan Pegringsingan people call the village of spatial concepts as Jaga Satru (guard from an enemy attack).

The origin of the village of Tenganan Pagringsingan stories related to the Paneges village people while hunting Once Srawa horse, horse of the king’s Bedahulu. The horse will disappear when used as victims in a yadnya ceremony. Later, King Bedahulu sent soldiers to search for in all directions. The group of Paneges people found Once Srawa horse in a dense forest surrounded by small hills in the state is dead. Death is unknown because no scars and signs of disease.

The discovery Once Srawa Horse of the dead was reported to the King Bedahulu. Although King grieve, but he still appreciates the services people Paneges. They were given power over the horse’s body was found with an area as far as the foul smell that dead horse could be kissed. Paneges people smart enough, the horse carcass is cut into pieces and distributed to every corner, so the territory of Peneges people become more widespread. Until theyhear the word of god Indra that they be enough to expand the area.

The place of the Word of God is called Pengulap-ulapan and became a Batu Madeg Temple. Put places pieces that dead horse any established place of worship by signs or symbols in the form of stone, including:

  1. There north of the temple depicting the genitalia of horses standing upright. Referred to as the Kaki Dukun (Shaman’s feet).
  2. There’s largest monolith form, called by the name of Stone Taikik. Located near the Kaki Dukun (Shaman’s feet). Residents regard this as a former entrails cut of Once Srawa horse.
  3. Pule’s hair is a pile of stones arranged time in such a way that is believed to be the former head of horses.
  4. To the west, there remains believed to be a former horse thigh and called Penimbalan.
  5. There northwest Jaran Stone, believed to be the first time the horse Srawa Once was found.

Tenganan Village characteristic is the craft of cloth weaving cloth called gringsing. That’s why this village is better known by Tenganan Pegringsingan Village. This is to distinguish it from the village of Tenganan Dauh Tukad or Tenganan as a service village. Gringsing cloth meaning as a kind of repellent reinforcements.

Gringsing derived from the word “gering” which means the plague and “sing” which means no. Gringsing means spared from the plague. This gringsing cloth somewhat unique, authentic and very rare now. Yarn used to weave fabrics of cotton comes from the original Balinese rare and highly complex manufacturing process. It can take up to ten years to produce a good quality gringsing cloth. There are several motifs that gringsing cloth, namely lubeng, wayang putri, wayang kebo, cecempakan, cemplong, dingding sigading, dingsing ai, pepare, pat likur, pedang dasa, semplang, cawet, anteng and others.

As the ancient Balinese village, the Tenganan villagers did not know Nyepi celebrations like other Balinese people. Activity in this village went on as usual, especially the weaving of cloth and paper to write on palm leaves. This is because the Tenganan people are adherents of the sect god Indra. Unlike the other Balinese people are descendants of Majapahit. Tenganan residents are native Balinese, so it is not known Nyepi ceremony. The villagers also did not know Three Heaven Temple, the Temple of the Three must be owned by each village in Bali as a legacy of Mpu Kuturan from Majapahit. Generally Tenganan people who go abroad going home now and take advantage of the celebration of Nyepi as a moment to gather with the family as part of the ancestral traditions and celebrations in honor of Nyepi other Balinese.


Goa Lawah Temple, A Bat Cave Sacred Temple in Klungkung

Pura Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave temple, is located where the regencies of Klungkung and Karangasem meet. You will definitely pass this temple if you go to Candidasa. It is a spacious temple compound on the left side of the road if you are going north and right opposite it is a black sand beach with pristine water from where you can see Nusa Penida island on the horizon. The temple is one of the island’s nine special Sad Khayangan temples. Rsi Markandya, a priest from Java, found this holy place. This sacred place is designated to honor Dewa Maheswara, the god who rules in the southeast.

Right after the main entrance are two huge sacred banyan trees in a spacious well maintained garden. Going into the middle court, there are three bale standing in the three corners of the compound. The bale or raised open-air platforms with a roof are usually used for preparing offerings or a place for the Gamelan group to play their instruments. At this point you can start smelling the intense smell of guano and burning incense sticks.

Inside the innermost compound, you won’t see a huge mounted temple but an old shrine and of course the dark bat cave. Inside the innermost compound there is a Shiva shrine in the entrance of this temple that has been worshiped since around 1000 AD. There is also a bale decorated with the painting of Naga Basuki, the legendary giant snake believed to maintain the earth’s equilibrium. It is said that a prince of Mengwi once hid in the cave for protection and followed the cave’s tunnel system which emerged at Besakih temple located on the slopes of Gunung Agung. However, due to the number of bats in the cave which sometimes cover the cave’s mouth and because of the snake story no attempt to follow the tunnel has taken place since.

You’ll be amazed to see how everyone can concentrate to pray amidst the squeaking sound of the thousands of bats in the cave. But I have prayed there and I was not disturbed at all by the noise. In fact the sound creates such a mystical and natural atmosphere; it is just like meditating in a forest.

Religious activities take place every day in this temple. People who live around the temple bring offerings to the temple every morning, afternoon and evening. Hence the temple is well taken care of. More pilgrims come when it is a full moon day. Another religious rite that usually takes place in this temple is a ritual associated with death. And also before a big holy day such as Nyepi, the Hindus from the surrounding villages around perform the melasti ritual. Melasti is a ceremony when devotees walk from the temple to the sea in a procession carrying the effigies of deities to be purified in the sea.

Visit this temple in the morning when the villagers come for the morning prayers. However, it is fine to visit on a sunny afternoon too, as even though it is located next to the beach, the temple has many big trees so the shade gives nice protection.

Kertha Gosa, The Hall of Justice in Klungkung – Bali

Built in 1686 by Ida I Dewa Agung Jambe, the ruling sovereign of the Klungkung Kingdom, the Gili Garden Kerta Gosa is one of the most attractive cultural heritage sites in Bali today. Kerta Gosa is an open-air building (bale) which was formally part of the Semarapura Palace compound. Located in the heart of Klungkung regency, next to the main market, Kerta Gosa has been restored and maintained by the government. Inside the traditional Balinese’s carved wall there are two buildings standing high beyond the wall, called Bale Akerta Gosa and Bale Kambang. Bale Akerta Gosa is a tall brick building in the right corner of the compound after the entrance and Bale Kambang is the larger one in the middle of the compound surrounded by a pond.

Besides the beautiful architecture of the building, the uniqueness of Kerta Gosa lies in the ceilings of the bale which are covered with traditional paintings in Kamasan style. Kamasan is a village in Klungkung regency which has gained a name for its puppet paintings. Kamasan painting usually takes an epic such as the Ramayana or Mahabharata as the theme of the painting. Kamasan painting is usually found in temples as a meaningful decoration.

Earlier the painting on Kerta Gosa’s ceiling was made on fabric but in 1930 it was restored and painted on plasterboard. The paintings on the ceilings’ of Kerta Gosa offer spiritual lessons. If one looks at it in detail each part of the ceiling tells a different story, there is one part that tells the story of karma and reincarnation and another part illustrates each phase of human life from birth until death. The paintings are divided into six tiers, representing the afterlife, the topmost being Nirvana.

The Bale Kambang is a wonderful building in the middle of the pond. The Kamasan painting on the ceiling depicts a story from the Sutasoma epic. Both sides of the bridge to the bale are guarded by a line of statues representing characters from the epic against the background of the lotus pond.

The themes in the paintings show that the building functioned as the place for the royal family to hold religious ceremonies for the rites of passage (manusa yadnya) such as weddings and tooth-filing ceremonies. Kerta Gosa also functioned as the court during the Dutch occupation in Klungkung regency from 1908 to 1942.

East Bali Wonderful Tour Package

This tour to East Bali visits interesting and unique landmarks to this area.

 An hour after departure, we arrive at the region of Klungkung and in particular Kertha Gosa. The Balinese style buildings were used as the hall of justice in the early 1900’s. The amazing drawings lining the ceiling were drawn as warnings to not commit crime.  Next is a visit to Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave Temple which is still in use today.

 Afterward travel to the Tirta Gangga Water Palace, still used today by regional royalty as a place for bathing and relaxation. The return journey passes through the volcanic area and Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali. Next visit to Tenganan Pegringsingan, The Baliaga village.

Kertha GosaKertha Gosa, The Hall of Justice 

Built in 1686 by Ida I Dewa Agung Jambe, the ruling sovereign of the Klungkung kingdom, the Gili Garden Kerta Gosa is one of the most attractive cultural heritage sites in Bali today. Kerta Gosa is an open-air building (bale) which was formally part of the Semarapura palace compound.  Besides the beautiful architecture of the building, the uniqueness of Kerta Gosa lies in the ceilings of the bale which are covered with traditional paintings in Kamasan style. Kamasan is a village in Klungkung regency which has gained a name for its puppet paintings. Kamasan painting usually takes an epic such as the Ramayana or Mahabharata as the theme of the painting. The themes in the paintings show that the building functioned as the place for the royal family to hold religious ceremonies for the rites of passage (manusa yadnya) such as weddings and tooth-filing ceremonies. Kerta Gosa also functioned as the court during the Dutch occupation in Klungkung regency from 1908 to 1942.

Bat CaveGoa Lawah, The Bat Cave Temple

Pura Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave temple, is located where the regencies of Klungkung and Karangasem meet. It is a spacious temple compound on the left side of the road if you are going north and right opposite it is a black sand beach with pristine water from where you can see Nusa Penida island on the horizon. The temple is one of the island’s nine special Sad Khayangan temples. Rsi Markandya, a priest from Java, found this holy place. This sacred place is designated to honor Dewa Maheswara, the god who rules in the southeast. Inside the innermost compound there is a Shiva shrine in the entrance of this temple that has been worshiped since around 1000 AD. There is also a bale decorated with the painting of Naga Basuki, the legendary giant snake believed to maintain the earth’s equilibrium. It is said that a prince of Mengwi once hid in the cave for protection and followed the cave’s tunnel system which emerged at Besakih temple located on the slopes of Gunung Agung. However, due to the number of bats in the cave which sometimes cover the cave’s mouth and because of the snake story no attempt to follow the tunnel has taken place since.

TengananTenganan Pegringsingan, The Bali Aga Village

Tenganan Village is one of the ancient villages with a native Balinese. The walled village is laid out in three parts to suit different functions: dwelling, gardening and rice farming. The houses all sport the same design and are backed off by one central living and trading vein. Tenganan is famous for its Gringsing handmade weaved cloth, which possesses spiritual properties. The village has its own peculiar artistic traditions, the most spectacular of these being the Pandanus leaf duel (Geret Padan) where men fight each other with spiky leaves to the entrancing sounds of native selunding music. This village has a wide area of approximately 1,500 hectares. Houses and customs were retained as the original. This is because society of Tenganan has customary village rules are very powerful, which they call the awig-awig. In addition, the offspring is also maintained by matings between fellow villagers. Walled villages like fortress. Lawangan or village entrance in the four corners. Tenganan Pegringsingan people call the village of spatial concepts as Jaga Satru (guard from an enemy attack).

Tirta GanggaTirta Gangga, a Royal Water Garden

In the middle of rice fields and surrounded by jade green hills, Tirta Gangga nestles peacefully and timelessly. Tirta Gangga is a royal water garden belonging to the royal family of Karangasem. It is located in Ababi village, approximately 83km from Denpasar or 6km north of Amlapura, the capital of Karangasem regency. The watergarden was constructed in 1948 on the initiative of the King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. The architecture of this water garden is a mix of Balinese architecture style and Chinese style. Before the water garden was constructed, the spring was already there, which was used by the people to fulfill their basic needs for water but also it was believed to be sacred water to purify any bad energy around the area. Tirta means blessed water and Gangga is taken from the name of the mother river Ganges in India. The water from the spring of Tirtaganga is considered as holy water by the Hindus in Bali. The water is used for religious ceremonies in temples in the area until today.

Taman UjungTaman Ujung Soekasada

Ujung Water Palace was built by the King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Djelantik, who holds Anak Agung Agung Ketut Karangasem Anglurah. This palace is a privately owned by Karangasem Royal. It was built in 1909 on the initiative of Anak Agung Anglurah. The architect was a Dutch van Den Hentz and a Chinese Loto Ang. This development also involves the undagi (Balinese architect). This palace is actually the development from Dirah Pool which has been built in 1901. The construction was completed in 1921.

AGS_4129resize2Virgin Beach, A White Sandy Beach.

This beautiful white sandy beach is out last stop. You can have a romantic swim or relaxing massage on a sunbed by the beach or just an afternoon tea break. Spend about one hour here before we get back to hotel.

Tour Duration From hotel to hotel is approximately 10 hours
Price USD 60 / person (min 2 person, max 5 person)
Inclusions Entrance fees, Mineral Waters, a Comfortable All new Terios up to 10 hours rental fee, Driver, Gasoline, Vehicle insurance
Exclusions Food and Drinks, Gratuities (optional)
What to Bring Recommended to bring sun screen, sunglasses, hat, camera, small money, changing clothes (just in case).
Extended Fee Use the car over 10 hours, extra charge $ 5 /hour
Departure Point Tour departs from all major hotels in Kuta, Legian, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Seminyak
Pick Up Time We pick you up at Hotel Lobby

Nusa Dua area 8:00

Kuta area 8:00

Seminyak area 8:00

Sanur area 8:00

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 – 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

Remarks The schedule on this page is one standard course. If you extend hours, extra charge is needed.

This tour is offered by Adventurous Bali. You can freely change schedule on the way.

Please understand the transit time is changed by daily road condition.

Munduk, Fabulous Waterfall

One of the most fabulous waterfalls on the island that is located in the village of Munduk, north Bali. The path down to the waterfall is densely planted with clove and coffee trees as well as Avocado, Taro, Banana and Durian trees. Munduk lies at an altitude of about 800 meters above sea level offering fresh cool mountain air.

These falls are impressive and really roar in the wet season. A spot that is little visited, despite being perhaps the most impressive accessible falls on the whole island. Explore the mountain roads and take in the wonderful views. The area around Munduk to the west of Lake Tamblingan is especially spectacular

North Bali Adventurous Tour Package

Experience Bali’s scenic Lake District at the mountain resort of Bedugul. Travel the island’s byways and watch the Balinese people going about their daily lives. At Bedugul enjoy the peaceful setting of Lake Beratan from the Bedugul botanic gardens. Nearby are the gardens that produce vegetables and flowers for the hundreds of hotels on Bali.  At the north end of Bedugul crater lies one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, the Bali Handara Country Club, a masterpiece 19-hole course with lush green fairways and colorful flowers lining the fairways. Then on to see the gorgeous Jatiluwih rice terraces that stretch from mountain sides to valleys as far as the eyes can see.

Pura-Ulun-Danu-Bratan-04Ulun Danu Temple at Beratan Lake

One of the most prominent icons of Bali. The cool climate of Candi Kuning gives an extra touch to the ambiance. There is a wooden bridge at one corner of the compound where you can sit back and relax while the cold water of the Lake Beratan chills your tired legs. You can really expect a delightful hassle-free visit to a temple that is known as one of the most famous temples of Bali.

TamblinganTamblingan Lake

Tamblingan Lake is a beautiful lake located on the north slope of Mount Mortar, Munduk, Buleleng, Bali. This lake is one of the three twin lakes that formed in a large caldera. To the east there is a row of Lake Buyan and Lake Beratan. On the edge of the Tamblingan Lake there is a Gubug Temple. As Lake Tamblingan lies 1,000 meters above sea level, the climate here is cool. The early morning mist that hangs over the waters strangely enhances its mystical appeal. By Lake Tamblingan near Lake Buyan along the south-north highway live a host of monkeys. These multiply so fast, that they are often called the teeming monkeys of the jungle.

Munduk_9Munduk, Fabulous Waterfall

One of the most fabulous waterfalls on the island that is located in the village of Munduk, north Bali. The path down to the waterfall is densely planted with clove and coffee trees as well as Avocado, Taro, Banana and Durian trees. Munduk lies at an altitude of about 800 meters above sea level offering fresh cool mountain air. These falls are impressive and really roar in the wet season. A spot that is little visited, despite being perhaps the most impressive accessible falls on the whole island. Explore the mountain roads and take in the wonderful views. The area around Munduk to the west of Lake Tamblingan is especially spectacular

Jatiluwih 4 Jatiluwih, Amazing Rice Terrace

Set in the heart of the Tabanan Regency in Bali, the Jatiluwih rice fields have been named a UNESCO Cultural Landscape, part of Bali’s Subak System. The vast expanses of terraced, green rice paddies are stepped along an entire mountain, from its peak to where its foot meets the sea. The fields that make up this area have adopted the traditional Subak irrigation system – a method that has been preserved for centuries and passed down from generation to generation. Aside from its agricultural development, this panoramic landscape has also established itself as a tourist destination and is among the top 10 visited places on the island.

Tour Duration 10 hours
Price USD 50 net / person (min 2 person)
Inclusions Entrance fees, All new Terios up to 10 hours rental fee, Driver, Gasoline, Vehicle insurance
Exclusions Food and Drinks, Gratuities (optional)
What to Bring Recommended to bring sun screen, sunglasses, hat, camera, small money, changing clothes (just in case).
Extended Fee Use the car over 10 hours, extra charge $ 5 /hour
Departure Point Tour departs from all major hotels in Kuta, Legian, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Seminyak
Pick Up Time We pick you up at Hotel Lobby

Nusa Dua area 8:00

Kuta area 8:00

Seminyak area 8:00

Sanur area 8:00

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 – 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

Remarks The schedule on this page is one standard course. If you extend hours, extra charge is needed.

This tour is offered by Adventurous Bali. You can freely change schedule on the way.

Please understand the transit time is changed by daily road condition.

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