Saturday, August 30, 2008

Palaces in Denpasar, Bali



Pemecutan Palace

This is one of some palaces opened to visitors located on Jalan Thamrin 2, Denpasar, one of the tourist-packages offered in Denpasar city-tour program. It is about 200 meters from Puputan Badung Park to the West and close to the two traditional markets: Pasar Badung and Pasar Kumbasari. The traditional Balinese-architectured palace was built around 17 th century and nowadays managed by the last King of Denpasar : Ida Cokorda Pemecutan.

The palace is also completed with accommodation for those who want to stay and enjoy the royal atmosphere.



Satria Palace

The palace that rebuilt in 1930 is also one of the palaces set up as one of points of interest of Denpasar city-tour program. It is located on Jalan Veteran, right at the heart of Denpasar, inside of which the royal-family temple, "Pemerajan Puri Agung Satria" is located, where some traditional entertainments are often on stage, especially during the temple's anniversary celebration (every 210 days according to the Balinese calendar), or often held on request by some tour-operators.

In front of the temple one can find the Bird market (Pasar Burung) which is also another attraction for visitors and the locals mainly those of animal-lovers.

Satria Palace has a very specific architecture, a kind of building-design called "Pendopo" in which a meeting of the Kings of Bali was held in the past.

Satria Palace is not far from the other places of interest previously mentioned like: Bali Museum, Jagatnatha Temple and Puputan Badung Park.

Jro Kuta Palace
Instead of Satria and Pemecutan Palace, Jro Kuta Palace is also included into the City-tour package. It is located very closely to the heart of Denpasar city about 300m from Pasar Badung and Pasar Kumbasari, the traditional markets. The palace's main attraction is its 9 specific buildings called: "Ancak Saji", "Semanggen", "Rangki", Pewaregan", "Saren Raja", "Saren Kangin", "Paseban", "Pemerajan Agung", the holy place and "Pekandelan" with their respective functions. The other building is the palace's fortress against the enemy's attack.

Jro Kuta Palace is located on Jalan Kumbakarna or about 100m from Maospahit Temple previously mentioned.

Soka Beach, Tabanan Bali



Soka beach has long been known by people regarding its location by the main road Denpasar - Gilimanuk. The panorama is quite magnificent with chains of hills as natural wall on the Westside which is then connected with Mt. Batukaru on the North while on the East, Mt. Agung is seen in the distance and Indonesian Ocean is on the South with the eastern tip of East Java i.e. : Blambangan/Banyuwangi is also seen in the distance. Terraced rice field and coconut plantation are the other attractions, more over when sunset time comes, twilight over Srijong Temple nearby will be an unforgettable moment.

Instead of its natural beauty, Soka Beach hides away thousands of natural miracles and legends. One can find a coral stone with size of about 30 m surrounded by sand and seawater believed as "Kebo Iwo's cooking pot" (a legend about a mighty Balinese man named Kebo Iwo) who is said used to cook using that cooking - pot.

On the west side of "Kebo Iwo's cooking pot", next to Luhur Serijong Temple there is another coral - stone in the form of Balinese traditional stove sized about 10 x 20 m believed as the stove on which the mighty Kebo Iwo cooked his meal using his cooking - pot.

Luhur Serijong Temple was built at the same time as Rambut Siwi Temple and Tanah Lot Temple by "Ida Pedanda Sakti Wawu Rauh", the Holy High priest in XVI century.

Location

Soka Beach is located at Antap village, district of Selemadeg Tabanan regency. It is about 45 km in distance from Denpasar or about 84 km from Gilimanuk, right by the main road Java-Bali which road is known always very busy along the day and night. On the East part of the beach, there is a natural cave on the coral cliff named "Bullung Daya" cave occupied by thousands of swallows.

Along the western part of the beach is coconut plantation while a simple accommodation named "Balian Beach Bungalow" is located by Balian River known as one of the best rafting locations in Bali.

Facility

Some facilities like restaurant, simple accommodation and spacious parking - lot are available at Soka Beach. During holiday and at full - moon night the beach is crowded with local people and those carrying out religious ceremony.

For those being fond of sea - fishing, going to the sea with local fishermen using traditional rowing - boats will be a choice.

Description

Up to this time, Soka Beach's history is still unknown. One definitive thing is Soka Beach has long been a stopover for people going to / from Java instead of the story about the mighty Kebo Iwa as previously mentioned.

Luhur Serijong Temple is a temple adhered by Hindu followers of Tabanan regency as well as from the other parts of Bali, mostly by "Subak" members (traditional irrigation/farming organization) since the temple is believed to be the place where people worship the Lord of food stuff (Dewi Sri/Goddess of Rice).

Jati Luwih, Tabanan Bali

Jati Luwih, Tabanan Bali

Jatiluwih is one of the places of interest with marvelous natural attraction in Bali. Its cool weather being about 700 m above the sea level, terraced of rice field back grounded by mountain covered by dense tropical forest is really a spectacular natural charm.

Instead of its natural potency, Jatiluwih is also known for its Cultural belonging, mainly the construction history of a temple related to the reign of King Ida Dalem Waturenggong at Gelgel Palace (1460¬1551).

Location

It is about 48 km in distance from Denpasar, or about 28 km, north of Tabanan town. To enjoy the visit to the village, the tour itinerary can be combined: Denpasar - Bedugul (the junction at Pacung - Baturiti)- Jatiluwih-Penatahan hot spring & Spa -Subak monument/ museum - Alas Kedaton monkey forest - Tanah Lot (to enjoy sunset on the beautiful beach of Tanah Lot/Temple on the rock)

Facility

This place of interest has been completed with parking lot, toilet, resting place and viewing spot. Some restaurants are available but there is no accommodation there yet. The road going there is also under improvement so motor vehicle can pass through East line i.e.: via Pacung Junction to Jatiluwih or through West line via Penatahan Hot spring -Batukaru Temple -Jatiluwih.

Tourist Visit

This place of interest has long been visited by abundant visitors, domestic and overseas to enjoy its fresh weather, spectacular view of the extensive rice terrace. Instead of that, once in 210 days according to the Balinese Calendar, people go to Petali Temple on the upper land of the village when a sacred dance called "Wali Pendet' dance is performed to celebrate the temple's anniversary.

Description

Jatiluwih as a natural tourist attraction, had actually been known since the Dutch colonization in Bali (1910-1942), because the Dutch troop once built a military base camp on the western part of the village and up to this moment the locals call it as "Tangsi Belanda" (The Dutch Barrack).

The Provincial Government of Bali has announced Jatiluwih as one of tourism villages as to increase the number of tourist arrival to this island because of its great potency as previously mentioned.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Legian Street, Kuta, Bali

Jl. Legian is the main street in Kuta as far as tourists are concerned. Packed with bars, nightclubs and restaurant on the lower Kuta end, it turns more into a shopping location in the Legian area. Small clothes shop, bag shops, handicrafts galore, plus salons, jewelry stores as well as the local mini markets. This afternoon I checked out a few places on Jl. Legian and got the impression business was slow. The trend in this area is definitely for boutique type clothes shops, AC with a glass window and fixed prices. They often sit next to a local shop selling stuff like pillow cases, an avalanche of color spilling out onto the sidewalk.
l. Legian is a handy place to rent a scooter / motorbike, buy petrol, get your tires pumped, buy a SIM card / pulsa for your phone. There is a bank BCA ATM machine next to Glory Restaurant. You can also find a postal agent on the other side of the street as well as a DHL office further down. The nice thing about the shops on Jl. Legian in the Legian area, is they are not as busy as Kuta. This enables you to shop with more elbow room and have the time to bargain in peace. Your best option for food on Jl. Legian in Legian is Glory Restaurant. This family friendly place does good food and even has a Balinese buffet on Sundays. Most of the other restaurants are down Jl. Padma, Rum Jungle Rd and so on.

If you hit this street at the right time, you can often see ceremonies taking place at the Pura Agung on Jl. Legian, Balinese people lining the sidewalk in ceremonial attire. This is a photo op for anyone staying in Legian. I liked this photo of female office workers all departing at once.


Denpasar Art Shop and Local Souvenirs


Fine paintings, had carved wooden statues and screens, silver work, handwoven and painted cottons and silks, batiks, embroidered and other garments for casual wear, leash. and cotton bags, bone carvings, shell ornaments, masks, pottery, ceramics, basketry, sandstone statues, bamboo furniture are available.




Denpasar Art Shop and Local Souvenirs

Wayans Art Shop
Raya Celuk Street
Phone: (0361) 298012

Versace Art
Legian Street 133 C
Phone: (0361) 761065

Maroon Gift Shop
Dewi Sartika Street 69
Phone: (0361) 751565

Legong Art Shop
WR Supratman Street 14
Phone: (0361) 461547

Krisanti Gallery
D Tamblingan Street 186
Phone: (0361) 288262

Keraton Bagus Handicraft & Furniture
Danau Poso Street 89
Phone: (0361) 282669

Handayani House Of Art
Gianyar Street
Phone: (0361) 226662

Bali Shop
Sahadewa Street 8-G
Phone: (0361) 759919

Bali Island Art
Legian Street 27
Phone: (0361) 761392

Bali Bunga Art Shop
Tunjung Mekar Street 50-X
Phone: (0361) 755448

Putri Bali Art Shop
Kertanegara Peguyangan Street
Phone: (0361) 421056

Pusat Antik
By Pass Ngurah Rai Street 5
Phone: (0361) 701471

Puri Agung Meregepati Palace
Raya Batubulan Street
Phone: (0361) 298051

Pasar Seni Merthanadi
Melasti Pasar Seni Street
Phone: (0361) 761161

Mutiara Art Bali
P Ambon Street 18
Phone: (0361) 249411

Mentari Karya Dewata Shop
Raya Legian Kuta Street
Phone: (0361) 767266

MC 2 Art Shop
Arjuna Street 70
Phone: (0361) 732501

Craft Plus Art Shop
Raya Ketewel Street
Phone: (0361) 288343

Balibo Art
Legian Street 295
Phone: (0361) 758424

Bali & Co Art Shop
Melasti Street 18
Phone: (0361) 756249

Srimpi Collection
Raya Kuta Street
Phone: (0361) 750719

Sonia Art Shop
Legian Street 204
Phone: (0361) 751519

Simon Gift Shop
Pantai Kuta Street 42 A
Phone: (0361) 765076

Seni Bali Art Shop
Pratama Tanjung Benoa Nusa Dua Street 89
Phone: (0361) 773520

Sasak Art
Raya Celuk Street
Phone: (0361) 295124

Samarkanda Gallery
Legian Street 363
Phone: (0361) 767362

Putu Art Shop
Cemara Street 24
Phone: (0361) 285030

Emi Arts & Souvenirs
Sultan Hasanuddin Street 53
Phone: (0361) 483215

Duyung Art shop
Denpasar Street
Phone: (0361) 281211

Dharma Semadi Art Shop
Banjar Celuk Street
Phone: (0361) 298031

Trigunt Art Shop
Legian Kuta Street
Phone: (0361) 767347

Tiquz Lamp Shade & Leather Handicraft
Raya Kuta Street 115
Phone: (0361) 762658'

Teko Art Shop
Taman Mertanadi Street 17 E
Phone: (0361) 739354

Swin Art Shop
Danau Tamblingan Street 72
Phone: (0361) 289272

Sukaya Art Shop
Banjar Celuk Street
Phone: (0361) 298090

Sukaya Art Shop
Banjar Celuk Street
Phone: (0361) 298090

Sriwijaya Art Shop
Tangkuban Perahu Street
Phone: (0361) 734971

Grace Art Shop
Legian Tengah Street 435
Phone: (0361) 750826

Ganni Art Shop
Lebak Bene Street 6-X
Phone: (0361) 750731

Ganesa Art
Sriwijaya Street
Phone: (0361) 764855






Around Bali Transport

The main forms of public transport on Bali are the cheap buses, minibuses and bemos (a general term for any vehicle that is used as a public transport which is normally a minibus or van with a row of low seats on each side). They normally run on somewhat set routes within or between towns. Having your own transport can be arranged; there are cars, motorbikes, and bicycles for rent. Tourist shuttle buses that run between major tourist centres are more expensive than public transport but are definitely more comfortable and convenient.

Charter Vans or Mini Buses can be rented at a reasonable cost including petrol and a driver/guide. These are great for parties of 6 or more..

Motorcycles are a popular way to get around Bali. If you decide to rent one, drive slowly and defensively. The cost of hiring a motorcycle is negotiable and varies according to the condition of the machine, length of rental and time of year. Buying insurance is a good idea to avoid being responsible for damages, but be sure to test-drive the motorbike to see that everything is in good working order. A valid International Driving Permit is required or if you forget it you can spend a morning at the Denpasar Police Office to obtain a temporary permit, which lasts for three months, but the process can be a huge hassle. It would be wise to get an International Driving Permit in your own country before you leave home.

Seeing Bali by bicycle has become increasingly popular in recent years and the quality of rental bikes has improved. Some airlines will carry your own bike for free if you would prefer to bring one with you. The most common bikes offered are mountain bikes as their low gear ratios and softer tyres are better suited to Bali.


For something different hop on a traditional dokar. These small horse-drawn carts are still available in Kuta and Denpasar and a short ride costs next to nothing. It’s a novel, if somewhat slow, way to view the passing scenery and is always popular with children.


A helicopter ride is the experience of a lifetime. What better way to fully appreciate every contour, mountain and valley on this wonderfully picturesque tropical island than from the air. Trips vary from long to short and it’s a good way to transverse the island..

Boat

The state-run passenger line PELNI operates weekly sailings between Bali and Jakarta, Makassar and Balikpapan. Not luxurious but comfortable, the ship offers an alternative to flying and is a more leisurely form of travel. There are regular schedules and routes, all touching in at Jakarta as their main base.


Foreign cruise lines operate in Indonesian waters, though not regularly. A 40-passenger luxury cruise ship, the MV Island Explorer, offers trips to the eastern Indonesian islands from Bali part of the year and from Jakarta to Sumatera the rest of the year. There are also ferries between islands, though comfort may not be as desired.

For adventurous travellers, a ride on a Pinisi Bugis schooner is exciting.

Ferry Bali is connected to Java by a regular ferry service running between Gilimanuk and Banyuwangi. If you are taking the train or night bus from Jakarta, Bandung or Yogyakarta, travel first to Surabaya for the connection to Banyuwangi, where you board another bus for the final passage to Denpasar.

Ngurah Rai International Airport

Ngurah Rai International Airport is situated in the south of the island, not far from the resorts of Kuta, Nusa Dua and Sanur. It is about 15km from Bali’s capital city of Denpassar.

There are a range restaurants and shops, including duty-free and souvenir, in the airport. Several banks and currency exchange is also available, but do not offer great rates, better to visit one in town. Information desks are located on the first floor of the international arrivals terminal.


To/From The Airport

It is recommended to use the airport taxi service, located to the left of the terminal exit. This service charges a fixed price, while other taxi’s fares will have to be bargained. The prices for airport taxis are on display outside the terminal buildings.

If you are travelling on a restricted budget, you can flag down a Blue Bird Taxi from outside the airport or stand in the corner of the International Departure side near the ATM and catch them once they drop off a passenger. Blue Bird Taxis are safe and reliable. Flagging down another taxi company (other than the licensed airport taxis), is not recommended.



Ngurah Rai International Airport
Indonesia Airport

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Slavyanka – Bali's Only Russian Restaurant



(7/23/2007) Slavyanka - Bali's only Russian restaurant was recently inaugurated by the Russian Federation's Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Alexander Ivanov.

Located on the Bypass in Sanur, the restaurant presents an elegant dining venue for lunch and dinner replete with luxurious table settings and walls decorated with portraits of Russian Czars. A cosy bar-cum-wine-cellar, set off from a central lobby area, is conducive to relaxed conviviality over premium vodkas and traditional Hors D'Oeuvres, either before or after dinner in the formal dining room.

Russian Cuisine at its Best

Reflecting the vast area of the Russian Federation which stretches from Asia's Far East to Europe, so too does the extensive menu at Slavyanka incorporates rich stews, poultry, meat, berries, mushrooms, wild game, fish and indulgent Ukrainian desserts drawn from the rich kitchen traditions found from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg.

The menu runs to 9 pages, prompting a practical suggestion to order drinks and a plate of appetizers, while you leisurely wade through page after page of interesting dishes, such as:

• A fresh salad incorporating hunchback salmon and red caviar

• Pilgrim's Bag of Creamy Pork & Mushrooms

• Veal tongue served with sour cream and egg plant

• Chanterelle mushrooms cooked in sour cream

• Thinly slice frozen venison

• Caviar served with paper-thin blinis and all the traditional condiments

• Borsh – the rich meaty vegetable soup mainstay of the Russian menu

• Chicken Livers with Apples & Onions

• Dough pockets filled with meats, vegetables and fish

• Fresh-water perch cooked in mushroom and wine

• Grilled shashliks of marinated pork, beef or lamb or traditional steaks of beef or venison

• Luscious desserts involving pancakes, cheeses, honey and pies.

Chef Dimitri Lubichenko

Heading the kitchen brigade at Slavyanka is a talented Ukrainian who, despite his youth, already has 10 year experience at leading restaurants in Kiev – Dimitri Lubinchenko. The holder of a Chef's certificate earned at a school in his native Kiev, Lubinchenko went on to earn a tertiary degree in food technology as well as following a specialized course training as a Chocolatier at Valhrona.

In 2006, Chef Lubinchenko won awards for the "Best Dish of the Year" and the "Silver Award for Best Chef", both awarded in Kiev.

Slavyanka Russian Restaurant
Information :

Ramadhan Haryono
Asst. Restaurant Manager

Restaurant Open Daily: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Bar Open Daily 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 a.m.

Location: Jalan By-pass Ngurah Rai, Sanur

Telephone ++62-(0)361-283835

email: slavyanka@segaravillage.com

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Shopping in Kuta


Virtually everybody comes to Bali to shop, and even if shopping wasn't the ultimate aim, you'll still end up with fascinating and irresistible buys. Bali is a treasure trove of fine art and handicrafts, antique and semi-antique furniture, paintings, delicately carved jewellery, wood and stone carvings, masks, woven and dyed fabrics.
Bargaining in markets, shops and art shops, is normal practice and getting a good price depends largely on one's bargaining prowess. As bargaining forms a large part of the fun of shopping in Bali, remember to carry cash, as not all places accept credit cards - and be good humoured. Shops are usually open from 10am to 11pm.
International labels, local designer clothes plus skillful tailors and dressmakers offer reliable 24-hours services. Shops selling similar items are normally grouped together to make comparing prices easy, and if the shop you're in doesn't have a particular colour or size, why, just pop over next door!
Kuta's main road is lined with shops selling everything from swimwear, sarongs, handicrafts and CDs to jewelry, clothing, furniture and leather goods. There are even more street hawkers peddling watches and bracelets. Remember to firmly say no, if you're not interested.
The north of Legian Street, from Seminyak to Kerobokan, is now an enclave of boutiques specializing in local designer clothes, antiques, furniture and lifestyle goods. Stop for a bite to eat at interesting delis and warungs. Hawkers are scarce at this end of this street, so you'll have no need to worry about being harassed.
If you just don't enjoy haggling for the right price, Kuta has a number of department stores and shopping centres with fixed prices. Try Kuta Square and Kuta Centre located very close to each other in Jalan Kartika Plaza. Kuta Square is also popular with local shops and a branch of the Matahari Department Stores & Supermarket. Galena Nusa Dua with over 80 specialty shops is also a hit with the avid shopper, as it has everything a tourist and shopper could be interested in.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Bali Nature


Geographically, the Province of Bali is located 80-30'-40" to 80-50'-48" south of the Equator and 1140-25'-53" to 1150-42'-40" east longitude.

The relief and topography of Bali have their main features of a mountain range that transverse the island from West to East. Among those mountains are two of significant sizes: the volcanoes of Gunung Agung ( 3.140 m ) and Gunung Batur (1.717 m).

As well as these features, Bali also has four lakes: Lake Beratan (375,6 Ha), Lake Buyan (336 Ha), Lake Tamblingan (11 Ha) and Lake Batur (1.607,5). Rivers, which have their sources on these lakes as well as forests, flow to the southern side of the island. Such rivers are; Unda, Petanu, Ayung, Pulukan, Loloan and many others.

Because of its location, Bali has a tropical climate, which is influenced by seasonal wind pattern and alternate every six months. There are two seasons: the dry season from April to October and the rainy season from October to April. With such climate, Bali is in inhibited by variety of tropical flora and fauna.

Bali People & Culture


In religion, the prehistoric influences, especially those of the megalithic periods were still quite strong. Beliefs at that time were focused on worship of the spirit of the ancestors which was symbolized in the form of temples which was called pyramid terraces or terraced buildings. Sometimes at the top of the building a menhir was placed, i.e. a monolith column as the symbol of their ancestor's spirit.

During the Hindu period, menhir could be seen in the construction of the temples which looked similar to the terraced pundan. Belief in the gods of the mountains, the sea etc, originated from the period before the arrival of Hinduism, was still reflected in the lives of people after the Hindu religion came in. At the beginning and during the period of King Sri Wijaya Mahadewi, the religion practiced is not mentioned. We know only the names of the priests who bore the name Siwa, such as Piwakangsita Siwa, biksu Siwanirmala and biksu Siwaprajna.

About Bali


Bali is comprised of several islands: Bali, Penida, Ceningan, Lembongan, and Menjangan. Bali covers an area of 5,632.86 square kilometres with a population of 3,021,247. These averages out to 517 inhabitants per km2.

The Bali strait separated Bali from East Java on the western side. Meanwhile, the Lombok strait on the eastern side separated Bali and Lombok. Administratively, the Province of Bali is divided into 9 districts (8 regencies and 1 municipality), 51 sub districts, 565 villages, and 79 local political districts.

Geographically, Bali is located at 80-30’-40" to 80-50’-48" south of the equator and 1140-25’-53" to 1150-42’-40" east longitude.

Bali's relief and topography have their main features of a mountain range that transverse the island from west to east. Among those mountains are two of significant sizes: Agung ( 3,140 m ) and Batur (1,717 m).

Bali also has four lakes: Beratan (375.6 Ha), Buyan (336 Ha), Tamblingan (11 Ha), and Batur (1,607.5). Rivers, which have their sources on these lakes as well as forests, flow to the southern side of the island. Among these rivers are: Ayung, Ho, Loloan, Pakerisan, Petanu, Pulukan, and Unda.

Bali has a tropical climate, which is influenced by seasonal wind pattern and alternate every six months. There are two seasons: the dry season (April - October) and the wet season (October - April). Temperatures vary from 24 °C to 30.8 °C. Rainfall during the last five years ranged between 893.4 mm and 2,702.6 mm.

Humidity averages are 90 %, during the wet season as high as 100 % and in the dry season around 60 %. (Balibagus)


Monday, August 4, 2008

Besakih Temple, Karangasem, Bali

This temple was intentionally built in a holy village named Hulundang Basukih, which is known today as Besakih village. The name of Besakih was derived from the word "Basuki" or in some old manuscripts written as Basukir or Basukih. The word Basuki itself was taken from the word "Wasuki" on the Sunskrit, which means "salvation".
While in the mythology of Samudramanthana it is mentioned that Basuki was the name of a dragon that coiled around the Mandara Mountain.
The old remains say that the BesakihTemple was built by Rsi Markandya and his followers in the 11th century. At that time, Rsi Markandya intended to go to Mount Agung to build a residence. However, the construction was troubled by the spread of disease which caused the death of his followers. For the safety of his followers, he then constructed a veneration to worship God for a salvation. The veneration was called "Sanggar Basuki".



Location:
The location of Besakih Temple or Pura Agung Besakih is at Besakih village, Rendang district, on the south west of Mount Agung. It is about 44 kms from Amlapura and 62 kms from Denpasar.
Facility:
Some facilities are available in this area to support the tourism activities in Besakih, like food stalls, fruit stalls and art shops. There is also a quite large parking lot and local guides who will always be ready to give their best service.




Description:
Besakih Temple is one of tourist objects which has its own uniqueness compared with other places. It becomes famous because of complex of temple established here, also known as the Mother Temple in Bali. Besakih which offers religious atmosphere was built based on the four directions.

Candidasa, Karangasem, Bali


Previously, Candidasa was known as Teluk Kehen (Kehen Bay). But when this area was finally opened as tourism depelovment area, the name Candidasa was started to be used.

There is no certain report about the historical backgound of the name. However, it is assumed that the choice of this name is connected with the story of "lingga" inside the temple lies on the top of Candidasa hills.

An old manuscript found here mentions that Candidasa Temple was built on the 12th Century. There is a remain called "lingga" inide the temple, which is believed as the symbol of God Siva. In this holy place hermits often received their highest solitude or "heaven" by uttering 10 letters called "Dasa Aksara" (10 = Dasa).

Another story says that the name Candidasa was inspired by a statue near the lingga. It is a statue of Goddess Hariti that surrounded by 10 children. It is believed that Goddess Hariti could give blessing of welfare and prosperity to the people who pray here.

Location:
Candidasa is located at Samuh - Bugbug village, Karangasem district. It is about 65 km from Denpasar and 12 km from Amlapura.

Facility:
Facilities available here are restaurants, small hotels to star hotels and other facilities needed to support the industry.

Description:
Candidasa is well known for its shiny white sand. Tourism industry flourishes significantly in this area that background by the Indonesian Ocean. From this place, we will see Lombok Island and Nusa Penida in a distance and the sparkling light of "Jukung" or traditional boat at night that will always draw us to come again.

Taman Ujung Karangasem, Bali



History:
Ujung Water Palace, which by the local people is called as Taman Soekasada Ujung, was built in 1919. However, the launching of this complex of water palace was performed in 1912.

The water palace was constructed by the late King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, that reigned in Karangasem between 1909 and 1945.
Ujung Water Palace was majestically built to welcome and to serve important guests and Kings from neighboring countries, besides for the pleasure of the King and his royal family.

Location:
Taman Soekasada Ujung lies at Tumbu village, Karangasem district. It is approximately 85 km from Airport Denpasar and 5 km from Amlapura.


Facility:
Tourism activity in this area is supported by the available of food stalls, small restaurants and quite large parking area. Visitors who are interested in local crafts product can find some of them in art shops available here.


Description:
Taman Soekasada Ujung has been announced to be a cultural tourist object for it is noted as one of several cultural heritages exist in Karangasem regency.

The complex of this water palace is the combination of Balinese and European architectures. There are 3 big and large ponds inside the area. In the middle of the main pond, there is a building that connected to the edge of the pond by 2 bridges.
On the most tip of the highest level of this complex, we will find a great statue of "warak" (rhinoceros). Beneath the warak there is a Bull statue. From this high place we will see a marvellous view of sea, hills with lush and green forest, the beauty of Mount Agung combined with the green terraced rice fields.
The greatness of Ujung Water Palace had been destructed by the explotion of Mount Agung in 1963 which was made worst by the great shake happened in 1979. However, the recovery effort had been performed to bring back the glory of this complex of water palace by holding a reconstruction and revitalisation project on it. Although it is not as great as it was, the amaze of the past still can be seen here this moment.

TULAMBEN, KARANGASEM, BALI



Where is Tulamben

Tulamben is located on the north-east coast of Bali, approximately 110 kilometres (65 miles) from the capital Denpasar. It is also 110 years behind the troubles of Bali's south! There are no night clubs, no girly-bars, no overcrowded resorts and no endless streets of market stalls. But there is fantastic coral reef diving, a quiet village atmosphere, a shipwreck just metres from the shore, a breathtaking panoramic view of a Volcano, some beautiful coastal scenery and some of the best marine life you are likely to see anywhere in the World.

Getting to Tulamben

From the resorts of the south coast (Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur) or from the Airport it is approximately a 2½ hour trip by car. From Ubud it is a 1½ trip or from Candi Dasa 1 hour. We can arrange our driver to pick you up from anywhere on Bali for private transfer to Tulamben in a late model air-conditioned vehicle .

The journey encompasses a wide range of scenery, including the busy streets of outer Denpasar, then the open highway to Kusamba with glimpses of rural Bali and the mountains in the distance, followed by meandering roads through foothills, small villages, and then close to your destination is a winding road through some of Bali's most picturesque rice fields and mountain ranges that opens-up to the arid coastline near Tulamben. Our driver will happily stop en-route for snacks, drinks or for photo opportunities.

Shopping

There are so many shops in the south of Bali, that any shopping for clothes, art works, wood carvings, jewellery etc. is best done before or after your trip to Tulamben. It is not really feasible to do any serious shopping on a day trip from Tulamben.
However our driver can be booked for a full day from your pick-up at the Airport and then guide you personally to any shopping that you request, followed by transfer to Tulamben.
Alternatively, you could leave Tulamben early and shop before departing on a late afternoon or evening departure from Bali.
Tulamben has a few small shops where you can buy T shirts, Sarongs, plus some limited souvenir carvings, prices are very reasonable . Snack foods and drinks are also available in Tulamben.

Dive Equipment Advice

Although we can arrange all diving equipment for you in Tulamben, we advise customers to at least bring their own BC, Regulator, wetsuit, Mask & Fins where possible. It is not always possible to rent dive equipment that fits as well as your own. If you are able to, then bring all of your own equipment. We provide tanks and weights as part of our guided dive pricing.

Clothing to Bring

Tulamben's climate is generally drier than most of Bali, it is generally sunny and hot (30ºC+). Clothing is light and very casual, most people wear shorts, T shirts, sarongs, skirts, sandals etc. during the day. In the middle of the dry season (July-September) the evenings can be a little breezy and slightly cool (22ºC) so ladies often find a long-sleeved blouse or cardigan handy. Hats and sunscreen are a must for people not accustomed to continuous sunshine, sunburn can (and does) ruin a dive trip.

Amed Karangasem

Amed is located on the SE corner of Bali. The coastal strip from Amed to Aas is often referred to as ‘Amed’, but there are a few villages along the way including, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah and Selang. The landscape is a series of headlands overlooking bays, lined with fishing boats. The local economy is supported by farming cattle and corn, fishing, diving and the hotel trade. The hole area is connected by one narrow road. Amed is ideal for people looking for a quiet place to relax. The coastal road was completed a couple of years ago and now you can drive all the way from Tirtaganga to Ujung in a clockwise manner, if you so desired.
The spectacular view of Amed Beach with Agung Mountain as background

Why would you go to Amed?
Peace and quiet.
Snorkeling / diving.
A more low-key Balinese village scene than the main tourist area

the colour of boat at Amed beach

Getting to Amed:
To get to Amed from Kuta, you jump on the Bypass heading to Sanur, exiting Sanur the Bypass splits in 2, you take the one going right, which will turn into the coastal highway heading east. You can make Candi Dasa in 2 hour from Kuta and after going through Tirtaganga, reach Amed proper in about 3.5-4 hours depending on how fast you go, how many times you stop etc. Distances are deceptive out here, so allow yourself 4 hours and you’ll be good.


How to explore the Amed area:
The Amed area is in the ‘corn belt’ a fact which becomes obvious when you’re there. The lack of rivers and streams, plus the mass of large volcanic boulders strewn across the landscape, means rice farming is not possible. The drive from Amed around to Ujung will take around 3 hours and it is particularly enjoyable to wave at the smiling local kids. A car with driver, or self drive car would be the best way to explore the Amed area. As the coast turns west the vegetation increases and one is back into the rice belt at Ujung. The coastal road is narrow, but in okay condition, there are steep sections near the village of Seraya.


Places to stay:
When you first come into Amed from the north you may be confused as to what the fuss is about. Amed is tiny and somewhat rundown. Give yourself a chance to check out some of the accommodation options around the coast, the heaviest density of places being from Bunutan to Lipah. The tourist stuff comes to a halt at Aas and continues again a kilometer or so east of Ujung water palace with a small line of quality guest houses.



Nightlife in Amed:
Amed is a picture of tranquility at night. It pitch dark outside with little traffic. You don’t go there for nightlife and there really isn’t any. The Pavillion south of Selang as well as other places puts on a joged dance, allowing tourists to get up and make a fool of themselves. Its fun and after a glass or 2 of arak nobody cares.


Activities in Amed:
Amed gained in popularity due to scuba diving. The best diving is off of Jemeluk, with a 40m coral wall. Dive operators in the area can accommodate PADI courses and pleasure dives as well as snorkeling.


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At Amed Cafe (Pondok Kebun Wayan)


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At Hotel Ayah.


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In Congkang


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At Diver’s Cafe & Bungalows


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At Puri Wirata in Bunutan.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Denpasar City


Denpasar is the capital city of the province of Bali, Indonesia. It is also the site of Ngurah Rai International Airport, the main gateway to Bali. Denpasar means ‘by the market’ and is Bali’s only real city. Denpasar is home to Balinese people from all over the island who work in Kuta. For a Javanese person Denpasar is home from home. Many people live in Denpasar, including Balinese, Javanese and others from around the country. Denpasar is ‘local friendly’ in that rent, food and almost anything else is cheap and you will find food vendors from many parts of Indonesia.

Denpasar is the only municipality in Bali, being the largest center of population. Culturally its an interesting mix of Denpasar natives, Balinese from other parts of the island who work in Kuta other and Indonesians, particularly Javanese. Indonesians will tell you Denpasar has a community feel, where neighbours help each other, the affordable long term accommodation options and assortment of food make it popular with Indonesian tourists. Denpasar offers easy access to all the main attractions in South Bali and surrounding areas including exclusive Bali shopping and site seeing in Ubud, Tanah Lot, Kuta and Legian.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Weather in Bali

Coastal Areas:
During the wet season in Bali the humidity levels are high, which compounds the slightly higher temperatures. Daily highs could be 32-34C, with lows of 26C. Dry season temperatures feature highs of 29C and lows of 24C. The effect on your experience can be quite dramatic. In the wet season you’ll feel clammy and hot most of the time, while in the dry season mornings and evenings are cool, days being sunny and warm.
The SW part of Bali receives the most rainfall, with the NE coast the least. As you head inland from the coast, climbing in elevation temperatures drop, cloudy skies are more frequent as is precipitation. It never snows in Bali.
Kuta Beach at windy weather

Since Bali is 8 degrees south of the equator, the months of September to March are slightly longer than April to August, dawn coming around 6.25am and sunset around 6.30pm. Proximity to the equator means strong sunlight most of the time. Visitors should remember to bring a sun-hat, sunglasses and sunblock.

During the height of the dry season, June-September, the SW coast, which includes Kuta, Seminyak and western Bukit (Uluwatu, Bingin, Dreamland) gets offshore winds, creating good surfing conditions. Winds are usually at their lowest in the morning, getting stronger in the afternoon. October is a very changeable month as far as wind direction, making the surfing less than perfect. From November through the rest of the wet season . winds are onshore for those locations, meaning the eastern Bukit (Nusa Dua) and SE coast (Sanur, Ketewel, Keramas) are the favoured spots enjoy offshore winds.
Bali gets it rain from storms coming in from the Indian Ocean to the SW. This means that the southern facing mountain slopes of Jembrana, Tabanan, Badung receive the highest amount of rainfall. East Bali gets less rainfall than the western side of the island as does north Bali. Bali’s 4 large mountain lakes (Batur, Bratan, Tamblingan and Buyan) mean most of the island is fed water year round.
Beratan lake, Bedugul, Tabanan

Highland Areas:
A trip from Kuta to Singaraja on the north coast will take around 3 hours. One will notice after about an hour the clouds overhead and the cooler temperature. Reaching Bedugal in the highlands temperatures will be considerably cooler than at sea level, requiring a sweater / jacket. People travelling by motorbike should expect cool temperatures with increased elevation and failing to bring warmer clothing will leave you shivering. Likewise, a trip to the highlands (Bedugal, Munduk, Kintamani, Batukaru, Gunung Agung) may mean showers even in the dry season.
July winds:
Visitors to Bali will notice that July is the month the local people fly enormous kites. July is the windiest month of the year, which may make life uncomfortable for some beach goers, on the south coast.
Wet Season:
The wet season, November to March means some heavy storms, high humidity and temperatures. Ideal clothing for a tourist is a cheap umbrella, sun hat, shorts, t-shirt and sandals / Crocs. Streets can go from being bone dry to having a foot of water in an hour. You may get your feet wet, so pack accordingly. The increased humidity means fungus grows like crazy. Wet jean and shoes will stay wet and smell nasty, before a green fungus starts. Best bet is to bring light clothing that dries easily. Skin can also get affected by fungus in the air, so you might pick up a tube of anti-fungal ointment (Fungiderm) at one of the street-side pharmacies (apoteks).
If renting a motorbike during the wet season be sure to pick up a poncho. These go for a few dollars and do the job. Goretex rain jackets are more of a pain to use, because the storms may not last more than an hour or 2, then you have to carry a soaking jacket around with you. When using a poncho make sure the rear flaps do not become entangled in the rear wheel.
Sekumpul Waterfall in Buleleng

If you are renting a car during the wet season make sure the AC works before you drive off. Also make sure the windows roll all the way up.
Dry Season:
Most people agree the dry season, especially at its peak (July-October) has the best weather of the year. Cool mornings and evenings at sea-level, clear skies and warm days allow you to maximize your time in comfort. Remember to bring sun protection in the form of a hat, sunglasses, sun hat, sun block and light comfortable clothes.
AC or Fan?
People from northerly latitudes often prefer cool temperatures. Expats living in Bali for some time tend to get used to the climate in Bali and forget that fact. If you are trying to decide if you need a room with AC or fan at a sea-level location, chances are that between June and October you’ll be okay with just a fan. In higher elevations such as Bedugal, Batukaru, Kintamani you’ll never need AC.

Interesting Places in Bali (Paradise Island) 2

Goa Lawah Temple
Goa Lawah is the bat cave. This cave is crammed with thousands of bats which are unseen but certainly not unheard during the day. The cave is part of a temple that is said to lead all the way to Besakih but it's unlikely that anyone would be interested in investigating.

Kerta Gosa
Kerta Gosa was used a venue for the administration of justice by kings and priests during pre-colonial times. It is surrounded by a moat and is decorated with beautiful paintings on its ceilings, which depict tortures in hell and bliss in heaven.

The Bale Kembang (Floating Pavilion) stands behind the Kerta Gosa. Its painted ceilings depict the legend of the hero Sutasoma and his sacrifices, and of Pan and Men Brayut, known as the couple who had too many offspring.

West Bali National Park
West Bali National Park is situated in two regencies: Jembrana and Buleleng. The entrance on the Jembrana side of the park is at Melaya on the Denpasar - Gilimanuk road. Visit this place if you are looking for pristine tropical nature. The park is the last natural habitat of the endangered Jalak Putih, fewer than fifty are believed to be left in the wild, where they are threatened by poaching. The park also home to banteng and deer-like Menjangan. The National Park contains a broad rang of natural environments, from magrove coastal forests to savana and rainforest shelters.

To enter Bali National Park one must go to the park office in Cekik. Accommodation is available in basic huts but you must bring your own bedding and untensils.

Tampak Siring
The temple of Pura Tirta Empul is built around the sacred spring at Tampaksiring. Over 1000 years old, the temple and its two bathing places have been used by the people for good health and prosperity because of the spring water's curative powers. Regular ceremonies are held for purification. Specialties of the area are bone and ivory carvings, and seashell ornaments.

Batubulan
Driving northeast from Denpasar, stone figures on the roadside mark the village of Batubulan. Divinities and demons are carved from sandstone for ornaments of houses and temples. Workshops can be visited to watch artists at work.

Batubulan also is famous for Barong Dance which is performed daily here. The dance symbolizes the never-ending battle between good and evil. The Pura Puseh Batubulan, a beautiful temple, is also worth visiting while in Batubulan.

Celuk
Celuk is center for Balinese goldsmiths and silversmiths. More 40 jewelry workshops are located along the road from Batubulan to Celuk. The jewelries are exported worldwide.

Sukawati
Sukawati is famous for its art market (Pasar Seni) and dalangs (puppeteers). Set in a two-floor building, the market sells everything from statues to dance costumes.

Mas
Mas is famous for woodcarving. Mas offers a myriad of wooden items. The main road of the town is lined with dozens of workshop.

Kuta
Once a lonely village on the road from Denpasar toward the Bukit Peninsula, Kuta is now a thriving tourist resort, popular mainly among the young. It is a beach for surfing although currents make it less suitable for swimming. Coast guards, however, are on constant duty during the day. Kuta faces toward the west offering beautiful sunsets.

Accommodation ranges from international hotels to home stays. The village abounds with restaurants, shops, discotheques and other tourist facilities. It is easier to find regular performances of Balinese music and dance in Kuta, staged specially for tourists, than anywhere else in Bali. Some performances are staged nightly. The village is ideal for meeting and mixing with other people, locals as well as visitors from abroad.

Menjangan Island
This little island off Bali's west coast is known for its beautiful coral reefs found nearby and the wealth of tropical fish inhabiting the waters around it. The island itself including Terima Bay, are by themselves worth a visit because of the beautiful sceneries they offer.

Nusa Lembongan Island
Nusa Lembongan, a small island between Bali and Nusa Penida in the Badung Strait, is the perfect location for a holiday hideaway with few visitors and pristine unspoilt beaches. Overlooking Sanghiang Bay with its clear sapphire-blue waters, the Nusa Lembongan Resort offers a panoramic view of eastern Bali and the majestic silhouette of Mount Agung.

Nusa Dua
The Nusa Dua tourist resort is part of the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali. Some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels are found here. The resort is known for its clean white beaches and clear waters. The surf is gentle along the northern side of the peninsula, bigger along the south. The most convenient form of transportation to and from Nusa Dua is by taxi.

Sanur
Sanur beach has long been a popular recreation site for people from Denpasar. The palm-lined beach curves from the Bali Beach Hotel toward the south, facing the Indian Ocean towards the east. Sanur offers many good hotels, restaurants, shops and other tourist facilities. It is only a short distance from Denpasar. Public transportation to and from the city are easily available until well into the night. Offshore reefs protect the beach against the waves to make it popular for wind surfing, boating and other water sports.

Peliatan Ubud
Peliatan is located between Ubud and Mas. It has been known as the center of traditional music, and dances. The fine art of local woodcarvers started a new style of wood carving producing such things as fruits, flowers and trees in their real shapes and colorings.

Interesting Places in Bali (Paradise Island)

Bali is famous for its culture and beautiful natural view. The culture is so unique and nowhere else to be found in the world. The view is dominated by beautiful rice field terraces, coconuts and rain forest as the main occupation of Balinese is farmer. The culture and the nature have a strong relation with Hindu, their religion. Everywhere you go, you may see many Hindu temples. And their life is also strongly related with and influenced by their religion. This is the reason why Bali is called the Island of God, the Island of Thousand Temples, and the Paradise Island.

Below some interesting places in Bali Island;

Besakih Temple
Known as the "Mother Temple of Bali", the sanctuary of Besakih on the slopes of Mt. Agung is the biggest and holiest of all Balinese temples. Over a thousand years old, steps ascend through split gates to the main courtyard where the Trinity shrines are wrapped in cloth and decorated with flower offerings.
Around the three main temples dedicated to the Trinity: Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu, are 18 separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and caste groups.
To the Balinese, a visit to the temples sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage. Each has its own anniversary celebration or "Odalan". The sight of the temple against the background of the mountain is impressive and during festivals, colored banners add a touch of gaiety.
Besakih Temple - The Mother temple in Bali

Bedugul
The mountain resort of Bedugul, 18 km north of Denpasar, is known for its excellent golf course. Located beside Lake Bratan, it is surrounded by forested hills. A beautiful sight is the "Ulun Danu" temple which seems to rise out of the lake. The area offers good-walks. Boats, water skiing, and parasailing are available for hire. The Bali Handara country club has bungalows for rent and a restaurant.
When the heat and humidity gets to you, why not escape to Bedugul, Bali's highland retreat tucked into the crater of an extinct volcano 1400 metres above sea level.
Here three lakes provide everything from recreation to the water for springs, rivers and rice fields below. Lush pine forests seem to create a freshness in the air. Bedugul is known for the quality of its fruits , vegetables and flowers.
Ulundanu Beratan temple is one of interesting place in Bedugul area

Kintamani
The spectacular mountainous region around Kintamani with its deep crater lake and bubbling hot springs, make this region a must to visit. Lake Batur is the largest lake in Bali and the region offers some of the most spectacular views to be found anywhere on the island. Lake Batur also provides water for an underground network of streams and springs across the southern slopes of the mountain.
The district is the earliest known kingdom in Bali, dating from the tenth century. The evenings get cool up here but it's well worth the stay overnight to climb the volcano and watch the sunrise. Many cheap losmens are available here.
Batur Lake in Kintamani, Bangli

Tanah Lot Temple
One of Bali's most important sea temples, Tanah Lot is built a top a huge rock which is surrounded by the sea. Built by one of the last priests to come to Bali from Java in the 16th century, its rituals include the paying of homage to the guardian spirits of the sea.
Poisonous sea snakes found at the base of the rocky island are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruder. The best time to see Tanah Lot is in the late afternoon when the temple is in silhouette.
A spectacular view of Tanah Lot Temple

Denpasar City
The capital city of Bali, Denpasar has many community temples called "Pura". One is the Museum called Pura Jagatnatha which is dedicated to the Supreme God, Sang Hyang Widi Wasa. The statue of a turtle and two dragons (prevalent in all temples) signify the foundation of the world.
The Museum offers a fine variety of prehistoric and modern art, whereas its architectural design resembles that of a palace. The government supervised "Sanggraha Kriya Asta" has a wide variety of handicraft and works of art. The "Werdi Budaya" presents a yearly art festival between June and July, with performances, exhibitions, art contest and so on.
Bali Museum

Ubud Village
The cultural image of Ubud is paramount to people as home to the best art museums in tte country, like Puri Lukisan, Neka Museum, ARMA (Agung Rai Museum & Art), etc. Ubud is an ideal place to see Balinese dance, Legong, Ramayana, Baris, Kecak and Sanghyang (the fire dance) are performed nightly in or aroud the Ubud area.
Ubud gives you opportunity to see real Bali. It is a place for leisurely strolls through rice terraces, lush forests, breath-taking gorges and deserted swimming holes, all within walking distance from the center of Ubud. You must visit Monkey Forest - walk along Monkey Forest Road from Ubud, down into a dense forest where you will find a bunch of happy monkeys waiting for passing tourists.
Goa Gajah Temple
The Elephant cave is carved in to rock face and reached by a flight of steps. It probably dates back to the 9-12th centuries and shows elements of both Hindu and Buddhist. You can enter the cave through the huge mouth of a demon. In front of the cave are two bathing pools with spring water gushing from spouts help by female figures.
A kilometer from Goa Gajah is Yeh Pulu. After a short walk through rice terraces, you will arrive at an ancient rock carving dating from the 14th century. The carving depicts various scenes of everyday life and the figures of elephant-headed Ganesha indicating a close relationship between the two sites.
Uluwatu Temple
South Bali on Bukit Badung. This cliff top temple, dedicated to the spirits of the sea, has spectacular views and is popular for viewing sunsets. The famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is an architectural marvel situated on headland at the western tip to the plateau. According to local tradition, the first Uluwatu temple was built in the 11th century, In the 16th century, it was rebuilt into its current state. The temple has some of the most exquisite architecture in Bali. The carvings made in the unusually hard coral stone have withstood time well.

Sangeh
Sangeh is the famous Monkey Forest, set in heart of the only primary forest in southern Bali. This forest consists entirely of pala (nutmeg) tree. The monkeys living here are considered sacred and hence used to make barong.

Lovina
Tourists looking for a quiet beach resort can head 10 km west from Singaraja to Lovina, a long stretch of beach (with hotels and bungalows). The black sand beach is safe and a perfect place for the swimming and snorkeling. Lovina also offers dolphin viewing. It is the perfect base from which to explore northern Bali.

TANAH LOT

Tanah Lot One of Bali's most important sea temples, the temple sanctuary at Tanah Lot is built atop a huge rock which is surrounded by the sea.Tanah Lot is 13 km from Tabanan is Beraban village. When the tide is low people can walk to the temple. It looks like a floating one if the tide is high. There are many caves under the temple lived by the peaceful sea snakes, which has white and black colors.
Tanah Lot picture "like a painting"

It's located 16 kilometers west of International Airport Ngurah Rai, or a 20 minutes drive through Sunset Road. Coming in from Java Island through Gilimanuk, and arriving at the Kediri intersection, at the Wisnu Murthi statue, turn right. In front of the Kediri police Station, turn left, and keep following this smooth road. In less than 10 minutes you will be there.
Although a small sanctuary, Tanah Lot is linked to a series of sea temples on the south coast of Bali: Pura Sakenan, Pura Ulu Watu, Pura Rambut Siwi and Pura Peti tenget. All these temples are related to the principal mountain sanctuaries: Besakih at Gunung Agung, Pura Batur at Batur and Plura Luhur at Mt. Batukau.
Tanah Lot Temple
The upland temples venerate deities associated with mountains and mountain lakes, while the sea temples include homage to the guardian spirits of the sea within their ritual. These main temples are often listed with the sad-kahyangan the six holy "national" temples, which exact tribute from all Balinese. The chronicles attribute the temple at Tanah Lot to the 16th century priest Nirartha.
Built by one of the last priests to come to Bali from Java in the 16th century, its rituals include the paying of homage to the guardian spirits of the sea. Poisonous sea snakes found at the base of the rocky island are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruder.
Silhouette colour at Tanah Lot sunset
Tanah Lot Sunset

The best time to see Tanah Lot is in the late afternoon when the temple is in silhouette.
The beach around Tanah Lot is great for horse riding and watching dramatic sunsets, but not for safe swimming.




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