Bali with a delightful twist..Day-02

We started at 9:15am after having a lavish breakfast. Though we were 15mins behind of our planned schedule but still it wasn’t too late. Our first destination is Taman ayun temple which is a 2 hour drive from our resort. We arrived Taman ayun at 11:00AM.

Its inner temple is surrounded by a moat. Taman Ayun literally means ‘Garden Temple in the Water’.

This is a royal temple of Mengwi empire. This literally means ‘Garden Temple in the Water’ because its inner temple is surrounded by a moat.

This is a beautiful temple building with multistoried rood and architecture.There is a pretty scenic landscape garden in front of the temple which was impressive.

This eleven-tiered meru (at your right-hand corner  of the complex) is dedicated to the Rice Goddess Dewi Sri.

This eleven-tiered meru is dedicated to the Rice Goddess Dewi Sri.

Pic on the steps of Taman Ayun

The reason for the happiness on our faces is for having such a large, loving & caring family together .

We spent an hour at this place and then started to Candikuning, a local fruit and vegetable market which was on the way to Bedugul. There is a wide spread of fruits and vegetables like Fresh strawberries, mango, banana, salak (snake fruit), papaya, green apple, avocado, strawberry, sweet corn, peanut, coffee powder, and many kind of herbs and Vegetables. After a small shopping here we started from this place to Lake Beratan.

Candikuning Fruit market- A place where you can get fresh fruits and vegetables..

Candikuning Fruit market- A place where you can get fresh fruits and vegetables..

A visit to a local market always provides a fascinating insight into the culture of the “Real Bali.”

A visit to this market provided us a fascinating insight into the culture of the “Real Bali.”

At 1:30 we arrived Pura Ulun Danu Bratan or Pura Bratan, is a major Shivaite and water temple on Bali, This temple is built in 1663, and is used for offering ceremony to the Balinese river goddess Dewi Danu.It is located on the shores of a Magical Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul.

Everything in this place is scenic..

Everything in this place is scenic..

Perfect colors and perfect composition...made this picture perfect

Perfect colors and perfect composition…made this picture perfect

Blue water with clear blue skies made this place an unforgettable scenic place

Blue water with clear blue skies made this place an unforgettable one

My first impression about this place was awesome. I was speechless after seeing the beauty of this place. I can’t explain enough of this place, my pictures says it all..Don’t forget to Check the slideshow ..

Boating here was just amazing...

Boating here was just amazing…

View from the boat.. Villas on the other side of lake,,

View from the boat.. Villas on the other side of lake,,

Pura ulundanu

Pura ulundanu- Built in 1663

I just love this pic.. I call it as a Powerpack performance..

I just love this pic.. Powerpack performance it was..

At 3:45 started to Pacung to kill our hunger…

One of the greatest views ever, With ordinary food & unfriendly staff. May be they wanted us to eat less. 😛 Though it was expensive (110000Rp/Pax). The view here is appreciable. Since the food was not so great and the spread was little we ordered Nasi goreng (Fried rice) which was good enough to kill our hunger.

Having Lunch while seeing the natural beauty of pacung rice terraces, a valley and mountains, a way to really gain a feeling of being escape from the pressures of everyday life and relax...

Having Lunch while seeing the natural beauty of pacung rice terraces, a valley and mountains, a way to really gain a feeling of being escape from the pressures of everyday life and relax…

Pacung Rice terraces..A view from the restaurant.

Pacung Rice terraces..A view from the restaurant.

Having Lunch while seeing the natural beauty of pacung rice terraces, a valley and mountains, a way to really gain a feeling of being escape from the pressures of everyday life and relax..

Post Lunch relaxation…..

It was a one hour drive from pacung to Tanah lot…We arrived tanah lot at 5:30 to view the most beautiful sunset in Bali,Indonesia. Tanah lot temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. This is claimed to be the work of the 16th-century janitor Baratha. During his travels along the south coast, he saw this rock-island’s and rested here.Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock which he felt to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.

This is one of the seven sea temples around Balinese sea Coast. And it has significant Hindu influence ..

This is one of the seven sea temples around Balinese sea Coast. And it has significant Hindu influence ..

It was very crowdy when we arrived at the site but still the view was breathtaking. We went there before an hour to the sunset.

It was very crowdy when we arrived at the site but still the view was breathtaking. We went there before an hour of sunset.

Since the place was huge I thought of detaching from the group and going by myself to explore the place to the maximum. If I go in group I can’t cover the whole place so I started exploring by my own. This helped me to capture the beauty of sunset at Tanah lot temple and also the temple.

Tanah lot temple (2)

Sunset is a wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate all the great things the sun gives us..

Tanah lot temple (5)

Sunset turns everything into gold color. Just enjoy the sunset and sunrise where ever you are…

The place was so serene and pleasant, you cant stop yourself falling in love with this place. The view was spectacular despite the unfortunate fact that it was a bit cloudy that day, but i just loved the whole atmosphere there. The sunset there was still breath taking.

Tanah lot temple (4)

Looks like a painting..

At the base of the rocky island, poisonous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. A giant snake purportedly protects the temple, which was created from Nirartha’s towel when he established the island.

Tanah lot temple (7)

Pura Tanah lot temple shrine- People worshipping Balinese sea gods

This is one of the poisonous sea snakes which is believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders..I am lucky that I got an opportunity to touch it. :P

This is one of the poisonous sea snakes which is believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders..I am lucky that I got an opportunity to touch it. 😛

My pictures speak better than I do…

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Tips:

1. Admission ticket of Taman ayun temple is Rp 20000. Not so special but if you are in city then don’t miss it.

2. I highly recommend you people to visit Ulundanu and try to spend more time there. Its an awesome place for photographers. Admission ticket is Rp30000.

3. Dont miss boating in Lake Beratan

4. Don’t go to Bali, If you don’t have Tanah lot temple in your itenary. 😛 Sunset at Tanah lot will be unforgettable in your life.

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