Last day in Bali, but not last in Indonesia. As this is the last post on Bali, I’m taking this opportunity to express my feelings on this place in few words before I start this post. Bali travel was mostly like a dream for me – Before going to Bali I was imagining myself in pretty landscapes and turning the chapters of the beautiful canvas of nature, one at a time. As I arrived the destination , it felt exactly like I dreamt where rolling greens spread like a carpet(Pacung and many rice terraces), floating clouds jealously hugged the mountains(Mt.Batur,Mt.Agnur and Mt.Agung) alongside and a seamless path ahead dotted with colourful and amazing Hindu culture (the temples). Trip to Kintamani and PuraBesakih temple has really numbed my noisy existence of city life, The drive was simply amazing, the destination was the journey itself. Let’s see how we spent the last day in Bali.
Our day started at 9:00 am after having a lavish breakfast at langon Bali resort. For the last day we booked private Villas in Bumi ubud resort which is located in the middle of Rice terraces in Ubud which is also famous for arts and culture in bali. Since we checked out from Langon Bali, we carried our luggage with us. Our first stop is about a 40min drive from our resort to Uma dewi theatre to watch Barong and kris show..Barong is a lion -like creature and character in the mythology of Bali. The battle between Barong (good) and Rangda(Evil) is featured in Barong dance to represent the eternal battle between good and evil.
It is not my cup of tea. I think it is more like a drama in Bahasa Indonesia which was quite difficult for us to understand. The entrance fee is IDR 100,000Pax. You can undoubtedly skip this place, Instead go to some other shows if you have little time in bali. We were there only for 10 mins and continued our remaining itinerary. After a bitter experience in Barong and kris we went to Celuk village.
Celuk village which is famous for it’s artisan jewelry, gold silver craft. This is a place where we can buy some god or silver souvenirs. My family members are always excited in shopping(which I don’t like :P). Because this is our 1st stop for shopping ever since we arrived Bali So they grabbed this opportunity and killed 1.30hours of time in buying souvenirs.
Our next stop is at village of Tohpati. Fortunately we winded up in 15mins. Then we(me and my bro) decided to skip all those shopping places from our itinerary in order to catch all the main properties.
Around 12:30pm we arrived at Batuan trinity temple.. This is a beautiful Hindu temple set in the middle of Batuan Village which is beautifully designed with Balinese architecture and antique Balinese ornaments décor entire temple building including the entrance gate. Asusual temple in Bali, Batuan Temple is also featured by the three areas includes Nista Mandala (outside area) Madya Mandala (Middle area) and Utama Mandala (Main temple area).
After making few good memories and capturing some memorable moments, we departed to Tegenung waterfalls. We arrived this place at 2:30pm as one stop and we only had 30mins for it so we didn’t go near the waterfalls, In order to reach the waterfalls one have to go down stairs which were little steep and curvy. It was easy to go but due to our tightly packed schedule we didn’t go. The place was beautiful and the water was so refreshing to see! The entrance fee was 10,000 IDR Pax.
After taking few photographs we started from this place to taste some local coffees and teas. So we went Sailand coffee plantations which was quite near to Kintamani which was one of the main property in our itinerary. We got a warm welcome from a local guide who walked us through the plantations & explained all the different herbs & plants used for their coffee. Our guide was so lovely and helpful. she patiently answered all our questions. Bali is known for its Special coffee and ginger tea.
A coffee made from Cat’s Poop (Luwak Coffee): World’s most expensive coffee..
Civet cats locally called as luwaks kept in cages near the roasting area. These little mammals generally live in the trees and one of their favorite foods is the red ripe coffee cherry. They eat the cherries, beans and all. While the bean is in the little guys stomach, it undergoes chemical treatment and fermentations. the bean finishes its journey through the digestive system and exits. the still intact beans are collected from the forest floor, and are cleaned then roasted and ground just like any other coffee. the resulting coffee is said to be like no other. It has a rich heavy flavor with hints of caramel or chocolate.
Then our guide offered us sample of 2 cocoas, 6 different coffees & 6 different teas. The set up is great and they have a lovely place. I’ve tasted Luwak coffee which has a heavy flavor and was hard to taste. Then we bought few local teas and coffees as souvenirs for India. Now I am addicted to the ginseng coffee, Lemon grass tea and Ginger tea.
By the time we are done with this place it was already 4:00 pm, So we directly headed to Kintamani to have lunch. I know it’s late for lunch but one have to compromise few things while travelling. There are many restaurants in kintamani area, We went to a restaurant where we got an opportunity to view the beauty of Mt.Batur and the lake. The drive in the Kintamani town was pretty nice. The chilly wind in the highland was a refreshing escape from the hours of traveling on the narrow and often congested roads of Bali. We stayed there for as long as we could to recharge ourselves before moving on to the next destination.
It was the most gorgeous place to have lunch in regards of the magnificent view. I still daydream about this place – oh my goodness, what an amazing view it was! I don’t want to talk about the food as we went there for the view and yes, to be honest, the food was yummy too.. Beware there are so many annoying merchants selling their products. Our next destination is mother’s temple.
Pura-Besakih or Mother Temple: Most sacred and holiest temple in Indonesia
This is located in the village of Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung in Eastern Bali. After reading some bad reviews on the internet. I was kind of afraid to go to this temple because even one single bad experience to any person in the group will make them to forget all the good memories. I really hesitated to visit this place even our driver told us that the locals there are not very friendly like the others. But I lured my family so much about this place So they don’t want to miss it. So with all the encouragement and support of family we went to this place and this decision made our trip a complete one.
This is the place where my efforts of learning the language has paid me off. There was a guide who accompanied us. While walking towards the temple I started a conversation with him about our ways of worshipping and many things(you know me I can’t stop talking :P). He was very much impressed with my linguistic skills and our culture. So he took us to few temples where tourists are not allowed. I think this is the place where my family were proud of me and my skills lol.. 😛
Once we entered the temple we were awestruck with the beauty of the place because everywhere we see it was either green or cloudy. Making us to feel like as if we are in Abode of Shiva. It was just amazing. Though I failed to capture the best pictures I tried my level best by taking few pics with high ISO(more grain).
Fortunately, I made memories by keeping my camera lens behind and using my eye lens to experience this beauty. It was getting dark covered by clouds. Oh god! we all felt like we are in heaven. I call Pura besakih as heaven on earth, With the experience we had. Seriously speaking Bali never ceased to amaze.
Do you want to know why it is treated as the most sacred and holiest temple in Indonesia?
Then read this story below may be you can’t even find this story on Wikipedia ..
In this temple, An important ceremony for every 100yrs called ‘Eka Desa Rudra’ must be done absolutely correctly. Even a small mistake in doing it will have a big price to pay… Because of so much of political pressure from an Indonesian minister this ceremony has been forced to put it on march 8th 1963. But what happened in a few minutes is unbelievable….
Within 10 minutes from the start of rituals the smokes from Mt. Agung has started leading to a major volcanic eruption. Then they started praying for Lord Vishnu to make him peaceful. But it was late, this eruption has burnt away Amlapura village which was around this temple and took away 1700 people’s lives. More interesting part of this story is that this eruption has left Besakih temple and the people inside the temple safe. The saving of the temple is regarded by the Balinese people as miraculous, and a signal from the gods that they wished to demonstrate their power but not destroy the monument, the Balinese faith had raised and the government of Indonesia has special regards and respect towards this temple. Remember friends, nothing in this world is compared to the power of god.. One should have healthy respect towards the creator..
Each and every member were more than happy to see this place. Our Bali trip won’t be successful without visiting this temple. Then while heading back to our hotel we went to see Balinese arts. since Ubud is famous for arts we went to Art museum in Ubud which was near to our resort.
Then we returned back to our hotel which is located in the middle of Rice terraces in Ubud. Since we booked separate villas it was very very pleasant one can also hear pin dropping sound. Then we had dinner at the restaurant in our resort.
Tips from my perspective:
1. If you are adding the same properties from my Itinerary then you can undoubtedly skip few places like Village of Celuk, Village of Tohpati, Village of Mas. They just need your money and are of no fun.
2. Barong and kris show is also skippable since it is in Bahasa Indonesia. If you are non Bahasa speaker then you can hardly understand.
3. Don’t miss Kintamani and Mother temple.
4. Try to go to Mother temple before sunset.
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