The best introduction of Bali, a combination trip of art, culture and nature in a day
This day trip begins in Batubulan, for a cultural performance of Barong Dance. In traditional Barong dance performances, portrayed the struggles of the two principle characters, Barong is a mythological animal that represent a good spirit and Rangda is a mythological monster that represent an evil. A great introduction to the world of colourful Balinese Dances and often inspired by religion, the dance is often portrayed with two monkeys and is probably the most well-known dance in Bali. The Barong is a large lion type creature played by two men, Rangda is the epitome of evil with long fingernails and droopy breasts. Ultimately a battle ensues and the Barong’s followers begin attacking Rangda with their Keris (daggers). Rangda, being a witch, is able to use magical powers to turn the daggers against their owners, who fall into a trance and try to stab themselves. In Balinese dance the movement is closely associated with the rhythms produced by the gamelan, a musical ensemble specific to Java and Bali. Multiple levels of articulations in the face, eyes, hands, arms, hips, and feet are coordinated to reflect layers of percussive sounds.
Then to Singapadu, cradle of numerous Balinese artists, to discover Balinese daily life and visit a traditional housing compound with its numerous open pavilions, each with a specific function.
Next we provide you with a glimpse of history by visiting an ancient site of Goa Gajah, probably takes its name from the nearby Sungai Petanu, which at one time was known as Elephant River, or perhaps because the face over the cave entrance might resemble an elephant. Goa Gajah is an archaeological complex with historical significance, great for a brief stopover on tours to the Ubud region. It was initially built as a site for meditation, dating back to the 11th century. Sites include relic-filled courtyard and view the rock-wall carvings.
Our next destination is the crater’s edge in Kintamani to gaze at the volcano with Lake Batur sparkling far below. The village sit on the rim of the huge Batur caldera about 1,500m above sea level, provides spectacular views of this crater-lake and Mount Batur, set in a vast volcanic caldera. Wonderful mountain air and dizzying views in all directions, as well as several important temples, are what makes Kintamani one of the most memorable stops on the Bali tourist itinerary. Mount Batur is actually just a small volcano, but its setting is in the heart of a huge crater 14km in diameter. Adjacent to the volcano is the large crescent-shaped Batur Lake, all surrounded by the high walls of the crater rim. The sheer size of the crater conjures up images of the massive eruption of the original Mount Batur that occurred tens of thousands years ago.
Lunch will be served at a restaurant within Kintamani area overlooking to beautiful of the Mt. Batur.