The best way to observe Bali’s traditions and culture is through mingling with the locals and watching their daily routine. Today’s trip, you will experience through its culture, nature and beliefs that have remained relatively unchanged through the years. 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. 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.
The trip then continues passing Tegalalang Village located on the north-south road from Kintamani and Ubud. Various woodcarvings can be found in this village and its neighbors. Very colorful carvings of flowers, animals and other designs are displayed along the road, and of course a beautiful rice-field with coconut trees and small river valley. The terraced rice-field is typical of the beauty of the Balinese countryside.
Tirta Empul is a Hindu Balinese water temple located near the town of Tampaksiring. The temple compound consists of a petirtaan or bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification. The temple pond has a spring which gives out fresh water regularly, which Balinese Hindus consider to be and believed to have magical powers. The springs bubble up into a large, crystal-clear pool within the temple and gush out through waterspouts into a bathing pool. The waters are the main source of Sungai Pakerisan (Pakerisan River), the river that rushes by Gunung Kawi, which is used for cleansing rituals.
Often Balinese from every corner of the island make pilgrimages to seek cleansing themselves spiritually, or even to cure their physical ailments. Left this place with new strength and had in a way ‘fought well’ against whatever had been bothering us. With a clear mind, heart and further links established to the spiritual world of Bali we drove home in peace (change of clothes is required, if you wish to join this purification experience).
After lunch, our trip will continue to Bangli regency, lies Pengelipuran village well-known for its tidy row of traditional Balinese entrance gates and its unique architectural traditions. The village has also succeeded in preserving its 75 hectare bamboo forest located in the northern part of the village. The Desa Adat, a well-known Balinese village institution, has played a consistent role from generation to generation in the preservation of local Balinese traditions. One of them is a strong commitment to the system of `ayahan desa` – a philosophy committed to respecting the land on which the village stands. The village land may not be transferred to anyone without the knowledge of Penglipuran villagers. The bamboo forest`s future is therefore assured. The community members who are given pieces of bamboo forest ground usually fell bamboo trees once a year by selective cutting, leaving the younger ones intact.
- Fullday transportation
- Fullday guide fee
- Refreshment (mineral water + cool towel)
- Parking fee
- Admission/ Donation Barong Dance, Tegalalang, Tirta Empul, Penglipuran, On Disposal
- Lunch at local restaurant
- Sarong + sash