13D12N JAVA BALI OVERLAND

Day 01 ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at Jakarta airport, meet and greet by your guide.
Our guide will take you for a short highlight of Jakarta prior transfer to your hotel.
Check-in and enough time to let you adjust to the time difference and tropical climate

Overnight in Jakarta (Santika Premier Jakarta or similar accommodation)

Day 02 JAKARTA – BANDUNG (B, L)

Check out hotel in the morning, on the way to Bandung a visit will be made to Bogor Botanical Garden then continue the trip via the highway.

Overnight in Bandung (Prama Grand Preanger or similar accommodation)

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Bogor Botanical Garden

Bogor once known as “Buitenzorg” meaning “free of care”, it has a high, year-round rainfall and a much cooler climate compared to metropolitan Jakarta.  Here are spread out the 87 hectares world famous Bogor Botanical Gardens (Kebon Raya Bogor), with the impressive out-of-town Bogor Presidential Palace fronting it and soaring Mt. Salak at its background. Bogor Botanical Gardens boasts over 400 species of palm trees, 5,000 trees gathered from around the tropical world, and an orchid house containing 3,000 varieties. Records show that the Bogor Botanical Gardens harbors 3,504 plant species, 1,273 genus in 199 families.

The Gardens are said to have been initiated by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, who, between 1811 – 1816 became Governor General of the East Indies during the interim reign of the British over the archipelago. With the help of botanists from London’s famed Kew Gardens, Raffles first laid out a small garden. However, the Gardens were officially established by the Dutch in 1817 under the directorship of CGC Reinwardt. A memorial to Raffles’ wife still stands in the Gardens. The Bogor Gardens today function as an ex situ conservation site, a research center for taxonomy and plant utilization. In horticulture the Gardens study adaptation, planting and propagation of plants and develop the science of plant growing.

The Bogor Palace, built by Sir Stamford Raffles, was the historic site where five Asian leaders from India, Pakistan, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Burma and Indonesia, held the preparatory meeting to decide on convening the First Asian-African Conference in Bandung in April 1955. This meeting is also known as the Bogor Conference of 1954. The Bogor Palace is laid out amidst manicured lawns where hundreds of spotted deer graze.

Near the entrance to the gardens is the Zoological Museum that has a collection of some 300,000 specimens of land and sea creatures from throughout Indonesia. It houses the skeleton of a blue whale, the last rhino found on the Bandung plateau, and the coelacanth “living fossil” fish found in North Sulawesi.

Day 03 BANDUNG (B, L)

Today we will take you for a fullday exploration to Tangkuban Perahu crater stands 30 km north of Bandung, Ciater hot spring in the middle of huge tea and clove estates, and Padasuka village to see Angklung bamboo traditional instruments of Bandung, to learn about the making process and a short perform by the local.

Overnight in Bandung (Prama Grand Preanger or similar accommodation)

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Tangkuban Perahu’s Volcanic Crater

Tangkuban perahu is an active volcano, situated 30 km north of the city of Bandung in the direction of Lembang. It is the only crater in Indonesia that you can drive up to its very rim. Mount Tangkuban Perahu has a distinctive shape, and looks like an “overturned boat”. The huge crater is an astonishing view and you can walk around and explore this for around two hours. Here you will be greeted by sulfur fumes which the crater continues to emit although the volcano is not active.

Like so many of Java’s unusual geographical features, there is an interesting legend behind this fascinating mountain as expressed in the local legend of Sangkuriang. Tangkuban Perahu has definitely a significant role especially in the development of the surrounding Parahyangan (land of God) Highlands. Its eruption contributed immensely to the formation and fertility of the hills north of Bandung when through its flow of lava carrying large boulders into the valleys, these formed huge cliffs over which waterfalls leapt to form the lake that today covers the Bandung plain. Located at the highland just at the outskirt of Bandung, Tangkuban Perahu Crater is surely a perfect place to enjoy cool air and relaxing sceneries.

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Ciater Revitalizing Hot Spring

Ciater Hot Spring is actually a nice park, very popular with the locals, with small pools in which one can sit or swim. The streams and pools are fed by warm mineral springs, created by the geothermical energy in the nearby volcanoes. About 30 minutes from Tangkuban Perahu crater, Ciater lies very near to a huge tea estate. Its pools are probably the best of all the hot springs around Bandung. The warm sulfurous water pools can heal rheumatism and skin problems.

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Saung Angklung Udjo Village

This one stop cultural workshop offers a complete experience around angklung of performance venue, bamboo handicraft centre, and bamboo instrument workshop. Angklung is Indonesia’s traditional musical instrument made of bamboo, consists of one single note, creating a soothing chord.  It produces sound when it is shaken rapidly. An ensemble may consist of 3 or 4 players to a full orchestra playing the angklung repertoire. Apart from that, Saung Angklung Udjo has an honorable function as an educational laboratory and training centre to preserve the Sundanese culture Angklung in particular. Established in 1966 by Udjo Ngalagena and his beloved wife Uum Sumiati, with a strong purpose and dedication to conserve and preserve Sundanese traditional art and culture.

A group of children joyfully line up in traditional Sundanese costume, welcoming all visitors as they walk into the green bamboo hall of Saung Angklung Udjo Village in Bandung, West Java.

His efforts to introduce and promote angklung finally paid off when UNESCO inscribed Angklung in the Intangible Cultural Heritage List in November 2010. His love and dedication for Sundanese art is manifested in this beautiful and tranquil complex, consisting of performance hall, a bamboo handicraft center, and bamboo instrument workshop. Saung Angklung Udjo adopts the philosophy of easy, affordable, educative, attractive, massive, and cheerful performances that are essence of their ultimate show called “Kaulinan Urang Lembur”or villagers’ playtime. The show is packed with spectacular short performances, commencing with wayang golek (wooden puppet) show, helaran (agricultural harvesting celebration) rites, traditional dances, kids games, introduction to angklung, angklung orchestral performance, interactive angklung performance that involves visitors playing angklung, and arumba performance. As the show comes to a close, the performing children invite visitors to join them in a group dance and games, making everyone feeling as if they are stepping back in time to their own childhood. The show then closes with cheerfulness and happy laughter. Ever since the beginning of the project, happy and dynamic performances done by local children have become the spirit of this unique place.

Saung Angklung Udjo also dedicates itself to the conservation and preservation of the natural environment. As a form of environmental responsibility, Saung Angklung Udjo cooperates with the Ministry of Forestry, getting involved in the ‘Indonesia Planting’ Campaign, known as Kampanye Indonesia Menanam, and created the Forestry Counseling Centre. Together, they run the “One Man, One Tree” program, educating visitors about the importance of planting trees and giving them the chance to participate in the program. This symbolizes the close relationship between culture and nature, as one cannot separate angklung from bamboo.

Day 04 BANDUNG – BATU RADEN (B, L)

Check out in the morning, we will leave Bandung via Tasik Malaya with a visit will be made on the way to Naga Village. Then proceed to cross the border to Central Java passing tekwood and Rubber Plantation to Baturaden, located 14 km north of Purwokerto, on the foot of Mount Slamet, Baturaden offers fresh-cool air, nature wonders and adventures.

Overnight in Batu Raden (Queen Garden or similar accommodation)

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Kampung Naga

About halfway between Garut and Tasikmalaya lies Kampung Naga “Dragon Village”, a tiny village in a steep-sided valley within Neglasari village, Salawu sub-district, Tasikmalaya, West Java.

This 1.5 hectares village is still green and not influenced by modernization. The village`s houses were constructed to ancient Sundanese traditions, with bamboo walls and thatched roofs, neatly arranged facing the rising sun. Some 311 people live in this village. You will have to take several hundred steps to cover the villages over 500 meters. Kampung Naga is extremely picturesque, snug amongst the stepped rice paddies and shaded by abundant palm trees. There`s not really much to do here and locals pay only little attention to tourists traveling through, but they are extremely welcoming to and curious about those who take the trouble to stop and have a chat.

Day 05 BATU RADEN - YOGYAKARTA (B, L)

After early breakfast and check out hotel, drive to Wonosobo for Dieng Plateau, admiring the Oldest Hindu temple complex in Central Java and beautiful panorama, then process to the final destination Yogyakarta.

Overnight in Yogyakarta

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Dieng Plateau

The name ‘dieng’ which literally translates as ‘abode of the Gods’ says all you need to know about this collection small ancient temples set in the remarkable volcanic landscape of the Dieng Plateau. The misty location, sulphurous springs and colored lakes truly make this a place of natural wonder and cultural significance.  Even the drive to the plateau offers impressive sights. On the way up, visitors will pass through tobacco plantations and beautiful mountain scenery.

The temples are remnants from the glorious period of the Hindu empire in Java dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries. Standing on a plateau 2,000 meters (6,500 ft) above sea level, it is the extraordinary setting of these temples which make them most remarkable. It is believed that this place was chosen as the sacred location because of the spectacular landscape. From the bubbling mudholes, brightly colored sulphur lakes and thick mist surrounding the plateau, visitors will easily understand why the ancient Javanese considered this place to be the seat of supernatural powers. Modern visitors to the plateau are enthralled by the unearthly beauty of this spot, with many finding it quite eerie. Each of the small temples is named after figures in the epic tale of the Mahabarata such as Bima, Gatutkaca, Arjuna and Srikandi. It is believed that these temples used to serve as residences of Hindu priests who would spread Hindu teachings.

The natural splendors of this location are fascinating. From lakes with green and yellow hues to the pristine waters of the reflective ‘mirror’ lake, the natural beauty of this spot is superb. The mirror lake is particularly impressive as it offers a perfectly reflective image of the landscape.  For a truly amazing spectacle, arrive at the plateau at sunrise and you will be spoiled with not one, but two amazing views of the sunrise, a ‘golden’ and a ‘silver’ sunrise. This double sunrise is a unique natural phenomenon. Visitors take in the first ‘golden’ sunrise from a watch tower while the second ‘silver’ sunrise can be seen from the temples.

Day 06 YOGYAKARTA (B, L)

A leisure drive out of town to visit Borobudur temple a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple, the one of the best-preserved ancient monument in Indonesia and one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. Visit including the other temple, Mendut Temple built in 800 AD, was rediscovered in 1834 and restored at the end of the nineteenth century as well. The exterior, while heavily decorated, is unremarkable.

In the afternoon, you will explore the typical sights & sounds of Yogyakarta where the city calls itself the vanguard of Javanese culture.

Overnight in Yogyakarta

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Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple, the one of the best-preserved ancient monument in Indonesia and one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.

Built in the 8th and 9th centuries AD during the reign of the Syailendra Dynasty, the temple was designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture, which blends the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana where the architectural style has no equal throughout the world.

The temple also demonstrates the influences of Gupta art that reflects India’s influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. Built as a single large stupa and, when viewed from above, takes the form of a giant tantric Buddhist mandala, simultaneously representing the Buddhist cosmology and the nature of mind.

It stands majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. Borobudur is built of gray andesite stone. It rises to seven terraces, each smaller than the one below it. The top is the Great Stupa, standing 40 meters above the ground. The walls of the Borobudur are sculptured in bas-reliefs extending over a total length of six kilometers. It has been hailed as the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist relieves in the world, unsurpassed in artistic merit and each scene an individual masterpiece.

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Mendut Temple

The small Buddhist Mendut Temple in Central Java forms an inseparable part of a pilgrim’s progress to the mighty Borobudur temple.  Serving as an introductory portal before ascending the Borobudur temple, Mendut has an array of narrative reliefs and most important Buddha statues that spiritually prepare pious pilgrims and the general visitors for their journey to the top of Buddhism’s cosmic mountain at Borobudur.

Situated 3 Km east from Borobudur Temple, the temple is on a north to south straight line with the Borobudur and Pawon Temples. Local legend relates that long ago a brick-paved road led from Mendut to Borobudur, closed in by walls with niches built into them. According to Dutch archaeologist JG de Casparis, the temple forms part of a once huge temple complex together with the Pawon and Borobudur temples and, chronologically speaking, is the oldest among the three. The temple was built and completed during the reign of King Indra of Sailendra dynasty. The inscription dated 824 AD mentions that King Indra of Sailendra built a sacred monument named Venuvana which means “bamboo forest”. Casparis connected the temple mentioned in the Karangtengah inscription with the Mendut temple and Bhiku Sri Pannyavaro Mahethera, in the documentary movie entitled “The forgotten gems, Buddhists Temples in Java” mentioned that the original name of the Temple was Venuvana Mandira meaning “The Palace in the Bamboo Forest”.

For Buddhists in Indonesia and abroad, the Mendut temple holds special significance. The existence of the three gigantic Buddha statues holds its own fascinating beauty both as sacred monuments and as works of art. The three statues sitting in the temple are still considered to radiate an aura of blessedness. Today, the temple is visited by many visitors and Buddhists pilgrims from around the world before proceeding to Borobudur. Mendut Temple also becomes the staging point for the annual ritual ceremony of Vesak, where the holly waters from the pristine springs of Jumprit and the torch with the natural eternal flames at Mrapen are kept, before the monks and congregations conduct their ritual procession from Mendut to Borobudur.

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Sights and sounds of Yogyakarta

Explore Yogyakarta the city of cultural heritages, The Palace of Yogyakarta, known as the Keraton is a grand complex that was meticulously planned to reflect the Javanese cosmos. This elegant complex of pavilions was constructed entirely on ancient beliefs and each feature of the complex, from the courtyards to the trees, has a special symbolic meaning related to sophisticated Javanese world view. This palace was designed to be more than just a royal residence. It was built to be a focal point of the Sultan’s entire kingdom. Today, the Keraton is a piece of living history and tradition. It continues to be used both as a home of the Sultan as well as for other important ceremonial and cultural functions of the Yogya court. Then continue to Taman Sari, when a traveler is browsing in Kraton, then The Water Castle or known as Tamansari not to be missed, located less than 1 Km west of Kraton, remains as the ruins, pools, arches and underground passages of the former pleasure gardens. It was built in 1758 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I as a rest house and pleasure park for the Royal family. Tamansari means beautiful garden. It was badly damaged due to an earthquake in 1867. Some parts of it have been restored.

Then to Kota Gede, which was the original site where Panembahan Senopati, founder of the new Mataram kingdom established his palace in 1575. Today, Kota Gede is a suburb of the city of Yogyakarta. The town is a maze of narrow streets, lined with tiny, traditional silversmith shops and mosaic-tiled houses, once the homes of the aristocracy and royal merchants.  Kota Gede is a great place to come and take a slow wander round. For those who like to shop, come here and browse (or maybe buy) some handcrafted silver. Take in the surrounds of the quaint buildings that years ago, were the homes of wealthy Arab and Dutch merchants. Find out whether you can visit one of these houses and be transported back in time.

Day 07 YOGYAKARTA - PACET (B, L)

Leave hotel in the morning for Solo before heading to Pacet. On the way you will visit Prambanan Temple, dedicated to kings who considered themselves as Gods. The centrally located Shiva temple overlooks a series of smaller shrines, spread out over this open-air museum of Hindu-Javanese antiquity. A short visit to a traditional market in Solo will be made and visiting Trowulan temple prior reaching Pacet.

Overnight in Pacet (Sativa Sanggarloka Pacet or similar accommodation)

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Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple said to be the most beautiful Hindu temple in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It is the biggest temple complex in Java with three main temples dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities, Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma, the symbols of Trimurti in Hindu belief. Built in the 9th century, all temples compound located in the Prambanan archaeological park, the biggest temple is dedicated to Shiva “purifier”, and the two smaller ones which sit on its right and left are dedicated to Brahma “creator” and Visnu “sustainer”.  The tallest temple of Prambanan is a staggering 47 meters high. Its peak visible from far away and rises high above the ruins of the other temples.

After hundreds of years of neglect, the Prambanan temple was rediscovered by CA Lons, a Dutchman, in 1733. Since then, this temple has been revitalized and today is widely regarded as the most beautiful and graceful Hindu temple in Indonesia.

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Trowulan of The Great Majapahit Kingdom

Over 700 years ago, there stood a great empire, its capital located on the island of Java. An empire so vast and strong, it covered most of Southeast Asia, and stood for hundreds of years. An empire we learn of in history books, yet whose greatness we cannot quite fathom. Little physical evidence of this eminent empire remain, making its existence seem almost fictional. This is the Majapahit Empire.

Majapahit ruled over a large part of this region from Java to Sumatra, the Malay Peninsula, Kalimantan and part of Indonesia’s eastern islands from 1293 to the 1500s. The Hindu-Buddhist Majapahit kingdom emerged after the fall of the powerful Singosari kingdom, located also in present day East Java.

Trowulan is a district in the province of East Java, where lies Indonesia’s only site of what is said to be the ruins of the Great Majapahit Empire. Surrounded by thousands of archaeological remains, Trowulan is regarded as the possible site of the capital city of the Majapahit Empire.

Travelling to this significant place is more than just a vacation, but a journey through the history of a nation. Much can be discovered in Trowulan about the civilization during the Majapahit period, including the government system, trade, foreign affairs, technology, architecture, agriculture, handicraft and art.

Day 08 PACET - BROMO (B, L)

Morning is free at leisure for self-exploration within Pacet area.
Noon time, check out hotel and drive to Bromo through the cool mountain retreat of Trawas & Tretes with a visit to Jawi Temple. Continue onto the direction of Bromo, one of the most accessible volcanic locations in the world and scene of out worldly beauty. Past amazingly laid out patches of vegetable gardens against the mountain slopes, you’ll reach Tosari. The rest of the day and evening are free

Overnight in Bromo

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Jawi Temple

Jawi temple is a syncretic Hindu-Buddhist candi dated from late 13th century Singhasari kingdom. The temple located on the eastern slope of Mount Welirang, Candi Wates village, was thought to be a Hindu-Buddhist place of worship, however the temple actually was dedicated as mortuary temple to honor King Kertanegara, the last king of Singhasari as a worship shrine for Shiva-Buddhist followers. It is believed that the ashes of the late king was also placed in two more temples, the Singhasari and Jago temple.

Jawi Temple occupies a large area of approximately 40 x 60 m2. The temple is encircled by a ditch, which today has lotus flowers. The temple stands around 24.5 meters high, 14.2 m long and 9.5 m wide. The temple is slim and high like Prambanan Temple in Central Java, while the pointed, pyramidal roof is a combination between stupa and cube. Facing the East, Jawi Temple has Pananggungan Mountain on its background, reinforcing the assumption of some experts that this temple is not a shrine or pradaksina, because worship temple usually heads towards mountains where the gods dwell. Some other experts retain their beliefs that Jawi Temple is a place of worship. Entrance position that does not face the mountain is considered to be resulting from Buddhist influence. One of this temple’s unique characteristics is the use of two types of stone as its construction materials. From the base to veranda, the temple uses stones of dark colors; the body uses white stones, while the roof combines dark and white stones.

Day 09 BROMO SUNRISE - KALIBARU (B, L)

After a very early morning wake-up call, you will start your trip to Mount Bromo.
Back to the hotel, having breakfast at hotel and check out to continue the trip to Kalibaru. Beyond the town of Jember begins the best part of Java. Small pieces of land, squeezed between mountain slopes, with hard work transformed into fertile rice terraces. The traffic is slower, more rural atmosphere. Then we begin the last part of the road to Kalibaru, surrounded by the plantations. Late afternoon at leisure, free time to explore resort area on your own, or just relax while enjoying the hotel facilities.

Overnight in Kalibaru – simple accommodation

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Bromo Sunrise

After a very early morning wake-up call, you will start your trip to Mount Bromo.

Mount Bromo is a part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park that covers a massive area of 800 square kilometres. While it may be small when measured against other volcanoes in Indonesia, the magnificent Mt Bromo will not disappoint with its spectacular views and dramatic landscapes. At 2392 meters tall, Mt Bromo is not among the tallest of Indonesia’s mountains but its stunning beauty lies in its incredible setting. From a vantage point on Mount Penanjakan (2,770 meters above sea level), 2.5 hours from Malang, visitors from around the world come to see the sunrise over Mt Bromo. From this spot the vista is magnificent. All you will hear is the click of cameras as visitors snap their camera’s hoping to capture the incredible scene of Mt Bromo in the foreground with Mt Semeru smoking in the distance and the sun shining brightly, quickly rising in the sky. The eerie landscape has spurned countless legends and myths. Mt Bromo has particular significance for the Tengger people who believe that this was the site where a brave prince sacrificed his life for his family. The people here appease the Gods once a year during the annual Kasada festival where offerings of vegetables, chickens and money are thrown into the crater of the volcano.

Day 10 KALIBARU - LOVINA (B, L)

Morning, check out hotel, leave Kalibaru prior continue the trip to Bali, take a chance visiting the mini plantation tour through 13 hectares plantation garden at Margo Utomo Agro Resort, with varieties of spices such as nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, chocolate, coffee and coconuts. Next we walk through the village and witness some local activities such as soya cake production, traditional processing of palm tree liquid into coconut sugar, cows farm …

After a short drive to the harbor on the far eastern tip of Java, ferry will bridge the short distance between Java and the next island, Bali. By the small Bali Strait only, one could not judge the tremendous differences between both islands. From Gilimanuk, we will drive along northern coastal road to Lovina, check in hotel and rest of the afternoon at your own leisure.

Overnight in Lovina

Day 11 LOVINA - SANUR (B, L)

Morning, check out hotel, leave Lovina for Sanur with few stop will be made on the way through. Munduk, a sleepy village nestles high up in the mountain range dividing Bali, Munduk is the perfect spot to make short, pleasant hikes and take in the beauty of North Bali, Ulun Danu Temple, Sangeh Monkey Forest & Taman Ayun Temple prior reaching Sanur.

Overnight in Sanur

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Ulun Danu Temple

Ulun Danu Temple or Bratan Temple is a major water temple in Bali, a significant temple complex located on the western side of the Beratan Lake in Bedugul, central Bali. The smooth reflective surface of the lake surrounding most of the temple’s base creates a unique floating impression, while the mountain range of the Bedugul region encircling the lake provides the temple with a scenic backdrop. The water temples serve the entire region in the outflow area, downstream there are many smaller water temples that are specific to each irrigation association (subak). Known as the Lake of Holy Mountain due to the fertility of this area and location 1200 m above sea level, the sight and cool atmosphere of the Bali uplands have made the lake and this temple a favorite sightseeing and recreational spot as well as the temple complex occupies a rather low lying side of the lake, the floating effect is thus featured when the lake’s water levels rise is the time for the most perfect photo opportunities.

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Sangeh Monkey Forest

Sangeh Monkey Forest is a sanctuary of grey long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) in the village of Sangeh. The renowned 6 hectares of Bali Sangeh Monkey Forest are filled with giant nutmeg trees capable of growing as high as 40m. Besides nutmeg trees (Dipterocarpus trinervis), there is a special specimen which locals usually refer to as Lanang Wadon, or “Male Female” because at the bottom of this tree is a hole with a down-pointing branch – resembling genitals. This interesting tree grows at the forest entrance, and is actually a Milkwood pine (Alstonia Scholaris). In Bali, the Milkwood pine has many special uses such as in sacred mask making. The main attractions here are the hordes of funny yet wise Balinese monkeys inhabiting both the trees and the 17th century Pura Bukit Sari, a temple located deep within the greens.

The monkeys of the forest are believed to be sacred and indeed will approach anyone paying respects at the temple. But visitors should be aware that these monkeys are attracted to shiny objects, so cameras and jeweler should be left behind or kept well hidden under clothes or in a bag when exploring Sangeh Bali.

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Taman Ayun Temple

A temple in the village of Mengwi. Dedicated to the ancestors of the Princes who ruled over Mengwi built in 1634, with Chinese architectural inspirations, and underwent a significant restoration project in 1937. Towering tiers from the temple shrines make up most of the profile of Taman Ayun and are a gesture of the people of Mengwi’s reverence to their deified noble ancestors, for the temple complex is considered the ‘mother temple’ of Mengwi. Comprises four different divisions, one ranking higher than the others, the first is referred to as the ‘Jaba’ or outer division, the next court, a small temple compound by the name of Pura Luhuring Purnama can be seen, and the second also third terraces are slightly higher than the first. The fourth and last court is considered the most sacred, thus ranks the highest, it is referred to as the Utama Mandala The temple’s three grounds denote the three cosmological levels known to Balinese Hinduism, namely the world of man, the realm of gods and deities, and the top most divine level. Taman Ayun literally means “beautiful garden”, this temple complex boasts magnificent traditional architectural features throughout its courtyards and enclosures as well as expansive garden landscapes, located in a water garden with a canals covered with lotus flowers on three sides and fish ponds, the temple is generally considered as one of the most attractive temples of Bali.

Day 12 LOVINA - SANUR (BL)

Free day at leisure for self-exploration of Sanur Area or enjoy the hotel facilities

Overnight in Sanur

Day 13 DEPARTURE (B)

Check out hotel and transfer to airport for your departure flight.

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