7D6N INSIGHT OF BALI CULTURE & NATURE

Day 01 ARRIVAL UBUD

Arrive Bali, meet and greet service with the tour guide and transfer to your hotel in Ubud

Rest of the day at leisure and overnight

DAY 02 UBUD - AROUND BALI IN A DAY (B, L)

Today trip is an exploration of Bali in a day, starting from the 17th century royal temple of Taman Ayun, then it is onwards to a market, located in the small village of Candikuning, above the southern shores of Danau Bratan. As the road starts descending from central Bali to the north coast of the island, a visit will be made to  Gitgit Water fall.  Then headed to Lovina, Banjar Hot Spring and return back via Pupuan

Overnight in Ubud

Highlights of today:

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.

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.

Gitgit Waterfall

One of Bali’s most popular waterfall located only a 10km drive south of North Bali’s main town of Singaraja. The falls are easily accessible from the main road and also provide a relatively easy trek, with a wooden boardwalk over a small gorge and cool streams. Upon reaching the base after the few minutes’ walk down into the lush ravine, you can instantly enjoy the spectacle of the 40m cascade that constantly pours into a rocky pool with a small shrine that ‘guards’ the site. You can enjoy a cool plunge in the pool. The falls are also referred to by the locals as the ‘twin falls’ or Air Terjun Kembar Gitgit, due to its flow that is often split into two equal streams.

Banjar Hot Spring

The sacred hot springs ‘Air Panas’ of Banjar are set in the midst of the jungle in a beautifully landscaped tropical garden, close to Lovina Beach, and it consist of three public and one private pool. The sulphuric water is of volcanic origin and has an agreeable warm temperature of 37 degrees Celcius. The hot spring water gushes from the mouths of eight stone carved naga (mythical, dragon-like creatures) into the oblong shaped upper pool. This hot spring was estimated to be hundreds of years old, and since the Japanese occupation of hot springs has been in fix and utilized. Japanese government has built three water storage ponds for bathing, because soaking in hot water containing sulfur will be able to cure skin diseases. Baths were built by the Japanese government then in use by the general public. Enjoying the hot water fall, we can feel like squeezing, especially at pool equipped by the douche with the high about 3,5 meters, so that can make the body refresh and relaxation.

DAY 03 UBUD (B)

The day is free at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s facilities

Overnight in Ubud

DAY 04 UBUD - SANUR - DISCOVERING CENTRAL & EAST BALI (B, L)

Morning time, check out hotel for another journey discovering best part of central and east Bali.

After attending a lively performance of a Barong & Kris dance in Batubulan, you head to the renowned eastward to visit Besakih Temple.  Later you drop by at the Bat Cave Temple in Kusamba, the journey will end after visiting Kerta Gosa in Klungkung, a 17th century Court of Justice with traditional ceiling paintings.

Overnight in Sanur

Highlights of today:

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.

Besakih Temple

Rising majestically on the western slopes of Mount Agung, and referred to as the Mother Temple of Hindu Bali. Facing Mt. Agung’s highest peak, believed to be the abode of the gods, and located at an altitude of 900 meters. The most important, largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali serves the entire island’s population. It is an extensive complex of 23 separate but related temples with the largest and most important being Pura Penataran Agung or the “Great Temple of State”, the center of the temple complex and Bali’s main place of worship, a complex comprising twenty-two temples on six rising terraces set on parallel ridges and surrounded by breathtaking and scenic rice paddies, hills, mountains, and streams. This complex expresses the essential belief of the Balinese known as Tri Hita Kirana, meaning that life on earth must be lived and kept in balance and harmony between man and God, man and society and his fellow human beings, and man and his natural environment.

Bat Cave Temple

One of nine directional temples in Bali, houses thousands of bats, it is called then Bat Cave Temple. The cave in the cliff face is packed, crammed and jammed full of bats. Ceremonies are regularly held here, hence it’s a good spot to observe Balinese Hindu rituals, be amazed to see how everyone can concentrate on praying in the midst of thousands of bats squeaking noise in the cave. Even the sound of squeaking bats at the cave like creating a mystical atmosphere and naturally, the same as when meditating in the forest. It is believed, that the cave leads all the way to the mother temple “Besakih”.

Kerta Gosa

a former 18th century royal court of justice, consisting of two pavilions with painted ceilings, the convicts were able to view the ceiling which depicted different punishments in the afterlife, the results of karma, while they were awaiting sentencing. The ceiling paintings of the Kerta Gosa are one of the outstanding examples of the Kamasan (or Wayang) a typical Klungkung style of architecture and painting.

DAY 05 SANUR (B)

The day is free at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s facilities

Overnight in Sanur

DAY 06 SANUR - ULUWATU KECAK DANCE & BBQ SEAFOOD DINNER (B, D)

Morning time, breakfast and day at leisure

Noon time, we will witness a dance performances against the spectacular backdrop of Uluwatu temple, perched on Bali’s cliffs in the southwestern part of the island. End this leisurely afternoon trip with a sumptuous seafood dinner on the beach of Jimbaran.

Overnight in Sanur

DAY 07 DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast & morning at leisure to enjoy resort’s facilities until your pick up time for departure transfer to the airport.

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