Woodworking villages North of Ubud, are woodworking villages of Tegallaland and Jati, where generations of families are involved in the wood working and carving process from beginning to end. The intricacies of the carvings are phenomenal and range from the highly ceremonial to the phallus shaped bottle openers – a quick buck from the tourists. Each village tends to specialise in a particular theme – like animals, figures, or concepts that are more abstract. Indeed the settings of the villages in itself is worth going to, and seeing even the children carve and sand, makes you totally in awe of their gifts.
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Tirta Empul Temple
This is a Hindu temple in the centre of Bali. It is famous as its holy water can wash away sins. To participate in this ritual, you first need to buy a ticket, then proceed further into the temple. Keep going, just follow the crowd, and you will come to a series of open air rock pools where you can immerse yourself to whatever degree you feel is required, to wash away your sins. I merely dipped my hand into the water. This temple is popular, with both locals and visitors, it is always busy. Take care when walking on the rock, it is slippery. There is a happy feel to the place. Much laughter and good cheer.
Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple
2. Gunung Kawi or Rock TempleLike a fairytale in stone, the structure is a 11th century spectacle where shrines are believed to be monuments for the then deceased royal family. A guided tour of the place is sure to reveal some of the mysteries of these engravings. Distance from Ubud: 14km
Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking
Yes, this is hard work ; Especially trekking at 3 AM in the morning and all I can say is , IT IS WORTH IT!. I packed like a girl with flip flops and no sports shoes and I still managed to trek in the loose volcanic sand and stones for around 1.5 hours to 2 hours. I could see people flashing their torch light at my silver shiny disco flats as they panted and overtook me. But meh, same destination. I met them all up there and saw the same sunrise they did. Raw beauty of nature intimidates me and that is what happened there. Just staring straight ahead while the sun was rising was all I needed to be at peace with myself for rest of my trip. Please pack proper shoes and a nice light jacket to face the chilly wind up there, unlike me.
Over here the coffee processing is done in an organic way. Drying, roasting etc. is still carried out using natural tools such as pans made out of clay. You will get to try a wide range of coffee's. You may be seated overlooking the rice plantation and sip through these coffees. Out of the total range, we enjoyed Vanilla & Ginger the most.You will be enthralled to see the process of making, one of the most expensive coffee named Kopi Luwak. Its made with coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian Palm Civet ( one type of cat). Although, its been promoted all across Bali, we didn't enjoy the strong bitter flavor.
Putri Bali Spa
12pm to 1.30pm Post the trek our driver Kadek suggested we visit the Putri Spa in Ubud. God Bless Kadek ! It was by far the best massage ever. ( I am usually skeptical of massages since they tend to hurt me). Our attendants were polite, professional and hygienic. Not very expensive either !!! Must try- The Balinese Barek Massage.
Pura Tirta Empul
The Legend of Tirta Empula:According to scriptures, Bedahulu, also known as Mayadanawa, was a very powerful king who has mystical powers. He became arrogant and proclaimed himself a God, forbidding worship of any other Gods. To teach him a lesson, Indra – the king of heaven arrived with his army and a fierce battle started near the site of the present temple. It is said that the demon king created a pond filled with poisoned water. When Indra’s soldiers drank this water, they immediately fell dead. Seeing this, Indra struck into the earth with his weapon and the water which came out of the spring brought life back into the bodies of his soldiers. It therefore, started to be called Tirta Amertha Pengentas Urip (holy water that revives the spirits).As we entered the temple, there were two sets of ponds with a total of 12 springs. There was a lot of activity around the pools, with the pious taking bath, tourists like us taking photographs, some meditating besides the pool while happy children splashed in the water.The worshippers first made an offering in the temple and then stood under the fountains. Wayn informed us that the water of this fountain had medicinal properties and that it could cure many diseases of skin. However he cautioned that the last two fountains were to be used for death related ceremony. Poor tourists were unaware of this and were taking bath under each fountain religiously.The main temple lies beside the pools, a spacious quiet type of place, a heaven of tranquillity. It was basically a complex dotted by many small temples. A part of it was out of bound for tourists, earmarked – “for mediation only”. That is actually a good thing that they do not allow worshippers to be disturbed by clicking cameras and chattering tourists. We even saw the source of the 12 streams, a turquoise-green pond bubbling with volcanic water. So this was the pond created by Lord Indra ! The bubbling water has minerals which give the wading ponds their purifying touch. We spend some time there marvelling at the beauty of the place, and clicked a lot of photographs.
Mt. Batur Volcano Bali Trekkking
Hike a volcano at Mt BaturMt Batur is an active volcano 1,717 metres above sea level, which last erupted in 1968. The hike to the summit takes around two hours from the starting point. It is a medium-difficulty climb done under the moonlight (with help of torches) and can be accomplished by people with basic fitness levels.
Pura Tirta Empul
The Tirta Empul Temple holds a very prominent place in the lives of the Balinese. The water from its springs are believed to cure diseases and deliver men and women from the sins of this life. Important rituals related to birth and death are observed in its ponds, giving it the name – Ganges of Bali.
Pura Tirta Empul
1. Pura Tirta Empul or Holy Spring Water TempleA sacred setting in the midst of the Gianyar town, this Hindu temple attracts tourists and locals for the purpose of immersion in the blessed water and prayer to the Gods. We spent half a day here learning about the history, culture and traditions practiced by the Balinese people. Distance from Ubud: 11km
Pura Tirta Empul
Bali’s temples are an architectural delight and the serenity that one gets to experience is hard to express. The calmness can be seen in the famous Tirta Empul Temple which is visited en route Elephant Safari Park. This temple is open daily and is nestled within a lush green area with a pristine pool in the center.