What and Where
means " the head of stone", one of the most spectacular
Hindu temple along the coast line built by a high Hindu priest from
East Java named Dang Hyang Dwijendra in the 16th century. This beautiful
temple is located on top of a stiff limestone cliff about 90 meters
above the Indian Ocean. This place is great to visit for having fun
with the monkeys living around the temple and watching sunset.
Kuta is the busiest tourist area on the island because of its
beautiful beach which has a clean soft white sand stretching long
and wide from the south to the north around 25 kilometers. The beach
is great for surfing, swimming and sun-bathing while watching a beautiful
sunset. Not only for fun, Kuta is also a paradise for those who like
shopping and night life.
Dua is the youngest tourist resort in Bali. Most of big and fancy
5 star hotels are located on this area. The development of this resort
was booming in 1980's but very well cared and controlled by Bali Tourism
Development Center (BTDC). It has a wide and long soft and clean sand
beach which is best for marine sport like jet sky, speed boat, banana
boat, parasailing, snorkling and many others. A famous golf course,
Nusa Dua Bali Golf Course, and Kris Galeria are located on this area.
There is a free shuttle bus taking people from one hotel to the others
based on schedule.
Wisnu Kencana (GWK)
is a statue of Wisnu, the God of protector, on His mythical bird,
the great Garuda. It will be the landmark of Bali as the center of
Hinduism. The size of the GWK statue is 146 meter high and 283 meter
above the sea level. The bird's wings is 66 meter wide and the total
weight is 4000 tons. The statue is made of mix copper and brass welding
and several parts coat with mosaic of gold. The 146 meter high consists
of two parts, the principal constituent of the statue and the pedestal
functioning as the central of world cultural forum and other purposes.
The statue will be the highest one in the world and the whole project
is still in progress. At the meanwhile, people can see about 15% of
the statue which is 22 meter high and the whole thing is planned to
be completed in 2005.
Taman Ayun means " a beautiful park", the biggest and
the most beautiful royal family temple built in 14th century. This
temple is surrounded by moat and has a beautiful park setting. The
yard is big and it has absolutely amazing carving in the main entrance
and its shrines. This temple is located in Mengwi village
This island is also popular as "turtle island" because of
one reason that long time ago, the beach around the island used to
be the place of turtle laying eggs during the full moon but not anymore
because more and more people live on this island. But people can see
turtle park with many kinds of turtle on that small island. A very
important Hindu temple named Sakenan Temple is located here and every
210 days there will be a big and colorful ceremony on this temple
participated by most people from all over Bali.
is a very special village for Balinese people because this village
is the center of temple and shrines production. Beautiful little shrines
and temples are found along the road side. Not only temple and shrines,
the villagers also make beautiful craft made of clay like pottery,
statue, vase etc. There is also an old and important temple in this
village called Sada Temple.
Bali Museum is an ethnographic museum built in 1932 in the heart of
Denpasay City. It has a unique architecture because the construction
is a combination of temple and palace structure. The building consists
of three different complex representing Karang Asem, Buleleng, and
Tabanan regency. The three buildings have a splendid collection of
Balinese art, culture and tradition remains, Neolithic stone implements
and many other things from ancient time.
Sandy Monument and Museum
This great monument is built just right in the middle of Renon Square
where usually people do exercise early in the morning and just having
refreshment around in the late afternoon. The building has just finished
a few years ago and it has a shape of a priest bell called "Bajra"
which is used when the priest is leading ceremony. This monument is
now considered to be the land mark of the city. The most unique thing
about this place is that the whole construction is made of lava rock
with beautiful structure and carving.
Art Center named "Taman Werdi Budaya" is very special place
set in a beautiful city garden with typical Balinese design and architecture.
It represents the greatness of Balinese art and culture where the
traditional Balinese art festival and exhibition is held for a month
every year, usually from the middle of June till the middle of July.
The big event is also participated by some other countries like Japan,
Korea, etc. This place is like a museum for the old things and a nursery
place for a new and young creation as well as to introduce all kinds
of art and cultural products in Bali.
This market is the biggest traditional market for local people. They
come from many parts of Bali to sell their product started from early
in the morning till about noon and the market is still opened for
different kind of product. It is a 24 hour market but the busiest
time is early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Traditional
market is very interesting to visit because people can see so many
things, watch how people sell their product and how the buyers bargain
to make a good deal. Shopping in Bali is a matter of art. You need
to be passion and smart otherwise you will pay more than the others
for the same things.
This market is really an interesting place to visit for those who
love bird, Hundreds of bird species are put in the cages for sale.
People can see many different type of birds and hear their beautiful
sounds. For Balinese people, some kinds of birds bring a good luck
to the owner but most people like to keep birds for fun.
Kesiman village is very popular for its Balinese traditional Batik
handicraft and weaving. Batik is a special textile product used by
Balinese people in many occasion like wedding ceremony, funeral ceremony,
tooth filling, and other religious activities as well as for a formal
event like for official ceremony, meeting, etc. People can see the
whole process of the Batik handmade as well as the weaving process.
Bulan is very special village which is famous as the center of stone
carving. Along the road side of this village, people can see various
kinds of statue representing Gods, demons, Budha, animals, birds,
temples, and many other stone things. At the beginning, all the statues
were made and bought by Balinese people for the need of temple construction
and decoration, but more and more tourists like to take the stone
carving home to their country and it has become a big stone carving
business now in that village. There are three major kinds of stone
carving. The black color is made of lava rock, the white color is
made of lime stone, and the grey one is made of sand stone and all
the materials can be easily found in Bali.
& Fire Dance
is also called Monkey Dance, a very popular traditional Balinese Dance
without any music instruments. This dance is performed by a big group
of bear-chessted men wearing black and white cloth around the waist
and sing a chorus of " Chak-Chak-Chak ". The story is derived
from the Graet Ramayana Epic. Then continued by the trance dance,
also called Fire Dance. This dance is definitely interesting because
the trance dancer will step on the fire while dancing. A couple of
little girls will end this show by performing an angel dance for purification.
& Kris Dance
Barong Dance is a religious dance representing the eternal fight between
the good, Barong, and the evil symbolized by a horrible looking witch
called Rangda. But those are all holy masks which give peace and prosperity
to all Balinese people. This dance is highly recommended to see because
there are so many things and fun happen during a 1 hour show including
trance part at the end.
This village is special for teak wood furniture though now the kinds
of furniture has spread to many villages like in Mas, Kesiman, Ubud
area, but it was started here. Not only teak wood furniture but also
jackfruit tree wood, Mahagoni wood, hibiscus and others, event stone
carving is also found here.
Celuk village is definitely the center of gold and silver production.
Here is the smith house and you may just come to one of the place
and ask the artist to make your gold or silver jewelry you like or
just choose from their big collections. The silver and gold materials
come from other part of Indonesia because in Bali there is no mining.
They have a great art mining on their head to make whatever they like
or any design people ask them to make.
Village belongs to Ubud District which is very famous for its woodcarving.
Hundreds of woodcarving galleries are found in this village with many
artists at works. Woodcarving art works are clasified into three categories,
namely ; the grandmaster works usually found in museum and
special galleries because of the expensive price and limited products,
the master works usually found in very good galleries and
the professional works are in most good galleries in Mas Village.
While in the art markets or street markets belongs to the works of
students and the beginners. The best kind of woods for carving are
ebony wood, sandalwood, crocodile wood, hibiscus and mahagony.
Ubud is absolutely interesting place to visit because of its art painting
and crafts. Ubud is a name of a district consisting of some villages
with its own speciality. Besides, Ubud is also very famous resort
area located in the hillside with big rivers, rain forest, and rice
field. Some world famous hotels are located here, along the river
side, like Amandari, Four Season, Bagawan Giri, Alila, Komaneka, and
many other beautiful hotels, villa, and homestays around.
Gajah (Elephant Cave)
Gajah means "Elephant Cave" located in a peaceful river
side valley. This cave was found in the 11th century but estimated
from hundreds of years before. Entering the T-shape cave, there are
some niches found used by the monks for meditation. The great Ganesh
Statue, a human figure with elephant head considered to be the God
of knowledge, wisdom and the evil controller, has been kept inside
the cave for thousand years and a Tri Lingam, a symbol of the Hindu
Trinity namely Brahma (the creator), Wisnu (the protector) and Siwa
(the destroyer), is found on the other corner. This place is one of
the archeological site in Bali because there are many old remains
Holy Spring Temple
This temple is located in Sebatu village. The temple is one of the
most important village temple dedicated to the God of creator, Brahma.
The temple is built in a beautiful and peaceful river valley with
fresh mountain holy spring. Outside the temple, there are some water
fountains used by the villagers to take a bath. Besides, there is
a big pond containing many kinds of fresh water fish, lotuses, water
lilies, and a beautiful statue of Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge,
built in the middle of the pond.
Tirta Empul means " Bubbling Water", an old holy water temple
built in 960 AD in the village of Tampak Siring. It is really a beautiful
temple with some water fountains for different purposes of purification
and blessings. High up in the hill is the president palace built by
the first president of Indonesia, Sukarno, in 1957. When you come
inside the temple area, you can see the fresh water bubbling up from
the ground through the black sand along to the water fountains.
Tegal Alang village has a very beautiful view of rice terraces. Besides,
this village is also the center of soft wood carving, colorful and
unique designs. You will be amazed to walk along the road side by
the art works.
regency is the most quite in tourism but still very interesting to
visit especially whose who like adventure to track the TAMAN BALI
BARAT national park or cross to Manjangan island for diving and snorkeling.
This is considered the best park for marine life. There are some important
temples as well like Ancak Temple. A turtle preservation organization
is located on this area. Here the turtle lay egg on the beach in the
full moon and the people with the local government protect them.
Gosa is a traditional religious court hall built in 1622 in Klungkung.
This hall is absolutely unique and different from any other building
in Bali. Its ceiling is fully decorated with typical Kamasan Painting
Style representing cause and effect between life in the world and
after death. Next the Kerta Gosa court hall, there is a beautiful
floating pavilion surrounded by water full of water lilies and lotuses.
Its ceiling is also fully decorated with Kamasan motifs. A beautiful
and special museum is also built on this complex. The museum contains
many old remains from Stone Age, Bronze Age and many old traditional
artifacts. This place is located in the heart of Semarapura City across
the great city monument.
Lawah, the Bat Cave
Goa Lawah means " Bat Cave ", a holy Hindu Temple located
in a rocky cliff cave. Thousands of long nose fruit bats live on this
cave and holy python snake as well. A holy high priest, Mpu Markandeya,
arrived here around 1007 and built a shrine to worship the God of
Siwa and the spirit of the mythical dragon, Basuki. In the front of
this cave is a beautiful soft black sand beach where people make salt
in traditional way.
This is a special village with a very different Art Painting style
like what people can see in the ceiling of Kerta Gosa, the Court Hall,
and in Taman Gili, the Floating Pavilion. There are still many things
to see in this regency like the Art Market, the Weaving Village, Sidemen,
Tihingan Village is famous as the center of Balinese Music Instrument
Productions made of a mixture of metal, bronze, copper. A single round
metal instrument called " Gong " is considered the chief
of all instrument set but it can also be used as something on its
own like to welcome and announced that there is a check-in guest just
arrived in the hotel.
Lot means " the land of ocean " is a wonderful Hindu Temple
built on a piece of cliff in Indian Ocean shore. This temple is dedicated
to the God of Ocean " Baruna " built by a high Hindu Priest
name Dang Hyang Dwijendra in the 16th century. In high tide, the cliff
is surrounded by water that the temple is like floating. In the bottom
part of the cliff there is a fresh water holy spring while on the
beach cave there are some holy snakes that guard the temple. In the
South and North part of the temple is absolutely beautiful view and
best for watching sunset.
Kedaton means " Jungle Kingdom ", but probably a monkey
kingdom because the place is very popular for its tame monkeys living
around. There is also a 300 year old Hindu Temple in the middle of
the monkey forest. And high up on the trees, big fruit bats are resting
during the day time. It is a big fun to visit this place because of
the monkeys, bat and temple.
is a 2000 meter high mountain with its clear fresh water stream and
thick rain forest covers around. Many people like to hike up to the
top of this mountain to see some birds and animals in the wild. In
the foot of Batukaru Mountain there is an important beautiful temple
named Batukaru temple. It is really nice and cool and peaceful here.
This village is really the most beautiful country side with its breathtaking
view of rice terraces with mountain background and palm trees as well
as rivers. A scenic route driving a long the quiet country road passing
small villages, coffee and spices plantation will make the eyes always
open to enjoy and of course with many stops to take pictures.
Lake of Ulundanu Temple
is a name of the Lake and Village. This place is very famous for its
beautiful park setting consisting of many kinds of flowers and trees.
Its spectacular floating temple called " Ulun Danu Temple "dedicated
to the Goddess of the lake is absolutely unforgettable place to take
a picture. It is so nice and cool and beautiful as well. People can
hire a traditional paddle boat or speed boat to go around the lake
or enjoy the jet sky and parasailing from the other corner of the
Kuning Market and Botanical Garden
This market is located in the village of Candi Kuning which is very
popular for its fresh fruits, vegetable, spices, flowers, and souvenirs.
It's a beautiful place to stop just for looking around or having a
hot boiled corn. 5 minutes drive from the market is the only Botanical
Garden on this island with its beautiful tropical garden setting consisting
of many kinds of flowers, trees, green house, and many other things.
Nirwana Resort and Golf Club
Beautiful resort next the Tanah Lot temple just in the middle of rice
field and palm trees. The resort also has a beautiful 18 hole golf
course toward the Indian Ocean. It's a great place to stay or just
having a short visit to enjoy the view of Tanah Lot Temple with its
Mountain / Lake / Village
is a name of the volcano, lake and the village located in Kintamani
District. This place has the most breath-taking view of mountain surrounded
by its crater lake and the remain of black lava from its eruptions
in 1917 and 1927. This 1717 meter high volcano is very worthful to
climb. It takes only 2 hours to get to the top and you will see a
spectacular view of Bali with its surrounding ocean and sunrise.
is a 13th temple with a unique design and construction. The wooden
bell called "kulkul" which is usually put is a tower, but
here people put it high up in the banyan tree which is considered
a holy tree in Bali.
village is located across the lake of Batur. The unique thing in this
village is its cemetery. The villagers do not burry the dead body.
When somebody dies, the corpse is put under a tree in the cemetery.
People can come and see this village and its graveyard by taking a
boat from Kedisan village because there is no road for car to this
On the other side of this lake there is a big hot spring swimming
pool called " Toya Bungkah". This pool is the best place
to visit after climbing mount Batur .
is the capital city of Buleleng Regency which has the biggest area
among all regencies in Bali. Just North of the mountain chain from
the west to the east belongs to Buleleng Regency, It used to be the
capital city of Bali before Denpasar. The first Dutch aggression was
started from here in 1880s. There are many remains of the Dutch influence
here like the old harbour, building, churches, etc. Besides its interesting
and historical places, this city has a unique tradition called Sapi
Gerumbungan (bull races) held every year to celebrate the city's birthday.
Handara Kosaido Country Club
This golf course is considered to be one of the 50 best golf courses
in Asia - Pacific. The beauty of its garden setting and a cool weather
make people enjoy not only the game but also the surrounding.
and Bulian Lake
is the center of strawberry farming. From up the Puncak Sari we can
have a great picture of the lake and mountain. There are many monkeys
along the road as well.
Gitgit is the most spectacular waterfall on the island. The fresh
clear mountain water volumes remains big flowing along the rainforest
river side. The big water falls unbroken from 45 meter high rocky
cliff. The 500 meters path to this waterfall is absolutely nice walk
with beautiful view of spices trees, coffee plantation, rice field
and rain forest. People can swim down the natural pool under the fall.
Wihara Arama is the biggest and the most special Buddhist Monastery
in Bali completed in 1970. There are many features dealing with Buddhism
in this monastery complex like Uruvella Forest, Body tree, Buddhist
Stupa, and others and there are also some special features given by
the government of Thailand and The Great Dalai Lama from Tibet. This
place is located high up in the hill. People may see the beautiful
view of the ocean, rice field and mountain. It is so nice and peaceful
around this area.
Banjar Hot Spring is located in the beautiful and peaceful valley
consisting of some hot water fountains and a lazy pool to release
tension and healing skin problem. The hot spring is coming out just
in the middle of valley surrounded by rainforest of the hill side.
old under development village, considered to be cursed for 7 generations
by the visible god who was not believed by the villagers because he
was born from unmarried little girl. Finally the villagers burnt the
little boy because he always disturbed the process of temple ceremony
like seating in the front of the priest or climbing up the temple,
etc. When the little boy was burnt, her mother also jumped herself
into the fire and suddenly the boy flying with the smoke in white
clothes and from above he cursed the villagers for not believing him.
The curse is on for 7 generations and it is the end now. The temple
of the curse has just been built and people there start having a better
life. This is strictly believed by the people in the village because
the story was passed down through generations.
Other temple called Majagana temple is being built now to worship
the spirit of Ganesa, the God of purification, because the village
still need to be purified from the curse influence. Besides the curse,
there are many unique things in this village like its temple which
is very different from the rest of Bali, its tradition and way of
life. Not only that, if people come here they can go see the children
at school, dance practice in the temple, cock fight, original local
palm wine dance "Genjek", and a very beautiful untouristed
place to view the landscape as well as to get involve with the local
We will talk more about this village in our special and the only Bali
- Go - Round package.
is the most famous tourist resort in the North part of Bali. There
are many hotels and restaurants from a very cheap prices to luxury
ones. Lovina beach has white and black sand and here people can enjoy
dolphin watching, go to hot spring swimming pool, visit the biggest
and most beautiful Buddhist Temple, etc. There are many other places
of interest people can enjoy in the north like Taman Nasional Bali
Barat (National Park) or cross to Menjangan island for diving and
snorkeling to view the best marine park, or visiting some other important
temples around like Pulaki Temple with its monkeys, Ponjok Batu Temple,
Beji Temple, Meduwe Karang Temple, etc.
The Mother Temple
is the holiest Hindu Temple among all built by a high priest named
Mpu Markandeya in 11th century. The temple is located in the slope
of Mount Agung and considered to be the mother temple of Hindu in
Bali and beyond. In Besakih Temple Complex, there are some clan temple
centers belong to groups of Balinese from the same ancient. The biggest
ceremony on this temple is held every 100 years called " Eka
Dasa Ludra " to purify the entire world or macro cosmos. Here
is where the Almighty, the Supreme God, with all his manifestations
is worshipped by all Hindu followers.
Candidasa is a Tourist Resort in East part of Bali. There are many
hotels, bars and restaurant here. The sand is dark because of the
is a very special Bali Aga Village which is isolated by hills around
beautiful and peaceful valley. The most special thing people can find
on this village is a double ikat called " Gringsing " which
means " Not Sick ". There are 3 places in the world where
this kind of woven textile can be found. The other two places are
in India and Japan. In Tenganan Village, the gringsing is considered
a holy magic part of the traditional dress used in special ceremony
as an amulet to protect the user from the evil spirit influence. Besides
Gringsing, this village is also popular for its ATA art and craft.
ATA is a strong palm grass grown in the hillside around this village.
A human blood sacrifice is held yearly here. When the ceremony called
" Makere-Kere " or " Mageret Pandan " is held,
many old, adult and young couples of fighters fight by beating each
other with sharp thorny pandanus leaves till the body scratched and
bleeding while the young girls are watching the show wearing gringsing.