Exploring Bali – Part 1

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Carving

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Carving

 

I set up an island tour of Bali from Ubud by motorbike with the same driver that picked me up from the bus terminal and drove me to a hotel. Since it was only us 2, it was pretty much a personalized tour. We could go wherever I wanted and stay as long as I wanted. I really didn’t know where to go so I just asked for a standard 1 day tour.

The first stop was some rice paddy fields. The driver mentioned that a lot of the land was being bought up to develop hotels. We park the bike by the side and walked along a path into the rice paddies. The driver didn’t have any set route so we basically just walked around and took pictures until I got bored.

Rice Paddy Path

Rice Paddy Path

Bali Rice Paddy

Bali Rice Paddy

Rice Paddy in Bali

Rice Paddy in Bali

 

The next stop was the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. This is probably the most common rice terrace picture of Bali. Across from the rice terraces are small restaurant where you can enjoy a meal or drink while admiring the view. You can even walk across and climb the rice terraces if you wanted to.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

 

After the rice terraces we went to the Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple. The temple complex was built to worship Lord Vishnu and is located next to a 10 meter high road. We drove by on this cliff and I was able to get a good view of the temple.

My driver stayed outside while I went in to explore the temple. Even though I was wearing long pants, I still had to put on a sarong before I entered the temple.

There are several shrines and pools in the Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple complex. The main pool was the largest pool. There was a fountain in the middle with ducks swimming along the sides.

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Pool Overview

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Pool Overview

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Main Pool

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Main Pool

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Fountain

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Fountain

 

Off to the side were fish ponds and a gated area for worshipers to bathe in the natural spring waters.

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Pond

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Pond

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Gated Pool

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Gated Pool

 

In this temple complex there’s a shrine to Padmasana in the middle of a still water pool. It looks like it’s floating on the water.

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Small Pool

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Small Pool

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Padmasana Shrine

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Padmasana Shrine

 

There were many smaller shrines located throughout the temple complex.

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Gate

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Gate

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Statue

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple Statue

 

A short drive away was the Gunung Kawi Temple in Tampaksiring. This main temple area had a lot more tourists than the Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple. Again my driver stayed outside while I went in to explore. I did not have to put on a sarong this time.

Midday is not the best time to visit this temple because it requires a decent walk up and down some stairs to get to the temple. I passed by some rice paddies at the entrance but pretty soon it was pretty much jungle.

Gunung Kawi Jungle

Gunung Kawi Jungle

 

There are 10 shrines here cut into the rock face. Each shrine is about 7 meters high. There is one group of 5 shrines and another group of 4 shrines in the main area. The last lone shrine was a little further away . I didn’t visit this shrine because I did not know where it was.

Gunung Kawi Group of 4 Shrines

Gunung Kawi Group of 4 Shrines

Gunung Kawi Group of 5 Shrines

Gunung Kawi Group of 5 Shrines

 

There are also regular shrines here where worshipers were praying.

Gunung Kawi Worshiper

Gunung Kawi Worshiper

 

After this we finally went to get lunch. We drove all the way north up to Kintamani. There are a whole bunch of restaurants here for one reason, they all have a great view. I was lucky enough to get a seat that faced Mount Batur and Lake Batur. Some bigger groups had to sit further in. The food was typical buffet food; nothing to remarkable. This was a pretty expensive meal for Bali, 160,000 Rupiah.

Kintamani Lunch View

Kintamani Lunch View

Kintamani Lunch Plate

Kintamani Lunch Plate

After lunch my driver took me for the only shopping “demonstration” of the  trip. We stopped at a coffee field where I was handed off to another tour guide for a tour. We walked through the fields where the tour guide pointed out different plants. There was also a civet cat in a cage. It was sad to see the cat in the cage. The cat was sleeping but the tour guide rattled the cage to awaken the cat. After the tour I was given some samples of tea and coffee to try, with an option to purchase more. The teas and coffees were good but I didn’t feel like carrying these items for the rest of my trip. I was also given the chance to try a cup of kopi luwak (from the civet cat) but I passed since I’m not a big coffee drinker.

Civet Cat

Civet Cat

Civet Feces

Civet Feces

 

That was a interesting little detour but we soon got back on the main tour.

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