2 September 2019 Bali, Indonesia

BALI TRIP DAY 2 (巴厘岛之旅)

BALI TRIP DAY 2 (巴厘岛之旅)

Finally, I'm back to blog about my Bali trip. Been stop for a while to blog about my Kanagawa trip instead. I guess it's the best time to continue to share the itinerary with you all before I started to busy with my wedding stuff. Today, I'm gonna share my second day in Bali which includes Lempuyang Temple, Tirta Gangga, Tirta Empul, Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Bali Swing.


Lempuyang Temple.



Our first destination was Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang. It is a Balinese Hindu temple or Pura located in the slope of Mount Lempuyang in Karangasem, Bali.

Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang is considered as part of a complex of Pura surrounding Mount Lempuyang, one of the highly regarded temples of Bali.




The most popular reflection photo of yourself in the temple on Instagram is taken in this place.

There's a saying if you haven't visited this place when you're in Bali, then you're never been to Bali before.





The heights are reachable via a steep staircase of over 1,700 steps, with attractions along the way that include several other temples and hordes of grey long-tailed macaques that inhabit the surrounding cool mountain forests.

I purposely wear a long dress just for this temple but unfortunately, I still need to wear a sarong even I'm wearing a long dress to cover my legs. I guess we need to respect that for their culture.

Details
Location : Jalan Pura Telaga Mas Lempuyang, Tri Buana, Abang, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia.
Admission fees : Sarong - 50,000 rupiah (2 pax) ; Photo - 10,000 rupiah (2 pax)


Tirta Gangga.



The Tirta Gangga royal water garden is a cool retreat in the eastern highlands of the Karangasem regency in East Bali. It lies on the south-eastern slope of the island’s highest mountain, Mount Agung, and was built in 1946 during the reign of the late king of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem (1887-1966).


Owned and maintained by the royal Karangasem family, the lavish water gardens feature 1.2 hectares of pools, ponds, and fountains surrounded by neatly cut lawns that are adorned with stepping stones, ornate statues, and tropical gardens. It saw a series of restorations following the destructive hot showers of volcanic ash from the Mount Agung eruption in 1963.

Entering the site, the first thing that comes into view is a pond where rows of guardian figures holding cudgels are neatly arranged. Also, polygonal stepping stones which enable visitors to ‘tour’ the pond are set out in order. This allows viewing the old and relatively large golden carp from up close in the clear and shallow ponds.





Behind the first pond is the central towering fountain, again featuring guardian statues at its base. This 10-meter-high fountain has 11 tiers with a shape of a lotus at its tip. The spouting water splashes down the tiers to make a cooling effect and a soothing sight.

The springs are located at a higher ground to the right of the entrance of the site, under a large banyan tree. The water is considered holy by the locals and is used during religious ceremonies, as well as a source of potable water.


At the lower level of the water source are 2 clear pools. One of them serves as a public wading pool and visitors are welcome to swim here. The pools have a design that harks back to the old days, consisting of sandstone and natural materials. Different floor depths enable all ages to enjoy the pools.

The grand 100 sqm pond at the southern side of the complex is filled with large golden carp and other large fish, and swimming is prohibited here. There are 2 bridges connecting the sides of the pond, which feature ornate mythical Balinese dragon statues at its sides.

Details
Location : Jalan Raya Abang, Ababi, Abang, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia.
Opening hours : Daily (8.00am - 11.00pm)
Admission fees : 80,000 rupiah, including sarong (2 pax)


Luwak Coffee.



Okay, this is not supposed to appear on our itinerary. Our driver asked us whether we want to give it a try for the popular Luwak Coffee in Bali. Since Kenji is a coffee lover, so we had decided to give it a try.

Kopi luwak, or civet coffee, is coffee that includes partially digested coffee cherries, eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet. Fermentation occurs as the cherries pass through a civet's intestines, and after being defecated with other faecal matter, they are collected.

Although kopi luwak is a form of processing rather than a variety of coffee, it has been called one of the most expensive coffees in the world, with retail prices reaching €550 / US$700 per kilogram.
Kopi luwak is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago.


We tried a total of 12 different taste of coffee which including the popular Luwak coffee, cocoa coffee, mangosteen coffee, ginger coffee and many more. I purposely prefer cocoa coffee because I'm a fan of chocolate. Kenji still prefers Luwak coffee. We had forgotten the name of this place because it seems don't have the nameplate on it. If you're interested in any type of coffee, you can purchase them on the spot.

Coffee tasting cost : 50,000 (2 pax)


Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple.



Tirta Empul is a major temple complex and holy mountain spring in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. The site is the legendary setting of a traditional tale about good versus evil. It's also a national cultural heritage site. 


The complex, built circa 960 AD, is a silent witness to the old Balinese kingdom, particularly at the time of the Warmadewa Dynasty. Another nearby and prominent site on top of a hill is the presidential palace, Istana Tampaksiring, built during the years of the nation’s first president, Soekarno.

Tirta Empul, meaning ‘holy water spring’ is actually the name of a water source that's located within the temple. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter, which all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. Various sites throughout the region and many other archaeological relics relate to local myths and legends.





Tirta Empul temple complex comprises 3 key divisions, namely a front, secondary and inner courtyard. Visitors to Tirta Empul first come upon the lush gardens and pathways adorned with statues and tropical plants that lead to the entrance. After stepping through this candi bentar (temple gate), a vast walled courtyard welcomes visitors to the bathing pools where a large wantilan meeting hall stands to the right.




As with any temple visit in Bali, it's always important to dress respectfully. The simple Balinese temple visitor dress code is a traditional kamen wrap or sarong around the lower body plus a sash around the waist. Women during their periods are prohibited entry to any temple or sacred site and may enjoy the sights and attractions in the outer perimeters only. It’s tempting to try out the purification bathing ritual yourself but the formal routine is strictly meant for pilgrims and devotees. You might want to consult your guide who may ask a temple authority for further details.

Details
Location : Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia.
Opening hours : Daily (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Admission fees : 100,000 (2 pax)


Lunch : Grand Puncak Sari Restaurant.

Most travellers who have a vacation to Kintamani Bali attractions, want to appreciate Mount and Lake Batur scenery while having lunch. The question is, are there many dining places in Kintamani that have direct access to mountain views and Lake Batur view?


In the Kintamani Bangli tourism area, there are many places to eat. However, not all eating places have direct access with the lake and Mount Batur view. One of the halal restaurant in Kintamani, which for me offers a beautiful view of Mount Batur and Lake Batur is the Grand Puncak Sari Restaurant.




The Grand Puncak Sari dining place only serves halal food because many restaurant visitors are Muslim.

The average time visitors spends on dining approximately 1.5 hours. 




To be honest, we found that the food was just okay and the varieties were so limited.

However, the mountain view was indeed spectacular. So we took a few beautiful photos here.


Details
Location : JL. Raya Penelokan, Kintamani, Batur Tengah, Kec. Bangli, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80652, Indonesia.
Opening hours : Daily (8.00am - 5.00pm)


Tegallalang Rice Terrace.

The Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are famous for their beautiful scenes of rice paddies and their innovative irrigation system. Known as the subak, the traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system is said to have been passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya in the 8th century.




Tegallalang forms the 3 most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud's shared region, with the others being in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan. The Tegallalang rice terraces alone offer a scenic outlook that spreads down before you and away to the far side of the valley. The high roadside location is cool and breezy and it’s a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take photos. Painters and nature lovers also enjoy visiting this spot, and there are numerous art kiosks and cafés near the ledge.



With the dramatic views within easy reach, the Tegallalang rice terraces offer a fantastic Bali photo opportunity. The vista sprawls down and away to the rice terraces on the slopes across the valley. It’s a very popular view, but this ancient valley has a timeless quality whether there are tourists there or not.

A local elder – a farmer who owns the land – invites visitors to sample his green coconut drink, as well as to purchase woven hats that he makes from coconut leaves. He’ll even pose with you for photos, for a small fee.

Details
Location : Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia.
Admission fees : 20,000 (2 pax)


Bali Swing.



Finally, I got the opportunity to visit the famous Bali Swing in Bali!

Always saw all the beautiful photos of this place on Instagram and thinking where will be my turn. Guess what, I finally got one on my Instagram now. Yay!

The Bali Swing is the new tourism activity in Bali and it has become such a popular activity in Bali.




Bali is an island where you can find any kind of things to do such as playing on the swing with breathtaking views as background. And it should be on your bucket list on your Bali trip.

However, the original and best is Ubud, but today there's hundreds of others have sprung up all over Bali with breathtaking views.





Bali Swing is a local Balinese company, engaged in the field of tourism - personal or group tours, what can give you exciting experiences and amazing views, which more introduce you the beauty of the island of Bali.

Beside of the swing, you can take a photo with other activities such as nest and boat as well.



The photo shooting service (swing and nests area) is 12 USD / IDR 175K for all taken pictures (soft copy). Frankly, we are quite confused with the package because we have no idea why end up we paid 450,000 rupiah per person. It's like RM133+ for each pax and we think the price was overrated. I guess we won't be coming again for our next visit thou.

Details
Location : BALI SWING Jl. Dewi Saraswati, 80352 Bongkasa Pertiwi, Kapubaten Bandung, Bali (Banjar Tegal Kuning)


That's all for my Bali Trip Day 2. Stay tuned on my blog for Day 3 and 4 before I started to busy preparing my wedding stuff. Till here.


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