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Gunung Kawi Temple

Visit one of the most fascinating temples in Bali, The Gunung Kawi Temple, Carved into a rock wall and marked by time, this monument will carry you through the ages. Gunung Kawi Temple is one of the oldest archaeological sites and remarkable Bali. Even today, this stunning edifice carved into a rock wall, beside the Pakerisan river is used as a place of Hindu worship. Built in the late eleventh century, the temple, of which only the remains, has captivated the attention of the world. It appears also in the famous documentary film Baraka without speaking.

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Good To Know About Gunung Kawi Temple

To get there, you will go down the many flights of stairs that lead to the river Pakerisan, past lush paddy fields, borrow a rainforest section, then cross an old stone bridge. On your right, you will see five little huts occupied by the guardians of the temple and on the west bank of the river, a small natural pool. For a small fee you can take a bath (“mandi”) or pass under the fountains.

Continue your tour through the stone door of the hermitage Geria Rauh, another temple carved into the rock and composed of different parts conducive to meditation. Away is the hermitage of the monastery, which was certainly a place where pilgrims, priests and members of the royal family gathered to rest and meditate.

The river also Pakerisan it is of religious significance, because according to Balinese Hinduism while crossing a river “candy” or sanctuary, becomes sacred. The waters of Pakerisan are very popular. Gunung Kawi temple is located 40 kilometers from Denpasar and 21 kilometers from Ubud. Bus tours are organized for visiting this site. If not, take a bemo (minibus) or rent a car. The temple is 600 meters below the parking lot and you have to go more than 300 steps to reach the river. To make the most of your visit and understand better the cultural and historical significance of the site, feel free to use the services of a local guide. Access to the temple is paying.

Located between Ubud and the Batur caldera, the charming village of Tampaksiring is known as the Presidential Palace built by Soekarno Site in 1960. From the 11th century, Tampaksiring was already the territory of a Balinese king “Anak Wungsu” owned Udayana powerful dynasty. Gunung Kawi temple was built in honor of the Governor of Bali and its related. It consists of 10 temples carved into the rock in a cliff 8 meters high; distributed on both sides of the river pakrisan. Legend has it that these sanctuaries were carved in one night by the sharp nails and agile giant Kebo Iwa.

The path to the temple offers magnificent views over the valley surrounded by terraced rice fields. Not far away are the sacred basins sources Tirta Empul built in the 10th century under the Warmadewa dynasty. According to legend, a god named Indra created a hole in the earth to bring forth a source of water that could cure the poison sent by his opponent, King Mayadenawa. Even today, Hindus believers come to Bali pools purify it and enjoy the virtues of this spring water.

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Bali Tirta Empul Temple

Bali is known as the island of the gods, and even if you are the most atheistic of the earth, you will feel something special that hovers in the air of this island. For more than a thousand years, Balinese worshipers have been drawn to Tirta Empul Temple, whose said that the sacred spiring was created by Indra and to have curative properties. The tradition continues almost unchanged at the temple today.

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Good To Know About Tirta Empul Temple

And speaking of special places, The sacred pura, Tirta Empul Temple is located in the area of ​​Ubud, north of Tampaksiring. This temple is one of the most important of Bali for the magical power attributed to the water of its tanks, from sources considered sacred, where the local people can dive goes and purify their souls. To avoid crowds of visitor you better come early in the morning to visit Tirta Empul Temple. It was not very early in reality, but as you can see from the photographs we found ourselves in this wonderful garden, pretty much alone.

To enter The Tirta Empul Temple is necessary to pay the ticket (can not remember how much, but just a symbolic figure), to have the lower part of the body covered up the foot (if you need are available at the entrance of the sarong to cover you then you’ll have to return), in addition to a whole series of measures related to the sacred place (for example, women who have a menstrual cycle in theory can not enter). Once inside, remain silent, but above all to listen to the spirituality of the place, it becomes natural.

Tirta Empul Temple is a place of peace and balance nestled in the forest, set of bright colors, and sound of sacred water flowing. His magical spirit will arrive even if you do not get wet; if you’re listening you can still dive to make contact with your soul.

If you are in that area, stop here. And ‘perhaps one of the most beautiful temples and suggestive that there is to see in Bali.

And  have you ever found magical places during your travels?

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Uluwatu Temple

uluwatu temple

General Information

The origin of Pura Luhur Uluwatu is shrouded in myth but studies could say without a doubt that the structure dates back to the tenth century by a Hindu priest from Java. The structure of the temple is thin and unadorned; the visit is often disturbed by the cheeky monkeys who take possession of everything that tourists have in your hands or in your hair, in this regard, attention must be paid to the cameras, eyewear and handbags.


Getting There

Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple dedicated to the spirits of the sea. The property is on the extreme southwestern tip of the Bukit peninsula about 15 km. from Jimbaran Beach. The temple boasts a superb location on top of a rocky promontory overlooking the Indian Ocean; from about 70metri height you can see the waves crashing on the rugged coastline. Given the striking position, the best time to visit is in the late afternoon to watch the spectacular sunset.


Uluwatu Temple Highlights

You can enjoy Kecak dance in Uluwatu Temple. The dance of the monkeys or Kecak is named for the characteristic sound, Speech based, issued by the choir. Components are forty or more of shirtless men adorned with sarong and white checked blacks around the waist, sitting cross-legged in four or five concentric circles, swaying, clapping and waving their arms in perfect sync with each ‘Another emitting only the sound “cak cak cak cak” and thus producing’ a hypnotic and amazing musicality.

It follows the amazing fire dance during which a dancer in trance walking on hot coals. The dance is inspired by an episode of the ancient epic Ramayana.

And ‘only since the 30s, when a German painter and musician he was fascinated that this dance is transformed into a real form of theater with the aim to disseminate knowledge abroad. From that moment the sounds and movements of this dance are adapted to the mysterious episodes of the Ramayana, the great epic of Hindu culture.

Away from our theater of words, today the Kecak is a form of theater based on choral singing and dancing on a hundred men through sudden changes of rhythm and movements tell the adventures of Rama, hero of the poem. In short, for a moment forget the exploits of Ulysses and the Trojan War and get ready to immerse yourself in the battles of the Eastern principles in the name of his beloved, which apparently seems to be a constant inevitable from the West to the East.

In Bali, you can still witness this spectacle. On stage there are between fifty and a hundred men who sing and move around a large fire, some women wearing the typical Balinese masks and a colorful dragon that becomes a surprise during the performance. The episode that replicates most is that of the battle between Prince Rama, assisted by the white monkey Hanuman, and the king of evil Lanka, guilty of kidnapping Dewi Sinta, wife of Rama.

The most impressive of Bali in which to immerse themselves in this fascinating and colorful tradition is the temple of Uluwatu, southern Bukit peninsula. Here, the scene we think the nature: a temple on top of a cliff overlooking the sea and the setting sun painting the sky red: the show can begin.

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Tanah Lot Temple

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General Information

The Tanah Lot temple is the prime location: a rocky island in the Pacific, off the coast of southern Bali and accessible only at low tide. More precisely, we are in the north-west of Kuta and west of Denpasar. This is not a temple unknown, indeed probably is among the most popular sites on the Indonesian part of a series of well-Seven Temples built along the sea coast in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries!

who is in the south of Bali can not ignore a stop at Pura Uluwatu, a temple at the southwestern end of the Bukit peninsula overlooking the cliff! Also from this house you can enjoy a spectacular view and, those who do not suffer from vertigo and 75 meters high on the rocks lapped by the waves, will create unforgettable shots! If Tanah Lot is inhabited by sea snakes, Uluwatu is inhabited by funny monkeys: eye to all objects that could incuriosirle and turn them into skilled (and cheeky) scippatrici!


Tanah Lot Temple Hightlights

Tanah Lot is a Hindu temple (remember that the most widespread religion in Indonesia is Muslim) dedicated to the sea gods and serpents that – apparently – inhabit the cave front, should serve just to drive away evil spirits marine but not, of course, tourists and faithful! If you want to see several dozen crawling silently to Tanah Lot, you need to go here during full moon nights and if you are not fans of the genre, carefully keep an eye on the lunar calendar and lie away on those dates!

About appointments, just yesterday began a Hindu ceremony called “Melasti Festival” that will attract Hindu devotees until March 31, when the celebrations will culminate with the Nyepi, the Day of Silence. On that date, all activities will be suspended. We will observe a strict fast in a deafening silence: the whole island will become like a huge ghost town that does not spare even the tourists, please remain inside the hotel (think even the airport is closed!).

The spectacular sunsets that you have to Tanah Lot have undoubtedly increased access to the site then we recommend you, to appreciate in silence suited to a sacred environment, to visit early in the morning (although the interior can not be visited). If you can stop or go back, then you can enjoy a cocktail in one of the cafes on the coast anxiously awaiting a blazing sun that runs into! What makes it so special Tanah Lot? A legend. It appears that the construction of the temple is due to Dang Hyang Nirartha, a Hindu priest from Java in the sixteenth century, impressed by the beauty of the place. He would sleep for some time on the island and, before leaving, he advised local fishermen to erect a shrine in honor of the sea gods. The advice: even if you can not enter, is a dress code to the sacredness of the temple therefore not head to the islet with tank tops, shorts and the like!


Getting There

The airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport and is located between Kuta and Jimbaran (about thirty minutes from Denpasar). Kuta, the city where the nightlife is concentrated Balinese, you’ll have to calculate an hour poor drive. Park the car (paid, rp 5000, about 0.30 €. For those traveling by motorcycle, only 2,000 rp) and bought the entry ticket to the park of the Temple.

Price: 30,000 rp adults (about 1.90 €); Rp 15,000 children (about 0.95 €).

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Besakih Temple

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General Information

The island of Bali has a multitude of temples, whose sizes vary according to their type: family temples, temples of district or national temples. Every morning, the locals go to file with the offerings to pay homage to the benevolent spirits, while the offerings left elsewhere, on sidewalks and in front of houses are used to appease the evil demons. Generally the Balinese temples are oriented towards the mountains (kaja), the sea (Kelod) or the rising sun (Kangin). The benevolent spirits inhabit the mountains and guarantee prosperity, while the giants and demons hide in the sea. There are worshiped the same gods of India, but there are several spirits and local entities.


Besakih Temple Highlights

In the Northeast, the Pura Basakih, situated on the side of Mount Agung, is the most important and oldest temple on the island (built between the fourteenth and the seventeenth century). Once known as “Naga Besukian” the residence of the god-dragon, Pura Besakih gained fame State Temple at the beginning of the 11th century. Showing generosity to accommodate all devotees irrespective of class and caste, Pura Besakih Temple Bali attracts thousands of visitors each year.

It is about 60km from Denpasar. The temple of Besakih rises along the slopes of Mount Agung about 1000 meters above sea level. It is a complex of temples, considered the oldest and most revered island. It includes about 200 temples that attract numerous processions throughout the year to pay homage to the gods Brahma (right), Shiva (center) and Vishnu (left). At the center, on the banks lined with water lilies Lake Batran, there is the Pura Bedugul (Ulu Danu), regarded as the most beautiful temple of Bali. The latter is dedicated to the goddess of water (Meru to 11 roofs) and the goddess of rice (Meru three roofs).

To the west of the island, over a long stretch of sand, Pura Rambut Siwit is perched on top of a cliff. A south island, The Tanah Lot temple is the most important religious building dedicated to the sea. In the top of a rocky promontory, it was built in the sixteenth century in homage to the spirits of the sea. It is to be admired in the late afternoon, when his profile stands out in the sun shine. According to belief, poisonous sea snakes living at the foot of the rock are considered the guardians of the temple, which protect it from demons, intruders, and other evil spirits.