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Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot, one of the most popular places of interest in Bali, is located on the coast of West Bali, at the village of Beraban in the Tabanan Regency.
It is also called Tanah Let which means ancient land and also Tanah Lod, which means the land to the south.

The temple Pura Tanah Lot, simple in its construction, is dramatic in its ocean-front location and is one of the main temples in the worship of Balinese gods.

Tanah Lot has a long history in the world of tourism.
The temple itself is built on a small promontory which is only accessible at low tide.
During high water the rock takes on the appearance of a large boat at sea, such is its shape.

Poisonous snakes live in the nearby caves to 'guard' the temple and contribute to the temple's dangerous reputation.

Sunset is the best time to visit Tanah lot, when the golden red skies frame the temple and waves crash into the rocks.
It is advisable to avoid the tourist crush here as it can be severe.

Monkey Forest

The presence of sacred forest is a demonstration of the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature. In Bali, sanctuaries such as the Monkey Forest are usually in sacred village areas, often surrounded by temples. These cultural sanctuaries are not only an important part of Balinese heritage, but also an important part of everyday live. Temple festivals are regularly held for the villagers and the gods in such areas.

Bali is An Island of Silversmiths           

 

                                          

Celuk Village is a famous village in Bali which has become a tourist destination because of the number of silver and gold workshops one finds there. This is a small village about 10 minutes from Ubud. The quality of the silver and workmanship is very good and Balinese silver is known all over the world.
Bali is an Island of Painters
Painting is another famous art of Bali. Before the 1920, there were very few paintings that were not religious in nature.

Since the advent of tourists, however, many schools of painting have developed. Hindu themes are still popular, as are scenes of nature and village life.
Ubud and its' neighboring villages, Peliatan and Penestanan, are well-known
for their concentration of artists.

 

Bali is An Island of Weavers

    One of the most striking things about Bali is the rich variety of cloths and materials that are to be seen in thousands of shops throughout the island. However only a small proportion of these are indigenous to Bali. The myriad of batik clothes and sarongs available everywhere, are mainly imported from Java and a large proportion of the woven cloths (ikat) found in and around Kuta / Legian area are imported from the islands of Sumba & Flores. However Bali does have a very rich textile industry of its own. The beautiful Songket fabrics worn by performers of traditional dance are a good example.

    If you would like to see ikat or songket being woven visit the Cili Weaving Center, Jalan Ciung Wanara, Gianyar.

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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

Ulun Danu Temple is a Balinese Hindu Temple located at Candi Kuning countryside, Baturiti sub district and Tabanan regency. The distance from Denpasar town is about 50 km north side the way from Denpasar to Singaraja. It is set at lakeside of Beratan with beautiful lake view and hills surround it. It is situated in the plateau area with cool atmosphere surround it and hills as a backdrop. We can find at north side of this temple is Pucak Sangkur mount, in the eastside there is Beratan Mount which also referred as Pucak Mangu or Pucak Pangelengan, in the south side there is Terate Bang Mount and in the Westside there is Tapak Mount and Watukaru Mount.

Balinese Dance

The lifestyles of Balinese people is expressed in their dance. Not only do we learn about the Balinese religion from their dance creations but also we can come to understand the flow of cultural events and activities that belong to everyday life. We can discover Balinese attitudes, how they look at nature, and how they regard their fauna and flora.

GitGit Waterfalls

Gitgit Waterfall is one of the famous tourist destinations in Bali which is located in Gitgit countryside, Sukasada sub district and about 10 Km from Singaraja Town or about 70 Km from Denpasar. It is set at height land about 300 meters above sea level. Beside of Gitgit, there is another important spot point like the monument for hero struggle of Singaraja resident who dead on the battle against the Dutch colonialist. This monument is called Bhuwana Pangkung Bangka.

FLOWERS OF BALI

Balinese traditional society treated flowers with very different way from international new society. In Bali flowers are not considered potential commodity for business, although there are some flower vendors can be seen on the road side. Balinese house wives need flowers at least one fourth kilogram per week for making ceremony. This number will be increased fourfold during big ceremonies which is commonly every village at least has 9 times big religious ceremonies a year. To fill this need every family usually plants some kind of flowers in their land in limited number. Among dozens of cultivated flowers, there are some of them can not be used in religious ceremony with the reason that the source of the flower related with bad myth such as the origin of flower to be said from nasty and dirty place.

BIRDS OF BALI


Find yourself at the Bali Bird Park to witness the largest and finest collection of Indonesian birds in the world plus fantastic birds from Africa & South America.

Encompassing two hectares of botanical landscape, the park provides sanctuary to almost 1000 birds of 250 different species.

Our innovative approach towards the display of rare and tropical birds has progressed from traditional exhibits to that of showcasing mixed species in their natural habitats & in large walk in Aviaries and free range throughout the park.

The park accommodates an amazing display of flora with more then 2000 tropical plants including 50 varieties of palms alone and attracting numerous butterflies.

Incorporating a breeding, research and veterinary facility within the complex, the park has a high success rate in the captive reproduction of exotic birds such as the Bird. of Paradise and Hornbill.


Rice Terraces

Visitors to Bali have an abundance of places and attractions to visit besides the chaos of shopping and partying in the tourist strip. Bali is renowned for its numerous temples and other places of worship, its fascinating culture and its beautiful, friendly people. Wherever visitors go into the countryside on day trips it is inevitable they will see the rice terraces that adorn the faces of hills and mountains, the higher you go in elevation on the island, the more spectacular the rice terraces. These terraces are a classic feature on the landscape of Bali and are the rice cultivation on varying levels that follow the natural contours of the escarpments. The land is formed into multiple terraces, giving them a stepped appearance and are, in this manner of agriculture, a method of soil conservation to slow or prevent the rapid surface runoff of irrigation water. These rice terraces off some of the most spectacular panoramas and most are, breathtaking.

I have always found the best times to photograph these magnificent views is either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. During these times the sun is less harsh and enables the richness of the colours to be more defined.

Balinese temples really come alive during ceremonies. Even magnificent temples such as Pura Ulun Danu Batur or Pura Besakih look somewhat drab without the decorations and Balinese people in ceremonial costume. Most people that go to Bali at one time or another will come across some kind of temple ceremony.
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