Traditional Village Tour
|Traditional Village Tour Itinerary||
“The Barong” play represents a fight between good spirit and evil spirit. Barong is a mythological animal that represent a good spirit and “Rangda” is a mythological monster that represent an evil. The Barong Dance is often portrayed with two monkeys and is probably the most well-known dance in Bali. The Barong dance is the classic story of good (The Barong) triumphing over evil (The evil witch Rangda). The Barong is a large lion type creature played by two men, Rangda is the epitome of evil with long fingernails and droopy breasts. The Barong is going about his business until he is interrupted by Rangda. Ultimately a battle ensues and the Barong’s followers begin attacking Rangda with their Keris (daggers). Rangda, being a witch, is able to use magical powers to turn the daggers against their owners, who fall into a trance and try to stab themselves.
In Balinese dance the movement is closely associated with the rhythms produced by the gamelan, a musical ensemble specific to Java and Bali. Multiple levels of articulations in the face, eyes, hands, arms, hips, and feet are coordinated to reflect layers of percussive sounds. The Barong dance is performed when there is illness or misfortune in the village and there is therefore intended to dispel this “evil forces”. People gather together at the mortuary temple, Pura Dalem. Women are carrying the offerings. At the temple beautiful umbrellas are used. If illness or adversity prevails in the village, the dance is performed. Evil spirits and demons come from the direction of the sea to the village.
By replaying the story of the widow Rangda and Barong again, the harmony is confirmed in the cosmos. The fight will end undecided.
Entrance Fee: IDR 100,000 per person.
Tirta Empul Temple
- Tirta Empul Temple
For over a thousand years, Balinese Hindu worshipers have been drawn to Pura Tirta Empul (Holy Water Temple), whose sacred springs are said to have been created by The God Indra and possess curative properties. This tradition still continues almost unchanged, and today, aside from worshipers, tourists from all over the world also come to this place to marvel at its beauty and bathe in its refreshing blessed water. The Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple is located in the village of Manukaya, near the town of Tampaksiring, not far from Ubud, in the Gianyar Regency, the cultural heart of Bali. The temple is situated just below the Presidential Palace of Tampaksiring. Built-in 1957 by Indonesia’s first president, Soekarno, the beautifully built palace itself is an important landmark of the island and the country. Together with the Presidential Palace, the Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple provides some of the most fascinating views you will ever see.
As a Petirtaan or bathing justify, Tirta Empul is quite a large temple complex and it takes at least 30 minutes to an hour to explore the entire site. Just as at other temples and sacred sites around the island, you will need to put on a ‘sarong’ before entering the premises. The sarongs are available at the temple’s entrance and can be rented for a small donation. As soon as you enter the temple, you will walk through the large stone Balinese gate (locally known as Candi Bentar) and arrive in the outer courtyard of the temple. This area of the temple is called ‘Jaba Pura. ‘At the end of the courtyard is another Candi Bentar built into the wall that leads to the central courtyard. This gate is guarded by smoothly carved huge statues of two Dwarapala or guardians given a brush of golden colors. At the top of the gate is a carving of Kala which is quite different than other Kala carvings elsewhere since it has fangs that stick upwards and a pair of hands with open arms.
Entering the inner courtyard, you will arrive at the ‘Jaba Tengah’ area which is the main area of the temple. The holy springs here bubble up into a large, crystal-clear pool within the temple and gush out through 30 waterspouts into the two sacred purification pools. Local Balinese and Hindu worshippers stand in long lines in the pools waiting to dip their heads under the water spouts in a purification ritual known as ‘melukat’. Bathers start in the pool on the left side standing in the pool to the waist under the first water spout. Once they have cleansed themselves under the first spout they join the next queue. This process is continued until they have cleansed themselves under each waterspout. However, there are two spouts that are meant only for cleansing the dead and are prohibited to be used by the living for the ‘melukat‘ ritual.
Behind the purification, pools are the final section of the Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple, called the Jeroan. Mostly overlooked by tourists, the jeroan or inner courtyard is a pleasant place to visit and relax after the hustle and bustle of the purification pools. This is where people come to pray. The front part of the courtyard is dominated by the large water spring that feeds the purification pools. The spring is filled with green algae and small fish swim among the reeds. Behind the springs are large Hindu shrines. This part of the temple is nice to quickly explore. The shrines are brightly decorated, which contrasts with the starched white clothing of the Balinese who come here to pray. Tirta Empul is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu God of water. An inscription dates the founding of a temple at the site to 926 AD. In the Balinese language, Tirta Empul loosely translated means water gushing from the earth, which for this reason Tirta Empul is regarded as a holy spring. The Tirta Empul Temple includes shrines to Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, as well as one for Indra and Mount Batur. It is considered one of the five or six most holy temples in all of Bali and is considered one of the holiest water sources in Bali (the other being Pura Ulun Danu at Lake Beratan).
Bali Coffee Plantations Presents Various of Coffees Including Luwak Coffee
Bali Coffee Plantations is a green garden for cultivating coffee from various types of coffee in the world. You can find the various of coffee plantations in this garden. In fact, you can also find other plants such as cocoa, coconut or other tropical plants such as medicinal plants or herbs. Furthermore, Indonesia is one of the best coffee producing countries. Even, the annual production of 600 thousand tons can supply seven percent of the world’s coffee needs. There are three famous types of coffee that can flourish in this country are Arabic, Robust as well as Liberia. In general, only Arabic and Robust types of coffee are most consumed in Indonesia. Therefore, you will find 2 of these famous types of coffee at Bali Coffee Plantations. And even, you will get knowledge about the types of coffee from the coffee garden keeper.
Famous types of coffee in Indonesia and Bali
Bali Coffee Plantation Coffee is not from Indonesia but originates from Africa. In its history, coffee was first brought to Indonesia by a Dutch governor in 1696. Apparently, coffee can grow rapidly in this tropical country. And also, the people of Indonesia have succeeded in cultivating coffee into various kinds of coffee. Of all that, there are 7 types of local coffee native to Indonesia that are globally successful. They are Arabic Gayo coffee in Sumatra, Kintamani Arabic coffee in Bali, Arabic Toraja coffee in Sulawesi, Ijen Arabic coffee, Liberia Rangsang Meranti coffee in Riau, Flores Bajawa Arabic coffee and Temanggung Robust coffee. From the 7 types of coffee, Arabic Gayo Coffee has a high concentration and strong taste and is followed by Arabic Bali coffee. But it all goes back to you, those who like coffee will certainly have different opinions.
Luwak Coffee – Bali Place to Visit
There are different things that you will find at Bali Coffee Plantations, namely Luwak Coffee. This type of coffee is very well known as well as the most expensive coffee in the world. This coffee comes from civet droppings that have been processed in such a way. Furthermore, ferrets are a common name for a group of predatory mammals from the Viverridae tribe. These animals are mostly good night animals and climbers. These animals eat fruits, especially coffee fruit, but the coffee fruit eaten is only ripe coffee fruit. So, these animals will not want to eat raw coffee fruit. The coffee fruit that has been eaten is not all broken and will leave the seeds. As long as the coffee beans are in the ferret’s stomach, the coffee beans undergo a perfect process of fermentation. So, it can produce an extraordinary taste of coffee. Maybe you are interested to try it at Bali Coffee Plantations or buy it as a souvenir to take home.
PENGLIPURAN VILLAGE OF IMMACULATE PEACE
Located at 625 meters above the sea level, around 6 kilometers from Bangli City, and 1 kilometer from Kubu Village, Penglipuran is one of the most placid, clean, and serene village throughout the whole nation, and one of the three cleanest in the whole world. Being untouchable by modernization (you can’t even park your vehicles inside!), the village’s atmosphere and the immaculate gardens surrounding them should be an exceptionally authentic experience for you to visit, from its majestic and mythical culture, to high hospitability and courtship of the locals. According to the mythology and the elders’ testimonies, the name Penglipuran comes from ‘Pengeling Pura’, which means remembering the ancestors. It conveys that the village was created solely to respect their ancestors’ at Kintamani, which is why Penglipuran is one of Bali’s villages whose people regularly make offerings and hold rituals to respect mythological spirits. There are other interpretations of the word Penglipuran, some say it came from the word ‘Pelipur Lara’, which means solace, and some others say ‘Pangleng’ and ‘Pura’, which means four temples on every points of the compass. The Village’s layout itself is adapted from the Three Mandalas concept of Balinese Hinduism: Parhyangan (sacred area), Pawongan (settlement area), and Palemahan (graveyard, farming area, etc). There are traditional Balinese architectures with materials such as stones, wood, palm, and bamboo that are well preserved within the Parhyangan area. Within the Pawongan area, there are yard gates, traditional kitchens, traditional guesthouses, and traditional praying areas. The sight of this village is unlike any other Balinese villages, for Penglipuran is being kept as authentic as possible as a form of respect to the Gods and the ancestors.
In the Palemahan area, there is a graveyard that consists of three sites, these sites tells apart how the deceased died and at what age. Unlike normal Balinese ‘Ngaben’ (funeral ritual), instead of cremation, the bodies of Penglipuran locals are buried in this area. Just a little outside the Penglipuran Village, which is a part of the Parhyangan area, you’ll see a beautiful 45-hectare sacred bamboo forest to walk through and feast your eyes in. In the center, you’ll find four modest, yet beautiful temples where people pray and pay their respects. Moreover, every neighboring resident live harmoniously and is remarkably friendly; they will offer you their best hospitality even at your slightest step into their home, all the more reason for those who are intrigued to local culture to check out this tranquil village.