Tirtagangga, meaning “holy water of the Ganges” in Balinese, is one of the world's most romantic and timeless gardens. Gushing springs flowing from beneath an ancient Banyan tree and holy temple fill the myriad reflecting and swimming pools that grace the Water Palace. The prominent 11-tiered lotus fountain has become the symbol for Tirtagangga since its creation by the late Raja of Karangasem in 1948.
After a tour of the Versailles Palace in France, the Raja was inspired to create this, his second Water Palace in the mountains overlooking his kingdom. The waters of the holy spring have been praised by island healers for their healing and youth giving powers. Thus the Raja named them after the holy river Ganges in India which is famous for these qualities. It is said that if one bathes in the waters of Tirtagangga on the full moon one is blessed with lasting youth and all illnesses will be healed. Tirtagangga is the "Fountain of Youth" of Bali.
A guide will show you around the grounds and explain how it was almost distroyed by the melting lava from the volcano.
Air Panas Banjar, these hot springs are beautifully landscaped with lush tropical plants. First you have to get past all the vendors set up beside the walkway. They really are not pushy like some places that we visited.
Eight carved stone naga spew from a natural hot spring into the first bath which overflows into the second, larger pool. In a third pool water pours from 3m high spouts to give you a massage.The water is sulpurous but not unpleasantly so.
There is a nice restaurant that serves local food.
The springs are located west of lovina.
" This Is The Real Bali ! " Acclaimed Our Friend/Driver Dewa Marco When He Stopped His Vehicle At Jatiluwih .The Rice Terrace Is Indeed Magnificent ! It's Impossible For Tourist Bus To Travel There Since The Road To Jatiluwih Is very Narrow With Sharp Corners And Bends.
On the east coast of Bali is a little place called Amed.
Stay at the Blue Moon Villas and get away from the crowd.
Relax at the pool and watch the fishing boats go by.
Our suite was at the top of these stairs.
The view from there was fantastic.
To make salt, the Balinese gather wet sand from the sea and spread it along sand banks on the beach. After drying, the sand is dumped into large vats, Slowley the water rain through the sand. They get in the vats and stomp it ,something like they do grapes for wine. The residue is then dumped into large bamboo throughs to evaporate in the sun, leaving sea salt.
We seen this process on the eastside of Bali.
They can only do this in dry season so these people don't make much money.
When You Visit Desa Sri Batu You Could See Coffee Bean Being Roasted Traditionaly , The Salak Or Snake Fruit Tree And You Could Also See The Vanilla Plant And Buy The Real Vanilla. The Vanilla Plant Grows By Climbing Over Another Tree Or Pole. The Vanilla We Have At Home Is Normally Synthetic.
Pura Lempuyang is one of Bali's nine directional temples. It is perched on a hilltop at 768m. you can climb the 1700 steps from Kemuda to the temple or you can take the winding road. Bus loads of Balinese come up here daily. It is off the beaten path so you don't see many tourists up here. The only vendors are those selling drinks or snacks.
There is a very nice view of the mountain from here.
Bali Bird Walks start from Beggar's Bush Pub at 9 am.
It is best to go the day before you actually want to go to let them know.
The three hour walk through the rice paddy fields is very interesting and we saw several birds and a lot of ducks.
After the walk we all went to lunch .
Our guide was great and very knowledgeable.
Most people when looking to do a day trip in Bali usually seem to firstly consider the volcano tour or water sports as their first options.
However for me one of the best days out that I had in Bali ,was the day trip to Bedugal and to Lake Bratan (pictured)
There is a very old and interesting Hindu temple situated there (the water temple) as well as a Buddhist pagoda and beautiful lake,plus well maintained gardens and an array of animals and stalls.
The scenery on the way there as you go up into the mountains and through the rice paddies is quite breathtaking.
Better take a jumper with you though as it is pretty cold up there at times.
You will need a good driver for the day which will cost about 350,000 rupiah excluding the buffett lunch 60,000. see below for a good driver
You Can See Or Buy The Snake Fruit (Buah Salak) From The Street Vendors Easily In Bali But To Find The Tree Itself You Have To Travel To Sibetan Or When You Visit Desa Sri Batu,The Place Where Coffee Is Roasted Traditionaly.You Can Also See The Vanilla Plant And Buy It Here.
It is worth getting out of the tourist areas to see a more traditional Balinese village.
This village is near Gianyar.
In many of the villages they will allow you to look through there houses for a small fee,but you must go there with a local guide or driver.
I would recommend Dewa Putu Suarjata transport service.
He is a very friendly young guy that never stops smiling or laughing,and is very helpful and informative.
my fren Gaspere seen here ... a religious ceremony being held at one of the temples near Pura Tanah Lot .....
well with 10,000 temple around the island is hard not to miss their rituals and ceremony ..its really just a matter of how grand ....
ice cream anyone ?
Just a few minutes drive north of Seminyak,
is Canggu where open fields and vast space,
dominate this place,
blessing it with a special Zen.
While the farmers attend to their crops,
the echoes of the wind
stream over the fields.
All along this coast,
is a cleaner version of the beach,
with strong waves that crash unto the sand,
while surfers wait for that perfect run.
There are a few villas here and there.
And the ex-pat community is slowly moving to this abode.
It's difficult to find that bargain hotel,
leaving only a few to choose from.
Not too much development here.
This is the place to go,
when one feels well on their own,
and can appreciate the beauty that nature has to offer.
The roads are calm,
with small villages scattered here and there,
while it's people sit and relax
watching the very few who pass by,
opening the possibility for one to ride a bicycle,
and enjoy absorbing the surroundings.
I have fallen in love with this spot,
making it the place that I come back to
over and over again
to watch those miraculous sunsets
that sink slowly into this dream setting.
If there were ever a spot on this island
I would desire to live in,
Canggu, you could be the one.
They call the area as “Dodol Watu”. You need to go from West Bali National Park, it takes nearly one hour to reach this place from National Park office. Java island is very near from this area. You can imagine your self swimming and voila, you are in Java. You don’t need ferry to transport you from Bali to Java. The low down is the current is strong, so swimming inter island is not so recommended.
This place is beautiful. The beach is absolutely gorgeous. You can see the deers take rest under shadow while you are relaxing on the beach. I love this place.
I saw it at one of the roundabout during our tour ...too bad I didnt manage to know what this statue symbolises ..anyway the sight of it is good enough ...about 5 storey high
thanks to my best buddy OlympusC750 I manage to captur eit though the coach is moving ....
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