As the legend says if you take bath here and drink water of the fountain, you will remain young for long period. This must be true also, as many fountains near the volcanoes contain super rich minerals which may help one to retain youth or cure the diseases.
We saw, many people from West taking bath along with the locals. I also wanted to take a dip in the holy water but had to restrain myself as the guide said we shall be here for a very brief period. I collected water i a bottle and drank it. I also carried a small bottle of water with me to bring back the Holy water to India but the Denpasar airport did not allow me to carry it, so I drank it all. Let's see if I remain young for long!!! Hahaha!
Tirtha Empul Temple is a Hindu temple in the middle of Bali Island, Indonesia, famous for its Holy water where Hindu Bali people go for purification.Tirtha Empul Temple was built in 926 A.D. during the Warmadewa dynasty (from the 10th to 14th centuries), at a site where there was a large water spring.
On the left side of the temple is a modern villa on the hill. built for President Sukarno's visit in 1954, which is now used as a rest house for important guests.
More than a thousand years ago a powerful King named Mayadenawa ruled over a vast area which included Bali. Mayadenawa possessed the spiritual power to transform himself into anything he desired. Unfortunately he misused his powers and became a cruel, black magician.
A priest named Sang Kulputih appealed to Indra to come to earth to kill Mayadenawa.Because he had many spies, Mayadenawa learned about the upcoming attack in time and managed to organize his defenses. However Lord Indra's forces were superior and therefore victorious. Most of King Mayadenawa troops fled, leaving him almost without defense.
Then the war was interrupted by nightfall. When Indra's forces slept, Mayadenawa stole into Indra's camp, walking on the sides of his feet as to leave no foot prints, and created a pool of poisoned water. This way of walking gave Tampaksiring its name, for tampak siring is Balinese for 'without imprints'. He left as he came and when Indra's forces woke up the next morning and discovered the water pool, they drank from it and became violently sick.
When Indra found out what happened, he created a large spring of fresh water by stabbing his flag pole to the ground.The clear water was able to cure the sickness of his army. The spring was called Tirtha Empul, which means bubbling spring.
Mayadenawa fled, chased by the forces of Indra. During his flight he transformed himself a number of times, but he couldn't trick Indra with his disguises. When he had transformed himself into a stone, he was shot by Indra with an arrow. A stream of blood flowed from the stone, forming the river Petanu. And for a thousand years this river would be cursed. Rice fields irrigated with its water would make the rice grow fast, but once harvested, blood would come out of it and it would smell bad.
The death of King Mayadenawa is symbolic for the victory of good (dharma) over evil (adharma). The day of Mayadenawa's death is still celebrated, every 210 days according to the Balinese Pawukon calendar, and this day is generally known as Galungan Day
During second world war The Japanese occupied Indonesia, including Bali and drove out the Dutch. But at the same time they brought atrocities to the Indonesian/ Balinese people , they were captured, tortured , raped the women and what not. Many people took shelter in caves , Volcano crater to save them from the atrocities imparted by the Japanese.
We visited one such cave situated just in front of Mount Batur Volcano. Many people miss this and just go away. This cave was also shelter for many people.
Lake Batur is the result of volcanic eruption from Batur Volcano. The water is beautiful blue and one of the most scenic place! The water here is clean, serene and cool blue. You would love to go there for boating or for just a stroll!
Danau Batur is a crater lake that fills the south-eastern side of the Batur caldera. It is Bali's largest lake and has an area of approximately 18 square kilometers. Just as Gunung Agung is revered by Pura Besakih as Bali's largest mountain, Batur is revered by its own temple, Pura Ulun Danu Batur, as Bali's largest lake. Pura Batur is considered Bali's second-most important temple, after Besakih.
We visited Mount Batur Volcano on the second day of our stay in Bali. It is still a very live volcano and has erupted at least 4 times since 1966. The last eruption was in 1996. In case you want to climb to the volcano you may get in touch with local authority. It's a two hours climb from the bottom.
The area of north-eastern Bali at the Mount Batur caldera, and which encompasses Penelokan, Toya Bungkah, Batur and Kintamani villages, is known widely as just Kintamani. Kintamani, Batur and Penelokan villages sit on the rim of the huge Batur caldera about 1,500m above sea level, and offer dramatic views of the active volcano Mount Batur and serene Lake Batur. Toyo Bungkah village is down at the lake edge.
As well as the lake and the volcano, Kintamani is home to Pura Ulun Danu Batur, one of Bali's key nine directional temples.
Cruise in comfort aboard Bali Bounty Cruises 600 passenger catamaran. With a cruising speed of up to 30 knots, you may sit back, relax and enjoy full staff service while reading the daily newspaper or viewing our onboard video entertainment. We sail from Bali every day.
Bounty Cruises is equipped with state of the art computerized stabilizer and meets with International Safety Standards. Complete with an executive standard of service, the Bounty Catamaran is three decks of pure luxury.
I wrote to Bounty Cruise and sent the tips to them, they were kind enough to share the names of the dancers. The dancers are, Puspita Sari, Dessy, Hartini, Kebel Dan Tri. Well I don't know whose name is what. But I really appreciate Bounty Cruise management.
The visit to The Turtle Island is one of the must if you are visiting Bali. The tour starts from Tanjung Benoa Harbour on a speed boat and takes to you mid harbour . There they show you corals and fishes they they take you to Turtle Island. In this island they have kept various kinds of turtles in various size after making enclosure in one side of the sea. The giant turtles are also kept here, which you are allowed to touch, feed and even kiss the smaller ones ( see pictures).
They make you aware to preserve the endangered species as they are friends of human.
Here there are a few restaurants , where you can have beer, coconut water and snacks. But the prices are just double. Bintang beer costs 30000 Rupiah and Coconut costs 20000 Rupiah.
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This is one of the best part of Bali visit. Since, you are going to stay for very limited period in Bali, this Bounty Cruise dinner is one of the better options to see Bali Culture, Bali sea, Breathtaking Bali Sunset and enjoy for dinner and dance for 3 hrs. I shall strongly recommend this show for the tourists visiting Bali with their family.
For USD$50 the show offers 2.5 hrs of Sunset Cruise, which offers ample opportunity of photography with view of Bali Volcano, Balinese Dance with dances of other country performed by professional dancers, very good singer who can speak songs in various languages, comic show and great dinner!
Besides, you get the chance to meet the dancers personally, who also invite you to perform with them.
Here they have also added some fun/ comedy in the show by depicting Hanuman as monkey with monkey like behaviour. Here he mixes with the crowd, scratches his hair, body , mixes with the crowd and even attempts to clear the lice from their hair!! But in India, Hanuman is considered as God and worshiped in entire East & North India in Temples. No one makes fun of him as he is a highly revered God himself, who has been given the blessing of immortality ( Amaratwa) by his mother Anjani. He is son of God Pawan and is a bachelor. In among all school of wrestling in India Hanuman is worshiped as he is considered Mahaveera ( The most powerful).
Kecak Dance for is an ancient dance form of Bali, though it was popularised from 1930s, by German Painter and Musician Walter Spies. It is basically a dance drama based on the story of Ramayana the great Indian Hindu epic. When, Goddess Sita was abducted by Demon King Ravana and taken to Lanka ( Now Sri Lanka) his capital and kept in his captivity. Then Lord Rama and his younger Brother Laxmana, went in search of Sita to Lanka. On the way they met the great Hanumana and other monkey Kings Bali & Sugreev, who helped them to get back Sita after a battle.
Kecak was originally a trance ritual accompanied by male chorus. German painter and musician Walter Spies became deeply interested in the ritual while living in Bali in the 1930s and worked to recreate it into a drama, based on the Hindu Ramayana and including dance, intended to be presented to Western tourist audiences. This transformation is an example of what James Clifford describes as part of the "modern art-culture system" in which, "the West or the central power adopts, transforms, and consumes non-Western or peripheral cultural elements, while making 'art' which was once embedded in the culture as a whole, into a separate entity." Spies worked with Wayan Limbak and Limbak popularized the dance by traveling throughout the world with Balinese performance groups. These travels have helped to make the Kecak famous throughout the world.
Uluwatu Temple offers breathtaking view of of the sea and Southern Peninsula of Bali. Please try to visit this place during afternoon with your camera! You shall get the breathtaking view of sunset along with the Peninsula. A must for all tourist.
We visited Uluwatu temple on 27th March'2012, it is one of the most famous Hindu temple in Bali and is there for centuries. We offered prayers there along with the priest.
Uluwatu Temple (Pura Uluwatu) is one of Bali's nine key directional temples. Though a small temple was claimed to have existed beforehand, the structure was significantly expanded by a Javanese sage, Empu Kuturan in the 11th Century. Another sage from East Java, Dang Hyang Nirartha is credited for constructing the padmasana shrines and is claimed to have attained Moksha here. Even more remarkable than the temple itself is its location, perched on a steep cliff 70 metres above the roaring Indian ocean waves. There are more steep headlands on either side and sunsets over Uluwatu are a sight to behold.
The entrance fee from 1 Feb 2012 is Rp 20,000 and you need to be properly dressed to enter. Sarongs and sashes are available free at the entrance. Guides, once famously mercenary, hassle visitors less than they used to, although they will offer to "protect" you from the monkeys, for a tip of course. Note that while you are free to walk around the temple grounds, the central courtyards can only be entered during special rituals.
The temple is inhabited by large number of monkeys, who are extremely adept at snatching visitors' belonging, including bags, cameras and eyeglasses. Keep a very close grip on all your belongings and stow away your eyeglasses if at all possible. If you do have something taken, the monkeys can usually be induced to exchange it for some fruit. Needless to say, rewarding the monkeys like this only encourages them to steal more. Locals and even the temple priests will be happy to do the job for you, naturally in exchange for a tip (Rp 10,000-50,000).
Kintamani is the most favorite tourist destinations in Bali with the active volcano of mount Batur and beautiful lake.
more info can visit my Kintamani page.
This Temple was built in the 15th century by the priest, Pedanda Bahu Rawuh or Danghyang Nirartha from Majapahit Jawa. Located on Bali's south coast, built atop a rocky mound that at high tide is completely surrounded by water. When the tide is low people can walk to the temple. It looks like a floating one if the tide is high. There are many caves under the temple lived by the peaceful sea snakes, which has white and black colors. There is a spring considered sacred not far from this temple.
more info about Tanah Lot can visit Ubud page
Ubud is located 35 km northeast of Bali's International Airport. It is attractive to tourists for a variety of reasons. On a relatively small island with a horde of attractions, Ubud is centrally located, There are plenty reasons why Ubud was voted in recently as the most fascinating city of Asia by Condé Nast Traveler.
The Ubud area is around two- to three hundred meters above sea level and surrounded by rice fields, which makes it noticeably cooler than then other tourist destinations in Bali. Neighbouring villages are well known for unique bamboo crafts and furniture, wood- and stone carving and many other crafts.
More about Ubud can visit my Ubud page
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