Along with two other friends I hired a car and driver for the day to travel to Lovina. Lovina is a lovely beachside resort popular with tourists and travellers in the north coast of Bali.
When in the town of Tegallalang to view the terraced rice fields it was suggested that we might like to visit the local "Coffee Centre. This was a great idea and located at the top of the mountain .Here we entered the "out of the way"( I thought) Coffee Centre and drank some of the most wonderful coffee.
I really wasn't aware that Bali produced such fine coffee..After looking around the centre and enjoying the coolness of its location,we sat and were asked if we would care to taste the many different types of coffee that they had...of course we agreed . I am a coffee lover and must say I was overly impressed with the quality of the coffee.
One Thing I did see ,that I had heard of previously and got my attention was the Luwak animals that are fed coffee beans. These animals are kept in enclosures and at the time of my visit were all asleep. ..These beans then pass through the animal and are then collected each morning..they then go through a cleaning process and the coffee beans are then packed and the "Luwak Coffee"sold for a really high price. I wonder who first thought of this idea!!! I personally thought that this was an extreme exploitation of the caged animals though.
The Coffee Centre Sales shop has a great collection of coffee which can be chosen then packaged and mailed to an address of your choosing.There are various other items for sale also.Bali Tea, lots of natural spices, and aroma therapy products.I personally thought that the coffee chocolate was good. I beleive this Centre was definately worth the visit.certainly different
TOTALLY FASCINATING TO WATCH THE RICE FARMERS AT WORK... SUCH A GREAT TIME SEEING THIS PLACE..THE JOY OF SOME OF THESE FARMERS WHEN THEY SAW TOURISTS LOOKING AT THEM WAS A SHOW IN ITSELF...THESE FARMERS WERE FRIENDLY AND KIND....Indonesia’s hot, humid climate and rich volcanic soil support many agricultural products. .....AND THIS PARTICULAR AREA BEING AWAY FROM MANY OR NO BUILDINGS IS PERFECT FOR RICE GROWING..
HAVING A DRIVER TO TAKE YOU AROUND BALI IS THE WAY TO GO..ESPECIALLY BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHERE TO GO AND THEY DON'T GET LOST AND WASTE TIME TRYING TO GET BACK ON THE PATH...ALSO THEY KNOW THE PLACE AND CULTURE. .THE AMAZING AMOUNT OF INFORMATION ABOUT BALI IS INVALUABLE!!!!!
PUTU ..THE DRIVER THAT TOOK ME MOST OF THE PLACES I WENT WAS SUPERB!! !!HE MADE IT FUN AND IT WAS A GREAT TIME HEARING HIS AMAZING EXPERIENCES OF BEING A DRIVER!!! : )
HE CHARGES $40 A DAY!! BUT IT WAS WORTH IT!!!
When travelling through or staying in South East Asia or any of these tropical destinations..ALWAYS Carry with you and use a strong and reliable Mosquito and Insect repellant. Constant heat and humidity means that there will always be many insects and mosquitos. Evening time means long sleeve shirts and trousers and cover any bare skin with a mosqito repellant. Don't worry everybody should smell the same!!.Dengue fever and Malaria are prevelant in the majority of South East Asia so, take care and be sure to cover up.
A wide brimmed hat is also a must here..
Make sure that you have sufficient fresh drinking water at all times.
Whenever I am travelling in South East Asia, or any of these tropical destinations ,I ALWAYS make sure that I am carrying sufficient fresh drinking water with me.The temperatures here are usually very hot and humid and is easy to lose a lot of your body fluid in the heat and is neccesary to drink lots of fresh water to replace it. With the heat and humidity being so constant it is so easy to dehydrate rather quickly so is very important to make sure that you have sufficient water with you.
When purchasing water make sure to check that the seal on the bottle cap is NOT broken and the bottle has been refilled with ordinary local tap water.This happened to me once unfortunately ..so take care..
A wide brimmed hat and a good pair of sunglasses is a must
THE BEAUTY OF THE RICE FIELDS AND WATCHING THE PEOPLE DOING THEIR WORK ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER AMAZING SCENES OF TEGALALANG MAKE A DAY OF SIGHT SEEING A TOTAL JOY!!!!!