Journey to Temple

Besakih Temple

The mother temple of Besakih is situated 25 km northeast Ubud in the village of Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung. With beautiful view from the top of temple, wide nature panorama until to the ocean.

The most importance, the largest and holiest temple in the Island of God. Besakih Temple is a complex of thousands temples but there is one main temple call Penataran Agung Temple which located in is the center of all temples.

Many of festival or ceremony held in this temple. On the full moon or Purnama Kedasa (around March and April), Hindu devotees will organize the ‘Ida Betara Turun Kabeh’ ceremony at Penataran Agung Besakih Temple. In the Ida Batara Turun Kabeh ceremony, the Hindus ‘nedunin’ or inviting Ida Batara or deities at Catur Dala Temple (temples of 4 directions) to descend to the Besakih Temple complex, consisting of Kiduling Kerteg Temple, Ulun Kulkul Temple and Batu Madeg Temple. At the Ida Batara Turun Kabeh ceremony, deities at Catur Dala Temple are invited to come to the center of Penataran Agung Besakih Temple, in accordance with the concept of padma kuncup or lotus buds. In this occasion all Balinese Hindus from all over Bali will come and pray at Besakih Temple.

Ulun Danu Batur Temple

The second of the most important temple after the Besakih housing with more than 90 shrines. Worth visiting at any time of year, especially during the odalan or ceremony festival, usually in March, depending on the full moon, which is dedicated to the Goddess of the crater lake, who is said to control the Irrigation systems for the entire island.

Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

This the temple is the source of the lake Bratan, this temple located on a lake that fills the crater of ancient mount Bratan in Tabanan Regency area, in the northwestern part of Bali, in an elevation of 1239 meters above sea level. This Ulun Danu Temple is dedicated to the Goddess of serene lake Bratan, as a manifestation of God as Wisnu, the preserver.

Tanah Lot Temple

The sacred and unique temples located in south west Bali. It was built on a small promontory, which is only accessible at low tide. Poisonous snakes live in the nearby caves and act as guardian of the temple. The best place to enjoy sun going down, with golden red skies frame the temple as wave’s crash into the rock at its base.

Tirta Empul Temple

A holy spring water temple located in Tampak Siring Village. It’s about 10 km northeast Ubud. Set in the dale and encircled by the hill. Walk distance from Tirta Empul Temple, located one of palace of Indonesia Government. Function as retreat home of Indonesian president.

Uluwatu Temple

A dramatic Hindu temple set on the cliff bank in south part of Bali Peninsula. It is one of Sad Kahyangan Temple in Bali (six big groups of Bali Temples). Nice area with the coral reef sordid to sea about 80 meters above the sea level. It is featured by a small dry forest which is mostly called by Alas Kekeran (interdict forest) which is belong to the temple and dwelt by a lot of monkeys and other animal. Name of Uluwatu was come from the word Ulu meaning the head and Watu meaning stone. Therefore Uluwatu Temple mean the temple built in tip of coral reef. Choice of place where you could enjoy the sunset and continue your enjoy time by watch Kecak dance performance.

Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple

Mount Batukaru grants an exceptional shade to the entire district of Tabanan Regency. The gloom of Pura Luhur (Luhur temple) achieves the best scenery, ideally located at the foot of Mount Batukaru. The temple has a 2 meters meru to Maha Dewa, Mount Batukaru’s guardian spirit. Grandly located among the lofty trees of the rain forest, this is a unique encounter between man and nature.

The road to the temple branches out at Pacung, where a restaurant overlooks the rice paddies offers the unforgettable memory of Bali.

Gunung Kawi Temple

One of Bali's oldest monuments means carving in the mount. A steep stone stairway leads down into a beautiful valley where you find 10, seven-meter-high memorials or candies carved into the rock face. Four can be found on the west side and five on the eastside of the river. To the south across the valley lies another. Explore the ruins of a temple, said to be the tombs of the king's concubines. Indeed, a magical and unique piece of history. The ancient omission complex of Gunung Kawi is founded on 10 century.

Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun Temple is a Royal Temple of Mengwi Empire and it is located in Mengwi Village. It is set on the land which is surrounded by the big fish pond and look like a drift on the water. It owns the beautiful temple building with multistoried roof and Balinese Architecture. The wide beautiful landscape garden in front courtyard to welcome all visitors who come and visit this temple.

Beauty Of Nature

Journey to Caves

Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave

Dating from the 11th century and local people believe this cave was made from hand nail. There is a relief which is almost looking like the form of mountain on the entrance of this cave. It was carved many designed on the relief like grove with the stick, close leaf, animal such forest pig, tortoise and specters. On the gate is decorated by the bas-relief with the eye turn around to the right or west side. In the middle of courtyard there is ‘Patirthaan’ a place to take the ‘holy tirtha’ for ceremony.

Goa Lawah or Bat Cave

Famous for the thousands of fruit bats that live here, this can be an interesting experience. Located in Klungkung Regency, east Bali near the Kusamba beach.

Visit the Palaces

Puri Saren Agung Ubud

From the late 19th century to the mid-1940s, this was the seat for the local ruler. It’s a series of elegant and well preserved pavilions, many of the decorated incongruously with colonial-era European furniture. Visitors are welcome to stroll around, tough there are no signs indicating what you are looking at, so it palls quickly.

Evening dance performances are held in the courtyard, and it is the best and most dramatic setting for these in Ubud.

Kerta Gosa (Court of Justice)

A palace dedicated to the God of love, this palace was home to the kings of Klungkung. Although only two pavilions and the entrance gate remains, the hall of justice (Bale Kerta Gosa) and Taman Gili (the floating hall) are worth seeing for its beautiful painted ceiling and carved pillars.

Visit the Water Palaces

Taman Ujung Water Palace

Set in beautiful landscape park, the ruins of this palace are a tribute to the slightly eccentric designs of King Anak Agung Ngurah / The King of Karangasem.

Tirta Gangga Royal Bathing Pool

One of the prettiest places in Bali, Tirta Gangga (Water of the Ganges) is a well-maintained pool complex built by the last king of Karangasem, Raja Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut, in 1947 with corves labor on the site of a sacred spring emerging from under a banyan tree. The site of a small water temple, these formal, almost Italian-style water gardens were one of the old raja's weekend retreats.

Visit the Traditional Villages of Bali

Penglipuran Village

Penglipuran is a traditional village which located 700 meters above sea level with fresh air.

From historical point of view, according to the village elders, the words Penglipuran is drive from words Pengeling Pura, means a holy place for remembering their ancestors.

Another opinion stated that Penglipuran is derived from the word Penglipuran, means relaxation, since on the royal period this place was a good spot for resting place.

Population in this village is 743 persons, most of them are farmers and just a few as civil servants and handicrafts are well developed in this remote village.

Tenganan Village

This is one of the most conservative village of the original villages in Bali. This walled village is situated on a valley and surrounded by hills. The villagers claim that their ancestors were the origin people from Bedaulu kingdom.

They always keep their custom well with a strict rule in order to protect their purity. This village also known as a centre for weaving. The only place in Indonesia where ‘Geringsing’ cloth is made.

Journey to Lakes

Lake Batur

Lake Batur is the largest lake in Bali. It was formed by the volcano about more then 30.000 years ago. The lake is about 10 km long and it’s deepest point is 65 meters. The lake provides a lot of sources of freshwater fish.

The main village at the south part of the lake is Kedisan. It’s possible to rent a boat and make a trip on the lake. Around the lake there are some hot springs available.

Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan

Located further north are the twin lakes of Buyan and Tamblingan. The rainforest surrounding the lakes has lain untouched for more than 1000 years, and it is home to species of birds, trees, flowers unseen elsewhere on the island. See and feed the monkeys too.

Lake Bratan

Location of the superb Ulun Danu Temple, this lake offers both superb-scenery and water sports such as jet-skiing for the more adventurous.

Bali Rice Terraces

Ceking

Nearest rice terrace which only 20 minutes drive from Ubud and own the magnificent view of rice terrace. The rice terrace is designed very beautiful with exquisite hollowing rice field and precisely located on the hill bank. We could see Balinese farmer do their rice field in oblique area complete with its system irrigation.

While enjoying the view, a small shopping of Balinese Handicraft with best price can be done.

Jatiluwih

Another place to enjoy beautiful rice terrace unfolding from the foot of mountain until the coastal side. Came from word of ‘Jati’ means really and ‘Luwih’ means special, good, and beautiful or the equivalent. The view here is one of the finest imaginable: Bali’s terrace paddy fields stretch in endless contours over hills and valleys as far as the eye can see.

The local paddies are planted in this place look typically of the high relative size plant if it is compared with other pre-eminent paddy planted by most farmers in Bali. Despitefully, Jatiluwih at a height of 850 meters above sea level also famous with its organic agriculture system due to the location is located in the in the plateau of Watukaru Mount which is suitable for the agriculture development

Visit Other Exciting Destination in Bali

Ubud Monkey Forest

The Ubud Monkey forest is a small nature preserve on the southern outskirts of Ubud.

Along with its lush surroundings and a beautiful temple are hundreds of monkeys Balinese macaques, to be more specific.

Our local resident believes that these monkeys are protecting the forest with all its content. All monkeys in this place have tame and dwell this forest together in each group area.

Mas Village

About 5 kilometers to the south from Ubud, is the center of the fine quality wood art, this villages is the hometown of many Balinese master of wood carver. Now many collection of fine wood carving is still can be found.

Celuk Village

The village of Celuk, a center of gold and silver work has original designs in delicate filigree make Balinese jewelry one of the most unusual styles in Asia.

Although individual pieces are elaborate, they have simple origins in their making. Artisans use a tree stump with a protruding iron spike as a pounding base, a bamboo stem to catch the filings, and a manually operated gas pump for heat. As with most Balinese crafts, gold and silver work is largely a hereditary trade.

Apprentices begin young by the time the boys are twelve, they are already producing fine ornaments from the metals.

However, the increased demand by tourists has resulted in the craft extending beyond the traditional clan. Almost every family in Celuk now makes or sells gold and silver work. Kuta and Kamasan (near Klungkung) are other such smiting centers, the latter famous for large silver bowls.

Bedugul Botanical Garden

Bedugul Botanical Garden is renowned for its wide selection of plants. It’s a very airy site with mountain atmosphere with rain forest and hill surrounds it.

Encompassing 120 hectares, the gardens were established in 1959, it is completed by more than 1187 plant types and multifarious of floras.

In this area is a large collection of native plant sand over 500 specimens of orchids. There is orchid garden with the collection of 320 orchid types from Bali, Java, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Sulawesi, even Papua. We can also meet the rose garden with the collection of various rose from rust colored until green chromatic.

Museum

Ubud is become well-known by their art especially painting art. Since 1920 many foreign artist such as Walters Spies, Rudolf Bonnet came to Ubud and influenced the art in Ubud. They introduced Western techniques such as perspective and encouraged Balinese artist that become their student to venture beyond the traditional mythological subject matter and paint scent from everyday life. Now, you can see the development of Ubud painting style from time to time at the museum in Ubud. There are many painting museum in Ubud exhibit the high quality of traditional and modern art work, one of them is our in-house Lempad Museum containing collection of painting from the maestro of Lempad.

Petulu (the White Heron) Village

Every day around sunset, thousands of white herons birds, called Kokokan in Balinese begin filling the skies at twilight as they fly back to the village of Petulu after searching for food since sunrise. With their stomachs full of small paddy eels, fish and frogs they spend the night safely roosting in the tree-lined roads of the quiet mountain village. It is difficult to believe that the hustle and the hustle of Ubud are just a few miles away.

Intimate with Balinese Culture

Making Offering

Offerings are the traditional art and part of Balinese daily religious activities and dedicated to neutralize energy for a consistent equilibrium at all time. Offerings are seen in the entire resort area, in the resort shrines, on the grounds or even in front of your room. We invite to learn of making offerings.

Purify Ceremony

Bali is often referred to as the island of ‘holy water’ because of the countless number of sacred springs on Bali and because holy water is the key element in their purification ceremonies.

Through this program, you will experience a real Balinese cleansing and purification ceremony at our local ‘holy spring’ accompanied by a local priest. You will receive pure energy from the spring to cleanse your bodies on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

This spiritual activity is held privately at IDR. 400,000 per person and one day advance reservation is required.

Dance Performances

Ubud and surrounding areas offer a wealth of cultural performances to entertain all tastes. Although many area a shortened version of the original, all provide the opportunity of sampling a small part of Balinese culture during each day. Some of popular dance in Bali such as Legong Dance, Barong Dance and Kecak Dance are regularly performance in Ubud area.

Trekking with Guide

Ubud area is rich in scenic beauty, offering breathtaking views of valleys and rivers covered by lush tropical vegetation and terraced paddy fields watered by ‘Subak’, the traditional Balinese irrigation system and inhale 100% pure oxygen while you enjoy the long distance views of rice fields and dozens of coconut trees.

This activity is available daily guided by a professional hotel trekker.

Reservations should be made at least one day in advance with cost is only at IDR. 145,000++ per person inclusive of refreshing.

Yoga Class

A holistic exercise for your mind, body and soul. The class is conducted by an experienced Balinese Yoga Instructor who has been practicing yoga for years and feels the great benefits of yoga. It is suitable for beginners.

The cost for this activity is at IDR. 300,000++ per person inclusive of a glass of healthy juice. One day advance reservation is required.

Balinese Cooking Lesson

Get a taste of what our professional and talented Chef by joining Balinese Cooking Lesson. You will discover four of his secret recipes and learn some tricks of the trade before sampling the finished dishes. Price is at IDR. 300,000++ per person includes tour to morning market, food recipe, and certificate from the Chef. Please book one day in advance and our Chef will pleased to meet you for further arrangement.

Dance Lesson

Balinese still maintain their traditional attire especially for any cultural activities such as temple festivals, funeral or traditional cultural activities.

Experience Balinese tradition in fashion and dance handed through generations. We invite you to learn of Balinese Dance Lesson.

Spiritual Journey

Experience a day spiritual activity begins by visiting famous Balinese healer and fortune teller and continue by purify ritual to cleanse your body, mind and soul. This activity is at IDR. 750,000++ per person or couple and so much recommended during your stay.