Ubud Sightseeing Tour
Via Tejakula, Batur, Champuan (Galery), Ubud Villages, Rice terraces in Tegagallang, Rice fields in in Tampaksiring, Gunung Kawi.
This excursion is focusing on the area of Ubud. After a nice ride through the mountains of Batur we will arrive at the centre of arts and crafts. Stops will be made at the famous monkey forest, different art galleries, Gunung Kawi temple and many other sites. During the trip you will also see the vast rice fields / terraces of Tampaksiring and Tegagallang.
The best sights to be seen in this area are made up of a combination of two places: Mount Batur and Lake Batur. From Penelokan we are able to admire a majestic (and still active) volcano and see the sparkling blue waters of the lake. Traversing the lake, the wakes of boats indicate where tourists and local people are carried across to Trunyan village, one of the communities of the Bali Aga, or original inhabitants of Bali . Batur is located in the Kintamani district about 32 km from the main town of Bangli .
Surrounded by lovely green hills where the air is fresh and cool, it is no wonder that Sutan Takdir Ali Syahbana, the famous poet, chose this place to construct his Balai Seni, the art building of Toyobungkah. Here we can find a natural hot spring on the side of the volcano, which flows into a small pond right on the edge of Lake Batur .
It is used daily by people who believe that the waters are beneficial in curing skin ailments and disorders. It is located on the western side of Lake Batur , opposite Trunyan village.
Ubud Village , the Blanco renaissance Museum
Ubud Village is located in the Gianyar Regency. Ubud is frequently visited by tourists because you can see the Balinese life and the execution of the Hindu ritual here.
Antonio Blanco, who died in December 1999, was an eccentric Catalonian artist and one of the great characters of Ubud. His home and gallery as well as the museum are open to the public. The gardens are delightful and home for exotic birds. From the roof of the museum you have an amazing view over Ubud.
Blanco called his style renaissance and compared himself to Salvador Dali. Many of his painting are bawdy and erotic, yet possess grace and rhythm, attractive colours and many hidden meanings. The frames are part of the art experience. He used to paint in a pit below floor level so he could view his subject at eye level. There is a special area for the adults where you can find the most erotic paintings. He was also a great marketer: many self portraits photographs, including several with Michael Jackson, can be found in the lobby.
Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias book “ Island of Bali ” he came to Bali in 1950 and married a local Balinese dancer named Ni Rondji. He did a lot of paintings of her and his family. His son Mario, also a painter, is continuing the family tradition.
Tegalalang Terace Rice Fields
Tegalalang Ubud, Tegalalang Village is located about 5 km north of Ubud Village and is a very interesting place to visit because of its beautiful rice terraces. In this vast area you can see Balinese farmers work on their rice fields. The rice terraces at Tegalalang are fascinating and a tourist attraction in Bali – don’t miss it!
Tampak Siring (also known by the name of Tirta Empul) is a temple with a big clear water source. The water is believed to be holy and able to cure diseases. The location is beautiful and frequented by tourists. On the hill above the sacred spring is the Presidential Palace built by Soekarno , Indonesia ‘s first President.
The temple was built around 960 AD by King Candra Bayasingka from the Warmadewa dynasty. Two rectangular pools can be found in the inner court. These pools have thirty fountains from east to west facing the east. Each fountain bears its own name, e.g. Penglukatan (used in cleansing ceremonies), Pembersihan, and Cetik (Poison). In popular folklore the Cetik fountain and Tirta Empul were made by Indra when he pierced the earth to create the spring of Amerta (the elixir of immortality) with which he was able to defeat the atheist demon king, who ran away to the northern pail of the village of Tampak Siring to save himself. Mayadenawa created a poisonous spring (Cetik) there. Soldiers of India ‘s army died upon drinking from this spring. So Indra created the spring of Amerta called Tirta Empul to save his army.
From the lookout above the long cobblestone stairway (315 stairs) near the banks of the Pakerisan river you can see ghostly habitations on the far side of the valley. Below the stairs is a line of mystic palaces. This is the Gunung Kawi bath a Hindu – Balinese sanctuary and a complex of temples/ancient burial towers carved from solid rock. The name Gunung Kawi derives from the word Gunung meaning ‘mountain’ and Kawi meaning ‘carving’. The carvings are remarkably well preserved due to the deep niches which are over seven metres high. Archaeologists conclude from the inscriptions, that the “candis” served as royal memorials for king Udayana and his family. From left to right they honour King Udayana, Queen Gunapriya, the second wife of Udayana, Marakata, the Prime Minister and Anak Wungsu. The last two candis bear the words “Rwa Anakira” meaning “my two sons” in respect to Udayana’s children who were the succeeding rulers after their father.
Departure time from Siddhartha: 08:00 am
Return to Siddhartha: approx. 4:00 pm
Included: Guide, entrance fees, soft drinks
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