Explore the rich culture and beautiful landscapes and attractions of the region on this heritage tour. You will have an opportunity to meet and talk to local people along the way.
Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the village of Batubulan to see the traditional Barong dance. Barong is a lion-like creature and character in the mythology of Bali. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good and enemy of Rangda, the demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders in the mythological traditions of Bali. The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in the Barong dance to represent the eternal battle between good and evil.
We will continue to Celuk, a village famous for its gold and silver works. A visit to Mas Village will highlight this center of the fine quality wood art carvings.
Nearby, we visit Goa Gajah, known as the Elephant Cave, where there are carvings of various menacing creatures and demons. The primary figure was once thought to be an elephant. From here, we see the Gunung Kawi Temple with 10 rock-cut shrines carved into some 23-foot high sheltered niches of the sheer cliff face. These funeral monuments are thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favourite queens. On the east side, there are five temples that are dedicated, according to one theory, to King Udayana, his queen Mahendradatta and sons Airlanga, Anak Wungsu and Marakata. The temples on the west side are dedicated to the king’s minor queens.
Our next stop will be at Tampaksiring to visit the Tirta Empul Temple, a Hindu Balinese water temple. The temple compound consists of a bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification.
A visit to Kintamani will have you enjoy Mount Batur and the lake. We finish at the beautiful Rice Terrace of Tegalalang Village, famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies involving the subak, a traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system.