Friday, January 31, 2014

Desa Temple as Tourist Attraction

Desa and Puseh Temple with its uniqueness does not only become the pride of Batuan community, but also becomes the attraction to foreign tourists. Since the opening of the tourist route of Denpasar - Gianyar through Celuk (1980), Batuan village began to be known. Many tour guides and travel agencies take their guests to see the uniqueness of the temple. “Initially, tourists were free to enter the temple. However, to maintain the sanctity of the temple, guests are given a cloth and shawl with compensation of voluntary contribution,” said Chief of Batuan customary village, I Wayan Bendi.

Indeed, the Desa and Puseh Temple of Batuan village is always crowded with tourists every day. From the morning till night, foreign tourists are always fascinated to see the uniqueness as well as feel the magic aura of the temple. Some are coming in person, while some others come with travel agencies by small and large vehicles

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Visa And Departure Tax

To enter Bali your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from your date of arrival. Travellers holding passports from some countries (including Australia and New Zealand) may be granted a seven day visa on arrival for a fee of USD$10 or a 30 day visa on arrival for a fee of USD$25. Payment must be made in USD on arrival. Both visas are non-extendable and non-transferable. The period of stay for visas is calculated from the day of arrival. For example, if a tourist with a seven day visa arrived on a Sunday, they must depart Indonesia the following Saturday. If the tourist departed on the following Sunday, they would be considered to have overstayed their visa. This principle also applies to 30 day visas. Fines are imposed for each additional day in Indonesia.

On leaving, travellers will need to pay a Departure Tax. Currently the tax is Rupiah 150,000. Please note that variations can occur with little or no notice.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Bedugul is a mountain lake resort area in Bali, Indonesia, located in the centre-north region of the island near Lake Bratan on the road between Denpasar and Singaraja. Bedugul is located at 48 kilometres  north of the city of Denpasar. Other nearby lakes are Lake Buyan, and Lake Tamblingan.

Bedugul enjoys a mild mountain weather due to its location at an altitude of about 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) above the sea level.
Major sites in Bedugul are the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan water temple and the Eka Karya Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Garden, opened in 1959. With a total area of 157.5 hectares (390 acres) is the largest in Indonesia.
Eka Karya Botanic Garden
The Eka Karya Botanic Garden was established under the auspices of Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, on July 15, 1959. It is located on 157.5 hectars land ranging 1,250 meters to 1,450 meters above sea level with 2,000 species of plants and 20,000 plant specimens ranging from orchids, roses and medicinal plants to palms and Cyatheas. It also has a stunning view of Buyan Lake.
The Eka Karya Botanical Garden has won the Cipta Pesona Award 2011 from the Culture and Tourism Ministry in recognition of natural tourist attractions, cultural tourist attractions and artificial tourist attractions
Geothermal fields
Exploration of the Bedugul Geothermal Field started in 1974, as part of a New Zealand bilateral aid project. Exploration was continued by Pertamina from 1978 until 1987. In 1994 Bali Energy, a joint venture between California Energy and a local company, signed a joint operation contract with Pertamina to develop a 4x55 MW geothermal power plant.[1] In 2008, the estimated power production capacity of 175 MW corresponded to about half of the whole island's electricity needs. However the project was put on hold, after being opposed by local residents, who feared that it could damage a sacred area and affect water supplies from the nearby lakes.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Travel Tips

Travel tips

Hire an English-speaking personal driver. This will save you time and money as most of the tourist attractions in Bali can be hours away from each other. Taking multiple cab rides might also hurt your pocket. But hiring a driver can also be tricky as (from what I read on the Internet), there are different types of scams being pulled off on tourists by some drivers. My husband and I were lucky to find Gede Suyasa who proved to be a safe driver and took us to all these awesome places. He also gave us tips on where to shop and where not to go.

Shop for souvenirs and pasalubong in the Tanah Lot area. Don't buy your souvenirs in bazaars as chances are, you'll be paying for them 3-4 times the normal price. Shops that offer fixed prices can be found outside the Tanah Lot complex. No need to haggle, and the prices are amazingly cheap.
SHOPPING. Look for places with fixed prices.SHOPPING. Look for places with fixed prices.

Avoid traffic jams. Do this by leaving your hotel early and going against the tide of tourists that go to spots at a certain time.
Do not buy a sarong. Most temples have vendors outside who will tell you that you need them to enter the temple and will convince you to buy from them. It's true that most temple administrators will not allow you to enter without a sarong. However, most of the temples' entrance fees already include sarong rental so there is no need to buy your own. Unless you want to bring one home as Balinese sarongs do have beautiful designs.
If you're in Bali for some relaxation, stay in Seminyak. For partying and wild drinking nights, Kuta is the place for you. High-end hotels can be found in Nusa Dua. If you're looking for a more artistic type of retreat, it will be best to stay in Ubud.
For every type of tourist, Bali certainly has something to offer. For us, our almost-3-day affair with the island was short and sweet, but we did get to soak up enough culture, history, and sun to make us want to return. -

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Nyepi Day /Silent Day

Nyepi Day

Nyepi is a Balinese public holiday that is a 'day of silence' observed every New Year on the Balinese calendar. During Nyepi, the Balinese remain silent, fast and meditate. Although Nyepi is mostly a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents and tourists also observe the day of silence out of respect. Although tourists are free to do as they wish inside their hotels, no one is allowed onto the streets or beaches and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day. Of course this can affect your holiday plans significantly if you fail to prepare ahead so keep track of these future Nyepi dates when planning and booking your next Bali holiday.

Monday - 31/03/2014

Saturday - 21/03/2015

Wednesday - 09/03/2016

Tuesday - 28/03/2017

Saturday - 17/03/2018

Friday - 05/04/2019
Wednesday - 23/03/2020

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Tanah Lot temple

Tanah Lot  Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.

Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th-century priest Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island's beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.
The Tanah Lot temple was built and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples were established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast. However, the temple had significant Hindu influence.

At the base of the rocky island, poisonous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. A giant snake purportedly protects the temple, which was created from Nirartha's scarf when he established the island.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pengelipuran village

The village that located around 6 kilometer from the closest city Bangli or 1 1 kilometer from KUbu village has 750 populations by the last census 2012 by the nuber of the head family 200.Pengilpuran village is a traditional  village which has their own charater,belong to the District Kubu-Sub-district Kubu and Bangli regency.
The beauty ot the village and the surrounding  act that the Penglipuran village is untouchable village by the modernization era,Supported by  the fresh air by the height 700 meter above the sea level,give the comfortable for the villagers and visitors.The surrounded villages are Desa Khayan,Desa Gunaksa,Desa Kubu and Desa Ceking..
The village which is consists of one Village and one smaller village, administratively is very easy to adjust,the number of the Village  and smaller village is the same.The name of the Penglipuran village according to the mythology from the old peoples from Penglipuran village came frfom “Pengeling Pura” ( remember with the temple ),it mean that remember with the ancestors.
This mytology is connected  with the movement of their ancestor  from Bayung Gede village at Kintamani area to Penglipuran village.To respect their ancestor  at Bayung Gede that is why at Penglipuran village as well built the same kind of temple such as : Pura Bale Agung,Pura Puseh,Pura Dalem, and Pura Dukuh.The four temples until  now is still respecting by the villagers.Their sense of belonging and their respecting  to the ancestor  is the meaning of the four temples they built.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sanur Beach

Sanur Holidays & Travel Guide

Despite being Bali's oldest beachside town, Sanur remains an upmarket area with an abundance of holiday resorts and restaurants. Sanur features a wide range of natural, cultural and historical attractions while still offering the fantastic shopping opportunities and stunning beaches that Bali is renowned for. The laidback atmosphere of this region has made it one of Bali's popular holiday destinations for visitors wanting to get away from the bustling party atmosphere of central Bali.
The attractions of Sanur are centred around rich experiences and the vibrant culture. The Le Mayeur Museum is dedicated to the life works of famous Belgian impressionist Adrian Jean Le Mayeur who used to call Sanur home. The area is also known for the colourful giant kites that decorate the skies and are celebrated each July at the Annual International Kite Festival. Traditional Balinese kites of up to 10 metres long are handmade and flown in the competition by teams from local villages. If you aren't visiting during July you can still see the teams practicing flying their kites throughout the year.
The Pura Blanjong (Blanjong Temple) is one of Sanur's most sacred temples and is a must see on any Bali holiday. Home to the stone pillar bearing the Prasati Blanjong historical inscription by a 10th century Javanese king, who is said to have ordained the first formal government in Bali. This is Bali's oldest known artifact and is particularly significant to the local people, hence the temple's grand scale.

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