Month: September 2013

Taman Ayun, Royal Temple of Mengwi

When the driver stopped the car and parked it in front of the gate that was being renovated, I did not think that we’d arrived at Taman Ayun temple. Even when we’d already entered the temple area, quiet atmosphere made me think it is just a rest area. Taman Ayun temple was built in the 17th century at the time of the Kingdom of Mengwi in Bali. Located in the village of Mengwi, Badung regency, the temple complex is surrounded by a fish pond and the river. So the Balinese called it Pura Taman Ayun that literally means ‘Garden Temple in the Water’. Like other Hindu temples in Bali with a series of garden terraces in different level, before entering the main temple or Gelung we will pass through the outer courtyard, and the inner courtyard in which it is located higher than the outer courtyard. While Gelung is located at the highest level and only opened when there is a ceremony. Quiet and not many visitors at that time, but the hot weather made …

Bedugul, A Holy and Peaceful Highland

Lake Beratan and Eka Karya Botanical Garden, located in the highlands of Bedugul, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia. One of the famous tourist icons on the island of Bali is located at an altitude of over 1200 meters above sea level. This is actually two separate attractions, but because of their nearby so you may not miss one of them while visiting Bedugul. It took about 2, 5 hours drive to the north from Denpasar to get to this place. This will not be a long journey from Denpasar, because along the way I was treated by the beauty of Balinese countryside. Traditional houses with stone ornaments, as well as rice fields and the towering coconut trees truly indulgent my eyes. Not only that, if the weather is clear, the shape of the mount Batur and the mount Agung can be such a heaven on earth vistas accompany your trip. The best time to enjoy this beautiful highlands of Bedugul is towards the middle of the day. Because Lake Beratan is often covered by fog in the …