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Bali Free and Easy Trip – Day 3

Bali Free and Easy Trip Day 3

This morning, we check out from The Oasis Benoa Hotel, and will move to Jay’s Villa tonight.

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MOUNT AGUNG

Mount Agung View from Plane

Bali Mount Agung or Gunung Agung is the highest peak on Bali Island, at 3,142 m height.  It dominates the surrounding area and influencing Bali climate.  The clouds come from the west carring moisture and Mount Agung takes their moisture so that the west is lush and green from the rain and the east dry and barren.

Mount Agung

Bali Mount Agung last erupted was in 1963-64 and is still an active volcano, with a large and very deep crater which occasionally belches smoke and ash.

From a distance, the mountain appears to be perfectly conical, despite the existence of the large crater.

BesakihTemple

Mount Agung is Bali’s holy mountain – is internationally regarded as one of the eight “Chakra” points of the world.  This may be more than a coincidence.

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PURA BESAKIH – THE MOTHER TEMPLE

Devotees After Praying at Bersakih Temple

Besakih Temple perched high over 900m on the slope of Mount Agung.  It has been regarded as a holy place since pre-historic times in Bali.

Bersakih Temple or Bali’s Mother Temple is the biggest, the most important and the holiest temple on Bali island.

Besakih Temple Unique Design

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Besakih Temple is Bali Holiest Temple for the Hindu Devotees.

The first recorded mention of its existence is from an inscription that dates from 1007 A.D. Since the Gelgel dynasty of the 15th century it has been regarded as a central, holy temple for the entire island.

Holy Place for Praying

Besakih Temple, which has a very calm and serene religious atmosphere, was built based on the four directions of the compass.

Bersakih temple is actually a giant temple complex made up of 22 temples that sit on parallel ridges.  It has stepped terraces and flights of stairs which ascend to a number of courtyards and brick gateways that lead up to the main spire Meru structure, which is called Pura Penataran Agung.

All this is aligned along a single axis and designed to lead the spiritual upward and closer to the Agung mountain which is considered sacred.

Besakih Temple

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Besakih Temple Compound

The traditional stories mention that the Besakih Temple was built by Rsi Markandya and his followers in the 11th century.  At that time, Rsi Markandya went to Mount Agung to build a residence.

However, the construction was troubled by the spread of disease which caused the death of his followers.  For the safety of his followers, he then constructed a temple to pray to God for salvation.  The temple was called “Sanggar Basuki”.

Besakih Temple Beautiful Roof Design

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One of the Praying area at Besakih Temple

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Bersakih Temple with Mount Agung

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To enter the Bersakih Temple for tourist not on a group tour, a local temple guides is a “must”. The local temple guide can be hired by a fees as “DONATION”.

The minimum amount of this “compulsory donation” fees  is based on the local guide record book.  For 2 person need to donate at least RP350,000 to enter the Bersakih temple.

Now, we understand why not much people recommend to visit this Bersakih temple.

We Stop-by  This Beautiful Rice Field Terrace for Some Photo when On The Way to Lunch

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BEBEK BENGIL RESTAURANT

We had our late lunch at the famous Bebek Bengil Restaurant or more commonly known as Dirty Duck Diner situated in Padang Tegal, in the heart of Ubud town, which was strongly recommended by my best friend, Adeline.

Bebek Bengil Restaurant

Just wondering what’s up with the unsavory name of ‘Dirty Duck’, for a restaurant.

According to their fact sheet, when the restaurant was being built, a flock of ducks walked nonchalantly from the paddy fields surrounding the restaurant, quacking their way and leaving their webbed foot prints all over the floor!

Since the ducks were unofficially the first ‘customers’ waltzing into the still yet to be ready restaurant, the name Dirty Duck Diner has stuck since then.

Beautiful Garden at Bebek Bengil Restaurant

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Crispy Duck – Bebek Bengil Signature Dish

The Crispy Duck marinated in spices and deep-fried to crispy perfection, served with sauteed potatoes, a plate of mixed chopped shallots, bird eye chilies, and vinegar, and a slice of watermelon, as well as a wedge of lemon for taste.

Nasi Campur Bali

Balinese style Mixed Rice with a slices of marinated chicken and half an egg with sambal, as well as a skewer of Sate Lilit, or fish satay with a strong hint of lemongrass and spices.

We Have Our Meal Beside a Beautiful Rice Field

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TANAH LOT TEMPLE

Bali Tanah Lot Temple located in Tabanan, just across the boundary of Badung regency, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.

Tanah Lot is the most well-known and photographed temple.  The temple is built on a small promontory, which is only accessible by foot at low tide.

Toward Tanah Lot Temple

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So Many People visiting the temple.

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Tanah Lot during low tide

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Tanah Lot Temple. Visitors can walk to the temple during low tide.

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Tanah Lot Temple.  Only Devotees are allowed to enter the main Prayer area.

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Tanah Lot Temple view

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Close Up view of rock formation from Sea erosion.

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Dragon Rock carved from Volcano rock

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Tanah Lot Temple

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Temple View during Sunset

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 Nirata’s scarf when he established the island.

The Holy Snake at Tanah Lot

The area leading to Tanah Lot is highly commercialized and visitors are required to pay an entrance fee to enter.

To reach the temple, visitors must walk through a street lined with rows of Balinese style market and souvenir shops which cover each side of the path down to the sea where the Tanah Lot Temple is located.

Tanah Lot Market Street

Sunset is the best time to visit Tanah Lot, when the golden red skies frame the temple and the waves crash into the rocks.

Another Place to view Sunset

The beach around Tanah Lot is less comfortable for swimming but great for horse riding and watching spectacular sunset.  Although surfing can be done in this area but it’s recommended not for beginner due to the big waves.

Big Waves

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Pura Batu Balong, another temple found in the area.

Pura Batu Balong Temple

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JAY’s VILLA

Tonight we check-in at Jay’s Villa.

Our Villa plus Private Swimming Pool

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Jay’s Villa Swimming Pool Beside the Lobby

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Jay’s Villa

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Link: Bali Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Link: Bali Free and Easy Trip Day 2

Link: Bali Free and Easy Trip Day 4

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  1. November 20, 2011 at 6:44 AM

    Beautiful! Love the photos – wish I could go there some time!

    • November 21, 2011 at 12:10 AM

      Thanks for visiting. Bali is indeed a beautiful place with friendly people.

  2. November 22, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Hi cc — we are in Indonesia, too! Hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.

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  4. June 16, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Bali is the best place ever…..🙂

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