Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, Ulun Danu Temple, Elephant Temple and Tanah Lot!

 

Dear Diary,

We hired a car for the day for 600,000 rp. We split it of course so it wasn’t too expensive! We were picked up at 9 AM from our hotel, Alam Terrace Cottages on Jalan Bisma after we had breakfast. Our first stop was to the Elephany Cave where we had ladies practically chasing us to buy their sarongs. Our driver was very helpful in telling us 95% of the time, temples provide you with a sarong for free! (This was for Neil because I have many beach wraps I could use! I collected them mainly from St. Barths and St. Maarten in the Caribbean! Those stories are for another time.) 

It was a rather smallish temple but  it was very beautiful. It’s actual name is Goa Gaja and is said to have been built around the 9th century. It’s a essentially a view the rock-wall carvings, a central meditational cave, bathing pools and fountains.


Our next stop was actually on the side of the road. It was a beautiful view of the valley and there were bats!! Neil got great photos and then we were on our way to the Ulun Danu temple. It was very cold, but that didn’t stop us from taking amazing photos!

  


So, Ulun Danu Beratan is a temple dedicated to the goddess of the lake, Ida Batari Dewi Ulun Danu. The dominant shrines are Meru’s (pagodas) dedication to the lake goddess and the gods of Mount Batur and Mount Gunung Agung. The volcanos in Bali. The temple located in northern Bali was built in the 17th century in worship of the main Hindu trinity, Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva, as well as the lake goddess, Dewi Danu. After spending about 30 minutes roaming through the lovely temple, we were on our way to lunch and the Jatiluwih Rice Fields! Jatiluwih is the name of country side located in northern Bali with the mountain as its backdrop. Jatiluwih is a very beautiful panorama of rice terraces unfolding from the foot of mountain to the sea. It is very cold here because it is 700 meters above sea level! Wear a sweater! Lunch was overlooking these beautiful fields and it was very calming. It was hard to capture the beauty of these giant rice fields. They were huge!

  

Lastly, we went to Tanah Lot for sunset. You have to go through a touristy area of shops to get to it. But it’s worth it! Wow this temple is amazing when the light starts hitting it. Here are some shots 😉

  

Tanah Lot Temple is located in coastal side of Beraban countryside, Kediri sub district and Tabanan Regency. It is situated in 30 Km in west side of Denpasar town and about 11 Km in south side of Tabanan town. The temple is built on the rock with 3 acre size and reachable in a few minute by walk, because it is just 20 meters from the coastal lip. 
The word of Tanah Lot is consisted of two words that are Tanah word interpreted as a reef looking like gili or isle. Lot or Lod word has meaning the sea. So Tanah Lot is meaning the small island floating on the sea.

Thank you, tour information!! 

All in all, it was an amazing full day of running around Bali! It was so fun we had to book another 😉 

 

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