Balitriptips.com

Half Day Trip
ROYAL FAMILY TEMPLE, MONKEY FOREST, TANAH LOT SUN SET TEMPLE TRIP

 

 

If you have booked for a morning program, then make sure you do not miss the afternoon trip to complete the day.

First visit is the Royal Family Temple of Taman Ayun in Mengwi village. This beautiful planed temple sets in the middle of moat. Consisting three court yards, this temple is to honor the ancestors of the Royal Family of the former Mengwi Kingdom. Intricate stone carvings along the wall, the massive temple gates, "Meru" shrines are amongs the point of interest of this temple beside the well kept temple garden.

Next stop is Alas Kedaton village to see the monkey forest and fruit bats.

 

After that the journey is continued to the southern direction of Braban village towards the beach where Tanah Lot temple sets on the black lava rock. The temple dates back 16th century is famous for the site of watching sun set in Bali.

 

     
     

 

Rate: US$ 25 net/person - min 2 people
Inclusive:
- Entrance fee at all mentioned tourist destinations
- English Speaking guide. Other language is subject to availability --with extra charge.
- Air-conditioning car

 

For more information, please contact us

 

 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Balinese temple design is a fascinating subject in its own right. Everything from the layout, to the structures to the decoration has a specific function. Locally geography often determines the actually shape of a temple and no 2 temples are exactly the same. There are however certain key elements that you will find in most temples. The diagram shows how a temple is often split into 3 sections, the outer, middle and inner courtyards. Inside these courtyards are shrines and other structures to enable people to worship.
(click on temple diagram for labeled version)

Just as a Balinese family compound will be built on the kaja-kelod axis, so too are Balinese temples. Larger temples have 3 courtyards, smaller ones just 2.
The entrance to a Balinese temple at the kelod (pointing away from Gunung Agung) end of the compound, is often a simple gate. The first courtyard is the outer courtyard, which is the realm of humans. Here temple dances will often occur and tourists will be allowed to visit this part of the temple. During ceremonies food stalls may be set up here and cockfighting may take place. The outer courtyard is called the jaba.
The jaba tengah, or middle courtyard is a halfway step between the realm of humans and the realm of the Gods. This are is used for preparing offerings.
The jeroan, or inner courtyard is sacred and is where all the important shrines are located. Some temples will allow properly dressed tourists into the inner courtyard, sometimes not. Offerings are brought to the inner courtyard, the most important dances are performed there and all temple rituals and prayers are performed there.
Passing through the different sections of a temple, the portals get more impressive. Starting with the plain outside gate, a person can pass into the middle courtyard via a candi bentar, the impressive Balinese split-gate. From there to the inner courtyard one has to pass through a kori agung, which is a stone-capped gate. Often there will be a flat block of cement (aling aling) directly inside the kori agung, blocking the way, forcing those entering to walk around either side. This is to keep evil spirits out of the jeroan, as spirits can only walk in straight lines.
Common features found inside a temple are bales, the open sided pavilions with raised seating section and thatched roof. These have a variety of uses including a place for the gamelan orchestra to sit, village meeting and a resting place for worshipers. Another common feature are gedong, or square shaped brick shrines capped with a thatched roof. These have specific names and are in honor or a particular ancestor, such as the village founder, or a specific deity, such as meru Sanghyang Widi Wasa, the supreme deity.
Outer Courtyard (jaba) structures:
•Bale - An all purpose pavilion used for meetings.
•Bale Gong - This is the gamelan pavilion where the orchestra plays and instruments are stored.
•Kulkul - A bell tower with a split-log hanging in the center. Used to summon people.
•Candi Bentar - Split gate which separate the outer courtyard (jaba) from the middle courtyard (jaba tengah).
Middle Courtyard (jaba tengah) structures:
•Paon - kitchen located in a open-sided pavilion. Used for preparing offerings.
•Wantilan - A large pavilion used for dance performances.
•Kori Agung - Stone capped gate separating the middle courtyard (jaba tengah) from the inner courtyard (jeroan).
Inner Courtyard (jeroan) structures:
•Bale Piasan - Pavilion where offerings are placed.
•Taksu - A stone pillar which is the seat of the interpreter to the gods. During certain trance dances this interpreter will occupy the body of the dancer.
•Meru Gunung Batur - A shrine dedicated to Mt. Batur. Has from 1-9 thatched roofs.
•Gedong Maospahit - Shrine honoring the ancient Majapahit people from Java, the ancestors of the modern day Balinese Hindus. Identifiable by the deer head sculpture.
•Padmasana - The Lotus Throne, seat of Sanghyang Widi Wasa, the Supreme Deity. Always located in the kaja-kangin corner of the courtyard, which is the closest point to Gunung Agung. Also identifiable because the whole structure sits on the back of a giant cosmic turtle, the Bedawang.
•Meru Gunung Agung - Shrine dedicated to Mt. Agung. From 3-11 roofs.
•Meru Sanghyang Widi Wasa - Shrine dedicated to the supreme deity. Has 11 thatched roofs.
•Gedong Pesimpangan - Shrine in honor of the founder of the village.
•Gedong Paruman - A pavilion structure in the center of the inner courtyard, left empty so the gods can assemble for ceremonies.

 

 

 

 

Our Links

 

Balitemple.com

Journey to the sacred places

 

know more

Baliinsight. com

When sharing is an experience

 

 

 

know more

Baliforest.com
Green side of Bali

 

 

 

Balimountain.com
Journey to the highland

 

 

 

know more

 

 

Baleganjur.com
Introduction to Bali Music and Dance

 

 

know more

 

 

Tips for Women Travellers in Bali

Whether travelling alone or in a group, personal safety features high on women’s lists of concerns. And although Bali, on the whole, requires less of an adjustment from ‘Western’ women travellers than other parts of the continent - the mix of cultural influences here ensures a great degree of tolerance for all types of women’s lifestyles - there are some travel guidelines to bear in mind.
BaliTripTips for Women Travellers:
-Personal safety: we don’t mean to be alarmist, but it’s important to remember, that a woman will always be in more danger, when travelling solo, than a man. There is a whole category of people who will hassle a female, who wouldn’t hassle a man. I have traveled all over Asia, and often my personal safety is not even something I think about, when exploring places at night, being male. It’s always safer to travel with someone else.
Don’t ‘look like a tourist’ - There are 2 types of westerners here, tourists and expats. Its better to look like an expat, as it gives the impression you know your way around. Keep your camera packed away until you want to use it; don’t wear valuable jewelry; enter a shop before consulting a map; and don’t open your purse or bag on the street. I try not to walk away from an ATM counting my money, or come out of a shop before I’ve put my wallet away.
Go out at night in groups. Odds are that you won’t have an unpleasant experience, and keeping in a group works very much in your favor. When staying in a guest house / hotel, lock your door when in your room. I hope this doesn’t make Bali sound like the Bronx, it isn’t, but being careful is a good idea.
-Planning to travel alone? Find a travel buddy at your destination on the BootsnAll Travel Forums.
-Sexual harassment and rape are not too common in Bali, as far as foreigners are concerned. Many foreign women come to Bali looking for a holiday romance. The Japanese lead the pack, and I have on many occassions, observed innocent looking Japanese women, wander out onto the beach, camera in hand, and ask a Balinese man to take a photo. That almost always leads to chit-chat and ‘new friends’. Nothing wrong with that, just saying there is a well worn path, and many Bali beach boys, especially in the Kuta area, are actively trying to get together with foreign women, for the financial benefits. If this does not include you, don’t stress, be polite and say you are married. Many solo women travelers wear a ring, to indicate marriage. Ignore the pettier kinds of behavior (whistling, shouting, etc.), but make a scene if you are ever pressured into doing things against your will, or are being moved from one location to another. If you are raped / attacked, call the Bali Police, (0361) 224111, and contact your consulate.
-Dress code in Bali : Bali in a Hindu island and therefore enjoys relaxed attitudes to things of a sexual nature. Hindu art and Balinese dances, often contain deliberately suggestive material. On the beach you can go topless, without too much to worry about, though nude bathing is not cool.
Out at night you can wear pants, a dress, a skirt, or shorts, no worries. Indonesian women out late in the party scene often wear skimpy outfits, so you can enjoy the tropical climate, and not feel you have to cover up.
One place where you should cover up, is a Balinese temple. You’ll need a long sleeve, non-revealing shirt, sarong & sash (which you can often rent). You may not enter a Balinese temple during menstruation, as the Balinese consider you ‘sebel‘ (ritually unclean).
-Tampons, medicines and the Pill are available at local apoteks (pharmacies), but it’s more convenient to bring supplies from home. If you’re on the Pill, bring enough to last your entire trip (and remember that severe vomiting or diaorrhea can render it ineffective).
-Health care and pregnancy: Private healthcare in Bali is okay; if you find you’re pregnant during your trip, go to a nearby private doctor or hospital for advice. SOS International or BIMC are good clinics, both in the Kuta area. Most large hotel / resorts will have a doctor on call.
-Hospitals & Clinics in Bali.
Abortion is illegal in Indonesia, however, I know 2 people who have gone to a clinic in Bali, and had one, so ask around if you need one.
-Travelling in the rest of Indonesia:
The rest of Indonesia, with the exception of Jakarta, has way less foreigners. You will find yourself in the extreme minority, when traveling through Lombok, Java, Sumatra etc. While not generally dangerous, there are certain places that offer a higher degree of personal risk than others, including Papua, Aceh, Central Sulawesi. You should research your trip and talk to locals, for the latest news about your next destination.
The rest of Indonesia is either Muslim, Christian, or some variety of animist religion. When travelling in Muslim areas, its good for women to wear a non-revealing top, and long pants, definitely no sexy wear. Now, here’s the flip-side. In Jakarta you’ll find nightlclubs galore, that’s different. All across Indonesia there are whore houses galore, that still doesn’t mean its a good idea for you to wear sexy clothing. Locals will wonder why you are traveling in a foreign land without your ‘husband’, so you want to give them the impression you are just another traveler, so as not to draw attention. In general you will not have any major problems travelling as a female in Indonesia.