Yummy sugarless avocado juice for breakfast:
We set out for another round of bali tour:
First stop: Mengwi Royal Family , Pura Taman Ayun
Mengwi is famous for the unique state temple Pura Taman Ayun, (also known in some guide books as the Royal Family Temple). This was the most important temple in the Mengwi kingdom before Mengwi was conquered by the neighbors Badung and Tabanan in 1891, and was at that time a large kingdom stretching all the way to East Java. Taman Ayun was built in 1634 of the king I Gusti Agung Anom and restored in 1937. Certain internet guides say that it was constructed in around 1740 and once functioned as the home of the king of Mengwi, who surrounded his palace with wonderful spacious gardens and waterways.
One of the most famous tourist spots in Badung Regency, probably due to its unusual beauty, Pura Taman Ayun literally means "beautiful garden." The complex is set above a huge river, giving it a fresh, natural appeal.
Many smaller shrines with tiered roofs (meru) lie within the premises. These were originally built for the king's ancestral worshipping rituals. The temple consists of an "island" surrounded by water channels and a garden complex, the buildings are made up of about 50 different structures. As the inside of the temple grounds is surrounded by this little moat and is not accessible to the public, although I believe that on special occasions, festivals are still carried out here. As for the sacred temple grounds, it was completely devoid of people, cats have made this their haven, and many cats could be seen wandering and lazing around in and amongst the wooden shrines.
Now open as a public park Mengwi continues to attract tourists who come to enjoy the gardens, lake and the ancient temple.
Entrance fee: Rp 3000
I climbed up one of the towers and took a few pictures.
Next stop: Jatiluwih
Approximately 20 kilometers from Tabanan, the road climbs up high into the hills to a small village named Jatiluwih. With a height of 850 meters above sea level, the view here is one of the finest imaginable. Bali’s terraced paddy fields stretch into endless contours over the hills and valleys as far as the eye can see.
Entrance fee: Rp 5000 ( without ticket) and Rp 10 000 ( without ticket), of cos we choose Rp 5000!!
Cow that does no work...
The mountain village Jatiluwih, a breathtaking panorama of genuine and the most fertile terraces rice fields on the island. It is said as the granary of the whole Bali. Perched on a high terraced slope, Jatiluwih deserves its name, which means “Truly Marvelous”. The cascading terraces of rice fields are the most striking features of the landscape. Stretch from the foothill of Batukaru volcano to the south coast. The cool western uplands, overlooking half the island, offer magnificent views.
Third stop: Pacung in Bedugul, Tabanan.
If you want to have your meals at a restaurant, continue your travel to the east till you arrive at Pacung, there is a good restaurant offers delicious buffet lunch –with its wonderful sight of terraces rice field and the sacred volcano Batukaru in the distance.
Fried Popiah and satay fish:
Nice buffet lunch costing Rp 60 000 per pax , sampling the real Balinese food especially the sweet nice and fresh balinese veggies and fruits . Besides nice food there was nice view too.
( This place reminds me of Cameron Highland)
Very unique toilet door at the restaurant:
Fourth stop: Bedugul Traditional Market in Candikuning. Bedugul at an altitude of 1150 meters above sea level, is the garden of Bali with lots of fruits and vegetable. In the market you can find strawberry ( Rm 8 per kilo), mangoes( Rm 3 per kilo), passion fruits and lots of spices. Also an art market with lots of handicraft.
Vanilla nad spices:
Nice strawberries...so cheap!! RM 8 per kilo only
My friend bought this handicraft.
Fifth stop: Lake Bratan
Sixth stop of the day: The famous Tanah lot
Entrance fee: Rp 10 000
Tanah Lot, one of the most popular places of interest in Bali, is located on the coast of West Bali, at the village of Beraban in the Tabanan Regency.
It is also called Tanah Let which means ancient land and also Tanah Lod, which means the land to the south.
The temple Pura Tanah Lot, simple in its construction, is dramatic in its ocean-front location and is one of the main temples in the worship of Balinese gods.
Tanah Lot has a long history in the world of tourism.
The temple itself is built on a small promontory which is only accessible at low tide.
During high water the rock takes on the appearance of a large boat at sea, such is its shape.
Poisonous snakes live in the nearby caves to 'guard' the temple and contribute to the temple's dangerous reputation.
Sunset is the best time to visit Tanah lot, when the golden red skies frame the temple and waves crash into the rocks.
It is advisable to avoid the tourist crush here as it can be severe.
Okay, interesting thing I saw while in Tanah Lot:
These bats came out once the sun is down
If you have a shop in Tanah lot , no need to sell anything .a toilet is enough to make a living:
I was wondering how do they know which one are we doing behind that closed door so as to charge us accordingly?????
Lots os handicrafts for sale here: