Ricefields and Ancient Temples of Bali
Ricefields and Ancient
Temples of Bali
Experience the spiritual and cultural heritage of Bali. Admire the Tegalalang rice
terraces, discover holy springs and visit three of Bali’s most striking,
ancient temples: Tirta Empul, Gunung Kawi and Goa Gajah.
WHY THIS TOUR?
This one-day tour gives you an insight into some of the most important cultural, historical and natural highlights of the island. Bali may be best known for its beaches but the ‘island of gods’ has a rich history and a culture firmly rooted in spirituality.
No visit to Bali would be complete without visiting spiritual sites boasting magnificent, centuries-old architecture. Many of the ancient temples and buildings are set against exotic backdrops – looming volcanoes, emerald rice paddies and spectacular coastline. Each temple is unique and every single one is magical. They all play an important part in Balinese life and offer an insight into the local culture and beliefs.
09:00 - 19:00
Your driver and guide will collect you from your hotel and take you to the first stop of the day – the Tegalalang rice terraces, the island’s iconic emerald green rice terraces that concertina down a steep mountain. After snapping plenty of photographs, carry on to the Tirta Empul Temple, built around a sacred spring. You may be fortunate enough to see local Hindus bathing in the holy waters, believed to have strong curative powers.
The next temple is Gunung Kawi, one of the oldest in Bali, dating back to the 11th century. Walk down more than 300 steps to see the shrine reliefs carved directly into the face of a rock cliff overlooking a sacred river.
After replenishing your energy with a delicious Indonesian lunch, continue to Goa Gajah, also known as ‘elephant cave’. This impressive Hindu cave temple was built as a sanctuary for Hindu priests. You will enter the temple through the carved mouth of a huge stone demon and then walk along a dark passage to find ancient, stone Hindu statues.
The last stop of the tour is at Kerta Gosa in Klungkung, also known as the Hall of Justice. Built in the 18th century by the highest Raja of Bali, it was the location of a famous battle between the Dutch and the Balinese. After exploring the spacious, open halls with ceilings covered in colourful and intricate murals, you will be taken back to your hotel.