Besakih Tour

Tour visits: Kehen Temple, Besakih Temple, Putung, Manggis, Tenganan, Goa Lawah, Kertagosa, Lunch at local restaurant.

In the morning we will start the tour from your hotel. The first visit is to Kehen Temple. Its splendid closed Balinese gateway leads to a unique shrine of 11 tapering meru roofs, the highest architectural honor that can be bestowed on this temple believed to be the resting place for the visiting gods. Next visit is Besakih Temple, the largest holy site in Bali and home to the island’s Mother Temple, located on the slopes of Mount Agung (3,142 meters).

The temple is comprised of 3 main complexes dedicated to the Hindu Trinity. It was built during the late 8th century AD. Next stop is Putung, the beautiful viewpoint to Mt. Agung. In Tenganan we will see An original Balinese ‘aga’ village and home to a distinctive ancient culture where strict mores and cultural taboos are still rigidly enforced. Distinctly different from other villages in Bali with its broad avenues and its rare geringsing weaving methods, the gates of Tenganan are locked to the outside world each night. You’ll also enjoy the Bat Cave (Goa Lawah) which has a subterranean connection to sacred Mt. Agung, the roof of this temple, set at the entrance to a sacred cave, is blanketed by thousands of bats.

An awesome sight, especially if the resident pythons have crawled out on a ledge to “eye” the tourists and worshippers. And on the way back to hotel we’ll visit Kertagosa which is located at Klungkung, was the oldest kingdom on the island and its “Raja” the most exalted. Kertha Gosa (The Court Hall) and Taman Gili (The Floating Pavilion) were formerly parts of Semarapura Palace of Klungkung Kingdom, built in the 18th century.

A main gate or the royal palace well known as “Pemedal Agung” is hitherto standing intactly at the Western part of the Court Hall and the Floating Pavilion. For its ceiling painted in the traditional wayang style portraying punishment in hell and the rewards in heaven and other aspects of moralities. The floating pavilion, garden and lotus ponds in this walled- in complex, located on the main intersection of town are a reminder of the former glory of this kingdom.
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