The sea-side temple of Tanah Lot has been defying the pounding waves for centuries. It sits on a rocky outcrop right in the surf of the Indian ocean, where it crashes into Bali’s western shore. The landmark temple was built to commemorate the spread of Hinduism from Java to Bali many centuries ago.
The temple, consisting of several shrines, protected by poisonous black snakes, is modest but as the tide rushes in and the islet becomes completely surrounded by water, the place becomes a mysterious spot. The views from the cliff that rises from the nearby beach, are truly awesome.
Then we continue to Jatiluwih where you will marvel at the terraces of a startlingly beautiful area of terraced rice paddies nestled in the shadow of Mount Batukaru, the second highest peak of Bali. The rice fields here date back a thousand years and have been painstakingly maintained by the Balinese over the centuries.
Back in 2007 this area became a UNESCO
world heritage site, because of its relevance to Balinese culture. Rice cultivation and societal organization are intertwined Bali. What the visitor will remember are stunning views over green-glowing fields that seem to stretch as far as the eye can see.
Before hitting the road back to the south, you’ll do a gentle trekking. Walk downhill along the most beautiful rice fields anywhere in the world. It is a great way to take in the magnificent sloping terraces surrounding you from all sides.
At the end point of your track, a lonely temple safeguards a unique Linga Yoni, the distinctive symbol of the God Shiva, resting on a disc shaped platform. It sits in the innermost sanctum of a lonely temple, on a shrine that cannot be approached by just anyone. Even those who do so, do not dare to touch this magic object of worship. We have selected a variety of local sweets and fruits to be enjoyed on the field in front of the temple. After this break, we head back to the south.
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