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Published: July 25th 2009
Day Two - 25 June 09
A sunny day, our highlight for today is Goa Gajah Temple, Kintamani, Titra Empul Temple, Tegallalang and end stop at Ubud.
On the way to Goa Gajah Temple, we dropped by at Batik Factory, Painting House, Celuk Village, famous with its Gold and Silver work and Mas Village, a wood crafting center. We are introduced to the many varied faces of Bali.
Goa Gajah Temple is also known as Elephant Cave, one of the oldest relics in Bali. The whole area is sectioned off into several chambers, each dedicated to a different god or goddess; we took more than one hour to explore the whole area. One the major spot is the famous religious bath side, believed to be separated for both men and women for sacred cleaning ceremony. Another famous spot is a manmade cave with “Elephant Head” entrance and has the shape of a “T” inside, at the end of the left wing there is a one meter tall, four armed statue of the elephant god Ganesh, at the end of the right wing there is three half meter tall “linga”, fertility symbols of the Hindu God Shiva. By the
way, entrance fee required (cannot remember the cost, shall be not more than Rp 10,000 per person).
After visiting the site, the journey continues to Kintamani, Rp 500 per car imposed for entering this area.
Touring Kintamani which offer spectacular views of Lake Batur and volcano. Unable to escape from the commercial purposes, there is lot of souvenir stalls and restaurants located along the road. We have taken a buffet lunch at Rp 100,000 pp (excluded 21% tax) at Batur Sari Restaurant, offer outdoor dinning area which facing the magnificent view and always full with tourist therefore it is difficult to get a seat. The food quality in this restaurant is bad so if you are not really keen to eat, alternatively you can always order a drink and sit there to enjoy the view.
After lunch, we proceeded to Tampak Siring to visit the famous Titra Empul Temple, Rp 6000 per person for entry. The main attraction for this temple is houses several bathing pool around the entire area and still functioning today, therefore many local people would bring their families for this tradition practice. According to the driver, En Wade the purpose of bathing in
the pool is for purification.
Last place we visited today is Rice Field Terrace at Tegallalang, one of the tourist icons at Ubud area. The coverage area is not large however still provide a nice view. Currently is the harvest season, so is not best time for it, nevertheless for us (city resident) at least this is the opportunity to have a look at the Rice Field Terrace view.
Late evening, we arrived at Green Field Bungalow, Ubud. Ubud - Bali’s royal city is the home to artist and bohemians, which about 35km from Legian.
Yummy…!!! Dinner time, “Crispy Dirty Duck” is the tonight highlight, the well known Balinese food which origin from Bebek Bengil Restaurant at Hanoman Road, Ubud (founded since 1990). Half portion of duct serve with rice is a highly recommended dish, only cost at Rp 65,000. The duck deep fried until the bones also crispy but yet affect the duck meat quality - soft and juicy with oil, if you are an alcohol drinker, you must take with cold beer which offers you a great enjoyment of this food. Another recommendation from the staff is Pork Rib. Tell you, another good food you
have to try it out too.
Comment of the day:-
From Uncle Lim
Finally escape from the town, along the way out to the outskirt area, found lot of Balinese’s old temples, even though is not huge but very attractive, fine artwork, carving and most important reflected the unique of local culture and tradition, appreciate the local people still preserve it till today.
Feel very happy to stay in Green Field Bungalow, although only available with simple facility and the building look a bit old, but I like the environment, surrounded by the green rice field, feel relax, leisure and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
From Kam Liang
On goes to Bali is an experience, rich of past and heritage. The town of Ubud is really cultural speaking where accomplished with painters, carvers and art gallery. The main roads are lined with art shops, handicraft, souvenir shops, as well as many restaurants and cafes. Because of its location at the base of mountains, temperatures are slightly lower and cold. I like here very much as it was a quite, simple and beautiful surroundings.
My friends always told me that there is no good
food served at Bali. As for me, I have tried out the most delicious dinner meal at Ubud - Crispy Dirty Duck and Bebek Bengil really a romantic setting restaurant. What a wonderful place and moments to share with my love one over here. Ha!Ha! I decided to have my second night dinner over here again. Cheers!
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