Our trip first stop in Goa Gajah temple
Goa Gajah Temple is located in Bedulu Village, Blahbatuh District and about 5 km from Ubud. Goa Gajah mean Elephant Cave Goa mean Cave, Gajah mean Elephant, Elephant Cave Temple is one of The region most famous tourist sight, as well as one of it is most significant historical marker, in addition to the caves hand tunneled through the face of the mountain, the complex above the petanu river include the temples, statues, pavilions, and bathing natural pools
The cave is carved into a rock face and you enter throught the cavernous mouth of a demon, the gigantic fingertips pressed beside the face of the demon push back a riotous jungle of surrounding stone carving. the cave is shapped in a ' T ' letter, the foot of the ' T ' is entrance leading to the inner part of cave. along the inside wall of the cave are fifteen niches excavated on it. the niches were formerly use for sleeping and has meditation place by the monks. the two niches at the both edges of the cave are provided with the image of Ganeca and Trilinggas, each linggals is surrounded by smaller linggas. The phallic symbol of the Hindu God Shiva.
Then trip continous to visit Udayana king meditation temple of Gunung Kawi temple
Gunung Kawi is a Hindu Temple complex with old omission from the stone era located in Gianyar regency. Based on the inscription of Tengkulak A on 945 saka (Balinese calendar) which is released by Marakata King, the ancient omission complex is located at the Pekerisan River then it is called Katyangan Amarawati. Pekerisan River is also named by Jalu which is according to the inscription chiseled on the above of the biggest temple door sound ‘Haji Lumahing Jalu'.Name of Gunung Kawi is given on the omission which is related to the complex of temples because the temple on this area is like the symbol from the mount, There are three temples which is called as Gunung Kawi in Bali those are Gunung Kawi in Sebatu countryside, Gunung Kawi Temple in Keliki countryside and Gunung Kawi Temple in Babitra countryside. The ancient omission complex of Gunung Kawi is founded on 10 century. It is founded in the era of Udayana about 989 M. At the period of Marakata governance on 1023, the omission which is called Katyagan Amarawati is developed and continued by the governance of Anak Wungsu which is guess lead between the years of 1049 - 1077 Masehi
Next visit is Tampak Siring temple
Tirta Empul Temple or Tampak Siring Temple is a holy spring water temple located in Tampak Siring Village, it is about 15 km southwards from Kintamani. It is set in the dale and encircled by the hill. In the west side of this temple, there is an Indonesian President palace which has been found by the first president. The name of Tirta Empul is loaded in a inscription which is kept at Sakenan Temple, Manukaya village, Sub district of Tampak Siring, about 3 km from Tirta Empul Temple. In this inscription, the Tirta Empul is named by the Tirta Ri Air Hampul and then the name has changed into Tirta Hampul and finally become the Tirta Empul. Tirta Ri air hampul is meaning the water emerge or the holy pool (Petirthan) which is the water emerge from the land.
History of Tampak Siring or Tirta Empul
The wellspring emerges from the land is believed that it is the infinite creation. According to the history, this water source is arranged and sanctified by king Indrajayasinghawarmadewa in the year 882 Saka (960 M). He has given the name with Tirta ri air hampul. The data is loaded in the inscription that is located at Sakenan Temple. Besides of the above epigraphy data, in Tirta Empul Temple is also found the archaeology omission like Colossus Yoni, Arca Lion, Tepasana and
The Tirta Empul Pools According to papyrus of Usana Bali narrated that Tirta Empul is created by Ida Bhatara Indra orSun Deity when bearing arms against the king where his palace is located in Bedahulu Countryside. He is known as a very miraculous king, which he can lose or show suddenly, therefore he is named by Mayadenawa. Because of its miracle, he becomes the arrogance and expressing himself as a god. The Mayadenawa King owns the assistant (Patih) which is called Kalawong. They prohibit the people to do the Yadnya (praying to the god) so that is often happened the natural disaster, disease epidemic, agriculture fail and finally miserable life society. Finally Betara Indra (one of Hindu God) gives battle against the kings that happened in Tampak Siring and then the Mayadenawa is gone to the wall and disappear. King Mayadenawa has also created poisonous pools which can the team of Bathara Indra die and faint after drinking this water. Then Bathara Indra stick the weapon of Umbul-umbul and finally the water is emerging so that called by Tirta Empul and then it is passed to the dead and faint soldier that made them back to live. Therefore at the moment this pool water is sanctified by the Hindu society in Bali and they believe that this water source can heal various of diseases, hence every day this place is a lot of visited by Hindu people to do the ritual and sanctify themselves.
After Tirta Empul, we will head to Kintamani for lunch.
Kintamani is the name of the village where the Batur mountain is located with the volcano and the biggest lake in Bali. Close to the hotel where we will stay there is a hot water spring, where we offer you free of charge swim in the small & local pool.
Next stop is at coffee plantation.
Coffee Luwak is considered one of the finest coffees available. The Asian Palm civet of Indonesia is a musky grey-toned colour with darker stripes is the animal responsible for this unique coffee. Here you will have the opportunity to observe the whole process from beginning to end and to try what is considered , the finest coffee in the world. You will get to try free of charge of about ten cups of coffee and tea with many different tastes. You need extra charge for luwak coffee at 50.000 rupiah for one cup.
Our next stop will be the beautiful Tegalalang Rice Terraces
look those beautiful man made terraces carved out of the hillsides. These working rice paddies provide a stunning photo opportunites.