Monday, 5 March 2012

Bali - Day 2 Part B

Free and Easy Bali - Day 2 Itinerary 
1) Customised day tour to Bedugul and Tanah Lot
  - Taman Ayun Temple
  - Rice Terrace at Pacung (Lunch)
  - Bedugul (Bratan Lake) - Ulundanu Temple
  - Bali Botanical Garden
  - Coffee Plantation (Bali Oka Agriculture)
  - Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple
2) Fine Dining at Semiyak
3) Massage at Kuta

Pacung Rice Terrace
We passed by a number of rice fields at Pacung. The farmers are harvesting and cutting off the remaining rice stems to sell to cow farmers as feed.

Harvesting and clearing rice stems
Workers carrying packed rice stems to sell as cow-feed
Workers cutting rice stems
Rice Planting

We stopped over at a restaurant - Labhagga Pachung for lunch and to enjoy the nice Pacung rice terrace scenery.  Environment was good but food was really so-so. The price of a buffet is Rp.84K (S$16), which is considered quite expensive in Bali.

But it was quite relaxing to just sit back to enjoy the rice terrace scenery and enjoy the cool weather up in the mountains.

Bedugul (Bratan Lake) - Ulundanu Temple
It started to rain when we reach Bedugul (Bratan Lake).  A lot of tourists and locals are seeking shelter at the temple hall. Bratan lake, the second largest lake in Bali, is the main source of irrigation for the rice fields in the surrounding region. There are also some pedal/row/speed boat for rental to tour around the lake.

Praying Ritual/ Offering/ Shelter from the rain/ Boats for Rental

Ulundanu Temple, the beautiful temple on the 50K Rupiah bank note, is here at Bratan Lake. Ulun means head or power, Danu means lake. This temple is dedicated to the Gods of lakes and rivers (Danu Goddess).  

Ulundanu Temple
The temple gate to inner courtyard is closed.  We can only take a glimpse of the inner courtyard from the back.

The three seats at the throne is to worship the Hindu Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Siva representing creation, maintenance and destruction. 

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