Bali is known as the island of the gods, because a deep spirituality pervades the everyday life and routines of local people: scattered all around the island you will see impressive temples and shrines, as well as small offerings, with a chance to take part in some of the colorful local celebrations during your trip.

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Bali is known as the island of the gods, because a deep spirituality pervades the everyday life and routines of local people: scattered all around the island you will see impressive temples and shrines, as well as small offerings, with a chance to take part in some of the colorful local celebrations during your trip.

This roundtrip Bali tour is aimed at making you discover the art, culture, history and tradition of this magical place, as well as giving you a chance to immerse in the lush nature the island is so famous for, the immense white sanded beaches and the majestic waterfalls and tea plantations.

Always keeping in close contact with the inhabitants and guided by local travel experts, you will remember this journey forever, more as an adventure and a discovery experience rather than a simple holiday.

Sartika
Trip offered by Sartika Spoken languages: English Travel expert in Indonesia and Bali

Trip summary

  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Departure Denpasar
  • End Denpasar
  • Countries
    • Indonesia and Bali
    • Indonesia
  • City
    • Lovina
    • Candidasa
    • Ubud
    • Denpasar
  • Theme Art, history and cultural trips
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    South Bali - Lovina (B,L)
    Day 1 Transfer by car

    Depart from South Bali and drive via rural routes to Batukaru Temple and Jatiluwih with its rice terraces view. You will have also chances to do soft trekking through the rice terraces and see how the villagers cultivate their ground in the traditional way.
    Afterwards drive via mountainous routes to Bedugul and visit Ulundanu at the shore of Beratan Lake. Then proceed to Munduk waterfall before heading to your hotel in Candidasa (Superior Garden View + ABF). Lunch in a local restaurant.

    • Batukaru Temple: Pura Batukaru is one of the largest and oldest Hindu Temples in Bali. Built against high up against a slope of Mount Batukaru, enshrined by lush tropical rain forest, a solemn atmosphere reigns.
    • Jatiluwih: A startlingly beautiful area of verdant, terraced rice paddies nestled in the shadow of Mount Batukaru, the second highest peak of Bali and one of the holiest In 2007 this area was nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site.
    • Ulun Danu Bratan Temple: Ulun Danu sits at the shores of Lake Bratan, the source of water for a large part of the island. It effortlessly combines Hindu and Buddhist elements into a unique sample of Balinese temple architecture. The location on the shore of the giant lake effectively filling a crater formed thousands of years ago by a seismic blast of an extinct volcano, is significant. The lake supplies most of the drinkable water to large areas of Bali. Dense pine forests tumble down the slopes of Mount Bratan to the calm shoreline dotted with holy shrines.
    • Munduk Village: Not far away from Lovina, sleepy villages nestle high up in the mountain range dividing Bali. Munduk is the perfect spot to make short, pleasant hikes and take in the beauty of North Bali. A stroll past forests, idyllic ricefields and lush waterfalls is quite pleasant at an altitude of some 1.000m. No wonder, the community of Munduk actively supports projects emphasizing environmental preservation. On this track, you will enjoy stunning views.
       

     

    Visited places:
    • Denpasar
    • Lovina
    Accommodation offered:
  • 2
    Lovina - Candidasa (B,L)
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    Depart from Lovina and drive via mountainous routes to Kintamani with its magnificent views to Batur Lake and Volcano. Then proceed to one of balinese village in Bangli, named Penglipuran and explore the surrounding village then continue to The Mother Temple before heading to your next hotel in Candidasa. (Superior Garden + ABF). Breakfast at the hotel and lunch in a local restaurant.

    • Pura Beji Sangsit: Pura Beji is a Subak temple, dedicated to the spirits that guard the Subak. As the quintessential Balinese village organization, it deals with all things related to irrigation and water distribution. This one lies about half a km from the main road toward the coast. It was built in the 15th century on the site of a well. The temple is built in pink sandstone, highly unusual in an area where every other temple is built of grey volcanic paras. Dedicated to Dewi Sri, the rice goddess, it`s justly famous for the sheer exuberance of its carvings. The front wall of the temple shows the rewards that await the godly in heaven and the punishments awaiting the evil in hell. With its courtyards of clipped grass and old frangipani trees, it is a tranquil and refreshing place too. The principal shrines have staircases and turrets, and one gets the feeling here that worship has something to do with the sheer pleasure of building things.
    • Penelokan, Kintamani: Penelokan is perched on the edge of the crater of Mt Batur, and its name means `place to look`. You will enjoy breathtaking views over the volcano and the lake of Batur. Mount Batur is actually just a small volcano, but it is set in the heart of a huge crater that is 14km in diameter. Adjacent to the volcano is the large crescent-shaped Batur Lake, all surrounded by the high walls of the crater rim. The sheer size of the crater conjures up images of the massive eruption of the original Mount Batur that occurred tens of thousands years ago. The volcano is still active today. Balinese all over the island who still remember the great eruption of 1917 will testify. It claimed thousands of lives and destroyed hundreds of temples. It was "the year when the world shook”.
    • Penglipuran: Situated in Bangli regency, Pengelipuran village is well-known for its tidy row of traditional Balinese entrance gates and its unique architectural traditions. The village has also succeeded in preserving its 75 hectare bamboo forest located in the northern part of the village. The Desa Adat, a well-known Balinese village institution, has played a consistent role from generation to generation in the preservation of local Balinese traditions. One of them is a strong commitment to the system of `ayahan desa` - a philosophy committed to respecting the land on which the village stands. The village land may not be transferred to anyone without the knowledge of Penglipuran villagers. The bamboo forest`s future is therefore assured. The community members who are given pieces of bamboo forest ground usually fell bamboo trees once a year by selective cutting, leaving the younger ones intact.
    • Besakih Temple: The renowned temple of Besakih is built against the southern slope of Gunung Agung, a violent yet sacred mountain for the Balinese. A sprawling complex of shrines, dedicated to an unknown number of gods, constitutes the religious center of Bali. On ominous days, Besakih brims with colorful activity. Row after row, women climb the temple stairs, proudly carrying a heavy load of flower and fruit offerings. They are meant to stabilize the Universe or to finalize a complicated religious ceremony. Besakih and surroundings can easily be described as the holiest place on the island, covering an extended religious patchwork of shrines and temples, dedicated to kings and Gods. At any given time, you`ll walk together with numerous pilgrims as every Balinese is required to pay homage several times throughout the year.
       

     

    Visited places:
    • Lovina
    • Candidasa
    Accommodation offered:
  • 3
    Candidasa - Ubud (B,L)
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    Depart from Candidasa and drive along the Eastern coast to Goa Lawah or the bat cave temple then proceed to Klungkung and visit Kerthagosa which formerly was a justice hall in the 18th century, then continue by exploring the Klungkung traditional market and see how the local people sell many kinds of foods, traditional clothes such as sarong, kebaya and udeng, and many kinds of ceremonial equipment including the flowers offering.

    Then continue to Ubud and visit the rain forest with its macaques monkeys before heading to your next hotel in Ubud (Deluxe Room + ABF). Breakfast at the hotel and lunch in a local restaurant.

    • Goa Lawah Temple: The nickname of this beautiful temple is the Bat Cave Temple. Nobody knows exactly why, but hundreds of bats chose to reside in a cave behind one of the holiest shrines of Bali. According to a local legend, the bats provide food for a giant snake which is said to live in the cave. It is one of the most remarkable temples in Bali, located alongside a busy coastal road, leading from Denpasar all the way to the far eastern region of Bali. Opposite the road lies the fishing village of Kusamba with its dramatic black sand beaches.
    • Kertha Gosa: Just outside sleepy town of Klungkung, lies the seat of an ancient kingdom. The Kerta Gosa is a beautifully renovated, 17th century hall, once used for the administration of traditional justice. It is a superb example of classical Balinese design. It depicts in a rather graphical way the punishment awaiting evil-doers in hell and the delights reserved for the innocents when entering heaven. Today the basic remains of the palace are the court of justice, the Kertha Gosa Pavilion, and the main gate that bears the date Saka 1622 (AD 1700). Within the old palace compound is also a floating pavilion, Bale Kambang, which was added in the 1940s.
    • Ubud Monkey Forest: Ubud`s best-known tourist attraction is its The Monkey Forest Sanctuary  which occupies the land between the southern end of Monkey Forest Road and the northern edge of the wood-carvers` hamlet of Nyuhkuning. It is one of Ubud`s best-known attraction, with a colony of malevolent but photogenic monkeys. The forest itself is traversed by a concrete pathway. The only way to see the Monkey Forest is on foot, but it`s not a strenuous hike. Five minutes into the forest, you`ll come to Pura Dalem Agung Padang Tegal, the temple of the dead for the banjar of Padang Tegal. Pura dalem are traditionally places of extremely strong magical power and the preserve of leyak  or evil spirits. In this temple you`ll find half a dozen stone carved images of the witch-widow Rangda. She guards the main stairway, immediately recognizable by her hideous fanged face, unkempt hair, lolling tongue and pendulous breasts. Two of the Rangda statues are depicted in the process of devouring children. Casual visitors are not allowed to enter the inner sanctuary, but in the outer courtyard you can see the ornate kulkul drum tower, built in red brick and decorated with carvings of Bhoma heads and garuda.
       
    Visited places:
    • Candidasa
    • Ubud
    Accommodation offered:
  • 4
    Ubud - South Bali (B,L)
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    An amazing journey by old but well-kept, open-sided VWs, traveling along forgotten villages, fairy-like temples and lush green rice fields. You will be driven by your own driver at a slow pace, while enjoying the enchanting Balinese scenery.
    Drive along rural routes passing Keliki to Sebatu and visit the temple then continue to Bayad Village and enjoy soft trekking through the spice and medical garden, rain forest and rice fields then ended by lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards continue to Gunung Kawi. You will need to prepare your energy to climb down through approximately 300 stairs to the main temple and monument then climb up again to reach the parking area.
    After the excursion, you will be dropped to your next hotel in South Bali. Breakfast at the hotel.

    • Sebatu Village: Sebatu is a small, lovely temple built along a holy spring. This is one of the dedicated spots where the Balinese people fetch holy water for their numerous rituals and ceremonies. The name of Sebatu is related to the ancient story of King Mayadenawa and is steeped in Balinese folklore. There are several `holy spring` temples in Central Bali, but this one is considered one of the prettiest due to its setting in a valley east of the village bearing the same name. Balinese from every corner of the island often make pilgrimages to similar temples like Tirta Empul, with their holy spings and pools. They seek to cleanse themselves spiritually or even to cure their physical ailments.
    • Bayad Eco Trekking: This trip consists of a track of over 6 km and involves light hiking through tropical rain forest with breathtaking views through the famous Petanu rivers and ancient religious caves. In this area there are more than 150 different fruits, spices and herbs while additional species add to the rich variety of tropical flora and fauna. In order to support this venture, you will have an option to plant your own tree alongside the hiking path.
    • Gunung Kawi: Gunung Kawi refers to a site of a series of 11th century tombs cut out from the rock face. To reach it, you have to walk down a steep flight of some three hundred steps, through a massive rock-hewn archway, all the way to the sacred Pakrisan River. It`s an impressive spot, completely enshrined in a lush valley.There are lots of theories about the origins and function of the Gunung Kawi tombs or candi, as they are also considered as sacred temples. Most probably they were erected as memorials to kings from a long lost era - possibly the 11th century - and their queens. Before crossing the river, turn sharp left for the Queens` Tombs, a series of four huge, square-tiered reliefs, chiseled from the riverside cliff face to resemble temple facades. After crossing the Pakrisan River, you enter the actual Gunung Kawi temple complex, which contains an unusual cloister, complete with courtyard, rooms and cells, entirely cut from the ravine rock wall. This was probably built for the holy men who looked after the five royal tombs at the back of the temple complex. These are in better condition than the Queens` Tombs, and you can see the false doors and facades quite clearly defined.

     

    Visited places:
    • Ubud
    • Denpasar
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Porterage at airports.
    • Entrance fees, parking fees and customary donations throughout the course of the program.
    • Services of a licensed, local, English speaking guide during excursions, tours and transfers (Services of a licensed, local, Italian/Spanish speaking guide during excursions, tours and transfers is subject to availability upon reservation). You will not be accompanied by a guide during flights or train rides.
    • Private air-conditioned vehicle during transfers and tours as described in the program, unless specified otherwise.
    • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary and based on sharing a double/twin incl. daily breakfast.
    • Meals mentioned.
    Price does not include
    • Not mentioned meals.
    • Guide/vehicle during days or periods of time marked as ‘(at) leisure/free’ in the itinerary.
    • Tips for guide and driver. Tipping in Indonesia is a common way of showing your appreciation and highly recommended.
    • Services not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Compulsory dinner on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
    • International Flight tickets.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • All expenses incurred due to flight delay or cancellation or due to other causes which are beyond our control.
    • Services not mentioned in the program.
    • Personal expenses such as for drinks, phone calls, laundry, wellness treatments and any other item not mentioned in the itinerary.