We were picked up nice and early again by our driver Naya for our tour ending in Ubud. We packed up the van and headed to our first stop Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave. This temple is placed around and inside a cave filled with bats. We were able to see some women praying and placing their offerings and even took a peek in at all the bats. There were hundreds! We were the only foreigners there.
Our next stop would be a favorite of the day, an original Balinese village. The traditional village of Tenganan includes many artists that specialize in Ikat, a form of weaving as well as drawings on palm leaves. People welcome you in to show you how things are made and are very friendly.
We took our time chatting with people, or trying to chat with those that didn’t speak any English, and ended up purchasing a single ikat made by a lovely little old woman.
Since it is a working village where all the people still live we were able to see women hard at work, some carrying large lava rocks on their heads. We were told that the people of this village still follow the belief that you must marry within the village and those wanting to marry or move outside must pay to do so. It was a very interesting stop.
Tirta Gangga was our next stop of the day and after taking a break at Good Kharma for a delicious lunch we ventured inside. This magnificent site was a former royal palace. It was nearly destroyed in the 60’s when the nearby Mt. Agung erupted, but has been beautifully restored. You can even take a swim in the bathing pools athough we didn’t. The statues throughout the property were all different and really quite spectacular.
Continuing on with water palaces, our next stop was Taman Ujung, a water palace and gardens. There were only a handful of people there so we were able to walk around and explore a bit. Located inside the palace were recreations of different rooms and pictures of the king and his wives. It was a nice stop with a bit of history.
Our last stop of the day before heading to our new hotel in Ubud was Kerta Gosa or Klungkung Temple. This temple and set of Royal Pavilions also includes a small museum showcasing a variety of traditional Balinese items. The pavilions include amazing artwork on the ceilings and more great statues. One of the functions of this area was as a court of law. This was another site where we were the only people inside, even with the bustle of the town around it was quite peaceful inside.