On this tour, you’ll visit the ancient elephant temple called Goa Gajah, which is one of Bali’s oldest sacred spaces. Your guide will talk you through the complexities of Balinese culture. This ancient temple is surrounded with beautiful rice fields and small streams that lead to the Petanu River – another natural site intertwined with local legends. Enjoy a stroll through the temple and the neighboring rice fields and jungle. After this you will visit a Balinese compound and will be introduced a well-known priest to take a part in an astrology session and purification ceremony.
- 4 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM
- Inquire for Transportation
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English
Don't forget to wear a sarong to enter the 11th-century Goa Gajah, also known as the “Elephant Cave". Its shady interior still offers a shady spot for contemplation. On the grounds of the temple, you’ll see some of the small streams that lead from the southern end of the site to the legendary waters of the Petanu River. You’ll walk around the rice fields and explore the edge of the jungle as well.
Gusde will bring you to his family’s compound in the village of Mas. Gusde’s family is a highly respected Brahman family and descendant of sacred priests who brought the Hinduism to Bali in the 9th Century. Take part in a private Astrology Session followed by a Purification Ceremony (Balinese blessing).
This ceremony offers visitors the chance to participate in the spiritual side of daily Balinese life and learn about Hindu astrology. Visitors often comment on the contagious mysticism of Bali culture, and the welcoming, inclusive nature of the priests and temples make it easy to find your way to a transcendent experience of your own.
Gunung Kawi is filled with a sense of ancient majesty and mystery — no one is sure of its original purpose. One of the oldest archaeological sites in Bali, it has candi (shrines) carved into 8-m high niches on the riverside cliff. This pre-Hindu construction dates back to 11th-century Balinese kings. A walk through spectacular rice fields leads to a path descending into the Pakerisan River Valley, where the monuments rest on the banks of the holy river. They are accompanied by Pura Gunung Kawi, a modern-day Balinese Hindu water temple. Located in Tampaksiring in north-central Gianyar Regency, a half hour north of Ubud, this complex looks and feels like the setting of an Indiana Jones film.
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What to Bring
Walking shoes and clothing to cover your legs and shoulders – a prerequisite for entering these sacred places.
Tea, coffee, snack, guided tour, and a Balinese purification ceremony.
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Discover the beauty of Bali, Indonesia on both a natural and artistic level when you go on this fun and engaging tour. Explore traditional painting methods and wood carving. Then visit a turtle conservation center; the island and her animals are such an inspiration that they must be preserved. Learn about traditional artistry in Ubud and take more than a memory back with you — purchase an original piece from a studio or workshop!