Lovina (Bali, Indonesia)

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Places of interest :: Lovina is one of tourist places and destination in Bali, it is popular site for sunrise, snorkeling and dolphin-watching , below is the information.

Lovina is the name a beach in Kalibukbuk village, 12 km to the west of Singaraja. Lovina is really a string of coastal villages to the west of Singaraja. Escape from the hustle and bustle of Kuta to Lovina Beach located in north Bali, about 100 kilometers from southern tourist hotspots. It is well known as an excellent site for sunset watching, snorkeling, and diving and famous for its early morning dolphin-watching boat trips. We can see the dolphin attractions in this place like jumping. It is not fail to draw if the tourist has the time to see the sunset here. Lovina area is also supported by the number of tourism fascination which is can be reached from this location. Darkly beautiful, Lovina offers quiet and calm, and is popular Asian tourists and those avoiding the hustle and bustle of the southern beaches.

Nowadays, Lovina area is becoming the center of tourism activities in north part of Bali and offer many kind of accommodations, restaurants, bars, beach activities, art shops, bank, transportations etc. Many cheap losmens are available right on the beach.
Lining up of busy losmen and hotels with the depleted shady sea makes Lovina one of the most stirring beaches in Bali.
Tranquility, incredible under water world and dolphins are the magnetism of Lovina. From Lovina, visiting Pulau Menjangan, which is a part of West Bali National Park will be interesting for diving lover.

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GWK – Garuda Wisnu Kencana (Bali, Indonesia)

 

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Places of interest :: GWK is one of tourist places and destination in Bali, it is for artistic performances, exhibitions, and conferences as well as for sightseeing and relaxation , below is the information.

Situated on a limestone escarpment overlooking the South Bali tourist region, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park shocases the art and culture of the Island of the Gods amid dramatic natural backdrops and breathtaking panoramic vistas. Located fiften minutes from the international airport and less than an hour from most major hotels and resorts, GWK is one of the island’s premier venues for artistic performances, exhibitions, and conferences as well as for sightseeing and relaxation
Dominating the park is Wisnu , a bust of a Hindu deity constructed from giants slabs of copper and brass. Representing the divine force responsible for the protection of the universe, the 22 meter Wisnu figure is a modern rendering of an ancient cultural tradition. The companion piece, Garuda , represent the giant bird which transports Wisnu, a symbol of both freedom and selfless devotion.

The two 25-meter natural limestone pillars comprising the Gapura Batu , at the entrance gate to the complex, are carved with images taken from the Ramayana, the Mythical cycle of stories forming the dramatic basis of most Balinese art forms. The base-relief carving on the gate depict scenes from the Wayang, the shadow puppet theatre unique to Bali and neighbouring Java .

With little rainfall and open to fresh tropical breezes, GWK facilities are ideal for all types of outdoor events. The first-class acoustic environment of the 800-seat Amphitheatre is a peerless venue for intimate cultural performances. Enclosed by enormous limestone pillars with the Wisnu figure as a backdrop, the dramatic Lotus Pond area has a capacity for 7500 persons. Like the ceremonial boulevard of a Balinese village, the Street Theatre is suitable for processions, fashion shows, and other mobile performances. The most intimate space, the Plaza Kura Kura , can hold200 people. In additional to the open public spaces, the Exhibition Gallery provides 200 square meters of covered area as well as ten square meters of internal open courtyard

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Celluk Village (Bali, Indonesia)

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Places of interest :: Celuk village is one of tourist places and destination in Bali, it is popular with the productions of gold and silver , below is the information.

Celuk Village is the famous village in Bali as a tourist destination cause of the local residents is very proactive and full of innovation to the gold and silver crafting. These silver ad gold smiths do their work in modern designs when they are ordered. Along the main road we can see a lot of art shop. Each art shop  has a work shop where the visitors can see the artisants make their work. The village of  Celuk it self on the both side of the main road.

Celuk Village is once of tourist destination in Bali, it is strategically located in main road from Denpasar to Gianyar regency which is about 5 km from Denpasar town . Along way of Celuk Village about 2 km, we will find in the left and right side the various type of gold and silver shop which are opened to the domestic and international tourist. It is also inside of this village, we will find the activities and workshop of crafting which are ready to be ordered in small or huge number.

The productions of gold and silver at this village have penetrated to the local, national and international market. It can be measured from the type of artwork result and variation of ornament, good as present and also export commodity. The type of gold and silver craft has been produced in this countryside are covering various of rings, bangles, chokers, earrings, mother of pearls, Tusuk Konde, broaches as well as mother of pearl. The craftsmen of the Celuk Village are also able to receive specific orders for personalized crafts and products so at a very low price indeed it is possible to either design or personalize the crafts to your needs, which make ideal presents.

Beside of that, Celuk’s workers are able to response the market demands and produce the modern product like medal, maket and culture symbol. In spanning of artistic growth history, the silver and gold crafting had been started by a group of family pertained by Clan Pande. From this family circle, the activity of gold and silver crafting has disseminated to entire society as a top profession which are previously as the farmer. In year 1970’s decades, it has been happened the change of countryside society culture significantly from agrarian society structure to industrial society structure of crafting. Even nowadays, some of them have jumped again to the economic structure of service by focusing in tourism industry. The change and jumping movement of these structures have brought the new positive impact for prosperity. Celuk Village, Kuta and Ubud are the prosperous countryside in Bali by the higher resident’s income cause of tourism.

The history behind this focus on crafts and gold and silver has a historical significance that is not only interesting but is also visible throughout the village in the way of statues and monuments as well as in the museums that provide an excellent insight and background complimenting the area. This began with a man called Clan Pande who started the first group of gold spinners, which across generations of maintenance has spread throughout the village, and today it has had a significant impression on the entire area both culturally and physically

Candidasa (Bali, Indonesia)

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Places of interest :: Candidasa is one of tourist places and destination in Bali, it own beautiful beach with the black sand along the coastal , below is the information.

Candidasa in named after the temple overlooking the freshwater lagoon on the road to Amlapura. It is situated about 50 km to east way from Denpasar town or 1,5 hour from Bali’s International Airport. In the center of Candidasa there is a pool which is wide enough, and from that place we can enjoy the beautiful view of the Lombok Strait. Candidasa own beautiful beach with the black sand along the coastal and the magnificence view of the ocean.

It was a calm small fishing village, but since five years ago, it built with a dozen of losmen (house to stay), hotels and restaurants, and many travelers prefer Candidasa, Offering low budget accommodation and few upscale hotels, the main attraction of Candi Dasa is a dazzling landscape of the beach. Blighted by jetties protruding into the water, intended to stop the erosion caused by coral blasting for years.
Beside of that, many others places of interest can be visited around Candidasa like Tenganan Village, Goa Lawah (Bat Cave), Kusamba Beach and others. Candi Dasa has a lot of visited by many tourists because it is the second favorite resort area after Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua or Ubud.

Besakih Temple (Bali, Indonesia)

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Places of interest :: Besakih Temple is one of tourist places and destination in Bali, it is popular with the biggest and holiest temple in Bali, below is the information.

Over a thousand years old, Besakih is known as the ‘Mother Temple of Bali‘ , Pura Besakih is the biggest and holiest temple in Bali and is perched nearly 1,000m up the side of Gunung Agung. Besakih is the biggest and holiest of all the Balinese temples. Bali’s mother temple stands against a stupendous mountain backdrop on the southeastern slopes of Mount Agung.

Eighteen separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and caste groups surround the three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. To the Balinese, visiting the temple sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage. The mountain top setting gives it an almost mystical quality.
The largest on the island, this massive complex of 35 small temples attracts staggering numbers each year, being the main point of pilgrimage for Balinese Hindus. Steps ascend through split gates to the main courtyard where the Trinity shrines, dedicated to Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu, are wrapped in cloth and decorated with flower offerings. There are number of temples but many of their inner courtyards are closed to visitors .

The Besakih Temple is surrounded by typical East Balinese scenery without and development and completely undisturbed of scenes of rice paddies stretching across the hills with mountains in the background and streams that run the full way down. It is likely that the area of Besakih has been sacred since long before recorded Balinese history due to the presence of Pura Batu Madeg, a stone temple that has been long standing in the area. The Besakih Temple became even more important in 1343 when it became he administrative center for the Klungkung regency during the conquering of Bali by the Majapahit dynasty. The Besakih Temple was later damaged by earthquakes of 1917 and then rebuilt by the Dutch in 1932 during their influence upon Bali as one of the more positive effects.

iIt owns beautiful view from the top of temple area where we can see the wide nature panorama until to the ocean so that way this temple is many visited by tourists from all over the world. Besakih Temple is located in Besakih countryside, Rendang sub district, Karangasem regency, east part of the island.

Goa Gajah (Bali, Indonesia)

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Places of interest :: Goa Gajah – Bedulu is one of tourist places and destination in Bali, it is best known for its ancient caves that have a carved stone, below is the information.

Goa Gajah is best known for its ancient caves that have a carved stone that are distinctively recognizable as being elephant shaped, located in west side of Bedulu countryside, Blah Batuh Sub district and Gianyar Regency. It is about 27 km from Denpasar town. This cave is built at crevasse edge from the federation of 2 rills that is called Pangkung River , where the irrigation is mixed with Petanu River flow. The federation area of two rivers is called Campuhan/Mixture. It owns the magical energy on the basis of Rwabineda Concept/two different matters on this basic concept hence Gua Gajah (Elephant Cave) is intentionally built among two rivers. The cave was discovered by Department of Archeology in 1923, and the complex of water spout was discovered by Dr. Krijgsman, a Dutch archeology.
A seven-meters deep cave with a shape of T-letter is the major attraction of this Bedulu village’s local temple. The cave it self is carved in a solid stone hill of the river valley. The main figure of the carving at the cave entrance is ‘boma’, a barong face, accompanied with big clapping fingers on its side. Leaf, flower, and some horror figures can be noticed if we give more attention look to the rest of the carving. Some holes that are considered to be used as meditation or sleeping quarters can be found in the wall of the cave. Nowadays, those holes are used to place offerings whenever there is ceremonies taking place. On the left end side of the cave is Ganesha statue, believe it as ‘the God of knowledge’. Meanwhile on the right end side can be found three ‘linggas’, that each of them dedicated to the three common God manifestations in Bali, Brahma, Wisnu, and Siwa. There are other three stone carvings in the centre wall, one of them figuring head and face.

It was believed to have been built as a temple but the sleeping niches and Buddhist ruins just outside the cave suggest otherwise. Within the cave at the end of the T-shaped passage is a four-armed statue of Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity. At the opposite end sits a set of three lingga, or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. To the side of the cave’s entrance is a 1,000-year-old statue of Hariti, a Buddhist demoness cum goddess. She used to devour children but reformed to become a devout Buddhist and protector of children. Excavations have uncovered a bathing place with six statues of nymphs holding waterspouts.

Kintamani (Bali, Indonesia)

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Places of interest :: Kintamani is one of tourist places and destination in Bali, it is popular with Lake Batur is the largest lake in Bali and the region offers some of the most spectacular views, below is the information.

Kintamani is one of famous tourist object in Bali, perched in center part of paradise island on Bangli Regency. Kintamani is located in the north of Bali and in the locale of the volcano Mount Batur and its beautiful expanse of fresh water lake . The spectacular mountainous region around Kintamani – with its deep crater lake and bubbling hot springs make this region a must on any Bali itinerary. Lake Batur is the largest lake in Bali and the region offers some of the most spectacular views to be found anywhere on the island. Lake Batur also provides water for an underground network of streams and springs across the southern slopes of the mountain. This district is the earliest known Kingdom in Bali, dating from the 10th Century. The evening can get cool up here but it’s well worth the stay overnight to climb the volcano and watch the sun rises.

It is not just the scenery that is beautiful and serine in Kintamani there is also a beautiful little culture that consists of the six different villages known as the Age villages (pronounced a- gee) that are spread around the crater of the Mount Batur. These villages are all different to any of the villages in Bali and collectively only accommodation 15,000 people who are mainly farmers and workers of the land. There are some very interesting fabric designs and cloths that can be purchased from the markets of these towns and each one has a totally different feel and will welcome you whole heartedly to look around the area.

There are also a few important temples that guard the volcano from the evil spirits and there are many ceremonies that are in place to appease these spirits ensure the safety of the people of the island. There are also some amazing myths and legends connecting the volcano and its surrounding area which is hardly surprising since Mont Batur has erupted 24 times in the last 200 years and has repeatedly damaged and destroyed the surrounding areas including the villages and temples of the area. The volcano is still active to this day although another eruption is not expected.

Batur Lake is the old crater of Mount Batur, a still active volcano next to it. It is located on the northern part of Bali. The largest lake overshadowed by the active volcano is located in Bangli Regency, at the northeast of Bali. Batur Lake is the widest lake in this island. It lies down in the feet of Mount Batur and Mount Abang. The lake is classified as a “neutral-dilute” lake because there is no known underlying hydrothermal activity, and the abundant rainfall more than quenches any such activity. There is a hot spring right by the lake. We can enjoy the spectacular scenery of Batur Lake from Kintamani. Mount Batur itself is actually just a small volcano, but sets in the heart of a huge crater 14km in diameter.