Nusa Dua is one of the well-known tourist areas in Bali with five stars hotels and also the exciting sea activities, fun with a great challenge for everyone who joins this sport. Nusa Dua offers you many fantastic activities: jet skiing, banana boat, fly fishing, snorkeling, parasailing, diving, fishing, glass bottom boat, and the amazing Turtle Island tour.
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One of the powerful kingdoms in Bali is Karangasem. This kingdom was ruled by King Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem who built the famous Tirta Gangga water palace in the year 1948.
Tirta means holy water and gangga is taken from the name of India's holy river, the Ganges.This water palace was a place for the royal family to relax, welcome and entertain important guests of the surrounding kingdoms.
Today, the water gardens are open to the public. Visitors can have a swim in the very refreshing spring water that comes up from the ground under a banyan tree. This beautiful garden with is sprint water pools, is surrounded by charming views, and rice paddy fields.
Take notice of the park architecture. It's a splendid blend of European, Chinese, and traditional Balinese styles.
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Names can tell you a lot in Bali. Importantly, each of the four traditional names tells you whether a person was born first, second, third, or fourth in the family. But there is more.
My whole name is I Made Suba.
You can call me Made (pronounced Mah-day.) I have three brothers and one sister, and my name tells you I was the second born son in our family. Everyone with the name Made -- and there are many of us -- was the second born.
Wayan is for the first born child,
Made is second born, and
Nyoman is for the third born.
Finally, Ketut is for the fourth born child.
Notice the "I" in the name. I is the title for a son, and Ni is the title for a daughter.
Easy right? Not so fast. These names are for the children born into the Sudra caste. We have four castes in Bali:
And as you can guess, different names are used in different castes. More about that another time.
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Kertah Gosa is one of them. It is located in the regency of Klungkung of the former powerful kingdom located there. This building was created in approximately 1700 by the King of Klungkung, I Dewa Agung Jambe.
Kertha means prosperity, jurisdiction, and penalization, and Gosa means the place to discuss. So you can imagine that this place was used for some pretty important discussions about the prosperity and justice of Bali.
When the Dutch colonized this regency, the building took on different functions as a court of justice. Notice the interesting decorations on the ceiling, they depict the famous shadow puppets of Bali.
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One of the most popular tourists experiences on Bali is the Kecak dance (pronounced Kechak), the famous Balinese Fire Dance. It is performed by approximately 100 dancers who make music with their voices in the form of a chattering sound "cakcakcak" from which the dance takes its name.
The dance portrays the well known Hindu epic story of the Ramayana, a story which some say is Bali's version of Romeo and Juliet, in other words, an epic love story.
A great way to watch this performance is with a background of a temple, on a cliff, during sunset! I can help you find the perfect Kecak dance to attend. Contact me, I'd love to be your driver and guide in Bali.
Taman Ujung, known also as Ujung Water Palace was created by the King of Karangasem in 1919 to be the resting place for the royal family. It was also used as a place to welcome and entertain visitors and state guests.
The design is magnificent, showing a blend of Balinese and European architecture. The building shown in this photo is of the King's bedroom, family room, and visiting room.
Near the blue ocean water of eastern Bali, this amazing tourist site allows visitors to see mount Agung while enjoying a restive and awe inspiring experience in the royal setting.
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This is a photo of the waterfall I think is the best in Bali. It is called Gitgit after the village by the same name in Singaraja regency.
Gitgit's water is crystal clear and surrounded by stunning rainforest. Along the path to the waterfall from the main road, tourists can see tropical plantations up close with clove trees, coffee bushes, and banana palms.
The lush growth makes the walk along the trail very pleasant, cool, and enjoyable.
Bali's Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most well known site throughout of the world. It was built by the Hindu priest, Dang Hyang Nirartha around the 16th century.
The word Tanah means land or rock, and the word Lot (or lod) means ocean or inside the ocean. Together the words describe this temple which appears to be floating on the ocean when the tide is high.
Legend has it that the priest meditated on the rock where the temple is located. he received a message from God that the site was an excellent spot to worship Baruna, the god of the ocean. The story tells that when local villagers attempted to disturb him, he created holy snakes from his scarves to protect himself. Holy snakes can be seen there to this day.
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Penglipuran village is one of the traditional villages in Bali which has a beautiful setting.
The word Penglipuran has a couple of meanings, such as "to remember the ancestors," and "the place for entertaining."
This village was built on the traditional Hindu concept of Tri mandala: northern side or highest point houses the temple, the middle are is where the residents of the villagers live, and the southern point is where the cemetery is located.
The houses in the compound all have the same entrances, designed to keep mischievous spirits out. Each house follows the same layout plan as the village.
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Bali is famous for its temples and ceremonies. But did you know that you can also have exciting adventures on our island?
ATV adventures are one of the most exciting, and challenging, activities available to tourists.
I can help connect you with the adventure activity you desire. If you decide that ATV is to be part of your Balinese adventure, you can expect to enjoy the real Bali, through the countryside, and breathtaking views of rice paddies, bamboo jungles, river beds and water.
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Bali is an island of blessings. The name Bali is related to the word "Wali" which means offering, and offerings are the heart of the local Hindu faith. The Heart of Hindu Culture The majority of the population on Bali practices Hinduism. Temple ceremonies are an important part of the Balinese Hindu culture and every temple ceremony includes blessings and offerings. They are colorful, beautiful, and spiritually significant. I would love to show you the wonderful spirituality of our culture and serve as your guide and driver around Bali. Decorated for Blessings Temple ceremonies are scheduled based on the Balinese lunar calendar, recurring every six months or 210 days. During temple ceremonies, the shrines and the buildings are decorated, and the people visiting the temple dress in traditional clothing. Visitors are welcomed, and are expected to observe appropriate temple dress. I can help you have a meaningful visit. This photo shows a temple ceremony in progress at one of Bali's largest temples, Besakih Temple.
White Water Rafting wherever it takes place in the world is exciting, challenging, and enjoyable.
Ayung River, Central Bali
That's no exception in Bali where one of our most beautiful rivers, Ayung river, cascades through a deep ravine, providing an excellent water adventure for tourists.
The stunning natural scenery is part of the experience, and the river provides excitement and some challenging rapids.
All in all, white water rafting in Bali will provide an unforgettable experience, photographic opportunity, and memory from your vacation in Bali.
Blast From The Past
Sorting through my archives, I found this blast from the past, although the photo is older now, you can see how it captures the fun and enjoyment of rafting in Central Bali.
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Tirta is very important word in Hindu culture. It means holy water. Priests sprinkle Tirta before a blessing to purify the offering, the human body, and to protect the inner spirit from being influenced by evil spirits. Hindu's also drink Tirta after prayers as a way of taking the blessing of God into their bodies.
In the photo above of a holy Balinese temple, fountains give Tirta into a pool where local Hindus collect the holy water for use at home in their family temples and shrines.
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The tropical Balinese rainforest provides a perfectly cool environment for monkeys to live in comfortably. Here a group of Macaca fascicularis enjoys relaxation time by grooming each other in the famous Ubud Monkey Forest.
More than 200 long tailed monkeys live in the forest. But they are divided into three strictly separate groups. Each group has its area and schedule. Outsider monkeys are not tolerated, and if a monkey from one group shows up at the wrong time and in the wrong place, you can be sure that a fight will follow.
No trip to Ubud is complete without a visit to the Monkey Forest, to see its monkeys and the beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
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This photo shows one of Bali's most beautiful temples which is perched on the top of a cliff, Uluwatu Temple.
The cliff is about 97 meters high, making it an awesome place to enjoy a Balinese sunset, and take in the a breathtaking panoramic view.
The temple was discover by the Hidhu priest, Dang Hyang Nirartha around 1546 AD. After completing a spiritual pilgrimage abound the island of Bali, the priest returned to the site of the temple and it is said that there is where he attained self-realization, or moksha. Soon after his experience, the temple was named Luhur Uluwatu.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is definitely one of the top spots in Bali for beauty, culture, dance, and enjoyment. Whether traveling alone or with friends, I would like to help you have an amazing experience of Bali.
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are generally two times of rice harvesting in Bali. The growing season last four months followed by harvest. This photos shows preparation for the
new rice plantation.
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From local markets, to spiritual ceremonies, to spectacular subsets, I can help you have a satisfying and delightful experience of Bali.
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A visit to Goa Gaja is easy and delightful for visitors staying in Ubud. A short drive to the nearby archaeological site is rewarding with beauty, spirituality, and inspiration.
Recently renovated, this spectacular site takes the visitor back in time, suggesting many previous inhabitants.
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