Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Bali - Day 3

Day 3 itinerary: Kertagosa (Klungkung), Besakih Temple, Tenganan village (An ancient village, home to "Bali Aga", original and unspoilt Balinese whom still preserve the traditional practices), Tirta Gangga, Amlapura, Ujung Water Palace and Candidasa.

Klungkung - Capital of the Klungkung District, this town is known for the famous "Kerta Gosa" court house, with its ceilings depicting the carriage of justice in the form of extremely fragile wayang paintings.

Besakih Temple - The biggest temple in Indonesia, the Mother Temple is situated a thousand meters above sea level on the slope of the sacred and still active volcano, Mt. Agung (3140m). Besakih is considered the principal state temple, venerating the Hindu Bali trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It consists of 18 towering grass-thatches pagodas spread along the roadside on the steep mountain slopes.

Tirta Gangga - The old bathing place of the former Rajah of Karangarem, famous for the ingenious networks of swimming pools.

Sun set at Candidasa. Posted by Picasa

After dinner at Candidasa, we tried to nativigate our way back to Ubud. It was very dark and we got lost. We tried to use a short cut back to the main road of Ubud and on the way, we saw a man taking off his pants. He immediately wore them back as our car passed by! Vincent commented that he was about to take his bath in the drain...