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Unusual Sites to Discover when in Bali - Culturally Amusing

With a culture as its rich source of a tourist attraction, Bali has now established itself permanently on the global tourist map. What you get to see in this part of the world is very much original. Add these sites to this, and a Bali tour could be a beautiful experience.


Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Rice is part and parcel of Bali's culture. Located 700 metres above sea level, Jatiluwih could turn out to be a welcome episode in your travel itinerary. And to feel the winds emanating from the southern beaches will enhance the true spirit of Bali tour. The road is about 18 kilometres snaking along the countryside and peaceful villages. The best option is to stay at a Seminyak beach resort the likes of Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, and then the rest will be easy to organize. Ratiluwih Rice Terraces invite you to breathe in the richness of Balinese agriculture-fused culture. Agriculture, for them, is not simply a means of living. It is part of their culture as well.


Pura Taman Ayun

The locals believe that this temple makes sure that the water is carried from the mountains to the rice fields and vice versa. The temple, believed to be built by a Mengkwi king, is located in the vicinity of a moat. You can also see 11 towers. The locals call it merus. If you know how to get to Denpasar in Badung regency, this temple is located simply 18 km north.


Pura Ulun Danu Batur

Another temple in Bali, this temple too transports water to Gianyar and Bangli through springs. If you happen to be a devotee of Dewi Danu (as a result of frequenting to Bali), you must visit this temple as it is dedicated to her. Interestingly, the temple is fully surrounded by a lake. Initially, the temple was located close to the Mount Batur before it erupted in 1926. Following the eruption, the temple was built in a higher location. You can see many shrines. The meru with 11 roofs stands alone in the inner courtyard. The temple is dedicated to the god of Mount Agung.


Lake Batur

If you just inquire where Lake Batur is, the locals would respond in negative. They know of this more as Danau Batur. It offers you one of the most picturesque locations in Bali. Be vigilant to pay respect to this lake, as it is revered by the Balinese. They believe that the lake offers shelter to Dewi Danu, the goddess of the lake.


Pakerisan Valley

If you are interested in Bali's ancient irrigation system, Pakerisan Valley is a must visit. The locals would describe it as the valley of kings. You will come across a number of shrines carved out of stones. These shrines were built in honour of the royalty that lived during the 11th century. The holy springs at Tirta Empul are also interesting. You can see how the Balinese devotees who make it a point to come here to pay respect. They take a bath in the holy water and thus clean themselves spiritually.