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Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Asia, Indonesia

The inland splendours of Bali, Indonesia

The inland splendours of Bali, Indonesia

While staying in the the cultural centre of Bali, Ubud, I spent a day being driven around by my motorbike driver on the back roads visiting the 2 of the famous temples of Bali: Goa Gojah & Gunung Kawi. 

First stop: Goa Gojah.

Goa Gojah is also known as the elephant cave. It was built in the 9th century and is a sanctuary. Thus, upon entry they hand you a coloured skirt to wrap around yourself. Remember to cover your shoulders – no shirts are available – but you should cover up anyways – the sun is HOT down here. Washing your hands, or washing in the bathing temple is considered holy and will bring good luck to you. I would never of known this without my motordriver. Since he was amazing to me – I bought his entrance into each sight (Local prices are pennies compared to foreigner pricing) and he was extremely informative of the history of each sight.

I walked around Goa Gajah, and encountered a wall of carvings from the 14th century. There was a woman wearing all white, turns out she was a priestess, and she offered to bless me with holy water. I feel lucky to have my guide who translated her offering to me and helped me say thank you in Bahasa, Indonesian. I wai’d (Thailand hello/goodbye) because it was the most respectful thing I could think of.

Second Stop: Gunung Kawi.

Gunung Kawi was built in the 11th century and is comprised of 10 shrines cut into the rock. The shrines are 7 metres tall! Just look at how tiny I am in comparison – that is me – the little yellow/green blob.

While we were driving around, my motordriver said he would take me down the back roads for better scenery. Along the way he asked “Do you like tea?”, as he turns, stops, and introduces me to a tea/coffee plantation.

I was able to sample 6 types of tea/coffees all of which the ingredients were grown on the plantation. Ginseng, Ginger, Balinese Coffee, Lemongrass, Peppermint and Hot Chocolate. I purchased some tea for my Grandma – and I will have to share it with her.

When will you come to Bali and experience its Wonders?

 

4 Comments

  1. I already have! :) Did you also try Kopi Luwak?

      • I’m really not the best judge because I don’t drink coffee in general, but my husband liked it so much that he bought some to bring back home.
        Maybe you should try it next time you get the chance. :)

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