Bali Day Seven: Jatiluwih & Tanah Lot
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After lunch we headed back down the mountain the same way we came in the direction of Jatiluwih. The road was quite windy and narrow once we left Bedugul behind. Before actually reaching the padi fields our car was stopped by large group of villagers and children who requested a toll from us before we could see their fields. Norman paid them so I'm not sure how much it was but I think it was a nominal fee. Upon entering rice terrace country we were quite amazed by the beauty of this man-made creation set in the shadows of Mount Batukaru. Every where we looked there were terraces. We saw very few farmers and we assumed it was due to the hot afternoon sun.
Towards the end of the road there was a small section of empty warungs and shops where Norman stopped to let us explore and walk around a bit.
Among the terraces the Balinese also built many rest houses which they use for their afternoon breaks as well as for sheltering for their cows. Norman told us that the cows serve as a secondary income and the farmers can fetch around $750-$1,000 per grown cow. On the way out Norman told us how Michael Jackson once visited Jatiluwih and asked to buy the place. The locals told him it was not for sell which is easy to imagine considering that each plot is shared by multiple families. What followed was a brief conversation on Michael Jackson's talent and music. Norman happened to have some of his music on hand so for the rest of the ride down to Tabanan we listened to Micheal Jackson's hits.
Along the way we stopped at a tiny fruit stand since I mentioned earlier to Norman that I enjoy durian.
After seeing villages past by and amusing ourselves with photographing a motorcyclist carry around a large load of eggs we arrived in Tabanan. The roads in Tabanan were large and it look like a smaller, less commercialized version of Denpasar. We continued south to the edge of city to Tanah Lot to catch the sunset.
Along the south side of the park we found a small road that leads up a hill to a group of shops and warungs that overlook Tanah Lot. We continued on that road until the row of warungs ended and found ourselves at Le Meridien's beautiful golfcourse.
Once we reached the actually temple it was like Disneyland with people lining up for various things. Some were in line to be blessed by holy water officiated by the Hindu priests while others were in line to see the Holy Snake. I was mildly interested in the holy water but when I saw some of the worshipers drinking the stuff I decided it was the wrong line for me since I was not taking another chance with un-bottled water holy or not. After walking to the north side and watching people take pictures with a giant snake we decided it was time to grab a seat at a warung to watch the sunset.