Non touristic places and meeting locals!
Penatahan Travel Blog› entry 5 of 15 › view all entries
March 14th, 2010 – by: JP-NED
I asked Kadek too show me some non touristic places, he said okay Jan i will go to some vllages and you will see a beautiful area with friendly people, we will vised the hot springs and we're going to the Temple Muncaksari!
What could i say, nothing, because it sounds great and it's all new for me.
About 12 km north of Tabanan city, along the road to Pura Luhur Batukau, we stoped at the holy springs of Yeh Panes Penetahan. It's surrounded by the charming "Yeh Panes Natural Hot spring and Spa", and for a small fee ( 5000 rupiah, about €.0,35 )you can come inside and have a look or take a bath in one of the pools, which just costs a little bit extra. This is a must too see when you're on Bali! I was the only visitor and for me it looks like paradise.
We carry on and nature is beautiful, the road gets worse and worse. Kadek looks at me and gives me a high five! I can not get enough of it, so much beauty, silence, this can not be better!
We make a photo stop and we see a man waving to us, we walk up to him and greet him kindly. He invites us to come along, we followed him and arrived at the house, we see that a pig is slaughtered. they give me the knife, and gestures that I should stabbing the pig, fortunately he was already dead, otherwise I do not know what I had done. The pig was stuffed with vegetables and they told to me that this was for a special occasion. We looked around and left again.
we drove over an hour on a very bad road, full of holes! Before us lay the Temple Muncaksari, no tourists here, but I was not surprised so inaccessible to come here!
The temple does not look impressive, but the area is beautiful and serene! Kadek told me that the temple is used for special occasions, and that is a few times a year.
after some pictures I have taken, we left.
There was only one way and that meant we would come back along the family which had slaughtered a pig. They greeted kindly and invited us to come and eat with them from the pig. Friendly and courteous we have declined. The man climbed into a tree and took a coconut, we were quite thirsty, so I was happy with this present, wonderful and delicious.
On our way back, we passed the Batukaru temple where we maked our last stop.
The Batukaru temple is a famous temple in the west Bali area. The location is on the foot of second highest mountain in Bali that is Batukaru mountain, from which the temple got the name. When people go for a praying, first they stop at a temple called Pura Jero Taksu which is still away before Batukaru as the first prayer, but for those have been many times no need to stop here. The thought is that for the first time people worship at Batukaru, it must be a report or might be translated roughly as the registration of the people who will have the praying at the main temple of Batukaru.
It was an exciting day and I deserved a massage!
There are no pictures of course, haha!
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