Goa Lawah Bali Land Tour
Leaving the hotel in Padangbai at 01:00 pm our first stop will be at Pura Kehen temple dedicated to the god Brahma. The temple dates back to the 11th century and is one of the hidden temples that will cast a spell of spirituality upon you. Often described as a smaller version of Bali Pura Besakih, it is one of island’s most fascinating temples and in fact, the biggest one in East Bali. In addition to the shrines, the complex has eight terraces, palm tree plantations and a magnificent ficus tree that serves as a belfry.
After experiencing the meditative atmosphere of Pura Kehen we will visit the Tukad Cepung waterfall, one of the most magical natural sites that Bali has to offer. It is hidden in the canyon formed from oval-shaped rock cliffs and on a sunny day, the sun rays can create a rainbow and a truly beautiful atmosphere. The water peacefully flows down the cliff at from below it looks like the stream is going from the sky. It is also possible to dip into the water and take some pictures without getting your camera wet.
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Next stop of our tour will be Kusamba village where you will see the traditional way how the Balinese produce salt from seawater. This centuries-old tradition is kept only in few places and uses the power of sun and wind to turn ocean water onto 100% natural salt.
We should make it just in time to Goa Lawah temple for an amazing sunset spectacle. Goa Lawah dates back to the 11th century and it is one of the 9 most important temples in Bali. Its main temple part is a cave with millions of bats.
Every evening as the sun sets, the little beasties fly out, as a huge dark cloud, to hunt for insects. Except for the bats, only certain priests are allowed to enter the cave.
- Goa Lawah is believed to be home of the mystical dragon-like snake which feeds on bats
- The core of Balinese beliefs is an eternal fight between good and bad forces called Dharma and Adharma
- Bali is located 8 degrees below the equator what creates a tropical climate with only two seasons – dry and wet one.
- 80% of the island’s economy is based on tourism, making it the largest industry in Bali
- There is a special day called Nyepi when the whole island shuts down the electricity, internet, services, people are forbidden to enter the streets and even the airport does not function. It is the celebration of Hindu new year and people should spend their time meditating and self-reflecting instead.
- Balinese people do not like to get too creative with their names. In fact, they name their children based on the order with Wayan/Gede/Putu meaning firstborn, Made being second, Nyoman/Komang third and Ketut fourth.
- Balinese babies cannot touch the ground until they reach the age of 3 months.
- In the past, having the entrance gate was considered as impolite because local people have a culture of welcoming everyone
- One of the most important ceremonies in the life of Balinese is the “tooth-filling” where their teeth are filed down by the priest to free the person from their negative traits.