The last few days have been awesome from a relaxation point of view but after I got out of my comatose state from arrival we got out to some different areas of Bali to get a taste of both the beach and Balinese way of life!
The last few days have been awesome, we ended up heading out to a beach club called Potato head, don’t let the name fool you, it’s an awesome place:
We then made our way to some Hindu temples namely Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, as well as some awesome beaches Echo Beach and Nusa Dua. Tanah lot is perched above the sea on volcanic cliffs just up the beach from where we are staying. As per Wikipedia since we didn’t get a guide:
Tanah Lot means “Land [sic: in the] Sea” in the Balinese language. Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.
Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th-century priest Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island’s beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.
Similarly with Ulawatu, it’s on an hilly dry peninsula of Bali near Nusa Dua beach. As per Wikipedia, Uluwatu Temple (Pura Uluwatu) is one of Bali’s nine key directional temples. Though a small temple was claimed to have existed beforehand, the structure was significantly expanded by a Javanese sage, Empu Kuturan in the 11th Century. Another sage from East Java, Dang Hyang Nirartha is credited for constructing the padmasana shrines and is claimed to have attained Moksha here. Even more remarkable than the temple itself is its location, perched on a steep cliff 70 metres above the roaring Indian ocean waves. There are more steep headlands on either side and sunsets over Uluwatu are a sight to behold.
Now for some fun stuff, at Tanah lot, it amazes me how on some random island in the Pacific I cannot get away from the Angry birds:
As well the local neighbours scared the crap out of Amanda:
You gotta love the souvenirs:
Yes the the little skeleton is waving at you with their middle finger!
And finally my personal favorite the dancing statue:
If your interested in learning about more on any of these places, head over to M&A’s travel blog for more details, pictures, and videos: Adventures of Amanda and Marcos
Overall our only plans to date have really been to be on Bali until Nov 21st and then head over to another island, Lombok for about a week and end off our trip back in Bali. Until the next post, I’m off to float in the pool with drink in hand…