BARONG & KERIS DANCE IS FIRST PLACE VISITED FOR UBUD TOURS DAY 1

Barong is a character in the mythology of Bali. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda in the mythological traditions of Bali. Banas Pati Rajah is the fourth “brother” or spirit child that accompanies a child throughout life. Banas Pati Rajah is the spirit which animates Barong. A protector spirit, he is often represented by a lion, and traditional performances of his struggles against Rangda are popular parts of Balinese culture. The Barong Dance is often portrait ed with two monkeys

The Barong is the magical protector of Balinese villages. As & lord of the forest with fantastic fanged mask and long mane, he is the opponent of Rangda the witch, who rules over the spirits of darkness, in the never ending fight between good and evil. During the Galungan Kuningan festivals, the Barong (there are many types, including barong ket, barong macan, and barong bangkal) wanders from door to door (nglawang) cleansing the territory of evil influences.

Barong and Kris dance like the kecak dance the Barong and Kris dance is a battle between good and evil spirit. Barong can take various forms but in this dance he takes the form of the dance Barong Keket, the most holy of the Barongs. The Barong Keket is a strange creature, half shaggy dog, half lion and is played by two men in much the same way as a circus clown-horse. His opponent is the witch Rangda.

The fight between Barong and Rangda is also the topic of traditional narratives, usually performed in the temple of the dead. The most famous is the story of Calonarang, a widow from Jirah who is furious because she cannot find a suitable husband for her daughter Ratna Manggali. All the eligible young men are scared of her black magic, so she gets revenge by wreaking havoc over the kingdom of Daha. The king, Erlangga, tries to punish her, but all his attempts fail. She kills all the soldiers he sends to destroy her. Then Rangda decides to destroy Daha. She summons all her disciples and in the still of night they go to the Setra Gendrainayu cemetery, to present offerings of dead flesh to Durga, the goddess of death. Durga agrees to the destruction, although she warns the witch not to enter the city of Daha. But the witch does not heed Durga’s advice and the kingdom is soon hit by grubug (a plague) and the villages quickly become cemeteries, people dying even before they can bury their dead. Corpses are scattered everywhere and the stench is unbearable.The only person who can defeat the witch is Mpu Bharadah. At the king’s request, Bharadah sends his disciple Bahula to steal Calonarang’s magic weapon. Bahula pretends to ask for Ratna Manggali’s hand in marriage, and while the witch is away, Bahula steals the magic weapon with the help of Ratna Manggali. Then he gives the stolen weapon to his teacher Bharadah. The weapon turns out to be a manuscript containing the key to ultimate release (moks which has been used upside-down by Calonarang. Bharadah goes to Daha to challenge the witch. With the help of the Barong, she is defeated. Before being killed, she asks to be released from her curse and purified.

The story goes that Rangda, the mother of Erlangga, the King of Bali in the tenth century, was condemned by Erlangga’s father because she practiced black magic. After she became a widow, she summoned all the evil spirits in the jungle, the leaks and the demons, to come after Erlangga. A fight occurred, but she and her black magic troops were too strong that Erlangga had to ask for the help of Barong. Barong came with Erlangga’s soldiers, and fight ensued. Rangda casted a spell that made Erlangga soldiers all wanted to kill themselves, pointing their poisoned keris into their own stomachs and chests. Barong casted a spell that turned their body resistant to the sharp keris. At the end, Barong won, and Rangda ran away.

Somebody can die or get seriously injured in a Barong dance. It is said that if Rangda’s spell is too strong, a weak soldier may not be able to resist it, even with the help of Barong. He may end up hurting himself with his own keris. The masks of Barong and Rangda are considered sacred items, and before they are brought out, a priest must be present to offer blessings by sprinkling them with holy water taken from Mount Agung, and offerings must be presented.

Barong Dance is one of the distinctive arts community of Bali, where Barong it self is symbolic of goodness with shape like a lion. in Barong dance it tells the story about battle between Barong and Rangda, Rangda is a symbolic of badness with shape like a giant with a big canine. Both of them is a reflection of human action in daily life with the good and bad behavior, or in Balinese it’s call Dharma and Adharma. Barong is like a doll which being moved by person inside it, Barong is very heavy, this dance usually performed by two big mans that lift and moving the barong from the inside. The story goes that Rangda, the mother of Erlangga, the King of Bali in the tenth century, was condemned by Erlangga’s father because she practiced black magic. After she became a widow, she summoned all the evil spirits in the jungle, the leaks and the demons, to come after Erlangga. A fight occurred, but she and her black magic troops were too strong that Erlangga had to ask for the help of Barong. Barong came with Erlangga’s soldiers, and fight ensued. Rangda casted a spell that made Erlangga soldiers all wanted to kill themselves, pointing their poisoned keris into their own stomachs and chests. Barong casted a spell that turned their body resistant to the sharp keris. At the end, Barong won, and Rangda ran away.

Barong is probably the most well known dance. It is also another story telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil. This dance is the classic example of Balinese way of acting out mythology, resulting in myth and history being blended into one reality.

 

BATUAN TEMPLE IS SECOND PLACE VISITED FOR UBUD TOURS DAY 1

Batuan Temple is a secret Hindu temple set in the center of Batuan Village as a shrine for local people to worship to the god. Nowadays, this temple is become one of Bali Places Interest where many tourists visit this temple everyday. It is strategically located beside of the main road from Denpasar City to Ubud or just 25 minutes to the south way from Ubud Village. It is a local village temple and a part of three major temples in a village that is called Tri Khayangan. Batuan Temple is also called Pura Desa beautifully designed with Balinese architecture and antique Balinese ornaments decorate entire temple building including the entrance gate. This Batuan Temple is also featured by the three areas includes Nista Mandala (outside area) Madya Mandala (Middle area) and Utama Mandala (Main temple area).

The location of this temple is strategic situated in the famous sightseeing area which is very close with other Bali. As usual  other Tree Khayangan Temples in Bali, Batuan Temple is used to worship to the god for the villagers of Batuan. This temple ceremony is gradually conducted every six month according to the Balinese calendar where entire local people will come to this temple to worship to the god. This temple is located in Batuan Village, Sukawati District and Gianyar Regency. It is just 25 minutes away from Denpasar City or just a step from Celuk Village.

 

MAS VILLAGE IS THIRD PLACE VISITED FOR UBUD TOURS DAY 1

Bali Mas Village is one of villages in Bali fundamentally identified as an artistic countryside by focusing in artistic of wood carving. Mas Village is located in Ubud sub district and Gianyar Regency, east part of Bali. It owns the typical style of wood carving art by placing forward the distinguish synergy the humanism and naturalism. The village’s popularity as an wood carving art village is famous in the national and world level which is not forgetting from the highness name of some maestros which has borne and found the spirit (taksu) and soul. The famous wood carvers here are the late Ida Bagus Nyana and son Ida Bagus Tilem. Along the road we can find a lot of art shops that sell many kind of wood carvings. On the left or on the right of the road we can also see rice fields, so we can make conclusion that the live of Mas people not only as wood carvers but also as farmers. A lot of visitors come to this village every day, they want to see or to bau wood carvings and to see the people there, how to make wood carvings.

This Artistic countryside owns the long history root. The result of wood carving art in this village owns the immeasurable and wide dimension like idol for the devoting (arca idol), representative dimension of everyday Balinese social society life (farmer, fisherman, worker, intellectual, merchant etc), the abstract dimension as existing of actor imagination which is listening carefully of reality, dynamics and life philosophy. The villagers are same as villagers at other tourism countryside in Bali that have also experienced the transformation from agrarian society to the crafting society. Even nowadays, it is continued to service society from commerce service until levying service of the souvenir for overseas and domestic tourist.

Mas Village strategically located in the main road from Denpasar to Ubud and it can be reached from various of angle. It is about 15 km easterly go to the majors road to Ubud from Denpasar town. If you wish to go to this place from Denpasar, the starting spandrel points step into Mas Village is Sakah, where a big baby idol monumentally existing in the middle of road. The Baby idol is a symbol and representative of human being life early which is believed by local residents with full of philosophic value, religious and dynamism.

 

PAINTING (LODTUNDUH VILLAGE) IS FOURTH PLACE VISITED FOR UBUD TOURS DAY 1

Located about 7 kilometers north of Denpasar about and 10 kilometers south of Ubud, Bali art painting Batuan Village is one of the most famous Bali tourism destinations popular with center of Bali arts focus on painting. Batuan Art Painting have brought the Balinese arts to be more and more famous. Painters from the village have been known since the 1930s for their dense, immensely detailed paintings of Balinese ceremonies, bali dancer painting,daily life, and increasingly, “modern” Bali.

In the past the Batuan art painting artists used tempera paints; since the introduction of Western artists materials, watercolors and acrylics have become popular. The paintings are produced by applying many thin layers of paint to a shaded ink drawing.The palette tends to be dark, and the composition crowded, with innumerable details and a somewhat flattened perspective. Batuan painting represented in the catalogue are paintings of Balinese scenes encompass the sacred as well as the mundane.

Known as Bali Painting Gallery, Batuan has different style with other place in Bali,in perspective, Batuan paintings more dynamic than the Western painting. Batuan painting no focus. For all objects appearing simultaneously. Nothing to do with time. Or like being out of time. The objects of Batuan art painting such as fragments that were just taped a piece of canvas,but the most important thing is these all bali paintings for sale and bali dancer painting is one of the best to buy.

 

MONKEY FOREST IS FIFTH PLACE VISITED FOR UBUD TOURS DAY 1

Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, is one of Ubud’s most popular attractions; a natural forest sanctuary that is home to a horde of grey long-tailed macaques. The site is well preserved thanks to a community-based management program. The forest is also conveniently positioned near Ubud Town Centre, and within easy walking distance from guesthouses and resorts along the main roads of Jalan Hanoman and the namesake Jalan Monkey Forest. Besides watching playful monkeys in their natural habitat, swinging through canopies, lazing along pathways or feeding on bananas, the site offers cool walks along paved pathways through a leafy nutmeg forest. Beautiful ancient temples with guardian statues covered in moss also feature throughout the forest. Those staying outside of Ubud and coming for a day tour usually have the Ubud Monkey Forest as a must-visit, combined with sightseeing highlights at the Ubud Royal Palace and shopping sprees through the expansive Ubud Art Market, all only a 10-minute drive away.

Deep inside the forest lies the 14th century Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal. Another site of interest is the Pura Prajapati, which is dedicated to village funerals. Most mossy relics and statues are under dense foliage with little sunlight, giving these smaller sites their mysterious and ancient feel. Banyan tree roots hanging over shadowy dragon staircases offer exotic photo opportunities. You can also discover an ancient bathing temple, located northwest of the main Ubud Monkey Forest grounds, known as Pura Beji, accessible down a flight of stairs and next to a stream.

Being a tourism attraction, the Ubud Monkey Forest is well known for its conservation efforts. Research and studies are regularly carried out for observing the monkeys’ health, diet and breeding habits. Over a hundred macaques inhabit the forest, divided into four different known troops. While it is always tempting to touch or feed the monkeys, you are advised against it. They are wild animals. Another rule of thumb is to avoid wearing any loose jewellery or apparel – the macaques may easily snatch a necklace or bag for something interesting enough to eat.

Ubud Monkey Forest has local guides and staff ready to assist you during your visit. The Wenara Wana staff may also try in assisting you with retrieval of any ‘items’ stolen by monkeys. Guides are also a great source of information about the cultural and historical significance about the sites and temples within the sanctuary grounds. As with any holy site in Bali, women during their periods aren’t allowed to enter any of the temple grounds.

 

UBUD PALACE IS SIXTH PLACE VISITED FOR UBUD TOURS DAY 1

The Ubud Royal Palace is one of the most prominent places in Ubud, as it is smack-dab on the main Jalan Raya Ubud road and intersection. The palace can also be regarded as the focal landmark of Ubud. The Ubud palace was built during the lordship of the late Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel (1800-1823), and is well-kept by his successive heirs. A visit to the Puri Saren is on many of the itineraries to the Ubud area. It has well-preserved Balinese architecture and charming garden settings, and is best known among lovers of Balinese arts as one of the main sites to view dramatic evening dance performances.

Puri Saren Ubud is reachable after an approximate hour’s drive north from the provincial capital of Denpasar. Many visitors find the palace a convenient stopover, as it is strategically the focal point of Ubud, with the Ubud Art Market, various local and international restaurants just steps away along the main Jalan Raya Ubud. The community meeting hall or bale banjar is just across the road, with the famous Babi Guling Bu Oka warung, serving acclaimed spit roast pig, alongside. The sacred monkey forest of Padangtegal is just down the southern intersection, following through the Jalan Monkey Forest Road.

The performance stage, with a backdrop of ornate angkul-angkul traditional gate and guardian statues, hosts nightly dance performances with gamelan orchestras. The palace provides a great setting with a gorgeous entrances and exotic architectural elements. Tickets to these performances usually start to be sold in the afternoon. The front section of the palace is open to the public. Walkthroughs for viewing and photos during the day are complimentary. A local guide can be occasionally met around the wantilan pavilions, who will be able to assist with visitors’ inquiries about the history and features of the palace.

The performance stage, with a backdrop of ornate angkul-angkul traditional gate and guardian statues, hosts nightly dance performances with gamelan orchestras. The palace provides a great setting with a gorgeous entrances and exotic architectural elements. Tickets to these performances usually start to be sold in the afternoon. The front section of the palace is open to the public. Walkthroughs for viewing and photos during the day are complimentary. A local guide can be occasionally met around the wantilan pavilions, who will be able to assist with visitors’ inquiries about the history and features of the palace.

 

COFFEE PLANTATION IS SEVENTH PLACE VISITED FOR UBUD TOURS DAY 1

You’re a coffee enthusiast and want to experience the making of the most expensive coffee in the world, Luwak coffee while visiting Bali? We have some recommended coffee plantations where you can have Luwak coffee tour in Bali.

1. BALI PULINA

Jl. Br. Pujung Kelod, Tegalalang, Ubud

This place is open for public to support local coffee farmers selling their coffee product. Here you can see the traditional process of making Luwak coffee, also having a tour at its wide coffee plantation. Don’t miss the coffee testing of your personal choice of coffee provided here while enjoying the beautiful view of the village.

2. TEBA SARI AGROTOURISM

Br. Kelingkung, Lodtunduh, Gianyar

Witness each stage of Luwak coffee production in Teba Sari Agrotourism, from how the beans eaten, digested, and extracted by Asian palm civet. You can also take a small tour at its coffee garden while watching the locals’ daily activities. Don’t forget to try the Luwak coffee and other type of coffee, Bali chocolate, and rice wine which are locally made here.

3. ALAM SARI AGROTOURISM

Banjar Kebon Singapadu, Gianyar

Visit Alam Sari Agro-tourism and take a fun tour at its wide coffee plantation. You can see so many type of coffee plants and the exotic process of making them into coffee product. Included here is of course the making of Luwak coffee. Not to mention the place has a great atmosphere with really fresh air. Beside experience the tour, guests are also welcomed to take other activities, such as making traditional craft guided by the locals there.

4. BUANA AMERTHA SARI AGROTOURISM

Br. Seribatu

It’s one of the most famous coffee plantations in Bali. You can take a Luwak coffee plantation tour here, see the natural process of coffee-making, and able to experience the coffee testing. See how the coffee beans roasted on a clay pan uses the heat from firewood. Enjoy the beautiful sight of the green hill too while drinking coffee at its terrace.

5. LUMBUNG SARI HOUSE OF LUWAK COFFEE

Jl. Raya Lodtunduh, Lodtunduh, Gianyar

If you’d like to experience a short Luwak coffee plantation, this might the perfect place. As soon as you enter the place, the guide will welcome you and take you to tour the garden. See the traditional making of Luwak coffee then served with several types of coffee for testing.

6. UMA PAKEL AGROTOURISM

Jl. Raya Tegalalang

Enjoy experience for tasting luwak coffee on this place with several kind of coffee and tea tasting. Overlooking valley  and rice terrace view. Beside experience the tour, guests are also welcomed to take other activities, such as swing and any other instagrammable spot with additional price.

 

TEGENUNGAN WATERFALL IS EIGHTH PLACE VISITED FOR UBUD TOURS DAY 1

Tegenungan Waterfall is one for nature lovers who happen to be staying in Ubud or have neighbouring Sukawati among their tour itineraries. The falls are conveniently located halfway between Ubud and Bali’s provincial capital of Denpasar, and is considered the closest natural attraction of its kind that you can reach within only a half-hour transfer southeast from Ubud town. Getting to the falls is a pleasant drive down paved village roads lined with stretches of green rice fields on both sides.

Upon reaching the end of the road, you are welcomed into a newly built parking and welcoming area, with ticket booths up front. This area is lined with art and souvenir shops, together with small local ‘warung’ stalls selling snacks and cold drinks. The largest restaurant here, Bebek Tamarind, serves great local dishes such as its signature Balinese style crispy fried duck, and is a good spot to hangout before or after going down to Tegenungan Waterfall. The falls are only several minutes’ walk down the trail beyond the shops, where you’ll enjoy the impressively green valley panorama with cascading water as a centrepiece. Dense foliage frames the falls, and the water volume is impressive at almost any time of year, but normally at its strongest during the wet season (October to April). You can go down to the vast pebbly base and enjoy a dip in the plunge pool, but this is not advised after heavy downpours, due to the risk of flash floods.

Pick up time: 08:30 am
Duration: approx. 10 hours

Tour includes:

  • Super comfort and fully air-conditioned vehicle
  • Experienced English-speaking driver
  • Exclusive private touring
  • All parking fee as per itinerary
  • Petrol for Vehicle

Tour excludes: entrance fee as per itinerary, meals fee and any other personal (optional) expenses

Area Covered for Pick Up:

  • Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Sanur, Ubud, Denpasar, Benoa Harbour, Airport
  • Please contact us for pick up in different area

Regular Price:

 
IDR 600.000 / Minibus ( 1 till 4 person included)