Arts, Crafts & Volcano day tour
This tour starts from your hotel at 8:30 AM, first visiting the village of Kesiman to see the famous Balinese “Barong Dance”. The Barong is a mythical, shaggy half-dog, half-lion creature with a long mane, fantastic fangs, and bulging eyes. He is the “Lord of the forest” and magical protector of Balinese villages. The Barong costume is propelled by two men who maneuver it with whimsical and mischievous movements to express its fun- loving nature. The Barong’s opponent is Rangda, the evil witch who rules over the spirits of Darkness. The Barong Dance epitomizes the eternal struggle between good and evil.
After enjoying the Barong dance, you will visit the center of Balinese Batik handicraft, and see the numerous stone carver ateliers in the village of Batubulan. Following will be a visit to the neighbouring village of Mas, famous for its wood carvings.
Afterwards, the tour continues to the mysterious Goa Gajah, or Elephant
Cave. This temple was built in the 11th century. The area around the cave is considered to be the oldest Buddhist site in Bali. Excavations in 1954 unearthed bathing places in front of the cave with six female figures, representing nymphs or goddesses holding water spouts.
From the Elephant Cave, you continue to one of Indonesia’s 130+ active volcanos – Mt. Batur. You will drive along the cool mountain ridge with breath-taking views of the Batur Volcano with and its caldera lake. This active volcano is 1717 meters high and is covered with solid black lava rocks which are reminders of the most recent eruption in 1994.
Lunch with a stunning view on the crater is served in a restaurant on the mountain ridge.
After enjoying a delicious lunch, you will drive down through the country side, visiting the village of Sebatu. Here is one of Bali’s prettiest temples called the “Pura Gunung Kawi”. This temple was built in homage to “Wisnu”, the God of life, who rules over water. At this temple you will find a number of natural springs and waterspouts. The Balinese believe that water is one of the forces of life.
Next, continue your journey driving through the village of Tegalalang, with its beautiful rice terrace views. The day will end with a stop in the village of Celuk, which is the home of Bali’s silversmiths.
USD 175 per couple – includes all entrance fees, a selection of cold beverages and cool face towels (Additional guest at USD 35 per person / children below twelve at 50% / children below three free of charge) Suggested pick-up time at 8:30 AM; return to your hotel around 5 PM
Spacious car with experienced driver and licensed multilingual guide
Balinese Buffet lunch or similar included
Wi-Fi internet connection in the car