Bali ,Day 6
We were almost heading towards the end of our stay in Bali and still had not checked out many beautiful sights the island has to offer . So we booked a taxi for a day and looked forward to a day dedicated to sight seeing . We had to begin early , as unlike Ubud (which is central Bali ) ,Sanur is farther away from most tourist attractions .
Our first stop were the Tegenungan waterfalls on the way to Kintamani . Most private cab companies arrange fixed half day or full day tours to tourists for sight seeing ,which cover almost all important spots of Bali . Since we had already visited a few places in Ubud and weren’t too keen on seeing lots of temples , we customized our tour accordingly . Being the rainy season , the water was in full force ,but honestly ,the waterfall was not that spectacular as we had expected . There is a rocky path leading closer to the bottom of the falls where you can swim , bathe etc .However ,we decided not to go as it had started drizzling and the path seemed quite treacherous and slippery .
Our next destination was going to be the famous Mount Batur and lake . On the way ,we stopped at a tea and coffee plantation where we were able to sample different types of tea and coffee in a variety of flavours like ginseng ,vanilla ,ginger ,lemongrass etc, free of cost . The very famous “Kopi Luwak “ of Bali was also available ,but we gave it a skip after hearing about its price (it is supposed to be the most expensive coffee in the world ) as well as its origins (it is from the poop of a cat like animal called Asian palm Civet…Urggg !! ) . After spending some time in the plantation observing the cultivation techniques and growth of several exotic local fruits ,we headed to Mount Batur .
Mount Batur is an active volcano located in the Kintamani highland area of Bali . It last erupted in the year 2000 ,but manages to attract a large group of visitors thanks to the breathtaking views it offers . The Batur Lake is located at the foot of the mountain and adds to the scenic beauty of the place. The climate in this part of region is obviously relatively cooler than the other parts of Bali . The tranquility and photogenic beauty of the place , we felt, was somewhat disturbed by the aggressive touts ,who were constantly trying to sell local stuff and souvenirs to tourists .It was almost lunchtime so we headed towards one of the many local restaurants present in the area . Most of these restaurants are well known and offer tourists fixed buffet lunches , with seating overlooking the gorgeous Mount Batur and Lake .
Post lunch ,we settled in the car and prepared ourselves for the long drive to Tanah Lot temple ,one of Bali’s most famous spots and a place that I was dying to see . On the way we were fervently hoping that it would not rain , as we had heard that the sunset at Tanah Lot is an experience not be missed !! We reached Tanah Lot quite early in anticipation , but had a fun time roaming and exploring the various shops in a kind of flea market that had sprung up there .After about half a kilometer or so we entered through a large carved gate into the temple area and were almost stunned with the beauty unfolding before our eyes !!
Tanah Lot is an ancient shore temple overlooking the ocean . Though the main temple area is inaccessible to tourists , but the waves crashing ferociously against the temple rocks and the vastness of the sea was a sight to behold . We did catch a glimpse of the famous sunset , though it was not absolutely clear owing to the cloudy weather conditions . All around what we could see were the endless , majestic waters . Not surprisingly ,this last experience that we had in Bali ended up becoming one of my favorite parts of the trip . Despite the large crowds , I was just so glad that we did not miss the experience of Tanah Lot .
(P.S. Sorry for the pictures . Our Camera was not working ,so had to capture them on mobile camera )