It has been an all-temples tour of Bali, hasn’t it? And here we bid farewell to this fascinating island. Hope you enjoyed the journey.
Another case of mix and match. Even though Pura Ulun is a Hindu temple, in the gardens we saw some statues of Buddha, robed in the Buddhist colours of yellow and orange. At 1,500m above sea-level, I’d want some nice robes too if I had to sit there 24/7.
There were plenty of tourists around, but there were also quite a few locals as well. Around from the temple were fishing boats, and two boys trying their luck with the rod.
Another temple, and more water. This time the temple is on the water. Pura Ulun is on Lake Bratan – a crater lake that’s hundreds of meters deep, and 1,500m above sea-level. It is also surrounded by mountains, but they’re shrouded in cloud for most of the year. Aside from the temple, this area is famous for its cold climate produce, especially its strawberries!
Across the field a flock of white herons take flight. White herons are guardians of the rice fields. Along with ducks, geese and other water fowl, they feed off the worms, rats and other vermin, and are hence revered.
Another rural scene from the Balinese countryside. The rice terraces at Jatiluwih are the most extensive that I’ve ever seen in Bali. Apparently at its best on a sunny day, it nevertheless is impressive on a cloudy one.
Didn’t expect to find a pond/lake/moat at Pura Batukaru. Even in the rain, the scene was a peaceful one.
This temple is much more off the beaten track. Hardly any tourists, or locals, and a lot more simpler.
Whenever you visit a place of worship, it’s respectful to follow the rules. Here are the rules that you need to consider when you visit a Hindu temple in Bali. Note rule 6.
Mmm, that would include most Sydneysiders as road rage is pandemic.
Bali locals told us that they’re very tolerant of different cultures and religions. I guess the air of general tolerance meant that migrants over the centuries adopted all things Balinese, too. Witness this building that we saw in the countryside. It might look like a temple from afar, but what’s that cross doing there?
Ah, it’s a Catholic church, Bali-style.