Whilst stopping at the Bumas Hotel in Sanur we went on three day trips using "Permata surya Bali Tours" owned by a very nice and efficient lady Ayu Laksmani. Her shop is at the "Bali Beach Hotel" which has extensive and magnificent gardens. Her e-mail address is "email@example.com". Our driver for all three trips was her son Agung who spoke very good English and was a mine of information about the Balinese and their customs.
Our first trip was to Kintamani, an active volcano stopping on the way to see carvings, batiks and silver filigree in the Ubud area. We had an excelent buffet lunch at a restaurant with a superbe view of the volcano and Lake Batur.
Our second trip was to Besakih,the mother temple. There was a kilometer or so walk up hill from the car park to the temple. It is necessary to hire a local guide,haggling over the price is normal. The temple is large and magnificent but with lots of steps as it is built on the steep hillside of Mount Agung. There are lots of processions of pilgrims wearing white tops and hats with brightly coloured sashes. Many of the ladies carry offerings on their heads. The views from the temple are extensive. There is a festival atmosphere everywhere. On the way back we stopped at the Mahagiri Resort in Rendang village where we had a really lovely buffet lunch. The views of the terraced rice paddies were fantastic.
Our last trip was to lake Bratan and a lovely temple dedicated to the goddess of water and fertility. There was so much to see, pilgrims dressed in white carrying offerings on their heads,while others were picnicing cheerfully on the lawns. the climate at this altitude is cooler so the terraced hillsides grow vegetables and fruit instead of rice.
On these trips you pass spectacular scenery and witness the Balinese people and their fascinating customs.
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