LEMPUYANG TOUR + UBUD TOUR – Part 5 of Bali Trip
Woke up as early as 4:00 am to prepare for the 5:00am pick up for this exciting tour of the day. Lempuyang Tour combined with Ubud Tour.
Exactly 5:00 am we started travelling to the north to see this famous Lempuyang Temple as also known as the Heavens Gate. We started travelling too easily so all of us just went back to sleep as soon as we seated comfortably in the van.We just woke up when we feel that we are passing by in a zigzag road. All good as its just about 15 minutes and we will arrive into our first destination at 6:45am.
The Heavens Gate – Pura Lempuyang. It was the highlight of our tour for the day actually , Our driver /guide told us that usually its crowded up there but since we are early we can have some moment for us and take lots of photos. Its usually allowed only 2 mins per guest to have a photo shoot session. This temple is one of the iconic temple in Bali and its also sacred temple for them. Arriving to the temple, you will be greeted by the statue of dragon paralleled to the stairs leading to the temple and then you will see an incredible and majestic site and view. If you are lucky, you will be able to see the Beauty of Mt. Agung fronting the gate. Unfortunately it was cloudy and it rained when we are there so no visibility of Mt. Agung but nevertheless the visit is worth it.
I was surprised also when i saw the place , its already beautiful but the guy who is allowed to take photos did some effects to make the gate more dramatic with its mirror effect style. I loved it as its cool and artistic and yeah dramatic. No entrance fee here but just a donation will help them in maintaining the temple.
The Tirta Gangga Royal water garden has a lavish water garden owned by the Royal Karangasem family which you can see stuff like pool, ponds, fountains surrounded by neatly cut lawns with stepping stones and ornate statues.The Entrance fee here is 30K IDR for adult and 15K IDR for kids.
Taman Ujung. Also known as Royal Water Palace.It is the sister of Tirta Gangga and also built by the late Raja of Karangasem.This complex is built with various large pools and historic structures set against the backdrop of Mt. Agung. This complex is a combination of both Balinese and European architecture throughout the large ponds that is connected with bridges and pathways. This place is not crowded and forsure you will enjoy every part of this place which is about 10 hectares area. Great Landscape, amazing water garden,The entrance fee to here is 60K IDR.
Since it was lunch time we had a break and went to this nice restaurant in Ubud. The name of the resto is Pangkon Bali, which just locate din a very nice place and with the view of rice paddies. The restaurant is an outdoor resto with a nice cool homey garden ambiance, very fresh and relaxing.We ordered some local deli and some other viands. Such a great lunch for us.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces. The famous spot in Ubud for its beautiful scene of rice paddies similar to the Philippines – Banaue Rice Terraces. Its very picturesque and great for photo sessions,great for photo lovers and nature lover as well. There’s no entrance fee in this area but a donation is great to be able to help them for the maintenance of the area.
The Coffee Plantation.This tour in my favorite among all. Its just 15 minutes from the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Upon entering the Plantation, they will give you an entrance wrist sticker and one staff will accompany you and they will give a briefing and a bit of a lecture on how they process the tea and coffee they serve and also how they process the special coffee they sell which is the LUWAK COFFEE.This Kopi Luwak is one of the most expensive coffee in the world. Kopi means coffee in indonesia and luwak means asian palm civet. This kopi is the coffee bean that has been digested by a palm civet. The civet eats the bean and gets through its digestive tract and then passed through the intestines and eventually the palm civet will pooped it out.They picked up the poop of civet and they begin to process it to become a coffee. A poop coffee.This coffee plantation is free of entrance instead of you paying for them, they will give you free coffee and tea for a total of 16 cups. Yes they give it for free. And if ever you wanted to try the Kopi Luwak which i will say a must , you should really try it. Its only 50K IDR per cup.Worth to try in Bali and its really different from the traditional balinese coffee. Super enjoyed the place. Worth it bigtime!
Lastly. Ubud Market, locally known as Pasar Seni Ubud. A Shopping Haven. Its just located opposite direction of the Royal temple.Here you can find beautiful art crafts , paintings, wood carvings, souvenirs, scarfs, the famous rattan bags, some musical instruments and dreamcatchers. I enjoyed sight seeing here as its very colorful, and if you wanna buy something you can just haggle the price. We just bought bali bag and a bali surfboard display for home.Really need a good haggling skills as first they give too much but in the end if you walk away they will give up and give you the best price 😉
Such an exciting and fulfilled day!
10K Lempuyang Temple Donation
30k Tirta Gangga Entrance
60K Taman Ujung Entrance
10K Tegalalang Rice Terraces Donation
150K Car Rental for the whole day
100K Lunch at Pangkon Bali
150K Dinner at Hotel
510K IDR – about 1900 PHP Total of Expenses
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