Bali Art Festival & Its Complete Schedule

bali art festival logo 2013Bali Art Festival or usually called Pesta Kesenian Bali (PKB) is finally held again. In 2013, this annual event has reached the 35th edition with theme “Taksu”. Taksu can be interpreted as evoking creativity and identity for Balinese arts. This event had been opened at the last Saturday, 15th of June 2013 which coincided with students’ school holiday. Just like usual, the opening ceremony was held with a fascinating art parade which was directly inaugurated by the president of Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and you can read about Bali Art Festival history here.

In the opening parade of the 35th Bali Art Festival, every regency in Bali showed their unique and signature arts. Besides that, the opening parade was also enlivened by the appearance of participants from outside Bali like Papua and West Lampung, also from outside Indonesia such as Timor Leste.

As usual, Bali Art Festival runs in one month or four weeks started from Saturday 15th of June 2013 and ended at Saturday 13th of July 2013. The place for running various art performances and exhibitions is in the area of Bali Art Centre, Denpasar. Here is the complete schedule for the 35th annual Bali Art Festival.

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Week I

Saturday, 15 June 2013

PARADE opening – In front of Perjuangan Rakyat Bali Monument – 14.00 wita
Opening of Bali Art Festival 2013 (ISI Denpasar ) – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Participation of Lampung Barat – ARDHA CANDRA – 11.00 wita
Participation of Culture and Tourism Department of Sumenep Regency – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Ngelawang Parade ( Karangasem, Tabanan, Klungkung) – AREAL TAMAN BUDAYA – 17.00 wita
Participation of Consulado Geral De Timor-Leste – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Participation of Papua ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Monday, 17 June 2013

Participation of Culture and Tourism Department of Bima Regency – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Participation of Culture and Tourism Department of Kalimantan Barat Province – RATNA KANDA – 14.00 wita
Semara Pagulingan Rekontruksi Klungkung Regency – AYODYA – 17.00 wita
Drama gong Parade, Sekaa Drama Bandana Budaya Sari Br. Lambing Sibangkaja Badung – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Women Gong kebyar parade from Bangli Regency with Badung Regency – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Rekontruksi Sekaa Wayang Wong Batuagung Batuagung Village Jembrana – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Pesantian Parade, Sekaa Pesantian Widya Sabha Buleleng – RATNA KANDA – 14.00 wita
Joged Bumbung Parade, Sekaa Joged Seraya Kanti Getakan Klungkung Regency – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Participation of Culture and Tourism Department of Gunung Kidul Regency, Yogyakarta – AYODYA – 17.00 wita
Participation of Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Children Gong kebyar parade from Buleleng and Karangasem Regency – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Signature Art of Selonding Sidakarya kec. Bebandem Karangasem – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Paguyuban Sadulur Blitar (Gustar) – AYODYA – 14.00 wita
Reog by Ponorogo Regency – KSIRARNAWA – 17.00 wita
Culture and Tourism Department of Sumatera Barat Province – WANTILAN – 11.00 wita
Semara Pagulingan Rekontruksi Sanggar Sangita Merdangga Jembrana – AYODYA – 17.00 wita
Documentary Film – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Arja Parade, Sekaa Tapel Mas Penebel Tabanan – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Gong kebyar parade, Karangasem Regency and Denpasar City – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Signature art of Sekaa Jegog Apti Suara kanti Penyaringan Village Jembrana – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Culture and Tourism Department of Paser Regency, Kalimantan Timur – WANTILAN – 11.00 wita
Bondres with geguntangan by Disabilities Community: Rwa Binedha, Denpasar – AYODYA – 17.00 wita
Documentary Film – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Drama gong parade by Sekaa Drama Gong Br. Bet ngandang, Sanur – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Women Gong kebyar parade of Gianyar and Jembrana Regency – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Friday, 21 June 2013

Pesantian Badung Parade – RATNA KANDA – 14.00 wita
Sekaa Joged Bisama Banjar Boongan Jawa, Bongan Village, Tabanan – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Participation of Balikpapan Art Council – RATNA KANDA – 20.00 wita
Wayang Arja with woman dalang by Sangar Seni Tugek Carangsari – IN FRONT OF KRIYA BUILDING – 20.00 wita
Drama gong parade by Sekaa Drama Gong Soka Wangi, Sukawati, Gianyar – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Children Gender Wayang Competition – RATNA KANDA – 11.00 wita
Joged Bumbung Parade, Adhi Merdu Suara Br. Mujul, Sangkan Gunung, Karangasem – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Participation of Culture and Tourism Department of Magelang Regency – WANTILAN – 14.00 wita
Semara Pagulingan Rekontruksi Sekaa Semara Pagulingan Penebel Tabanan – AYODYA – 17.00 wita
Drama gong parade by Sanggar Tresna Asih, Bangli – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Children Gender Wayang Competition – RATNA KANDA – 11.00 wita
Ngelawang Parade ( Denpasar, Jembrana, Gianyar ) – AREAL TAMAN BUDAYA – 17.00 wita
Classic Palegongan Dance and Instrument by Gamelan Cendana Batubulan – WANTILAN – 14.00 wita
Creation Dance by Sanggar Yuhura Ubud Gianyar – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Teen Arja Damar Sentir, Br. Pondok Peguyangan Kaja – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Children Gong kebyar parade by Klungkung and Tabanan Regency – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Week II

Monday, 24 June 2013

Pesantian Parade by Sekaa Nadak Sara Marga Tabanan – RATNA KANDA – 14.00 wita
Participation of Sanggar Tari Apau Punyaat (STAP) Samarinda Kalimantan Timur – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Semara Pagulingan Rekontruksi Bangli Regency – AYODYA – 17.00 wita
Wayang Kulit Competition of Gianyar Regency – RATNA KANDA – 20.00 wita
Gong kebyar parade, Gianyar and Klungkung Regency – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Tuesday, 25, June 2013

Rekontruksi Sekaa Nadir Swacitta Taro Village Tegalalang Gianyar – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Prembon Mask by Sekaa Topeng Manik Sabda Gurnita Denpasar Timur – RATNA KANDA – 14.00 wita
Tabuh Gamelan Smara Dhana Sanggar Kryasta Guna Ubud Gianyar – AYODYA – 17.00 wita
Wayang Kulit Competition of Badung Regency – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Innovation Mask Drama “Tuan Tepis Penghuni Campuhan” by GEOKS Singapadu Gianyar – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Women Gong kebyar parade, Buleleng Regency and Denpasar City – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Signature art of Sanggar Seni Ciwa natya Bangli – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Genjek by Sekaa Genjek Astiti Bakti Kintamani Bangli – RATNA KANDA – 14.00 wita
Joged Bumbung Parade by Sekaa Joged Gita semara Denpasar Timur – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Colaboration of Diatonic Jegog by Ceraken Musik Tradisional Radikal – AYODYA – 17.00 wita
Wayang Kulit Competition of Buleleng Regency – RATNA KANDA – 20.00 wita
Arja Parade by Sanggar Paku Sara Bangli – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Children Gong kebyar, Badung and Jembrana Regency – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Dramatari Patopengan “Prabu Jaya Pangus By Br. Pekandelan, Batuan, Gianyar – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Pesantian Parade by Sanggar Giri Lango Br. Bukit Batu Gianyar – RATNA KANDA – 14.00 wita
Semara Pagulingan Rekontruksi by Sanggar Ardha Nareswari Kerobokan Badung – AYODYA – 17.00 wita
Wayang Kulit Competition of Denpasar – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Innovative Arja “Uwug Kengetan” by IKIP PGRI Bali – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Gong kebyar parade, Jembrana and Bangli Regency – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Friday, 28 June 2013

Signature art of Sanggar Guntur Madu Petang Badung – RATNA KANDA – 11.00 wita
Joged Bumbung Parade by Sekaa Joged Arsa Winangun Bangli – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Drama Gong by Sekaa Drama Gong Puspa Kencana Bon Bali Gianyar – AYODYA – 20.00 wita
Drama and dance collaboration by The College of the Holy Cross, Woscester, M.A USA – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Baleganjur Competition (Tabanan, Jembrana, Badung) – IN FRONT OF KRIYA BUILDING – 17.00

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Handicraft Competition – RATNA KANDA – 10.00 wita
Tourism Office of Jember Regency – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Prembon by Sangar Seni Tugek Carangsari Br. Pemijian Carangsari Petang Badung – WANTILAN – 14.00 wita
Participation of Ary Suta Center Gamelan Orchestra – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 WITA
Baleganjur Competition ( Bangli, .Denpasar ,.Klungkung ) – IN FRONT OF KRIYA BUILDING – 17.00 wita
Drama gong parade by Sekaa Dharma Sangraha Budaya, Yehkuning, Jembrana – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Pramusti Bali Performance – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Signature art: Kindergarten Gong Kebyar TK with elderly – RATNA KANDA – 11.00 wita
Painting Competition – AYODYA – 08.00 wita
Women Work Shop: Coconut leave and flower arranging – KSIRARNAWA – 10.00 -13.00
Dance by Sanggar Oka’s Jalan gandaria No. 18 Denpasar – WANTILAN – 11.00 wita
Pesantian Parade by Widyasabha Jembrana – RATNA KANDA – 14.00 wita
Rekontruksi Parwa collaborated with Wayang HSKB Badung Regency – AYODYA – 20.00 Wita
Baleganjur Competition (Gianyar, Buleleng, Karangasem ) – IN FRONT OF KRIYA BUILDING – 17.00 wita
Drama gong parade, IHDN Denpasar Singaraja College – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita

Week III

Monday, 1 July 2013

Rekontruksi Gambuh Padangaji, Selat, Karangasem – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Paguyuban Seni Kuda Lumping Krido Budoyo Gayamsari Ambarawa Semarang Regency – AYODYA – 14.00 wita
Signature art by Sekaa Kecak Bona Blahbatuh Gianyar – KSIRARNAWA TERBUKA – 20.00 wita
Tektekan Calonarang by Sekaa Tektekan Calonarang Merta Sari Tabanan – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Wayang Kulit Competition of Karangasem Regency – IN FRONT OF KRIYA BUILDING – 20.00 wita
Drama gong parade by Sekaa Buda Yowana Kerti, Bebandem, Karangasem – WANTILAN 20.00 wita

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Participation of Batak Family Community Bali – RATNA KANDA – 11.00 wita
Documentary Film – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Participation of Culture and Tourism Department of Natuna Regency, Riau Archipelago – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Women Gong kebyar parade, Tabanan and Klungkung Regency – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Pesantian Parade by Sekaa Pesantian Dirga Wahyu Swari Br. Simo Denpasar Timur – RATNA KANDA – 14.00 wita
Culture Department of North Jakarta – WANTILAN – 11.00 wita
Bali Modern Theatre ”Desa oh Desa” by Sanggar Teater Bali Ambengan Singaraja – AYODYA – 20.00 wita
Wayang Kulit Competition of Jembrana Regency – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Children Gong kebyar parade, Denpasar City and Bangli Regency – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Participation of Culture and Tourism Department of Riau – RATNA KANDA – 11.00 wita
Joged Bumbung Parade by Sekaa Jaya Kumara Dhana Angseri Baturiti Tabanan – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Sarasehan – KSIRARNAWA – 09.00 wita
Leko Banjar Paraekan Dance, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung – WANTILAN – 14.00 wita
Innovative Prembon Basur “Mepadik” by Desa Pakraman Padpadan Petak Kaja Gianyar – AYODYA – 20.00 wita
Wayang Kulit Competition of Bangli Regency – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Gong kebyar parade, Tabanan and Badung Regency – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Friday, 5 July 2013

Nyastra Competition – AYODYA, RATNA KANDA, ANGSOKA, KSIRARNAWA, WANTILAN – 10.00 wita
Drama Tari Arja RRI Denpasar – AYODYA – 20.00 wita
Award Night for Dedicated Artists – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Drama gong parade by Sekaa Drama Gong Adi Budaya, Klungkung – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Topeng Panca Yayasan Waturenggong Puri Den Bencingah Semarapura – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Semara Pagulingan Rekontruksi by Sekaa Gurnita Semara Santhi Karangasem – AYODYA – 17.00 wita
Wayang Kulit Competition of Tabanan Regency – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Arja Parade by Sanggar Citta Usadhi Desa Mengwitani Badung – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Balinese song parade ( Gianyar, Badung, Klungkung ) – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Joged Bumbung Parade by Sekaa Joged Gurnata Semara Kanthi, Anggungan, Lukluk, Badung – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Women Work Shop: Clothing Fashion – KSIRARNAWA – 10.00 wita
Ngelawang Parade ( Bangli, Buleleng, Badung ) – IN FRONT OF KRIYA BUILDING – 17.00 wita
Wayang Kulit Competition of Klungkung Regency – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Drama gong parade by Sanggar Renteng Reges selemadeg Tabanan – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Balinese song parade ( Karangasem, Jembrana, Tabanan ) – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Classic Janger klasik by Intan Budaya Negeri Foundation Peliatan – ANGSOKA – 14.00 wita
Joged Parade by Sekaa Joged Bumbung Mekarsari Kelurahan Sangkaragung Jembrana – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Classic Drama Tari Calonarang by Culture Department of Gianyar Regency – AYODYA – 20.00 wita
Arja Parade by Sanggar Cakuntala Br. Besang, Ababi, Abang, Karangasem – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Balinese song parade ( Buleleng, Bangli, Denpasar ) – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Dance by Seni Suara Hati Group Grogak, Buleleng – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Handicraft Competition – RATNA KANDA – 11.00 wita
Classic Klasik by Sanggar Mekar Bhuana Br. Kerta Langu Denpasar – AYODYA – 14.00 wita
Bondres Bali Jani 2013 by Sanggar Salju Grup Denpasar – AYODYA – 20.00 wita
Documentary Film – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Arja Parade by Sangar Arja Genta Apsari, Medahan Village, Blahbatuh Gianyar – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Women Gong kebyar parade, Karangasem – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Pesantian parade by Sekaa Santi Babakan Pule Br. Sangkan Buana, Klungkung – RATNA KANDA – 14.00 wita
Joged Bumbung Parade by Sangar Mekar Lestari Br. Kawan, Bakbakan, Gianyar – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Semara Pagulingan Rekontruksi by Sekaa Gamelan Semar Pagulingan Gunung Jati Gianyar – AYODYA – 17.00 wita
Documentary Film – KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Children Gong kebyar parade, Gianyar with sk gong paket agung buleleng – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Rekontruksi Arja Godogan Abian Tuwung Tabanan – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Arja Parade by Sanggar Sari Mekar Desa Sari Mekar Kec. Buleleng – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita
Gong kebyar parade, Buleleng with Sanggar Gita Lestari Desa Petak Kaja, Gianyar – ARDHA CANDRA – 20.00 wita

Friday, 12 July 2013

Rekontruksi Kesenian Bumbang Br. Sesetan Tengah Kec. Denpasar Selatan Denpasar – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Joged Bumbung Parade by Sanggar Darma Santi Buleleng – AYODYA – 11.00 wita
Music and dance collaboration by Narwastu Music and Dance Foundation – OPEN KSIRARNAWA – 20.00 wita
Arja Parade by Pasraman Prabha Budaya Denpasar Timur – WANTILAN – 20.00 wita

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Rekontruksi Sekaa Kesenian Renganis Penglatan Village Buleleng Regency – ANGSOKA – 11.00 wita
Pesantian Parade by Sekaa Santi Gita Smerti Tianyar Village, Kubu, Karangasem – RATNA KANDA – 14.00 wita
Semara Pagulingan Rekontruksi by Sekaa Semara Pagulingan Swasti Swara, Denpasar selatan – AYODYA – 17.00 wita
Bali Art Festival XXXV Closing Sendratari – ARDHA CANDRA – 18.00 wita

Bali Art Festival

bali art festival logo 2013In this month (June 2013), Bali Art Festival or so called Pesta Kesenian Bali (PKB) is being held again. Bali Art Festival is a routine agenda which is always held by the Government of Bali Province in order to preserve the unique culture and art of Bali. The attractive side of this event is the engagement of all arts in every regency in Bali which is surely unique and captivating. This annual festival is always waited by not only Balinese, but also tourists who visit Bali. In short, besides preserving Balinese arts, this even can also attract more tourists to visit the Island of God.

Usually, Bali Art Festival is opened by a parade showing signature arts from every regency in Bali. Besides that, recently the participants of this parade are not only from Bali, but from regions outside Bali and even other countries. It is a fact that the opening parade is always interesting. Moreover, this opening ceremony is also attended by top officials, functionaries, and the president of Indonesian Republic. The opening parade of Bali Art Festival is usually held at Puputan City Park or Renon City Park. There, the spectators always flock to be able to see the parade directly. Besides that, the parade is always held on weekend, so Balinese have free time to watch the parade.

After the opening ceremony, Bali Art Festival will show and exhibit various kinds of traditional show, dance, art, and competition. These shows and exhibitions are all held in the area of Bali Art Centre (Taman Budaya Bali). This event will be held in one month (4 weeks) and held in the students’ semester break. Therefore, the Bali Art Centre will surely be very crowded by visitors every day to watch so much art shows and exhibitions. So many attentions are also given for the prestigious Gong Kebyar competition. Gong Kebyar is Balinese traditional music orchestra which is very beautiful and enjoyable to hear. The competition usually shows some Gamelan creation from each regency. You can expect spectacular and attractive show in this competition, because every participant aims for the best by doing so many creation and innovation.

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After one full month of Bali Art Festival, this event will finally be closed by a performance of Balinese Sendratari. Sendratari is a kind of traditional drama with dance, song, and stunning attractions. Usually, there is also award session for the local artists who contribute much to the preservation and development of Balinese arts. Not like the opening ceremony which is done by parade, the closing ceremony is only be done in Bali Art Centre or inside the Ardha Candra open stage.

History

Bali Art Festival was pioneered by Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra in 1979. At that time, he proposed an idea to create an event as place for showing various kinds of Balinese arts. Therefore, in that year, the first Bali Art Festival or known as Pesta Kesenian Bali was held. Bali Art Festival is based on the Bali Local Policy number 07 Year 1986 about “Pesta Kesenian Bali” or “Bali Art Festival”. Like it was mentioned previously, Bali Art Festival was held firstly in 1979. At that time, the festival was held around 2 months from 20th of June until 23rd of August 1979. However, along with its development, the time for holding Bali Art Festival has been made shorter, only in one month.

Since it was held firstly in 1979, this event has successfully given opportunity for showing the finest piece of arts. This event is also aimed as a place for developing, preserving, and enrich the traditional arts of Bali. In Bali Art Festival you can even watch the ancient arts which are in the verge of extinction. By performing it in this event, these arts can be at least recognized and even preserved. Not only that, so many new arts which are formed from classic and modern arts can also be seen. This effort also is the concrete way to develop and enrich Balinese arts.

Bali Art Festival is often opened by the president. In its history, only once the opening ceremony is not attended by the president in 1979 or in the first year that Bali Art Festival was held. At that time the event was opened by the Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra which was the Governor of Bali and at the same time the pioneer of this festival. After that, the opening ceremony was always attended inaugurated by the President of Republic of Indonesia.

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Bali Art Festival or Pesta Kesenian Bali is an important art event which always attracts the attention of national and international visitors. With its clear vision and mission related to the local culture preservation, the format of Bali Art Festival is now often imitated around Indonesia because of the same vision that they share. It is expected that this kind of event can always be done, so the local culture value and art existence can be maintained and you can read Bali Art Festival complete schedule here.

Bogor Botanic Garden

bogor botanic gardenKebun Raya Bogor (Bogor Botanical Garden) is one of the four botanical gardens in Indonesia besides Bedugul, Cibodas, and Purwodadi Botanical Garden. This botanical garden is quite famous because many local tourists from the capital city (Jakarta) and around it use it as favorite excursion place. The short distance and its beautiful panorama have attracted so many visitors who want to spend their holiday time.

History

Kebun Raya Bogor or Bogor Botanic Garden is built on May 18, 1817 by Prof. Dr. C. G. C. Reindwart. He is a botanical specialist from Germany. s’Lands Plantentuin te Buitenzorg is the first name of this garden, which is became the introduction center of any kinds of economical plants for agriculture. Oil palm (Elaeis guinensis) is one of the agriculture commodities which was introduced from West Africa to Indonesia through Bogor Botanic Garden.

Location

Bogor Botanic Garden is located in the center of Bogor City; it is on Ir. H. Juanda St. no 13, Bogor, West Java. It can be reach from Jakarta, Capital of Indonesian Country, for about 60 km to southeast. Although this is far enough from the central city, it is not so difficult to reach this place. The trip can be started from Cawang station in Bogor that will take for about one hour and the travelled distance is for about 50 km. If you want to get a cheaper cost, you can switch the vehicle into economical railway from Cawang station. However, you have to pay some consequences such as the condition is so crowded; there is no any air conditioner so you may feel so hot, and when you wait for the railway, it takes longer than you want to wait for Commuter Line.

Nature Condition

Bogor Botanic Garden has moist-low land kinds of habitat. It is on 260 m high from depth sea level. The moisture is about 80-90% with the rainfall is about 3,000 – 4,300 mm/ year.

The Total Of The Collection

By looking to the width of the land, Bogor Botanic Garden has so many kinds of plants, 13,697 species, which are categorized into 3,441 races, 1,265 genus, and 220 families. Bogor Botanic Garden has some collections which are so interesting for the society, such as Titanium flower (Amorphophallus titanum Becc.). This flower is really fantastic because the height of this flower can be up to 3 meters high. When they are blooming, we can smell unpleasant odor coming from the flower. It will interest the insects to come and help the flower for pollination process. Thus, the society called this flower as carcass flower (Rafflesia Arnoldi). The unique thing is that, this flower is categorized as rare flower that only found in Indonesia. This flower is biggest flower in the world. if you want to see this flower you have to make a contact to Bogor Botanic Garden or you can follow its development in an official site: http://www.bogorbotanicgardens.org

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There are also about 10,000 species of orchid collection in Bogor Botanic Garden which are presented in green house and completed by fogging system to control the humidity. Next, there are also some kinds of palm, (Arecaceae), herbal plants, rare fruits, timber tree (Dipterocarpaceae) and tropical pitcher plant (Nephentaceae). There are also other unique collection such as giant lily plant (Victoria amazonica), lychee plants, silk-cotton trees, and teak tree.

Beside floras, there are also some faunas in this location such as: deer, birds, and some kinds of fishes in the pool. In addition, to enrich the knowledge about flora and fauna, the visitors are also served by museum and some informational books.

Some Interesting Places / Buildings

Not only tropical plants collection, Bogor Botanic Garden Bogor Botanic Garden also has some places and historical buildings which are interesting to be visited. After entering the main gate, you will see canary trees (Canarium vulgare) in each side of the road. Then you will find Teysmann park; a formal style park which was built in 1889 as an appreciation to Johannes Teysmann. He is one of the creators of Bogor Botanic Garden which already gave so many contributions in landscape sector. Here you also can see Bogor Palace. This is one of historical building that is so important for Indonesia. However, it is not so easy to enter this building. There are some pre-requirements needed, also it takes for about a week to process the permission. So, don’t forget to do reservation before you are going to visit this site.

There are so many others buildings that you can enjoy such as: Taman Bhineka (bhineka park), Lebak Sudjana Kasan park, cactus garden, also J. J. Smith Monument, drawbridge, Dutchmen grave, and Lady Raffles monument.

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Opening Time

Garden : 08.00 – 17.00
Office : 07.00 – 15.30 *
Information Service : 08.00 – 16.00
Library : 08.00 – 15.00 *
Orchid green house : 08.00 – 15.30
Plants & merchandise shop : 08.00 – 15.30
Cafe De’daunan : 08.00 – 21.00
Zoology Museum : 08.00 – 17.00

* Operation hour for Friday: 08.00 – 16.00, and closed on Saturday, Sunday, and holiday

Biawak Island, West Java a Diving Destination with Particular Uniqueness

biawak island indonesiaBiawak means monitor lizard (Varanus salvator). This animal is quite similar with Komodo. Komodo Island may have been familiar in your ear because of its global reputation. However, have you ever heard Biawak (monitor lizard) Island? This one must be very unfamiliar for you.

Monitor lizard and komodo is quite similar, but komodo is indeed larger and more verocious. Not like komodo which only live in Komodo Island, monitor lizard can almost be found in every region of Southeast Asia. In Biawak Island, there are a lot number of these lizards. Although this animal cannot become the main attraction of this island, Biawak Island is still an exotic and peaceful island which is best suited as an excursion island.

Biawak Island is a part of an archipelago in Java Sea. This island is located in the area of Indramayu Regency, West Java. Biawak Island is in north of Indramayu Peninsula, or about 40 kilometers from north coast of Indramayu, and administratively belong to Indramayu District, Indramayu Regency. Biawak Islands consist of three big islands: Biawak Island, Candikian Island, and Gosong Island.

It is obvious that the name Biawak Island is taken from the name of this island endemic, biawak (monitor lizard). Actually, the true name of this island is Rakit Island, but the local government of Indramayu changed it into Biawak Island reffering to the high number of monitor lizard living in this island. This lizard is quite unique because living in salt water area. Every afternoon before sunset, so many monitor lizard with varied size (20 cm – 1.5 m) will be visible swimming on the beach. At this time, these lizards are usually hunting for fish. Besides called Biawak Island, this island is also called Menyawak or Bompyis Island.

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Although not really popular, Biawak Island is an interesting tourism object to be visited. With 120 hectare area, this island is also rich with green mangrove trees. If it is seen from high, the greens look beautiful surrounding the beach. This island can be reached by 3 – 4 hour trip using motor boat from Karangsong dock, Indramayu. This island is known for its underwater beauty which is lived by colorful fish and amazing coral reefs. The attractive side of this island is surely unique, because of its natural and healthy coral reefs which are very enjoyable to watch. Here are some attractions that you can find in this island.

Biawak Lighthouse

Actually, this small island is dangerous for every ship crossing this sea. Therefore, a 65 meter lighthouse was built in this island to guide the ship and prevent accident. The constructor was ZM Willem in 1872, when Indonesia was still colonized by Dutch. The lighthouse still function until now, and you can see the amazing view of ocean and dock from top of it.

Monitor Lizard

Monitor lizard which is an endemic animal of this island is not afraid of human. As an endemic animal, this lizard is still interesting to be watched. If you want to see them, you can put fish or meat around this island and then they will come quickly. Although they are harmless, we still need to be aware because their tail can hurt you.

Gosong Island

Gosong Island is a small land located on top of the sea surface. This island is about 1 hour trip from Biawak Island using boat. Gosong Island is actually good for swimming and snorkeling. But, unfortunately, Gosong Island’s environment has been broken by for the construction of a refinery project.

Mangrove and Pine Forest

Biawak Island also has a dense mangrove on its shore. Besides mangrove, a lot of pine trees can be also founded in the middle of the island. This forest is the place for various birds, so it will be interesting if you can observe them directly.

The Dock

The dock in this island is quite long and stands on a beautiful white sandy beach. Some parts of it are already built by concrete, and the other parts still use wood. Therefore, we must be a little bit careful when crossing this dock. Apart from that, the atmosphere and view of this island is very amazing.

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Access to the Island

For reaching this island, you must cross the ocean from Karangsong Dock, Indramayu. So firstly, you must get into Indramayu. To reach Indramayu you can use bus or train from Jakarta. After arriving in Indramayu, you can directly head to Karasong Dock to rent a motor boat. The trip to Biawak Island usually needs around 3-4 hours.

Purwodadi Botanical Garden

gate to purwodadi botanical gardenRecreation is one of human primary needs to refresh their mind after doing some boring and tiresome daily routines. Indonesia is a world tour destination that serves so many tourism objects which is really interesting and wonderful. One of the educated tourism objects in East Java, Indonesia which is really suitable to be enjoyed with your family is “Kebun Raya Purwodadi” or it is also called as Purwodadi Botanical Garden. This object is a good choice for you who want to take your time out from the pollution in your place, want to enjoy the beauty of the nature and the freshness of the air as well.

Purwodadi Botanical Garden is built according to Dr. D.F. Van Slooten’s initiative on January 30, 1941. This is an enlargement of trial station of S’Lands Plantentuin Buitenzorg or Kebun Raya Bogor (Bogor Botanical Garden). At the first time this garden was used for research activities of garden plants. Then, in 1954 it was started to apply the garden concept by making some garden beds for some kinds of plants collection. Since 1980 some plants was reorganized based on their own group of family based on classification system of Engler and Pranti. In its development, Purwodadi Botanical Garden is hoped to continue conservation and research center about dry climate in tropical area. This garden is one of the three Indonesian Botanical Gardens (Bogor Botanical Garden). The next two others are Kebun Raya Cibodas (Cibodas Botanical Garden) and Kebun Raya Eka Karya Bali (Eka Karya Bali Botanical Garden). Those three gardens have their own duty and function specially.

Purwodadi Botanical Garden is located in Purwodadi village, Purwodadi subdistrict, Pasuruan Regency. It is in the edge of main road which connect three towns such as Malang, Surabaya, and Pasuruan. From Malang it is about 24 km to the north, and from Pasuruan it is about 30 km to southwest, and from Surabaya you just need to go to the south for about 65 km. from Surabaya, if you take railway you can drop to station in Lawang about 20 km before Malang. After that, you will see four floors-antique buildings from 19 century which is becoming Niagara Hotel. Then, in several minutes, after long turning you will be at the location.

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This botanical garden is about 85 ha, and in 300 meters high from sea bottom level, with flat and wavy photography. The rainfall average of this tourism object is about 2366mm per year with the temperature of 22 – 32 oC. According to the large of this area, it is really possible to have 11.500 numbers of plants, which is divided to 1864 kinds from 169 families. For sure this area is so fresh, natural, green, and you can take oxygen as much as you want. There are so many kinds of plants here, but generally it will be explained some of them. There are six kinds of plants which will be discussed as follows.

1. Orchid collection, it is placed in green house and some of them are outside, which is in the western of the garden. There are hundred kinds of the orchids.

2. Bamboo collection, it has 30 kinds of bamboos which are taken from Java, Sulawesi, Maluku Island, and from other countries such as Thailand, China, and Birma. This group of plant is in southern garden.

3. Palm collection, for this collection is located in the middle of the garden. Palm is a plant which can alive for hundred years.

4. Fern collection, this garden has 60 kinds of fern. They are located at eastern of the garden which is near with the river and waterfall there.

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5. Legumes collection, for this category the garden has 157 kinds of plants from 70 genuses. It is located in the northern of the botanical garden

6. Medicine plant collection, this category is located in eastern of the botanical garden.

If you want to walk around the garden, you can pass the lane by using bicycle or in asphalt road by using private car. If we are tired, we can rent “kereta kancil”, small railway.

Kelimutu Lake a Unique Three-Colored Lake in Indonesia

danau kelimutu nusa tenggara timurKelimutu Lake is often said as Danau Tiga Warna or Three-colored Lake. The nickname was given because of its unique feature that is having three different water colors: red, blue, and white. In addition, those colors can change themselves during any particular time. This amazing lake is one of the 9 world’s nature wonders. Kelimutu Lake is exactly located on the summit of Kelimutu Mountain, which is about 1.690 meters above sea level and administratively situated in Pemo Village, Kelimutu District, Ende Regency, Nusa Tengggara Timur.

Kelimutu comes from local language which consists of two words: “keli” means mountain and “mutu” means boiling. Kelimutu Lake started to be famous in 1915, after it was discovered by a Dutch named Van Such Telen. In 1929 Kelimutu Lake’s popularity was even increased after Y. Bouman described how wonderful and unique Kelimutu Lake was. As the result, the foreign tourists started to come and increased from time to time. Besides tourists, people who come to Kelimutu Lake are scientists from various countries who are interested to do research on this lake’s uniqueness. Besides the uniqueness of its three colors, this lake’s water color can also change, like the red lake can change into maroon/brown, or sometimes become black. The result of the research shown that the color changes which happen in this lake were caused by such factors, like volcanic activities, sunlight refraction, or any water biota. Because of its beauties and benefits for science, government established the Kelimutu Mountain and Lake as National Park since 26th of February 1992.

According to the local residents, Kelimutu Tiwu (lake) is regarded as sacred lake because it is believed as the abode of spirits who have passed away. The local people believe that the blue lake which is also called as Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai is the place for the young spirits. The white lake or Tiwu Ata Mbupu is believed as the place for spirits who passed away in old age. Meanwhile, the red lake or Tiwu Ata Polo is the place for the spirits who in their lifetime often do evils and vices. All of the lakes on the Kelimutu Mountain are estimated to have 1.051.000 m2 size with 1.292 m3 water volume. Between one lake and the others, there are some separator cliffs with slope of 70 degree and 50 – 150 meter height. The blue and red lakes are adjacent while the white lake is about 1 km away from those two.

beauty of kelimutu lake nusa tenggara timurBesides Kelimutu Lake, this area (Kelimutu Mountain) also has various kinds of flora and fauna. Around the mountain, grow some plants which are rarely found in other Flores regions such as pine, fir, redwood, and edelweiss. There are also various kinds of fauna in the Forest of Kelimutu Mountain such as deer, boar, partridge, eagle, and others.

The most suitable time for visiting this lake is in the morning because in the afternoon until evening fogs will cover up this area. Recently, this area is very favored for trekking. If you visit this lake in the morning, you will not only be able to see the beauty of this lake, but also the amazing sunrise from top of the mountain. Besides that, you can also hear the tweeters of Garugiwa Birds (Pachycephala Nudigula) which is believed as the bird of spirit. These birds always start to tweet at 07.00 in the morning. The beautiful and loud tweeters of Garugiwa Birds can completely enhance Kelimutu Lake’s beauty.

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For visiting Kelimutu Lake, you must go to Pemo Village, around 65 kilometers to the east from Ende Town and can be reached by using car in two hours. If you want to stay over, you can stay in the homestays available at Moni Village which is very close to the lake. The distance from Moni Village to the lake is about 14 kilometer and can also be reached by using car. After 45 minute trip using vehicle, you must get off and walk to the lake/crater for 20 minutes through stairs and rocky path.

Pandawa Beach a New Rising Attraction in Bali

pandawa beach baliThe island of Bali is known for its natural beauty and unique culture. This tropical paradise attracts many tourists throughout the year, many of which book the coastal beachfront hotels in Bali at surprisingly great rates. The most popular beaches that travelers love to relax at are Kuta, Sanur and Dreamland. This list will soon include a new hotspot because recently, a new amazing beach has opened and has quickly become a favorite among both the locals and visitors in Bali. This beach is called Pandawa Beach. Have you heard it before? Maybe for some of you it is still unfamiliar, but once you know it you will be eager to visit it.

Pandawa Beach is located in Kutuh Village, South Kuta District, Badung Regency; around 3 km from the famous Nusa Dua area and Uluwatu Temple. In the past, this beach was hidden behind hill so it was called Secret Beach. Secret Beach actually had known well by some tourists. However, the difficult access to this location made this beach was empty. The visitors of this beach were only a few foreign surfers or domestic tourists. Fortunately, the local government of Badung Regency realized the potential of this beach and quickly managed this beach then launched it as a new mainstay attraction. The result can now be felt such as a better access heading to the beach which is now become more convenient for any vehicles.

statue on the street pandawa baliPandawa Beach has a stunning panorama with serene and quiet atmosphere. When entering the beach area, we will be amazed by beautiful panorama of high cliff, flanking the road along 1.5 km. The road is purposively built through limestone hills in Kutuh Village, similar with the hills in GWK. Approaching the beach, these limestone hills are holed and carved artistically. In these holes, statues of Pandawa characters from Mahabaratha story are placed, such as Yudhistira / Dharmawangsa, Bima, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadewa. Therefore, this beach is called Pandawa Beach.

When entering the area of Pandawa Beach, you will be madae astonished by beautiful view in front of you. The sand in this beach is so white and clean which is combined with a background of turquoise sea. The ambience is still quiet, serene, and clean. There are no garbages, and if there is any, those are only the remains of seaweed brought by the wave. This beach is very suitable for swimming because the wave and current is not so strong. Various activities can be done in this beach for example playing sand or sunbathing. Because of its geographical location in the east of Bali Island, we can see the amazing sunrise panorama in this beach.

In addition, we can also observe the activities of the seaweed farmers along the coast directly. Because of its shallow contour and short wave, Pandawa Beach is very suitable for cultivating seaweed. No wonder if lot of the local residents choose to be seaweed farmers.

Besides that, there is also an interesting recreation activity around this area which is called paragliding. If the weather is fine and the wind is quite strong, you can see or try this activity directly. The location for starting this activity is actually not in Pandawa Beach, but in Timbis Hill which is not too far from this beach. Usually, this paragliding activity is done in day or afternoon time, if the weather meets the requirements. While you are paragliding, you will be able to see the true beauty of Pandawa Beach from the height. Don’t worry if you are a newbie or even a first-timer, because a training centre and instructors are available if needed. If you are interested in trying paragliding, you can go to Timbis Hill which is only a few kilometers away from Pandawa Beach.

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Interested to visit this beach? For visiting Pandawa Beach, you can go from Denpasar/Kuta taking the route for Uluwatu through Jalan Raya Uluwatu until passing Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK). After about 1 km passing GWK, you will find a crossroad. Turn left to the route for Nusa Dua/Bali Cliff. Around 2 km ahead, you will find a T-junction with direction sign for Pandawa Beach on the left side of the road. Just follow the sign until you come to a crossroad again. Pandawa Beach is already near from here. Just turn right on the crossroad and follow the road until you arrive in Pandawa Beach.

Teluk Cendrawasih National Park

teluk cendrawasih national parkTeluk Cendrawasih is the name of a national park located in Papua Island. Administratively, this national park is situated in the regions of Manokwari Regency, West Papua Province, and Paniai Regency, Papua Province, Indonesia. This national park is the largest waters national park in Indonesia. Teluk Cendrawasih National Park has 1.453.500 hectare land which consists of shores, lands, islands, coral reefs, and waters.

Teluk Cendrawasih is very rich of flora and fauna. There are 14 kinds of preserved flora in this area. Most of them are from the family of kasuarina tree. Besides that, in this national park there are also 36 species of birds with 18 species is in the category of endangered birds. The waters of Teluk Cendrawasih are also rich. There are 196 kinds of mollusks, 209 kinds of fish, and some species of turtles like hawksbill sea turtle, green sea turtle, or leatherback sea turtle. You can also see whales and dolphins live in this area. These animals can live freely here because there are no whale or dolphin hunters, and there are plenty of foods in Teluk Cendrawasih.

Ecosystem

Hemiscyllium freycineti teluk cendrawasih papuaAs previously mentioned, Teluk Cendrawasih National Park is very rich of fish. There are approximately 209 kinds of fish in this area, such as angelfish, butterflyfish, rabbitfish, parrotfish, and anemonefish. Various kinds of mollusks also live in the sea such as cowries snail (Cypraea spp.), strombidae snail (Lambis spp.), cone snail (Conus spp.), and many more. Other exotic water animals also live here such as hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), dugong (Dugong dugon), blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), dolphin, and shark.

Interesting Places

Teluk Cendrawasih offers interesting things to be explored by its visitors. If you want to do water excursion, Nusrowi Island, Yoop Island, and Mioswaar Island can be great choices. The waters of these islands, visitors can enjoy the beauty of underwater landscape which is best suited as diving spot. Besides that, visitors can also observe the life of whale and dolphins.

If you want to explore a cave, you can find it in Mioswaar Island. In this island, there is an old cave from prehistoric era and a hot spring. This cave is a historical one because inside it there are skeletons of Wandau ethnic’s ancestors. It is said that they are the first human who came to this island. In Numfor Island there is also a cave with human skeletons, china, and carved chests.

If you want a little bit different experience, you can visit Tanjung Mangguar. There is an underwater cave with depth of 100 feet. Besides that, there are some historical remains from 18th century which can be seen in some places such as Wendesi, Wasior, and Yomber. Christians also often visit a church in Yende Village (Roon Island), just to see an old holy bible printed on 1898.

Moreover, there is still Rumberpon Island which offers various unique experiences. In this island, visitors can observe the life of wild birds, deer breeding, marine excursion, and visit the Japanese shipwreck from World War II under the water.

Access

A visit to Teluk Cendrawasih National Park can be rather exhausting however, the experience is one of which is like no other because, you will learn so much which makes it all worth it. You can access the Park from several of the larger cities Jakarta, Surabaya, Ujung Pandang, Denpasar, Jayapura, and even Darwin using airplane to Biak. After that, from Biak you must continue the flight to Manokwari or Nabire. You can also reach Manokwari or Nabire from Jakarta, Surabaya, Ujung Pandang and Jayapura directly by using ferry. From Manokwari to the national park area, you can use longboat with crossing time around 5.5 hours. This tropical island tour is a top tourist attraction in Bali and has become even more popular over the past few years. Several visitors stay in the Bali hotels that offer shuttle rides directly to the Park.

Ticket, Accommodation, and Facilities

Actually, visitors are not charged to enter the national park. However, if visitors want to explore Teluk Cendrawasih National Park, it is highly suggested to report first to Balai Taman Nasional Teluk Cendrawasih (BTNTC) in Manokwari Town to get a permit. Foreign visitors are also obligated to get a permit from Forestry Department.

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Unfortunately in this area, tourism facilities like Diving Center, inns, or resort are not available yet. If you want to spend a night here, you can use the facility of BTNTC in Rumberpon District or directly come to residents’ house. For using accommodation facility provided by BTNTC, you can call them first for information. Besides that, BTNTC can also provide a guide for exploring Teluk Cendrawasih National Park.

Buyan Lake

buyan lakeIn Bali, there are a lot of places to be visited. Popular names like Kuta Beach, Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, Ubud, or Kintamani may have been familiar for you. However, besides those famous places, actually there are still a lot of other unexposed tourism objects, such as Buyan Lake. Buyan Lake is located in Sukasada District, 21 km south of Singaraja Town, and positioned near the Denpasar-Singaraja main street. Its high altitude (approximately 1000 meter above sea level) makes this location has cool temperature in the daytime and cold temperature at night. There is also Lesung Mountain which becomes the background for this lake.

All this time, Buyan Lake’s reputation is not as famous as Beratan Lake even though its location is very close. Not so many tourists know the existence of Buyan Lake around this area. The tourists, who visit this area, mostly come to Bedugul, Beratan Lake, and Ulun Danu Temple. They just do not know that there is a beautiful and natural lake on the west of it.

Buyan Lake is one of the three similar lakes formed in a big caldera in this area. Buyan Lake is flanked by two other lakes: Beratan Lake on the eastern side and Tamblingan Lake on the western side. Beratan Lake is the largest from all of them. Meanwhile, Buyan and Tamblingan Lake is often said as the twin lake because of its similar landscape and nature condition. The naturalness of Buyan and Tamblingan Lake is still well maintained because of the absence of human’s interference to its ecosystem. Even if some activities exist, those are done by traditional fishermen. There are no modern boats here, just some rafts and traditional boats made of wood. These aspects of course can add more value to its beauty and naturalness.

With fresh air, green mountains, original natural condition, and peaceful surrounding, this lake is perfect for water recreation such as fishing and boating. For you who are fond of nature and outdoor recreation this place is just perfect. Many people regularly come to this area to go camping near the lake and forest. Besides being able to relax on the lakeside they can also go trekking to the forest or visiting the strawberry fields around there. The attractive side of this area is even greater when you pass the road where a herd of friendly monkeys live. Many tourists or travelers stop their vehicles for a while here to get close with them.

Twin Lake

buyan lake and tamblingan lakeJust like it was mentioned previously, Buyan and Tamblingan Lake is often said as twin lake because of its similar look and adjacency. Administratively, Buyan Lake is located in Pancasari Village, Sukasada District, Buleleng and Tamblingan Lake is in Munduk Village, Banjar District, Buleleng. Tamblingan Lake can be reached by the intersection heading to Munduk Village, Gobleg Village, and then Lovina Area. Along the trip you will be amazed by the whole view of Tamblingan Lake. From Munduk, this lake can be visited by going through the village’s path. Car can still reach the lakeside where you can directly enjoy the natural ambience of this area. Buyan and Tamblingan Lake is separated by a 1 km forest. Between it, a pond connects the two lakes through a narrow channel. By the local residents, this pond is called Telaga Aya.

Most of the tourists visiting this area are adventurous foreign tourists who travel around by using their own or rented vehicle. They usually do not use tour and travel tour which only provides tour packages to famous objects in Bali. Not just that, actually the tourists who visit this area is varied like foreign tourists, Indonesian tourists, and local tourists from Bali such as the group of students or family.

The Access

Buyan Lake is located in Sukasada District, around 21 km south of Singaraja, or around 5 km from Bedugul Botanical Garden. The location is very close to the main road connecting Denpasar and Singaraja. In the lakeside, there is a spacious parking area for visitors. To complete you tour time, you can visit Tamblingan Lake by going through village’s road. Besides that, you can also observe the beautiful view of both lakes from the top of the hill which can be easily accessed through well-maintained road access. Along the trip you can also visit the monkey forest for a while.

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Facilities

The available facilities are lakeside parking area, boat rental for fishing or recreation, and accommodation facilities. If you want to have a new experience in Bali, instead of visiting familiar places two or three times, it is better to explore these kinds of infamous exotic places such as Buyan Lake. Besides the easy access to this location, you can also combine your tour to Bedugul Botanical Garden and Beratan Lake.

Rambut Siwi Holy Temple with Captivating Panorama

rambut siwi templeRambut Siwi Temple is one of the big Hindu temples in Bali. This temple is located in Yeh Embang Kangin Village, Mendoyo District, Jembrana Regency. From Denpasar, you will need 2 hour drive, meanwhile from Negara it will need around 30 minutes to arrive in this temple. Rambut Siwi is absolutely amazing temple which is located on the edge of a cliff with vast and bluish Indian Ocean in front of it. The main temple is located on top of a cliff and surrounded by Indian Ocean panorama. Besides praying, the visitors can also enjoy the beautiful view of its surrounding. The peaceful ambience that you can feel in this place is perfect for refreshing our mind.

Around the Rambut Siwi Temple, there are other seven temples. The visitors who come to pray here are expected to follow the given praying order. First, the prayer must be done in Pesanggrahan Temple which is located on the side of Denpasar-Gilimanuk road. After that, the payer can be continued to Taman Temple located in the east of the entrance to Rambut Siwi Temple. Finish at Taman Temple, the visitors should go to Penataran Temple which is located in the east of Rambut Siwi Temple. Then, continued to Goa Tirta Temple, Melanting Temple, Gading Wani Temple, and Ratu Gede Dalem Ped Temple respectively. Every time visitors pray in Ratu Gede Dalem Ped Temple, they will get a tridatu bracelet (combination of red, white, and black threads bracelet). Finally, the last prayer will be done in Rambut Siwi Temple. Pujawali or main prayer is usually conducted once in six months, or in Balinese calendar every Buda Umanis Prangbakat. The main function of this temple is to worship Hyang Widhi (God) in His manifestation as the God of Farming.

Usually, people often mistakenly think that Pesanggrahan Temple which is located on the side of the Denpasar-Gilimanuk main road is Rambut Siwi Temple. Although Pesanggrahan Temple is still the member of Rambut Siwi Temple, the main temple is not there. If we are facing south from Pesanggrahan Temple, we will be able to see Rambut Siwi Temple with beautiful bluish ocean background. Pesanggrahan Temple is often visited by the travelers who is on their way to go to out from Bali Island through Gilimanuk Dock. On the way to Gilimanuk, after entering the region of Jembrana Regency, you will find a temple on the left side of the road. Here, you can see a lot of travelers stop their vehicles for a while to pray and ask for safety trip. This kind of tradition is also done by Balinese in other roadside temples like Goa Lawah and Pulaki Temple.

pelingih rambut siwi templeThis temple has its own naming history so it is called Rambut Siwi. The history is highly related to the arrival of a holy priest named Dang Hyang Nirartha in Bali. It was said that when Dang Hyang Nirartha came to Bali from East Java, one of the temples that he visited was Rambut Siwi Temple. When he entered the temple, the guard of the temple forced Dang Hyang Nirartha to pray inside the temple. If not, he said that Dang Hyang Nirartha will be attacked by tigers. Because he was forced, Dang Hyang Nirartha do a meditation (yoga samadi) inside the temple. Not long after that, the building inside the temple suddenly collapsed. The guard was shocked and finally asked for apology from the holy priest. He begged Dang Hyang Nirartha to restore the temple so that they can use it for praying again. Dang Hyang Nirartha then undertook the request. After that, Dang Hyang Nirartha untied his hair and pulled a hair to be given to the guard. The holy priest asked the guard to put his hair in the pelinggih (holy building) and kesiwi means uphold or worshiped so that everybody is blessed. Since then, this temple is called Rambut Siwi.

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If you want to visit this temple, you don’t need to hesitate. Besides the cost for visiting this temple is very cheap, you can enjoy the great panorama and atmosphere around there. It will be perfect if you visit this temple in the sunset. Because of its towering position on top of a cliff facing the ocean, you can observe the amazing panorama of sunset clearly. The view is actually quite similar to the view of Uluwatu Temple. However, Rambut Siwi Temple is far from crowd so that it will be very enjoyable to be visited. Of course, it can be a great alternative if you are bored by the bustle in Uluwatu Temple. Nonetheless, you have to travel more distance to enjoy the beauty and peace of Rambut Siwi Temple.