|1.1. The North-Western coast of Bali|
The next stop is Pura Ponjok Batu which has a commanding location between the sea and the road. It has some very fine limestone carvings in the central temple area. Legend has it that it was built to provide some spiritual balance for Bali, with many of the temples in the South.
From there, we continue our trip to Air Sanih, a hassle-free seaside spot on a black sand beachfront, with fresh water springs which are channeled into large swimming pools before flowing into the sea. Time for a quick swim (optional)
A few kilometers further you will reach the village of Kubutambahan where you can visit Pura Maduwe Karang. This temple is dedicated to agricultural spirits. It is one of the most intriguing temples in North Bali and has the 34 carved figures from the Ramayana outside the walls.
The last stop before Singaraja is Pura Beji in the village of Sangsit. It is an excellent example of the colorful style of North Bali temples. This temple is dedicated to the goddess Dewi Sri who looks after irrigated rice fields.
This stop can easily be combined with a quick visit to the nearby Pura Dalem. A simple temple, but with stone reliefs on the outer wall with scenes of torture and erotism. No other tours come here.
A few kilometers further we reach Singaraja, Bali’s second largest city, but far more low-key than Denpasar. One of the few places in Bali where there are visible traces of the Dutch period, with Chinese and Muslim influences. Start with a visit of the local market, hidden inside a huge housing block, invisible from the street. We take you through very narrow walkways between thousands of shops that sell everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, spices, clothes, shoes and traditional Hindu Balinese clothes and temple decorations.
After the visit of the market, we go to the former royal palace and finally the waterfront where you visit Ling Gwan Klong, a colourful Chinese temple. There are several restaurants are at the end of the pier where you can have lunch or a drink on top of the water with a nice sea breeze.
The last destination of this day tour is the village of Banjar. First stop is Brahma Vihara Arama, Bali’s only Buddhist monastery, with several rooms with colorful decorations and Buddha statues and stupas, but also Balinese decorative carvings and door guardians. The main stupa is on top of the hill, smaller but similar to the world famous Borobodur temple. The place has astonishing views all over the area, the rice fields all the way to the sea
The final stop is Air Panas Banjar, where hot water springs percolate amid lush vegetation. Four stone naga (mythical serpents) pour water from a natural hot spring into the first bath, which then overflows into a second larger pool. There is a third pool with powerful showers. The water is slightly sulphurous and pleasantly hot. We let you enjoy the hot water springs for one hour before returning to our accommodation.
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