Day 3 Exploring Bali

I was looking forward to this day as we have planned to go to one of the most important tourist spots in Bali the Pura Ulun danu Bratan. We started early at round 9 am. Vindra Kumar told us there is another magnificent temple on the way and we shouldn’t miss it. We obliged and hence went to Taman Ayun Temple.

DSC_7939The large temple complex of Taman Ayun Temple

DSC_7866 The pagoda shaped muti-tiered roof  towers which is a typical aspect of Balinese pura (Temple) architecture.

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DSC_7806bale kulkul a slit drum tower, another element of balinese architecture.

After a while, we traveled 2 hrs straight to the north of Bali to get  to the next highlight of the day, Pura Ulun danu Bratan or the Lake temple. It is known to be a  major shaivaite and water temple in Bali mainly because of its close proximity to lake Bratan. It is located 1200m above sea level, hence this place is quite misty and cold. It rains intermittently, I would suggest you to carry an umbrella with you if the sky is cloudy.

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DSC_8031A thin mist rises from the lake and hangs in the air giving this place a heavenly feel.Truly an experience!!
                                                       

DSC_8034Meticulously carved beams and ceilings for decoration.

DSC_8121The temple complex..lush greenery all around.

DSC_7961One of the many shrines in the temple complex.

We were famished after the long journey back from Bedigul, Vindra recommended a restaurant on the way to Tanah Lot. Depot Dini Cafe is about 5 mins off Tanah Lot a road side homely cafe that serves warm Indonesian food with excellent hospitality.

DSC_8137One of the best grilled fish (Ikan Bakar) we ever had accompanied by homemade hot and spicy chilli sauce.

DSC_8153Next stop needs no introduction. Tanah Lot  it is!

Tanah Lot is a rock formation in Bali home to the famous temple Pura tanah Lot( meaning land in the sea). It is one of the most visited and photographed temple in Bali. The temple and its surroundings sure made us happy but we were even more surprised to find the large traffic in the site. None of the other temples we visited were crowded to this extent. To reach the temple there is a guided walkway from the entrance to the site through many sovereign shops and kite sellers. Or else just follow the crowd. The famous Kecak and fire dance is performed here apart from the Uluwatu temple . The show starts at 6 pm and ticket prices were about 50000 rupiah per person.

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     We had read a lot of good restaurants about un’s restaurant in Kuta. Infact Tripadvisor ranked it in the top 5 restaurants in Kuta. We had an amazing night as the restaurant with extremely warm and friendly          staff.

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20151203_220525                                                Four cheese ravioli and grilled Salmon with mango salsa..yumm!

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