Discover 'The land of Gods’ as you travel through Bali and let us remind you, Bali is not just about the beaches and the temples. It's much more than that. And if you are someone who wants to take a closer look at the culture of Bali, you can definitely count on us. Because, we are here to talk about the traditional villages of Bali. By visiting these villages you'll get to know the actual lifestyle of the native people who live there. Here are some of the highly recommend villages of Bali:
Trunyan, also known as Terunyan, is a village in Bali, which is located in the eastern shore of Lake Batur at the foot of Mount Abang. The easiest way to reach to the village is by boat. The village is particularly unique for their tradition in treating the deceased. As instead of burning the bodies, which is commonly done for the Hindu Balinese. The Trunyan people leave the dead body placed on the ground and they cover it with a cloth and bamboo canopies, the main idea is to let the body decompose. It is been said that the influence of a nearby tree removes the putrid smell of the corpses.
Tenganan or Tenganan Pergringsingan is a village in Karangasem Bali. Which, before the 1970s, was known by anthropologists to be one of the most secluded societies of the archipelago. It is now known to be one of the very few villages in Bali that still has a well-preserved Bali Age culture. It still holds to the original traditions, ceremonies and rules of ancient Balinese. It's unique village layout and architecture, as well as it's Gamelan seluding music and double ikat textiles. Best time to visit this place is when they hold the Mekare-Kare tradition every year, during the month of June and Perang Pandan, which is a kind of a leaf war, during July.
Pengalipuran village is a traditional Balinese Village which is located in Bangli Regency, Central Bali, about half an hour’s drive from Gianyar. Situated about 700 meters above sea level, making a visit to this village is a refreshing break from the island heat to the cool mountain breeze. Penglipuran is particularly loved for its incredible clean state. In fact, this island recently has been named as one of the cleanest villages in the world, alongside Giethoorn in Netherlands and Mawlynnong in India.
Celuk village is famous for producing its silver jewellery. Most of the villagers are either gold or silversmith, and you don't just get to shop here, you can also learn to make the beautiful jewellery by yourself. The Village is quiet easy to reach, as it is located near Sukawati Gianyar, Bali. It is a good idea to stop by this village in your Kintamani-Sukawati itinerary. Additionally, Celuk is located in Bali’s countryside and offers lush greenery in contrast with the island’s sweeping beaches.
5.Batu Bulan Village
Batu bulan Village is a tourism village in Sukawati, Gianyar That is immensely popular as one of the most artistic and creative villages in Bali. Here, you can watch many types of traditional dances which are performed. Such as the Barong dance, Kecak, to the beautiful Legong dance. Not just that, you can also watch the wood and stone carvers in action making Bali’s famous statues and pieces of arts. You'll know you have arrived in Batubulan when you see stone cut statues lining the streets symbolizing demons, angels and other mythical characters. The ones made in this village in particular are said to have extra magical powers! Dare to commission one? To get to this village, you can drive towards Ubud, Gianyar from Denpasar.
Another touristic village in Bali, Desa Mas is popular for its high quality wood carving that makes Balinese art famous around the world. A visit to this village and you will get to witness the carvings being made, and you can also purchase it yourself. It is located about 6 km south of Ubud, one of the most popular galleries are the Nyana and Tilem Gallery. This village is definitely a must visit for art lovers. As you get a lot of inspiration looking at the vast variety of the art form.
Some of the traditional villages you can visit in your Ubud stay include Batuan Village. The Batuan Village is famous for its traditional painting. Although it is also a center for wood carving and dancing. This is also where you can find Balinese fine art at its purest form. Purest because there is no influence from the western or any other artistic style.
Denpasar is Bali’s main cultural center. An ancient village, Denpasar was conquered by the Dutch in 1908, who made it Bali’s epicenter. Among its many attractions are Denpasar’s white sand beaches which are popular destinations for surfers and sunbathers alike. Denpasar is filled with shops and vendors of exotic handicrafts and homemade clothing and art. You will want to take advantage of the low price of souvenir goods, like traditional Batik clothing, handwoven baskets and pottery. You'll also find an array of restaurants, hotels and malls in Denpasar, intermingled with ancient statues, ruins and museums.
Once a home for many expatriate artists, the village of Ubud is centrally located. Ubud is known for its literary and artistic vibe, and once was the home of Walter Spies, a German intellectual, and Rudolf Bonnet, a Dutch painter. Ubud is the perfect central village for tourists, in that it offers more variety than virtually any other village. From its epicenter, tourists can see rice fields, ancient temples and smaller art and craft-making villages. Staying in Ubud will give you easy access to mountains, beaches and the larger Bali towns and villages.
With their strong current, beaches in Kuta are known to attract surfers. In fact, there are coast guards constantly on duty to watch over Kuta's sea-goers. A thriving village since 19th century, Kuta was once sole entry point to southern Bali. Kuta is a modern village with very traditional characteristics. It is one of the more popular destinations for cultural music and dance in all of Bali.
So! We just gave you a complete guide on how to make your Bali trip more fun. Then, What are you waiting for? Pack you bags! Book your tickets! Go for an unforgettable journey which is going to be a once in a lifetime experience! And we assure you, you are going to fall in love with Bali.