Today, after breakfast, start with a visit to the royal Taman Ayun Temple
in Mengwi for a look at its beautiful ponds, multi-tiered roof structures and traditional Balinese architecture. Literally translating to “beautiful garden”, this is one of the loveliest temples in Bali. Discover its charms yourself, as you cross a bridge across the enveloping canals into the courtyard. Stroll along the footpath and take in the beauty and meaning of the nine-jet fountain.
Next we drive north to Bedugul then visit Ulun Danu Temple
. A water temple on the shores of Lake Bratan
, it is used for offerings to the Balinese water goddess. Afterwards, make a quick stop at Candi Kuning
, a traditional fruit and vegetable market, for some fresh fruit, before having lunch. Lunch is served in a local restaurant.
Continue with a visit to Bali’s UNESCO-listed Jatiluwih
, one of the most famous and stunning views on the island, for panoramic views of its iconic rice terraces. Located on a slope near the holy mountain of Batukaru
, this area is known as the ‘Rice Granary of Bali’, and is one of the best examples of subak-style rice farming. Here, we go for a one-hour leisurely walk through the rice fields for an up-close look at the verdant scenery.
Late in the afternoon, arrive at the incredible sea temple of Tanah Lot
- one of Bali’s most famous temples. Set dramatically on a small island just off from the beach, watch as the sun sets behind the horizon in one of Bali’s most iconic places to watch sunset.
Once you’ve explored the temple grounds, finish your journey, arriving back in Ubud for the rest of the day at your leisure in this beautiful upland town that’s not only scenic but also the centre of traditional dance and culture on the island. Dinner at leisure
Overnight in Ubud.