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Bali - Gianyar

Batabulan is part of the artistic area of Gianyar and like Ubud, it is a art village and has a vibrant culture of Balinese Hinduism and expression of the Balinese life through the arts of painting carving and creating amazing parades and costumes. Batabulan is famous across Indonesia and the rest of the world as begin one of the best places to witness the Barong dance that supposedly originated from this very village. Barong is one of the main Balinese Gods that is separate from the Hinduism followed around the rest of the world. The Barong Dance involves the making of the Barong which is a large hobby horse style float that is carried and has a very distinctive and haunting look, it is one of the main symbols of Bali and is definitely worth witnessing when over here. If you are staying in a hotel in Ubud or any of the surrounding area then it is a very short trip and as for those staying in the south it is incredibly easy to find by first using the bypass road and then driving through the beautiful district of Gianyar. Located around an hour’s drive from the international airport and about half an hour from the centre of Denpasar it is an excellent day trip or part of a daytrip exploring the eastern regions of Bali.Perhaps the easiest way to enjoy the village of Batabulan is to book onto a tour where you will be guided around some of the highlights of Gianyar and using a professional company with professional Balinese Guides who know and understand the areas very deeply and can give some of the most interesting information on Batabulan and its surrounding areas of interest whilst showing you the best areas taking care of all the driving for a very efficient trip packing lots into your day. Such trips are very cheap indeed and invariably include pick up from you hotel anywhere in Bali, comfortable air conditioned transport, a packed lunch or restaurant lunch and the return trip to your hotel.The dance takes place every day in five stages across five holy areas and temples located within the villages of Batabulan and its surrounding countryside. The dance is accompanied by the playing of the traditional Balinese instruments such as the Gamelan and the small wooden xylophones that can be heard in the streets and on all the Balinese Beaches along with small bamboo fifes. The sound is very distinctive and is an excellent compliment to the fantastic energy of the dance and the eastern beauty of the island.The village has some amazing markets to walk round where you can find the artistic products of the village as well as foods and spices and other items. The market here is very cheap and includes stone carvings, wood carvings, paintings and other Barong related articles. There are also some of the equally as popular and even more sinister Kecak dance that can be seen in the evening.
Celuk Village is located in the Sukawati district of the Gianyar regency and is an excellent location to stop and see if you are staying in the southeast area or traveling through at any point. Located at around one hour away from the international airport and very close to such areas as Sanur and Ubud, Celuk Village is easily reachable by the By-pass road making traveling to this are convenient as well as satisfying. Famous for it’s gold and silver used in jewelry making, the Celuk Village is a one of the main Balinese craft towns and therefore also has fabulous bustling traditional markets and a real air of Balinese culture. Located away form the tourist centers Gianyar is the administrative center of the area and therefore has a center developed in the Indonesian style with no real influence from tourism and is surrounded with unspoilt villages and market areas as well as some of the most pleasant and largest rice Paddies in Bali. It is possible to see the production of the gold and silver at each of its stages from finding, preparing and cleaning to shaping and development and the as the subject of much bargaining and trade.The product of Celuk Village extend around the village and to other Balinese buyers as well as throughout Indonesia and now internationally throughout the world. Products include rings, bracelets, chokers, earrings, Tusuk Konde broaches as well as mother of pearl. The craftsmen of the Celuk Village are also able to receive specific orders for personalized crafts and products so at a very low price indeed it is possible to either design or personalize the crafts to your needs, which make ideal presents.The history behind this focus on crafts and gold and silver has a historical significance that is not only interesting but is also visible throughout the village in the way of statues and monuments as well as in the museums that provide an excellent insight and background complimenting the area. This began with a man called Clan Pande who started the first group of gold spinners, which across generations of maintenance has spread throughout the village, and today it has had a significant impression on the entire area both culturally and physically.There are also many other areas of interest in the surrounding areas including the famous barong dances that can be observed in the Batubulan village and the bird park that is fighting to conserve Bali’s endemic birds, Bali Zoo and the painting and wood carving of Singapadu to name just a few. As Bali becomes more crowded and as most of the cultural displays become more and more commercial the quiet and unchanged areas are offering a refreshing change to this where it is possible to experience the Bali that the first tourists came to see and find out why they kept coming back.
Gianyar is located in the center of Bali, as the center of arts and cultures. The regency spreads on 368 square kilometers with the total population around 416.728 people. It is bordered with Denpasar on the southwest, Badung on the west, Bangli and Klungkung on the east. Gianyar Regency is an agricultural area with its beautiful panorama, rich with ancient remains, famous for high quality of art and culture.Gianyar is divided into 7 districts : Blahbatuh Gianyar Payangan Tegallalang Tampak Siring Sukawati Ubud Gianyar is one of the most popular travel destination in Bali. It takes around 50 minutes drive to the capital regency. The tourism industry is the second most economy resources for the regency after agriculture. Paintings, carvings and furniture are the main industry in Gianyar especially in Mas, Batuan and Ubud.The Regency of Gianyar provides wide range of hotels, villas and accommodation with international standard facilities. Most of the hotels, villas and accommodation are located in Ubud district.Recommended places to visit include Goa Gajah, Yeh Pulu, Gunung Kawi, Gunung Kawi Sebatu, Tampak Siring, Ubud Monkey Forest, Sukawati Art Market, Celuk, Mas, Batuan and Ubud. Tourist attractions in Gianyar are Ayung River Whitewater Rafting, Elephant Park Safari, Bali Bird Park and Bali Zoo Park.
Goa Gajah Temple (the elephant cave) is nestled in Bedulu village, Blahbatuh sub district, Gianyar regency. it portrays both elements of Hindu and Buddhist. The distance from Denpasar is 26 kilometers. The temple is covered by lush tropical plants overlooking Petanu River. The cave was discovered by Department of Archeology in 1923, and the complex of water spout was discovered by Dr. Krijgsman, a Dutch archeology. Other interesting historical sites around Goa Gajah Temple are Yeh Pulu, SamuanTiga, Gedong Arca, Arjuna Bertapa, Kebo Edan, Pusering Jagat, Penataran Sasih and etc. The name of Goa Gajah is combination of Pura Goa, Ergajah and Lwa Gajah found in epigraphy. The epigraphy was from tenth century until the end fourteenth century (Negarakertagama). This history of this temple as the ancient site was also supported by archaeological things. The old building (petitaan kuno) is found at the front of the temple and is around 12 x 23m2 divided into 3 rooms. Three 3-spout statues are on the south, on the north and in the central part is another statue, called lapik (lapik arca). The T shaped cave is located on the northern part and is measured about 2,75 m, high 2 m, and 15 form of asceticism.Trilingga is a asceticism found in eastern part and in the west has Ganesha statue. In yard of this Temple is a building fragment not reconstructed yet. A wall is built in the western part about 100m directly be embankment masonry wall. In front of rhe temple has asceticism and built a rest place and bathing pools with water fountains. This ancient temple is situated around a carved cave entrance and is a major tourist attraction, with busloads of tourists arriving in the parking lot all the timeAccommodationThe nearby accommodations are mostly located in Ubud, around 10 minutes drive. Wide selection of hotels in Ubud from budget guest house, bed and breakfast, luxury resorts and villas are available at discount price. Find the best suitable hotel in Ubud for your next trip.How to get thereVisitor may visit this historical place during the day from 07:00 to 18:00. You may ride your own motorbike, car or join the sightseeing tour. It takes around an hour drive from the southern part of Bali.
The Village of Mas is located very close to Ubud and is therefore of a similar landscape but Mas is not as developed in to the tourism market as Ubud and retains a traditional charm and feel. Mas is famous in Bali as being one of the main arts and crafts villages on the island. Where Ubud is the village of the painters, Mas is the village of the carvers where some of the most incredible woodcarvings are produced and have been produced for hundreds of years. Carvings range from very small pieces that can be perfect gives up to larger ornaments and furniture and on to incredible elaborate pieces that can be as large as 25 square meters and even more such as murals ad great door arches that are traditionally reserved for temples and stately homes of the Balinese Royalty and wealthy.Mas is located in the same area as Ubud and therefore it can be included as part of a Ubud holiday and is a wonderful place to drop by at and look round the markets and take in the beauty and quiet that the village Mas entails. Mas is located at around and hour and a half’s drive from the international Airport and is easily accessible from the south of Bali using the By-pass road that leads through Sanur. Mas is located in the highlands and hill that lead up towards the mountains of the central of Bali and has some of the most amazing views of the island with many large and steep rice padi terraces and tropical woodlands that extend down towards the plains of the south, when looking north the huge impressive mountains are more prominent then anywhere else on the island, this scenery coupled with the incredible culture of the area and low tourist presence makes for an ideal location to take some time out and there are some amazing traditional bungalows that extend into the 5 star class to do this from.The carving of Mas first began when the Royal Balinese families moved into Ubud and those who seeked work wit them tried to offer to sell them goods. The royals then only started to buy and do business with the very best carvers from Mas and the best painters of Ubud and soon all of the islands best craftsmen moved to their prospective villages creating subcultures orientated around there talents. The carvings themselves differ between representations of the Balinese people often as farmers and in situations that the average Balinese worker can relate to, to amazing decorative carvings for the rich and then also some legends, myths representations of aspects of the Balinese religions and the stories that they entail.Today there is much to see and enjoy and many surrounding areas of interest in Mas and it can be worth staying to enjoy this area without the crowds on your doorstep. Whether you are an art lover or a couple looking to some time out, Mas will provide.

Gianyar Regency is well known as the centre of arts and cultures in Bali, located in the central part of the island, bordering Denpasar on the south and Klungkung on the east. Arts and traditional cultures have been well preserved and developed since Gianyar was the capital of ancient kingdom before Majapahit declared its power. When the Netherlands colonized Indonesia and around the independent day of Indonesia, Ubud, Peliatan and Mas became the centre of development of art and culture.

Gianyar Regency covers 368 square km inhabited by more than 354.530 people recorded around 2001. Local people mostly live in suburb area and around tourism area such as Ubud, working as part of tourism industry and also as labor in crafting industry. The Gianyar Regency is divided to
7 sub districts such as Payangan, Tegalalang, Tampak Siring, Ubud, Gianyar, Sukawati, and Blahbatuh.

Recommended places to visit around Gianyar include

  • Batubulan - The center of the finest stone carving.
  • Bali Bird Park and Bali Reptile Park - More than 100 hundred collections of birds, reptiles and snakes.
  • Celuk and Singapadu - The home of gold and silver works
  • Goa Gajah - Means elephant cave, became a hermitage for eleventh-century Hindu priests.
  • Pengosekan - A place of artists community who have already established their own galleries.
  • Petulu - It is a place where you can see hundreds of white herons birds flying in certain trees.
  •  Sukawati - The biggest traditional art market offering various choice of handicrafts, paintings, fabrics, and sarongs originally from Bali.
  • Ubud - Represents Balinese village with regular traditional Balinese performance, fine arts and cultural activities. Being a location for many painting and art Museum and Galleries.
  • Monkey Forest - It is a resident of hundreds photogenic monkeys. A temple named Nyuh Kuning can also be found within five minutes walking from Monkey Forest entrance.

Accommodation in Gianyar
There are many options of accommodation throughout Gianyar, Bali. The choices of hotels in Gianyar spreads over Ubud, Tegalalang, Keliki, and other places.

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