Tegenungan Waterfall & the Holy Water Temple

After spending the day being dragged around Seminyak.Today we are off to a Traditional Bali dance, Tegenungan Waterfall, Tirta Empul templeHoly water temple)  & some Rice terraces.

Traditional Bali dance

First stop is the Traditional Bali dance and we had front row seats to what we had thought would be an interesting experience. This was soon to turn into disappointment about 15min into the dance as there was no real words and no narration unlike to Kecak Dance all we had was an A4 piece of paper with 6 different languages translated on it so you could try and work out what was going on. The dance went for 1 hr and to be really honest we should have skipped it. On the way to the Waterfall, our guide asked if we would like to see a traditional Bali house to which we agreed to.  What surprised me about the house was that they live here all their life, as the older generation passes the next move into their room.  The layout of the houses is same with the family shrine (temple) in the northeast corner at then the  Bale dangin (the head of the house) is on the north side on the compound.

Tegenungan Waterfall

The Tegenungan Waterfall is pretty big and has a nice viewing platform with Bintang’s we didn’t walk down to the waterfall didn’t really like the idea of the 150+ steps down and then back up again plus there were too many people swimming in the bottom of the waterfall to get a shot I would have been happy with. It was then on to the Goa Gajah or “Elephant Cave”. The front of the cave has creatures and demons carved right into the rock at the cave entrance. The primary figure was once thought to be an elephant, hence the nickname Elephant Cave. Goa Gajah dates back to the 11th century, built as a spiritual place for meditation. The pool, excavated in 1954, features five out of supposedly seven statues depicting Hindu angels holding vases that act as waterspouts. These appear to have been built to ward off evil spirits. The name is a little misleading as there are no elephants at the temple the main thought behind the elephant aspect came from the stone figure inside the cave depicting the Hindu Lord Ganesh, who is characterised by an elephant’s head.

Holy water temple

Tirta Empul temple translates to Holly water temple this is where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification there are 2 pools with 13 showers that people line up and shower under each shower. Many locals will come to the temple and collect water from the spring to take back to their own shrine  The temple is dedicated to Vishnu, another Hindu god name for the supreme consciousness Narayana. On a hill overlooking the temple, a modern villa was built for President Sukarno’s visit in 1954. The villa is currently a rest house for the prime ministers and presidents from other countries. We are now staying in Ubud so will spend tomorrow exploring Ubud.



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