The Besakih tour program is one of the most important tour programs that we serve, because the main tourist attraction to be visited on this tour route is the Besakih temple which is the largest temple in Bali. Besakih temple is the same as the Vatican of Bali, this temple is the mother of all temples in Bali. Therefore, it is called the mother temple of Besakih. Before visiting the Besakih temple, you will be invited to see the splendor of a tall carved wall complex located in a secret place called Gunung Kawi the cliff temple. Then you will also visit ancient hall of justice an heritage of the Klungkung kingdom which are called Kertha Gosa. Followed by visiting a cave temple guarded by thousands of sacred bats known as Goa Lawah temple. The day's tour ended with a unique Balinese traditional dance which was danced by dozens of men who say "cak-cak" continuously as accompaniment to dance, this dance is called Kecak dance. This is a drama performance that tells the story of the Ramayana, a love story like Romeo and Juliet that ends happily. Just like our other tour, Besakih tour also includes a comfortable Ac car which is guided by friendly and experienced drivers and gasoline.
Gunung Kawi is a historic site dating back to the 11th century, precisely during the reign of the Warmadewa dynasty with a famous king named Udayana. Gunung Kawi cliff temple is located in the village of Tampaksiring, located in the east part of central Ubud. Something interesting in this tourist spot are beautiful carved monuments on a high cliff wall in the side of Pakerisan river. Gunung Kawi is not a burial complex as mentioned by several other tourist sites, Gunung Kawi is a place of worship to the spirits of the kings of the Warmadewa dynasty and their empresses. There are two different temple complexes separated by the Pakerisan river at Gunung Kawi, the first complex is located in the west of the river, consisting of four temples, are temples to worship the holy spirits of the king's empresses. While the temple complex on the east side of the river is the five temples to worship the kings of the Warmadewa dynasty including the king of Udayana and Anak Wungsu. To reach the Gunung Kawi cliff temple complex visitors must walk down 315 steps with views of beautifull rice fields on the left and right. The scenery around Gunung Kawi is still natural, many shady trees with very cool air. The sound of forest insects is also very loud.
Besakih temple is the largest temple in Bali. This temple is often called as the mother temple of Bali. Derived from the word "Basukian" which means safety, this main temple is a temple to worship Lord Shiva as the supreme God. Besakih temple is located on the slopes of Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali with a height of 3,031 meters. The Besakih temple complex consists of one main temple called the Penataran Agung temple, 18 companion temples, and 13 temples of clans called pura Pedarman. All these small temples surround the main temple like children surrounding their mother, which is why the temple of Besakih is called the mother temple. Besakih was built in the 7th century by a holy priest from India named Rsi Markandeya. He planted 5 types of stones as the basis for the construction of temples including gold, silver, copper, iron and bronze. Furthermore, in the kingdom of Bali, the Besakih temple was used as a center for the implementation of various religious ceremonies that have been carried out to now days. The religious ceremonies include the Eka Dasa Rudra ceremony which is held once every 100 years, the Panca Wali Krama ceremony every 10 years, Bhatara Turun Kabeh in every year.
Kerta Gosa comes from the words Kerta which means justice and Gosa which means pavilion, so Kerta Gosa means a pavilion to get justice. Kerta Gosa is a heritage building of the past Balinese kingdom centered in the city of Klungkung. Dibangun pada tahun 1908 oleh raja Klungkung yang bernama Ida I Dewa Agung Jambe. At that time Kerta Gosa functioned as a court of justice for people who made mistakes. In this pavilion King of Klungkung directly as a judge to give punishment to criminals, assisted by several ministers, pastors and royal advisers. The Kerta Gosa Pavilion is built in a large garden area with a beautiful fish pond. With traditional Balinese-style architecture, the ceiling is decorated with traditional Kamasan paintings that tell about puppet legends. Besides the pavilion of Kerta Gosa, there is also a building in the middle of a pond called Balai Kambang, which means the building floats. This building serves as a place for conducting wedding ceremonies and a place to entertain royal guests.
Goa Lawah temple is one of the unique temples in Bali. This temple is located on the beach of Kusamba in Klungkung regency. The location is very strategic and very easy to reach, precisely on the main route Denpasar - Klungkung. Goa Lawah Temple is one of the important temples in Bali. This temple is related to the ritual "Nyegara Gunung", a ritual to purify the soul of the dead after the Ngaben (cremation) ceremony. The word Goa means cave and Lawah means bat. Goa lawah means a cave inhabited by bats. As same as other temples in Bali, Goa Lawah temple has pagodas, monuments and gates typical of Balinese Hinduism. What makes it different and unique is that the main temple was built in the mouth of a cave filled with thousands of bats. Thousands of bats hang and fill the cave walls like an ant group. They seemed not disturbed and were not afraid of the temple visitors who would pray. It is said that thousands of bats are sacred animals that are assigned to guard Goa Lawah temple. Goa Lawah Temple was built as a place of worship to the Maheswara God, the manifestation of God who controlled the southeast.
Kecak dance is one of the popular dances in Bali that is performed for tourists. Kecak dance is a unique dance because this dance does not use Gambelan music like other Balinese dances, but it is accompanied by the sound of approximately 50 male dancers forming a circle, bare-chested and wearing black and white checkered sarongs. Each of them pronounces the word "Cak-cak" with different rhythms to produce interesting music. This dance is a drama performance that presents the Ramayana story, a romantic story originating from Hindu literature in India. The Kecak dance itself was created by a local artist from Ubud named Wayan Limbak in 1930. At first the Kecak dance was only staged when there were religious ceremonies followed by a trance ritual to invoke instructions from ancestral spirits. Then because of the high demand from tourists to be able to watch the Kecak dance, this dance was finally performed for entertainment purposes. Batubulan Village is one of the villages where Kecak dance is performed every day for tourists, starting at 18:30 in the evening for one hour.