The beauty of the rice terrace in Tegalalang is the main tourist spot that you can enjoy in the Tegalalang tour program. In this place you can take a walk along the rice fields while looking more closely at the local farmers who are working in their fields. Besides that you can also do swinging activities and of course with a little extra cost. But before visiting Tegalalang you will be invited to watch a traditional dance performance called Barong dance. Followed by a visit to one of the traditional hand weaving factories to know more about the process of making Balinese hand weaving. Then you will be delivered to Tegenungan Waterfall, one of the waterfalls in Bali that has become a favorite destination for tourists. Here you can swim in the waterfall to feel how cool the water is, with a note that you have prepared your own towels and swimsuits. Last but not least, you will visit Goa Gajah or elephant cave temple, a cave for meditations from the 11th century. You can enjoy your lunch at one of the restaurants in the Goa Gajah area. During the Tegalalang tour you will be guided by a professional driver, driving a comfortable car which is fully filled with gasoline. And you have to remember that the cost of the entrance ticket, lunch and other personal expenses are your responsibility.
Barong dance is a very popular traditional dance from Bali. This dance is one of the tourist attractions that must be watched by tourists who are first coming to Bali. Barong dance is performed every morning in a village called Batubulan. The core story of the Barong dance is the eternal battle between goodness against badness which is symbolized by the mystical Barong figure as a symbol of truthness and Rangda as a symbol of wickedness. Barong dance itself tells a story fragment from an ancient Hindu holy book called Mahabrata, where a young man named Sahadewa who volunteered himself to be sacrificed to Goddess Durga as queen of darkness. Lord Shiva felt sorry and gave blessings to Sahadewa so that Goddess Durga could not hurt Sahadewa. Dewi Durga finally gave up and begged Sahadewa to purify his demonic form so that she could return to heaven, Sahadewa then realized the request of Dewi Durga. The loyal servant of Dewi Durga named Kalika did not accept the defeat of his master, then he attacked Sahadewa. Kalika transforms herself into Rangda and Sahadewa turns into a Barong. The battle between Barong and Rangda ends in a balance where there are no winners or losers. This is an illustration that both truth and false will always be in our lives, now depending on ourselves, we want to be Barong or Rangda?
Batik and hand weaving are authentic Indonesian clothing commodities that have been recognized worldwide because they have their own characteristics both in terms of motifs and the manufacturing process. Almost every region in Indonesia has Batik and hand weaving products, except that both the style and the material are different from one region to another. Bali also has a tradition of making traditional Batik and hand weaving. The patterns of Batik in Bali mostly depict images of flowers, leaves, birds and Balinese ornaments. The process of making Batik in Bali is almost the same as other regions in Indonesia, where cloth are painted with special tools using natural materials. Then the cloth is colored using natural colors, the cloth is dried, and finally ready to used for clothing. On the other hand, Balinese hand weaving has a higher price than Batik, because the manufacturing process is more complicated. The hand weaving process in Bali is called Tenun. This work requires special skills as well as extra patience. First, the yarn as the main material for making cloth is colored using colors made from natural materials. The yarns that have been colored with different colors are dried, then arranged according to the motif of the fabric to be made. By using traditional weaving machines made of wood, the yarns then knitted to become sheets of cloth. The manufacturing process takes a long time, but the cloth produced in this way will look neater and have higher quality. In Bali there are several different types of weaving according to their origin. One of the most popular is the Pegringsingan hand weaving made by local residents in the village of Tenganan, an ancient village located in the eastern part of the island of Bali.
Tegenungan is one of the most popular waterfalls in Bali visited by tourists. Besides having complete facilities and easy access to reach, this natural tourist spot is also located close to the famous tourist area of Ubud. Tegenungan waterfall is located in Kemenuh village, a village in the south of Ubud that is famous for its wood carvers. The name Tegenungan comes from the word "Tegeh" which means high and "Nungan" which means water falls. Just like other waterfalls in Bali, to be able to reach the waterfall you have to go down many stairs. However, the number of steps that must be passed in Tegenungan is the least, approximately 250 steps. You do not need to worry about being tired when passing all these steps because at certain points there are interesting spots that you can use to take photos while resting. Tegenungan Waterfall comes from a river called Tukad Petanu, with an height of about 15 meters and has an heavy flow of water. Many tourists swim here when the water flow is normal, but during the rainy season visitors are not allowed to swim because the water flow is very heavy. It already has complete facilities such as several cafes and restaurants, toilets and clothes storage, souvenir shops, and most importantly is life guard teams who are always ready to help you.
Goa Gajah means elephant cave, but this place is not a cave inhabited by elephant. This tourist spot is an ancient temple built in the 11th century which was used as a place of meditation for spiritual practitioners at that time. Located in the village of Bedulu, an area located south of Ubud which is said to be the center of the kingdom of Bali in the past. Built on the side of a river called Tukad Pangkung, this ancient temple is a picture of the harmony of the two main religions that existed at that time, Hinduism and Buddhism. It is proven by the existence of several Buddhist stupas complete with Buddha statues which are located side by side with Hindu temples in Goa Gajah. In the temple complex there are several important buildings including, a bathing place with several angel statues. This bathing place has a function as a place for purification before entering the cave. Then there were the ruins of the temple which had collapsed and were difficult to reconstruct. On the other side of the river there are Buddhist stupas and Buddhist statues with incomplete conditions. And of course there is a cave on the cliff wall with a giant head carved at the entrance of the cave which is the main building in Goa Gajah. The inside of the cave is T-shaped with two ends, the cave hall has a height of about 2 meters and a width of 2 meters. The cave hall is filled with niches that were used as hermitage. At the end of the right cave there is a Trilingga statue as a symbol of Lord Shiva, while at the end of the left cave there is a statue of Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva.
Tegalalang Village, a small village where the majority of the population works as farmers, therefore there is a lot of agricultural land in this village. Unfortunately the shape of the land in this village is hilly, so the farmer's fields must also be cultivated in the hills. The form of rice fields is terraced to make it easier for farmers to irrigate their fields. But the shape of the rice terraces looks beautiful where farmers' fields are arranged like a pyramid. Irrigation channels are made simple but very organized. To irrigate the fields, the Tegalalang farmers use water sources that originate on the hill, then the water flows to each of the paddy fields below it. To regulate irrigation the farmers form a traditional organization called Subak. This traditional organization has existed since 1072 AD. Regarding to the rice harvest period, Tegalalang farmers have three harvest times a year. The time of harvesting is three months starting from land preparation, nursery, maintenance of rice until the harvest period, carried out 3 times continuously. After that the farmers in Tegalalang rested their land for 3 months or planted other types of plants such as corn, beans, sweet potatoes or soybeans. This is useful for maintaining soil fertility and also cuts the life cycle of pests.