My guide picked me up early morning to catch the sunrise near Mt. Batur area. It was dark when we reached the mini ricefield. I was wondering why my guide brought me there as the place was nothing special. It's just a patch of rice field with a normal looking mountain in the background. It was also so cold! My guide forgot to tell me that it's icy cold during this time and I was in shorts! Lucky I had a shawl with me which can only do little to ease the cold. Well, its better than nothing. He also had the nerve to laugh at me while I was shivering waiting for the sunrise. Eventually, we went back to the van to wait for Mr. Sun... :)
Finally, the sun started to rise and I was in awe when the place brightened up. The view of Mt. Batur was incredible. It was so beautiful! It was worth shivering in the cold. I took lots of shots and I had a hard time choosing the most worthy pics to post. The details of the mountain even at this distance was amazing!
The sun was already high up when my guide told me we will move to another location. We went to a restaurant beside a miniplaza and the view here was fantastic as well. Mt. Batur was the perfect backdrop for these colorful boats. My neighbour at the hostel, a nice middle-aged Australian lady, wanted to go with me on this tour. Unfortunately,she cancelled last minute as she was afraid the hectic itinerary may take a toll on her. Furthermore, she wanted to do a Mt. Batur mountain hike only, which I was not ready for. I want to do it in the future though when I'll have the chance to come back to Bali.
Next stop was the Tegunungan waterfalls. We went to a small restaurant overlooking the falls. It was breakfast time and I had a dry noodle with egg and coffee which were all delicious. It was a simple breakfast but I know this is what the locals eat. It surely was a more authentic experience. I enjoyed it a lot! After breakfast, we went down to get near the waterfalls. It was an easy trek down but going near the falls was a bit difficult since u have to step or climb on boulder of rocks to get there.
After few shots and poses, we went back up to go to our next destination, the Taman Ayun.
As per Lonely Planet:
"The huge state temple of Pura Taman Ayun, surrounded by a wide, elegant moat, was the main temple of the Mengwi kingdom, which survived until 1891, when it was conquered by the neighbouring kingdoms of Tabanan and Badung. The large, spacious temple was built in 1634 and extensively renovated in 1937."
The Taman Ayun temple is beautiful in any angle. I also had fun climbing the watch tower which overlooks the vast courtyard.
This concluded only half of my day trip. The rest will be spent in Tanah Lot.
I am a Filipina, formerly based in Singapore and is now living permanently in Melbourne. Yet, I am really a global citizen at heart. :)