A warm welcome awaits at a Balinese home, where Balinese Cakes will be served with coffee or tea. Walk through the local farms to experience the real life of Balinese farmers working in the rice fields, learning more about the simple and traditional irrigation system called Subak, the process of rice growing, from planting the seedlings, to harvesting and even cooking the rice.
Next stop is Pura Kehen, constructed in the 13th century. Stepping through the ‘Kori Agung’ (stone capped gateway), there are elephant sculptures, which is unusual for a building of that age, as Bali was never home to its own elephants. Once inside the temple, there is a small compound which is guarded by a mythical ‘Naga’ (dragon), which has a magic stone inside it. Apparently the stone glowed red hot once the site of the temple had been decided.
Proceed onto Penglipuran Village where life has barely changed in over a century. Following this fascinating local insight, continue to Kintamani, where you can enjoy luncheon overlooking Mount Batur, an active volcano, and the picturesque Lake Batur, in the crater.
In Kemenuh, visit a wood carving studio to discover skilled carvers who turn slabs of teak and ebony wood into masks, religious figures and intricate wall decorations. Take the opportunity to browse in the large gallery where there will be the opportunity to purchase the finished products.
This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour over some rough ground.