Elephant Cave Goa Gajah
This archaeological site is something to behold. Dating back to the 11th century, it's a great place to visit to experience the history of Bali and learn more about the spiritual component of this country.
Some highlights of the attraction include a courtyard filled with relics, regal statues, intricate and ancient rock-wall carvings and beautiful fountains. The central meditational cave brings a peace and calm that can't be denied. The structures and details have influences from 10th century Hinduism and eighth century Buddhism.
You'll find this attraction to the West of Bedulu Village, which is just out of Ubud. On the roadside, there are souvenir shops and refreshment kiosks, which are a sight for sore eyes in this warm climate. If you feel like spending more time here, surrounding the attraction are rice fields and streams.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
When you're in Ubud, be sure to check out the Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Pakudui village. They are simply striking, lush and green and unique. Subak is the word used to describe the traditional Balinese irrigation system that makes these rice paddies so distinctive. Apparently, Rsi Markandeya invented the system in the eighth century, and it was so effective it's still used to this day.
If you're a nature lover, or are just interested in the everyday life of the Balinese, visit this stunning attraction, and be sure to take your camera along. While photos can't quite do it justice, this is a scene you're going to want to savour. A local farmer may offer you a green coconut drink and a woven hat made from coconut leaves. Because there are no fixed prices, you'll have to be sharp with your bargaining skills.
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