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The Colors of Bali, Galungan Festival in a Balinese Village

4 Days / 3 Nights
, Indonesia

Overview

Join one of Bali’s most colourful festivals, Galungan. Experience the tradition of welcoming ancestral spirits to earth, joining the locals to make offerings and perform rituals. Delve deeper into Balinese culture with visits to the island’s other sacred shrines and artisanal gems.   

Trip Highlights

The Colors of Bali, Galungan Festival in a Balinese Village

Celebrate Galungan in a village

Join locals as they prepare offerings and witness traditional purification rituals to learn more about Balinese spirituality. 

Explore iconic rice terraces- Take a walk through

Jatiluwih’s miles and miles of rice terraces, seeing why they have earned UNESCO-heritage status.  

Visit Bali’sacred sites-

Tour a variety of holy sites including seaside Tanah Lot, Tirta Empul’s sacred springs and Ubud’s monkey forest. 

Itinerary

1

Arrival Denpasar - Ubud

Denpasar Ngurah Rai international Airport – Ubud (40 km): 1 hour 15 minutes

Upon arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, be met by the local guide and transferred to Ubud.

After checking in at the hotel, take some time to freshen up before heading to a nearby spa to enjoy a soothing one-hour traditional Balinese massage that will relieve the stress and strain of traveling.

Following the massage, be treated to a Balinese dance performance followed by dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight in Ubud.

2

Ubud Centre - Perkedui - Tampaksiring - Ubud

Ubud –Perkedui – Petulu - Ubud (30km): 1 hour

The day starts in Ubud with a visit to the Peliatan Palace, which features very traditional Balinese architecture.

Continue to the ARMA Museum (Agung Rai Museum of Art), to view the best permanent collection of Balinese and Indonesian paintings. A visit to ARMA provides a great overview of the island’s rich artistic traditions.

A trip to the sacred Monkey Forest then offers an introduction to Ubud’s cheeky inhabitants, followed by some free time at Ubud Market where local vendors sell everything from food to clothes, souvenirs and art.

Next, drive to the area of Perkedui near Tegalalang to view some of the most beautiful terraced rice fields in Bali. Here, lunch is served in a restaurant overlooking the rice terraces.

Following lunch, head to Tampaksiring Village to explore Tirta Empul, a temple famous for its sacred spring water. All Balinese bathe here at least once a year for a ritual cleansing in these holy waters, which are dedicated to Vishnu.

Return to the hotel and have dinner at leisure.

Overnight in Ubud.

3

Ubud - Galungan Celebration - Umabian

Ubud – Marga (33 km): 1 hour Marga – Umabian (16 km): 30 minutes

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and depart to the small village of Marga. Here, experience the celebration of Galungan - the most colourful festival in Bali. It occurs once in the 210-day cycle of the Balinese calendar and marks the time of the year when the spirits of ancestors are believed to visit Earth. During this festival, Balinese families make offerings for the ancestral spirits to express their gratitude.

Upon arrival in the village, be provided a sarong to blend in with villagers. Then help prepare for a ceremony and learn how to make banten, or traditional offerings. Strolling through the village with a local guide, will learn about the history of this important celebration. Witness the ritual performance of village purification called ngerebeg, in which locals display penjor, an offering in front of their house.

Enjoy a typical Balinese lunch in the village.

Then head to the hotel in nearby Umabian Village for check-in. Designed to resemble a traditional house, the numerous pavilions and guestrooms are laid out in the style of a village compound. Surrounded by rice fields, and offering spectacular views and a garden swimming pool, this is an ideal place to unwind and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Umabian.

4

Umabian - Mengwi - Jatiluwih - Tanah Lot

Umabian – Taman Ayun Mengwi (5 km): 10 minutes Taman Ayun Mengwi – Jatiluwih (31 km): 1 hour Jatiluwih – Tanah Lot (39 km): 1 hour 20 minutes Tanah Lot – South Bali or Airport (19 km): 40 minutes

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a morning at leisure.

Depart from the hotel at 11:00 for a trip to Bali’s UNESCO-listed Jatiluwih, which offers wide panoramic views of Bali’s most iconic rice terraces. Located on a slope near the holy mountain of Batukaru, this area is known as the ‘Rice Granary of Bali’ and provides one of the island’s best examples of subak-style rice farming. Here, take a leisurely hour-long walk through the rice fields and soak up some of its scenic ambience.

Lunch is served in a local restaurant.

After lunch, check out of the hotel and visit the Royal Taman Ayun Temple in Mengwi. This temple is known for its unique multi-roofed structures and its beautiful setting around a fish pond.

Then proceed to Tanah Lot Sea Temple to enjoy its famous sunset. This temple is set precariously on a rock in the sea, and can only be reached at low tide.

Later in the afternoon, receive a transfer to a chosen beach hotel in South Bali (not included) or to the airport for an onward flight.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles with cold water and towel provided.
  • Service of English/French/German/Dutch/Spanish speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary. 

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • Accommodation in South Bali Beach.
  • Visa arrangements.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • International and domestic departure tax from Denpasar.
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips, etc).
  • Travel insurance. 
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above..

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