Over the years Bali has become one of the most popular islands in the Far East. It is one of the 13,677 islands which make up the Indonesian archipelago that stretches over 5000 km along the equator, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. With its only 140 kilometers length and 80 kilometers width, Bali is well known all over the world for its coral fringed beaches, lush tropical forests, hot springs, volcanoes, hidden temples and mountainous landscapes all waiting to be explored. With such a variety of landscapes and rich culture you can easily spend a couple of weeks enjoying it. And throughout central Bali you can visit colorful markets, learn about Balinese culture, see countless temples, experience religious festivals and traditional dancing.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Great walk in the stunning country side of Bali

If you are into doing a great natural exercise or exploring the real beauty of Bali’s country side, I would love to suggest one of a fabulous walk that you can do around the charming village of Taman. This great walk brings you into the insight of natural beauty and life of the local people. For the duration of almost 4 hours, you are going to follow the ancient farmer’s track, windy rice paddies dike, amazing irrigation canals, small village’s roads, and scenic path along the ridge of the lush Ayung River valley.

The first hour, we are going to walk through the scenic terrace paddy field where we have the opportunity to share with you the ancient Subak Irrigation system and observing about the rice cultivation system and rotation throughout the year. You would also have so much of opportunity to get some great shots to memorize you great exploring in this beautiful terrace paddy field.

It depends on the time of the rice stage that we are doing the walk as it is very often that we would be entertained by the groups of ducks that are feeding themselves on the rice field which is especially after the harvesting season. The duck Sheppard bring their duck over to the field to feed themselves with the left over rice after the harvesting and also eating all kinds of bugs and tiny creature such as frog, tadpole, warm, eel and many others. The ducks also help the farmers to weed up the field and to manure the soil. It is building such a great mutual relationship between the rice farmers and the duck Sheppard as they both are benefited by this.

From this rice paddies adventures, we are walking into the village of Bongkasa where we would be provided with a real scene of village’s life and a chance to share a little knowledge about the traditional family compound, community structure as well as admiring the beauty of Bali’s traditional architecture that are captured into the local houses, gates and temples. When we walk through the village’s road that we often have to aware of the local dogs that are always be free wandering around the village. They often create such a noise when we are following these small village roads even there are some of them would just be lazy sleeping in the middle of the road and just ignoring the present of the visitors that are passing by. They are not wild or street dogs, but they are belong to the local family but they spend most of their day time to wander around the village, picking up food on the street or just having their socializing with other village’s gods. Besides dogs, we are also entertained by the domestic animals like chicken, ducks, pigs, cats, and Bali cows.

We visit giant old Banyan tree that grows on the outer courtyard of the local village temple to have some time to rest and admire the stunning tree with its great shade to cool us off from our walk. This tree is surely hundreds of years old and considered to be very sacred trees by the local inhabitant. It has a small temple built under the trees where the local people are doing their ceremonies dedicated to the Holy Spirit that is believed to reside on this holy Banyan trees.

The village lies along the western side of the Ayung River which is the longest one on the island of Bali. We follow the farmer’s track along the ridge of this lush river valley, looking over the snaky river gorge with stunning terrace field down to the bank of the river with some beautiful water cascading over the terraces.
We walk back to the village after following this fabulous track to our finishing point of our great walk and having the opportunity to taste some young fresh coconut to end our fantastic day’s adventure in the great nature of Bali.
 Enjoying our lunch box while we are enjoying such a stunning panorama over the Ayung gorge.
 Local farmer is leading his cows to the nearby stream for bathing them. 
Walking across a swinging wooden bridge by the Ayung River 
 Stunning terrace paddy field down to the bank of the Ayung River.
Walking along the tiny dikes of the local rice paddies while enjoying the great scenery over terraces and learning about the rice farming system.

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