Bali Kintamani Village Places of Interest
The journey from Denpasar (Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua and Sanur area) to Penelokan is about 63 km and takes about one and half hour. A shorter one from Ubud would take 30-45 minutes.
The name itself means ‘a place to see’ in Balinese. Penelokan is spread 11 km along the rim and located 1500 m above sea level. From here the view of Mount and Lake Batur is astounding. You will be able to see the giant crater partly filled by Lake Batur being surrounded by mountains, Mt. Batur and Mt. Abang. It is this beautiful panorama that manages to attract thousands of tourists each year.
The average temperature is 22 degrees during the day and 16 degrees at night, much cooler than other parts of Bali. Thus, bringing a sweater or a jacket is advisable. The cool temperature makes it suitable for coffee and orange plantations. Various restaurants are open during day time enabling you to enjoy your meal with the beautiful panorama as the background. Several accommodations are also available should you wish to stay and enjoy the night.
Being located on volcanic soil makes the land fertile and suitable for farming. Most of the villagers rely from agriculture for income. Popular vegetables being farmed in this area are onions, cabbage, tamarillo, tomato and chili. Aside from agriculture, villagers also rely on fishing from the lake with the most popular fish generated, Tilapia (Mujair in Balinese & Bahasa).
There is a harbor located in Kedisan for boat rides to visit Trunyan or sightseeing around Lake Batur, complemented by a huge parking space. It is a good place to visit should you wish to cross the Lake or for cycling alongside Lake Batur as the roads are fairly flat as compared to other places alongside the lake, making it an easy route for amateur cyclers. The picturesque panorama as well as the cool weather will make your cycling tour enjoyable.
In addition, it is closest to the volcano and situated right on the edge of Lake Batur. A journey from the upper part of Kintamani in Penelokan down to the crater of Toya Bungkah will be accompanied with old lava rocks along the trip. It still has the feel of a genuine small Balinese village, just in a spectacular location.
Unlike the common Balinese tradition, the people of Trunyan do not cremate or bury their dead. They prefer exposing their dead in the open air by simply laying corpses to self-decompose in bamboo cages covered in custom white cloth. It may sound morbid and non-respectful, but, the people of Bali Aga (literally means Aboriginal Bali) believe that the fate of a body abandoned by its soul should be left in the hands of its Creator.
However, the kuburan – as tourists call it – is not actually the only village cemetery. As a matter of fact, there are three cemeteries: Sema Bantas the burial place of those who have committed suicide, died in an accident or who have died of horrible disfiguring diseases, Sema Nguda – the burial place of children or other young people who have not yet married, and the Sema Wayah – the famous kuburan where the dead are not buried at all.
Only Sema Wayah – the kuburan, which attracts visitors with its unique and distinct ways. On site, the triangular bamboo fence and roof might have a fresh rotting body in it. Amazingly, there is no stench of decomposing flesh due to the presence of the encompassing ‘Taru Menyan’ tree inside the cemetery. The gigantic hundreds years old tree is believed to generate a fragrant incense-like smell, while its roots, buried deep beneath the bodies, strangely eliminate any trace of odors.
The cemetery only ever accommodates a maximum of nine bodies at one time. When a fresh body is brought in, the bones of its predecessors are moved away. The skulls placed upon nearby altar-like stone platform, while other bones scattered in the surrounding areas. At a glance, the cemetery of the Trunyan Village does indeed look like a massacre ground.
To reach Trunyan cemetery (the kuburan), visitors can take a motorized boat from Kedisan Harbor crossing the lake.
Best way to avoid tourist traps is by reserving a Trunyan Tour Package offered by Denpasar-based or Kintamani-based travel providers. Local provider – just like us 🙂 – is, somehow, could be a better choice since we know the very best of situation and the condition.
Full Day Tour
Rate: IDR 550K (max. 4 persons)
- Private Car
- 10 hour tour
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- Reservations / bookings should be made by phone to +62 813 3888 3466 or +62 859 53 777 808 or email to [email protected]
- A 50 % non-refundable deposit for special arrangement or groups will be due two weeks (14 days) prior to the start date of the program. Another 50 % Payment will be due one week (7 days) prior to the start date of the program.
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- Children below 6 years of age are complimentary.