One Day Transit at BALI

This September of 2011, we've planned to visit my family at Mataram, Lombok. But... since my parents in law  had a "reunion tour" in Bali... so we agreed to go along with our parent first, and then went on a trip to Mataram Lombok at the next day.
We departed from jogja at 20 September 2011 with Garuda Morning Flight at 08.00 AM and arrive in Bali should be an hour afterward, but that day there was about an hour flight delay :(
Indeed it was a full one day trip. After having lunch, Instead of staying and waiting at the hotel, I decided to join and go sightseeing with the tour group and it was really fun, somewhat thought that joining a group of parents is boring, is a really big mistake!!! Along the way in the bus, I kept on laughing, one of the tour member, an old man, kept talking and joking all the way. He is just like a walking Joke Dictionary..hihihi...what a cheerful oldman.
"The Ksatria Gatot Kaca" Statue
The first eye catching sight of Bali after getting out from the airport gate.
I determined this statue as a special landmark, to ensure my self that i have landed in this Island of god..hihihihi..:p

Well, BALI is indeed a beautiful place, almost every corner of BALI give us beautiful sights ,and brings the romatic feeling. Its scenery, culinary, music, people, even the air of Bali...hmm..undescribable. No wonder BALI always become the best choice for holidays, honeymoon or just for relaxing nerves ad getting away from crowded activities. I don't know why...but that's how i feel everytime i visit BALI. Actually, Bali is familiar to me, i lived there for about 3 years when i was 2 years old till 5 years old of age. And when i was in college at Yogyakarta, my parents moved to Bali (again) and lived there for almost 3 years, and about 3-5 times in a year i went to Denpasar, Bali (visiting my parents of course), But never get bored to visit BALI, again and again and again....^_^
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1rst route
"A short visit to Garuda Wishnu Kencana in a HOT afternoon"
GWK Cultural Park Opens daily : 8AM - 10PM (GMT +8)

Entry ticket (valid 2011) : Children/Student (Indonesian): IDR 20,000 ; Adult (Indonesian) : IDR 25,000 ; Child and Adult (foreigner): IDR 50,000

Mandala Garuda Wishnu Kencana, or Garuda Wishnu Kencana (GWK) is a private cultural park on the Bukit Peninsula at the southern end of the island of Bali in Indonesia. Bukit is a limestone plateau with Uluwatu to the west and Nusa Dua to the eastern.
Garuda Wishnu Kencana (GWK) statue is a replica statue of the god Vishnu riding Garuda vehicle named as high as 12 m, the work of renowned sculptor Bali, I Nyoman Nuarta. Area Garuda Wishnu Kencana Cultural Park located at an altitude of 146 meters above ground level or 263 feet above sea level.
It is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who is his companion.
The statue was projected to tie spatial visibility to 20 km so that it can be seen from Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua up to Tanah Lot. 
Garuda Wishnu Kencana statue is a symbol of environmental rescue mission.  The statue is made from a mixture of copper and steel weighing 4,000 tons, with a height 75 meters and 60 meters wide. If construction is finished, this sculpture will become the largest sculpture in the world and beat the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue of Wishnu
As the anchor point of GWK, the 20 meter tall copper statue of the Lord Wishnu has been placed temporarily on the highest hill of Ungasan where visitors can enjoy sunset or sunrise over the magnificent view of Kuta, Benoa and Sanur.
The statue of Wishnu is an illustration of the Almighty God in maintaining and caring all life and its being. The god Wishnu is the owner of Amerta in the form of water as the source of fertility , giving wealth and life to the universe.
The Statue of Garuda
Right behind the Plaza Wishnu is the Plaza Garuda where the 18 meters tall statue of Garuda placed temporarily.
At the present time, Plaza Garuda becomes the focal point of a massive alley of carved limestone pillars which covers more than 4000 sqm open space area namely Lotus Pond. The colossal limestone pillars and monumental Garuda statue make Lotus Pond a very exotic space. With its room capacity that can accommodate up to 7000 people, Lotus Pond has gained good reputation as the perfect place to hold big and international events.

The Statue of Wishnu’s Hands
The statue of Wishnu’s hands was added to GWK Cultural Park in 2007. It’s one step closer to finishing the complete Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue. This piece was placed temporarily on Tirta Agung area.
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GWK VENUES
GWK Cultural Park is intended to educate, especially the young generations about the importance of preserving and cultivating world’s cultural heritage.
The idea was not without controversy, and religious authorities on the island complained that its massive size might disrupt the spiritual balance of the island, and that its commercial nature was inappropriate.
With little rainfall and open to fresh tropical breeze, GWK facilities are ideal for all types of events, be it private or public, small or big, local or international.

  • Plaza Wishnu

Wishnu Plaza is the highest ground in GWK area where we temporarily place the most important piece of the Garuda Wishnu Kencana statue — the statue of Wishnu.
On a particular time of the day, there will be some traditional Balinese performance with the majestic statue of Wishnu as the background. Next to the statue of Wishnu is Parahyangan Somaka Giri. This is where a water well located, which historically has been believed by the people in the area as a blessing with powerful magical power to heal all illness and to ask the gods for rain during dry season. Due to its location on high ground (on a hill), this natural phenomenon is considered sacred and local people believed it to be the holy water.
  • Lotus pond
Lotus Pond is the biggest outdoor area in Garuda Wishnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park and, most likely, in Bali. Thus, Lotus Pond is the perfect and only place to held a big scale outdoor eventThe first class acoustic environment of the 800 seat Amphitheater is peerless venue for intimate cultural performance. 
Enclosed by enormous limestone pillars with the Garuda figure as a backdrop, the dramatic Lotus Pond area has capacity at 7500, like the ceremonial boulevard of Balinese village.
Lotus Pond is a unique place with limestone pillars on the side and the magnificent statue of Garuda on the background. On 20 February 2011, British heavy metal band Iron Maiden played the first rock concert at the venue.
  • The Street Theater
Street Theater is the start and end point of your visit to Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. It’s here that you can find many shops and restaurants in one place and where all the festivities happen.
You can get Balinese souvenirs and special GWK merchandises at GWK Souvenir Shop and Bali Art Market. You can even find Balinese spa and aromatherapy products at our shop. While you’re here, why not try Balinese massage and foot reflexology after a walk.
You can taste good food with best price only at our food court, Food Theater, and our newest restaurant, The Beranda’s with the all-you-can-eat package.
On several times a day, you can enjoy shopping and eating while accompanied by special Balinese performance such as barong, rindik and parade.

 The Street Theater is suitable for processions, fashion show, and other mobile performances.
Garuda Wishnu Kencana story carved as stone relief at Street Theater
  • Balairung Dewi Sri -The Exhibition Hall




GWK Exhibition Hall was named “Balairung Dewi Sri”, after the name of the goddess of rice and fertility.


In this hall, we have prepared a special area which offer you some fun free services such as nail painting, hair braiding, temporary tattoo, caricature drawing, and batik painting.


You can also watch our feature video about the making of GWK statue. Just spend some of your time here to see how the huge parts of the statue are designed, casted, and transported to Bali where it was assembled on location. If you’d love to see it later you can purchase the DVD on GWK souvenir shop. Another video you can watch is the Panca Yadnya video. On a particular time of a day, there will be some Balinese performances. The latest is the Barong and Kris dance. Balairung Dewi Sri is also open for rental space, both indoor and outdoor. Provides 200 square of covered area as well as ten square meter internal open courtyard

*Behind The Story : DEWI SRI
Dewi Sri is believed to have dominion over the underworld and the Moon. Thus, Dewi Sri encompasses the whole spectrum of the Mother Goddess – having dominion over birth and Life: she controls rice: the staple food of Indonesians; hence life and wealth or prosperity; most especially rice surpluses for the wealth of kingdoms in Java such as Mataram, Majapahit and Pajajaran; and their inverse: poverty, famine, hunger, disease (to a certain extent) and Death. She is often associated with the rice paddy snake (ular sawah).
  • The AmphiTheater

GWK Amphitheater is an outdoor venue for our special performances with a well-designed acoustic. Every afternoon you can watch the famous Kecak dance for free.
And that day, they were performing a local traditional story

Atha & Grandma with the performers
  •  Indraloka Garden
The newest venue in GWK is Indraloka Garden. With a beautiful view, it is one of the most appealing place for wedding and dinner party.
This garden was named after god Indra’s heaven because of its beautiful panoramic view. Indraloka Garden is one of the most favourite venue in Garuda Wishnu Kencana for holding small to medium size party, gathering and wedding ceremony.
 
*Pic Source : GWK Official Site
  • Tirta Agung

Tirta Agung is an outdoor space which is perfect for holding small to medium-size events. You can also visit the statue of Wisnu’s Hands, part of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, located nearby.




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Maybe some of us still don't know the story of Garuda Wishnu Kencana, so i'm going to review the story, as quoted from Wikipedia.

The Epic Story of Garuda Wishnu Kencana

The story of Garuda’s birth and deeds is told in the first book of the great epic Mahabharata. According to the epic, when Garuda first burst forth from his egg, he appeared as a raging inferno equal to the cosmic conflagration that consumes the world at the end of every age. Frightened, the gods begged him for mercy. Garuda, hearing their plea, reduced himself in size and energy.

Garuda’s father was the creator-rishi Kasyapa. His mother was Vinata, whose sister was Kadru, the mother of serpents. One day, Vinata entered into and lost a foolish bet, as a result of which she became enslaved to her sister.

Mahabharata mentions about a bet between sisters and wives of Kashyapa, Vinata and Kadru, about the colour of Uchchaihshravas‘s tail. While Vinata, the mother of Garuda and Aruna, said it was white, Kadru said it was black. The loser would have to serve as a servant of the winner. Kadru told her sons, Naga (“serpent”), to cover the tail of the horse and thus make it appear as black in colour and thus, Kadru won.

Resolving to release his mother from this state of bondage, Garuda approached the serpents and asked them what it would take to purchase her freedom. Their reply was that Garuda would have to bring them the elixir of immortality, also called amrita. It was a tall order. The amrita at that time found itself in the possession of the gods, who guarded it jealously, since it was the source of their immortality. They had ringed the elixir with a massive fire that covered the sky. They had blocked the way to the elixir with a fierce mechanical contraption of sharp rotating blades. And finally, they had stationed two gigantic poisonous snakes next to the elixir as deadly guardians.

Undaunted, Garuda hastened toward the abode of the gods intent on robbing them of their treasure. Knowing of his design, the gods met him in full battle-array. Garuda, however, defeated the entire host and scattered them in all directions. Taking the water of many rivers into his mouth, he extinguished the protective fire the gods had thrown up. Reducing his size, he crept past the rotating blades of their murderous machine. And finally, he mangled the two gigantic serpents they had posted as guards. Taking the elixir into his mouth without swallowing it, he launched again into the air and headed toward the eagerly waiting serpents.

En route, he encountered Vishnu. Rather than fight, the two exchanged promises. Vishnu promised Garuda the gift of immortality even without drinking from the elixir, and Garuda promised to become Vishnu’s mount.
Flying onward, he met Indra the god of the sky. Another exchange of promises occurred. Garuda promised that once he had delivered the elixir, thus fulfilling the request of the serpents, he would make it possible for Indra to regain possession of the elixir and to take it back to the gods. Indra in turn promised Garuda the serpents as food.
At long last, Garuda alighted in front of the waiting serpents. Placing the elixir on the grass, and thereby liberating his mother Vinata from her servitude, he urged the serpents to perform their religious ablutions before consuming it. As they hurried off to do so, Indra swooped in to make off with the elixir.
From that day onward, Garuda was the ally of the gods and the trusty mount of Vishnu, as well as the implacable enemy of snakes, upon whom he preyed at every opportunity.
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2nd route
"The Sacred Pura Luhur Uluwatu "
After visiting Garuda Wishnu Kencana Cultural Park, we went to Pura Luhur Uluwatu.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of six temples, which are considered as Sad Kahyangan Jagad. This temple stands majestically on the southwestern tip of Bali on the bridge of rocks high and steep and overhanging the sea.
This temple is located in the village of Pecatu, Kuta District, Badung - from Denpasar to south about 31 miles.
Uluwatu Temple is situated at an altitude of 97 meters above sea level. In front of the temple there is a small forest called Kekeran pedestal, as a buffer for the the sanctity of  the temple

In Sanskrit, Ulu meas peak /  top. Watu means stone. Uluwatu has the meaning of Peak Stone, because  the location of the temple which is at the top of the cliff.
Uluwatu cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean.
*Photo Source: ABreedApart
According to local stories, this temple has been built since the 11th century by  Mpu Kuturan. At that time, Pura Luhur Uluwatu become a place to worship god Rudra, in order to invoke safety. Besides building temples, Mpu Kuturan also have inherited the rules and order for indigenous villages around the temple, which is still known today. Four centuries later, around the 16th century, Dang Hyang Nirartha, a propagator of Hindu religion in East Java decided to moksa (or re-united with  gods) in this temple. In the local language, called ngeluhur.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is located on the peninsula on a high rock and overlooking the Indian Ocean. In contrast to the views of Tanah Lot Temple which is built on the island located in the middle of the ocean reefs. In this place, tourists can witness the extent of the Indian Ocean with the waves that hit the bottom of the Uluwatu cliff.
 If you want to go sightseeing to this temple, you should come the afternoon before sunset. Enchantment of the sunset with a silhouette background Luhur Uluwatu Temple, is an uncompared beauty in Bali Island.When walking down a path that goes to Pura Uluwatu, with a solid fence on the cliff side, we can see the views of rocky hills and the expanse of crystal clear sea. 


In the courtyard of the temple there is a place to rent sarongs and scarves, which must be worn by visitors who want to enter the temple. Visitors are required to wear special clothing, the sarong for those who wear pants  or skirts above the knee, and scarves for tourists who wear pants or skirts below the knee. Yellow sarongs and scarves (salempot) symbolizing respect for the sanctity of the temple, as well as a binder implies bad intentions in life.
Visitors also can hire the services of a tour guide who will tell the history of Pura  Luhur Uluwatu. And to  avoid the ignorance of wildmonkeys, tourists can buy snacks like cucumber slices, nuts and other snacks at the food stalls around the temple.

However, visitors should be careful on the mischievous monkeys that roam the roads leading to the temple.

Apes are said to be trusted as guardians of the sanctity of the temple. But often they alsotake visitors' belongings, such as glasses, hats, earrings, hair band, and other items. If already taken by the monkeys, you can redeem the goods by providing snacks to the apes.



You can also enjoy Kecak Dance performances held by the local community, start around 18:00 to 19:00 AM. This dance tells a fragment of the Ramayana epic, about Dewi Shinta abduction by Ravana. The background of the sunset in the Indian Ocean makes the Kecak dance at Uluwatu is extraordinary beautiful.
Actually, there are several places to see Kecak Dance performances in Bali. But enjoying the show in the middle of sunset atmosphere with the sea breeze is a very phenomenal experience.
Place for the audience is made higher and circular, adding the beauty and the majestic scenery to the show. This atmosphere is ONLY available at Uluwatu.
To get such spectacular attractions, you can just spend 50,000 - Rp.70.000 / person. With that price you can enjoy the Kecak dance performance for 1 hour. Keep in mind also, ticket reservation requires two people for a minimum amount. The entrance fee to the temple is quite affordable at only Rp.4.000 / person.

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3rd route
"Klapa Cafe - Dreamland Beach, Pecatu Resort"

Klapa Cafe has a panoramic view of a very exotic beach. One of the exotic beach is Dreamland, which is located in an area called Pecatu. Precisely, a few kilometers before the sacred Pura Uluwatu. Located about 45 minutes from the city of Denpasar.Dreamland Beach is surrounded by high cliffs and large rocks around its shores. This white sandy beach located below a steep cliff and has a beautiful landscape
It's easy to find the sights on this one, because of its location close to attractions Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) and Jimbaran Beach which is famous for its seafood restaurant. To reach this beach location, we must enter the gates of Bali Pecatu Graha, because it is located in the area Pecatu Indah Resort which is currently in the process of developing into an exclusive resort in Bali.
In around 1996,  Pecatu Graha project is implemented, sponsored by Tommy Soeharto (the youngest son of former President Soeharto) who is also the owner of this resort.
The courtyard was originally  just a small spot of area 900 acres , owned by PT Bali Pecatu Graha, but later the surrounding land , was bought  by Tommy Suharto and transformed into a super-exclusive resort called  "Pecatu Indah Ressort " . 

It is said that this resort not only has the concept of tourism, but also as The Most Unique  Residential neighborhood  and  Tourist Sites , throughout Southeast Asia.

Although many local residents who oppose this project, because they are forced to sell their land cheaply, but the population eventually hopes that Pecatu exclusive resort project is completed, so that they can turn to his fate with other businesses in tourism.

That's why the land around the beach called Dreamland (the land of dreams) by local people.

When you enter Dreamland Beach tourist area, your eyes will be enchanted by the beauty of this beach.

Dreamland beach itself is almost similar to Kuta beach. The white sands and steep gully is so eye-catching scenery. The location of clean white sandy beach just below the narrow steep rock walls, very suitable for enjoying the sunset or simply to watch the surfers attraction. The beach has high and large waves , and become the favorite one to the surfer sport lovers . Dreamland nowadays has become the new favorite surf spots in Bali.
Dreamland beach length in the rock cliffs crack reaches only about 200 meters. Along the beach there are cafes that serve a variety of food.
With a location that is hidden among a large gully, this beach is great for keeping theprivacy of its visitors. Visitors can express themselves more freely to enjoy the beach and its natural beauty.

Dreamland Beach is now more well-organized since the standing mansions owned byTommy Soeharto, the Klapa Resort. The beauty of the sunset can be enjoyed from this resort.
Klapa Cafe, Pecatu Resort


Cafe area purposely arranged in such a way that visitors can eat while enjoying the beautiful coastal scenery
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4th Route : Sunset dinner at Jimbaran Beach

Seafood Restaurants along  Jimbaran beach












Having trip all day long, really took alot of energy, so after sightseeing at KlapaCafe, Pecatu Resort, we decided to have dinner at one of favorite place in Bali : Seafood Restaurant at Jimbaran Beach. The tour guide already reserved the Menega Cafe.

Jimbaran beach is very famous for its restaurant with typical dishes of the sea. We canenjoy sea food with reasonable prices. There are about 20 restaurants at the Four Seasons Jimbaran beach that never deserted by visitors who want to enjoy seafooddishes as well as beautiful coastal scenery.
The diners at Jimbaran beach
Enjoying seafoods and sunset at Jimbaran beach

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Final Route : Rama Krisna - The 4th Krisna Bali Gift Shop

After having dinner and enjoying the sunset scenery, we headed to the last route for that day tour, the gift and souvenir shop. Buying souvenirs from the sights that we visited seem to have become a habit that must be done (for some people i guess, including me hehehe). The nearest gift / souvenirs shop from Jimbaran is the wellknown "Krisna" Bali Gift & Souvenir Shop
KRISNA Bali  is located at Jalan Raya Tuban no. 2X, Kuta Bali. It is the 4th outlet actually, called “RAMA KRISNA ” just 5 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport. So for those of you who ran out of time or just in your spare time can go directly to “RAMA KRISNA”, after that you can immediately go to the airport. “RAMA KRISNA ” is  the only one Balinesse Gift Shop that open for 24 hours. 




*Recommended Place for Gift and Souvenirs Shop*
After getting the desired Bali gift and souvenirs, we went back to the hotel to have a rest. The tour group (including our parents) prepared themselves for the 2nd day Bali Tour, and i do the packaging and preparing  things for our (me, hubby and son) next destination to Mataram, Lombok Island  which is scheduled the next day at 10.00 AM with morning flight. 
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A very fun One Day- Transit at Bali. Not enough time to explore Bali actually, i guess i have to plan another full trip to Bali and visit other interesting places in Bali.
Any of you want to join me?? hehehe 


Additional Reference :
* Wikipedia
* GWK official site
* Krisna Bali official site
* House of Dinna documentation