The region between the Pakerisan and the Petanu Rivers, containing nearly 50 ancient temples, forms a natural replica of the Hindu-Balinese cosmos. The area, called Pejeng, naturally became the sites of some of the earliest kingdoms on Bali. One of the attractions here is Pura Penataran Sasih, which houses a giant bronze kettledrum, “Moon of Pejeng”, of unknown age and origin. Also in the area is the 14th century temple Pura Pusering Jagat, with unusual architecture, standing under a massive banyan tree. Its name means “Naval of the World”.
A beautiful locale with a natural inclination to the arts, Ubud was home to the first foreigners from Europe in the 1930-s artists seeking inspiration within their surroundings. Ubud is a center for artist, surrounded by souvenir outlets, quaint cafes and accommodations. Neighboring villages such as Peliatan and Campuhan have been absorbed into Ubud’s sprawl. Ubud comes from the word ‘ubad’, Balinese for medicine, stemming from the healing properties of a herb growing near the Campuhan River. Ubud’s Yayasan Bina Wisata tourism foundation aims to preserve the area’s natural and cultural beauty, striving to unify both visitor’s and local’s need.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of the six holiest temples in Bali, is 25 km south of Jimbaran. The drive to Uluwatu is spectacular,with pounding surf 70 meters below limestone cliffs. It is thought that an architect-priest originally built the temple in the 11th century. It was rebuilt in the 16th century by Pedanda Wawu Rauh, a priest who believe he attained his Moksa (release from earthly desires), here. Renovations took place in the late 19th century, in 1949, and in the 1980s. Uluwatu is breathtakingly beautiful place to be at sunset.