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Pura Hopping Days - 2018 Bali Photo Diary Pt. II

When people were busy planning what to do on their new year's eve, we were busy thinking where to explore on the last day of the year. Ubud had been raining cats and dogs, but spending all day just at the hotel also didn't quite sound like a good idea.

I was lucky I didn't have to do the thinking all alone because Steph had done it for me LOL. She had been exploring Bali for quite some days before I arrived and one place she hadn't visited was Pura Gunung Kawi. I had no idea what that place was but I didn't think it would be a bad trip to have.

We made the bet by going there without knowing if it would be raining or not in Gianyar but luckily we won the bet. The weather though was gloomy, we still managed to do the walks there without getting all wet.

What made this temple different from the others was all the shrines were carved inside rock cliffs, instead of built on land. The walk down to the shrines was easy but the way back was (literally) a pain in the calves since they probably had around 200+ stairs that we had to climb. What a great reminder of the aftermath of never exercising.

Before making our way back to Ubud, we did make a brief stop at Pura Tirta Empul, since it was located really close to Pura Gunung Kawi. The name Tirta Empul itself literally means 'holy water spring', so that kinda explain why people decided to do some ritual purification by washing themselves in the spring. But really though, even with so many people washing themselves there, the water still happened to be really really really clear and you really could see through the bottom of the spring itself. We finally took our first 'squad' photo here. Notice our cool t-shirts there? You can have one from @kame.id too! #intanpariwara

After Tirta Empul, we decided to go back to Ubud just to realize we'd been 'pranked' by Google Maps since it should have only took us 30 minutes from Ubud to Gianyar but yet it brought us to a 1 hour+ ride. That's where we learned that Waze came to be more trustworthy while in Bali. By the way, later on we welcomed the new year at a friend's rented villa near our place.

Moving on to the next day (you are not that bored yet reading this, are you?), another temple hopping day! Again, it was raining so heavily in Ubud, so we made our escape to Pura Lempuyang Luhur.

The journey to this temple was a long one. We Steph had to drive around 2 hours to reach the temple but I personally thought it was very fun to do some road trips in Bali since there were always something to see along the way.

What I know (from late minute research) about this temple was it was one of the oldest temple here in Bali, and the view was pretty awesome. If you are lucky, you can see Gunung Agung (yep, that one that got really famous lately) just right behind the shrines. We were somewhere between lucky and unlucky since it was pretty cloudy but the mountain was still visible.

This was actually the first time for me to go to so many temples that I've never been to before in Bali (normally it was always the mainstream tourist spots). So I think I'll have to thank my itinerary planner, Steph, for taking (and of course, driving) us to these places. I had the easier job, I just had to make sure I kept talking during the drive so the driver didn't get sleepy LOL. Until the next adventure, mate!

Check out the other parts of my 2018 Bali travel series here:
- Part I: The New Place

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