Idyllic Villages of Bali’s East Coast

August 25, 2014 by | Filed Under: Authentic Experiences, Indonesia, News

Bicycling is a great way to experience Bali’s idyllic pace of life and beautiful natural scenery. Visit a Balinese home for lunch and travel to a nearby village known for its world famous ikat cloth.

Man making ikat in Tenganan, Indonesia

We begin a beautiful cycling trip through banana and coconut groves to Klungkung. Home of the old Balinese rajas, the noblemen of this historic town developed the styles of music, drama and art that flourish today in Bali. We experience the exotically beautiful paintings of the Hindu epic Mahabharata at Klungkung’s palace.

Lunch is at a Balinese family’s home. The lady of the house is an excellent cook and her specialty is a chicken dish called ayam betutu. Afterwards, we continue wandering east to the village of Tenganan. Known as a Bali aga (original) village, Tenganan is world famous for its “flaming” cloth or double ikat made through an intricate dying and weaving process.

Things to do in Bali: visit a black sand beach on the east coast of Bali

The next stop is Amed, one of several fishing villages on Bali’s quiet eastern shore. Every day the fishermen put ashore their colorful boats on the black sand beach. In the dry season part of the beach is used to win salt from the seawater. The underwater world here offers beautiful coral and fish by snorkeling straight off the beach. Upland from the coast there are luscious rice fields stepping up the hilly slopes. For active travelers, this area is a biking and hiking paradise.

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