Barong Dance Performances
It is also another story telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil. This dance is the classic example of Balinese way of acting out mythology, resulting in myth and history being blended into one reality.The story goes that Rangda, the mother of Erlangga, the King of Bali in the tenth century, was condemned by Erlangga's father because she practiced black magic.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
The terraced rice-field is typical of the beauty of the Balinese countryside. Note the harmony of colors, the vivid green of the coconut groves and the pale blue of the sky. Wet rice agriculture (sawah) is the basic and most important activity of Balinese life; Rice is the major crop and the staple food.
Holy Spring Temple
This important temple one km north of the Tampaksiring village was founded as early as 962 AD. It is not as spectacular as Gunung Kawi a few km's away, but absolutely worth a visit. Even if this is one of the oldest sites on Bali much of the structures are relatively new, it was
Coffee Plantation & Spice Garden
Kopi is the local Indonesian word for coffee and Luwak is the name of a local civet. The beans are cultivated from the droppings of the cat-like civet, that eats the coffee cherries. After spending around a day and a half in the animal's digestive tract, the beans are defecated in clumps, having kept their shape. They can be further washed and roasted.
Batur and Lake Batur
The volcano is located at the center of two concentric calderas NW of Agung volcano. The outer 10 x 13.5 km wide caldera was formed during eruption of the Bali (or Ubud) Ignimbrite about 29,300 years ago and now contains a caldera lake on its SE side, opposite the satellitic cone of 2152-m-high Gunung Abang, the topographic high of the Batur complex,
The greatest of all Balinese sanctuaries, Pura besakih, is the witness of the great natural power barely presented by Mount Agung looming above.