What's a Bali trip without trying a giant swing? Actress Meera Nandan asks on her social media page, posting photos and videos from her Bali trip, where she seems to have experienced a variety of signature adventures. She has posted a handful of photos from visits to various temples like the well-known Tanah Lot temple and Beratan temple, Tegalalang rice terrace and also the country's famous bird nest photo booths.
Tanah Lot temple on the sea
In the Balinese language, 'Tanah Lot' translates to 'land on the sea'. Situated in Tabanan, approximately 20 km northwest of Denpasar city, the Tanah Lot temple stands on an outcrop of rocks shaped by ocean tides over the years. Dedicated to the chief deity, Goddess Dewa Baruna or Bhatra Segara, this temple is one of seven along the Balinese coast.
It is believed that the temple was established in the 16th century by Dang Hyang Nirartha, a Shaivite monk and traveller of Bali. Legend has it that the monk, who was travelling through the southern coast of Bali, was so enchanted by the beautiful location that he chose it as a holy place for worshipping the sea gods. It is believed that the venomous sea snakes that live at the base of the island which is full of jagged rock formations, protect the temple from malevolent spirits and encroachers. Entry to the place is not free and there are a number of eateries for tourists here.
The sights at Beratan temple
Meera has also posted a picture of herself standing in front of the famous Shiva temple of Beratan. The temple complex is on the shore of the Beratan Lake in Bedugul, which is a mountain lake resort in Bali. The temple which was constructed in 1633 has been dedicated to Balinese water, lake, and the river goddess Dewi Danu. There is also a Buddhist house of worship inside the complex.
Tegalalang rice terrace, a celebration of lush greenery
Ubud is famous among international travellers as the place with the most lush greenery in Bali. The Tegalalang rice fields here are filled with luxuriant forests, paddy fields, and alluring greenery. The stepped paddy fields are a feast for the eyes. Terrace cultivation of paddy is popular mainly in the three places of Pejeng, Campuhan, and Tegallalang. Tegallalang has found a place on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. It is situated just a 20-minute car ride from Ubud. There are also facilities here for tourists to rent cars or motorcycles.