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Rambat Siwi Beach Bali

Monday, September 1, 2008

Rambat Siwi Beach in Bali in Indonesia offers idyllic vistas over the tropical shores and the perfect venue to enjoy the splendid beauty of island. It is located in close proximity to the two key towns of Bali - Negara and Denpasar. The stunning beach is only 15 kms away from Negara. Thus after you soak yourself in the shimmering waters of Bali, do not miss out the nearby tourist places which are great spots for Sightseeing in Bali.

The fabulous setting of Rambat Siwi Beach in Bali on the main Denpasar-Gilimanuk makes it one of the most visited beaches of Bali. The exquisite beach is a scenic spot for the locals as well as the tourists looking to capture the amazing sights and sounds of Bali. Rambat Siwi Beach in Bali is just perfect venue for spending endless hours in soaking up the classic beauty of the sea and observing the world pass by. This astonishingly gorgeous seashore offers fabulous views of a temple called Rambut Siwi Temple. If you are looking for a serene place where the natural splendor meets with the vibrancy of Bali, it is here that you are certain to get what you want.

The temple itself has the usual 3 courtyards (outer, middle, inner) its just laid out differently and the inner courtyard is actually the one that sits next to the parking area.

My guide left me in the outer courtyard, and gave instructions for how I should proceed. On the rear of the temple, there are some interesting traditional scenes captured in cement carvings. These included a scene with a farmer, a fisherman and a monkey holding bird under its arm, all symbolic. The underlying stonework, was probably from the time of Niratha, but the cement carving are more likely to be around 100 years old. The gates and ornamentation are old, whereas brickwork that is clean and carvings that are super sharp are probably new.

Also at the rear of the temple were steps with large dragon like creatures either side. Dragons aren’t a part of Balinese Hinduism and we didn’t have an answer for this or the plate sized Chinese coin that is in the outer wall of the inner compound. Carved decorated doors had figures in impressive designs. Niratha’s hair is enshrined in a sandalwood box, located inside the central 3-tiered meru.

Out the back of the temple looking towards the ocean, there is a shrine to Dewi Sri, the goddess for rice and water. When Balinese men drink tuak, they will often pour the frist drop on the floor for Dewi Sri.

Looking over the cliff, a shrine is visible and at high tide, the water totally surrounds it. Down the cliff face there are small caves which have been turned into shrines. One of them Pura Tirta, has a freshwater spring, which is guarded by a statue of Niratha himself. The small cave complex has bats, Goa Mayan Sati (Cave of the Holy Tiger) being the main one. Only preists are allowed in this holy place. A 1 minute walk along the beach gets you to Pura Penataran, which is in honor of Baruna, God of the sea.

While photographing the different parts of the temple a female ‘pedanda‘ (high priest) came over and asked me to leave…’Bules not allowed in here.” she said in Balinese. I think she might have been angry that I saw her secret ceremonial equipment laid out, something that doesn’t happen too often.

This part of the coast isn’t developed at all and looked quite lovely with the swaying palms. We were all virtually melting from the heat and bought a Pocari Sweat from a vendor outside. I think the can of drink cost 5,000rp whereas the Circle K price is 4,000rp.

Pura Rambut Siwi is a quiet temple and the location plus the carvings make worthwhile if you have the time.

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