You had me at Jungle! And then again at “Lake Canoeing”! You can not beat the unbelievable cheap price of this Jungle adventure with Bali Jungle Trekking, and they mean it when they say Jungle! The beautiful banyan trees stretch up so high they offer protection from the rain we saw coming down through a clearing, the leafy footpath and lush forest surrounding you makes for the crispest air you’ll every breath! Which you’ll need when you gasp at the stunning view of the twin lakes….which you get to canoe across!!
We started the hike off after a giggle fit earlier that morning from filming Bali Bliss Tours with Nyoman, so were in GREAT spirits when we met Mr. Ketut, our tour guide. I love that laughter is contagious because we spread it to him too and the four of us not even steps into the trek were already cracking jokes and having laugh attacks over the simplest things like why I wouldn’t be allowed to enter the sacred temple that day…you’ll figure out why when you go. But Nyoman and RJ kept making jokes and teasing me while Mr. Ketut totally wanted to laugh with them but was stifling his smile to stay professional, which then made me laugh at the situation, then RJ was trying to be all jungle boy and plucked a “ginger” leaf to smell, but it was just a regular plain old leaf so we were all laughing at him. And from there on just giggle galore!
After walking maybe 15 minutes through the jungle and admiring all of the beautiful hanging branches from various trees, all intertwining together with diverse plant life overlapping each other at your sides, we get to our first clearing and first temple. I take photos from the outside while Mr. Ketut explains what kind of ceremonies take place at this temple. That each of the three individual structures have different meaning i.e. for dances, for prayers, for ceremonies. And also that these are open for the whole village to use and everyone comes as a community to enjoy festivities. How cool! Parties in the jungle!
We keep on trekking and stop to admire the twisting Banyan Trees, the holes from the woodpeckers, which include 5 different woodpecker species inhabiting the forest. Mr. Ketut explains on our journey to our second temple before Tamblingan Lake, why it’s called Tamblingan Lake due to King Tamblingan being who discovered it. I walk down a different way to Nyoman and RJ to the last temple with Mr. Ketut and spot my first clear views of the lake.
I see the double-wooden canoes parked down by the lily pads and get excited to canoe across any minute now, but first, the eleven level temple. Mr. Ketut and Nyoman explain what the eleven levels represent, the directions of North, (NE/NW), South, (SE/SW), East and West and the 3 Gods: Of the Earth, Of the Sky and Of the Sea. I found it made total sense, you praise on your surroundings, which ultimately keeps you balanced. Cool. Love it.
After taking in all the little things, like the flower blessing blowing in the wind underneath the umbrella statues and the peaceful sounds of the jungle and lake merging together, we stroll on down to our canoe’s and off we paddle the 20minute canoe across the still waters of Tamblingan Lake. It’s basically deserted, so refreshing from any tourist areas, it’s just you, your posse and the lake, that’s it! Pretty cool to find things that aren’t so “done”.
After we park on the other side of the Lake and take a look at the larger trio of eleven-levelled temples (which you can’t enter, not just me this time, RJ and Nyoman couldn’t enter too so ha! Lol) we then head through the local village and see the actual VILLAGE life of Bali, it’s extremely remote but very cultural and authentic. Our cars are waiting at the end of the road, just incase we were thinking it would be another two hours back, no no, they get it, it’s not about the fitness, it’s about experiencing the jungle, the culture, the canoe, the temples and the villages of the untouched regions of Bali. I love being able to go outside the norm, find new things, really HAVE the adventure and then get to share it all with you
Hopefully this sounds as appealing to you as it was to me and you have an amazing Jungle adventure withwww.BaliJungleTrekking.com
*There are options for a 2,3 or 4 hour Jungle Trek, each depending on your wants, time and abilities. You can find detailed itineraries on the website and find the Trek that suits you!