Walking Tour of Desa Tenganan

Walking Tour of Desa Tenganan

Home to a community of around 800 Bali Aga (the island’s original people), the village of Tenganan Dauh Tukad sits snugly amongst the jungly peaks of Karangasem, East Bali. Inhabitants here still practice the age-old crafts and ancient traditions of the indigenous Balinese, including Perang Pandan (Pandan Wars), an annual dueling ceremony involving spiky pandanus leaves.

Location: East Bali

Time: 7 hours

Provided: English speaking guide, water, (lunch at a traditional warung at extra cost)

Bring: Walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, swimwear, towel (for white sand beach)

Price: IDR 500,000

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The Experience

Join Nyoman, our Tengananese guide, for a walking tour of his village, one of only a few remaining Bali Aga communities. As you make your way through the quiet streets, you’ll learn about Balinese family compounds and see how each building is laid out to respect century-old beliefs.

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Dogs, roosters and pigs roam freely around as you take in the rural Bali scenes – offerings being made, wood carvers at work, cock fighters in training, tuak (local palm wine) fermenting in home brew vats… You’ll also be able to browse rare geringsing fabrics, woven using the complex double ikat method; and native ata baskets, made with local vines.

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If you would like to, we can arrange a second stop at Pasir Putih, a hidden white sand beach around 15 kilometres from Tenganan. After the morning’s walk, you can wind down under a parasol, take in the shoreside scenery, or cool off in the clear, turquoise waters.

A traditional lunch of gulai ikan (fish curry), sate lilit, (fish satay), kangkung (Asian greens), and sambal matah (Balinese chilli relish) at Warung Mertha Sari can be arranged for a small extra cost if you wish.

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