WakaLandCruise – A Journey to UNESCO Terraced Paddy Fields at Jatiluwih with Balinese Lunch at Bamboo Forest Restaurant
A day trip through authentic Balinese villages and some of the most picturesque parts of Bali, WakaLandCruises pick up guests in a land rover equipped with picnic baskets with refreshments. The journey leads you away from the main roads and busy highways on to back roads and through authentic villages.
First stop is a natural stone quarry where villagers have cut the stone out of a dry river bed for generations. From there the trip continues to an agricultural village where you will discover the fragrance of Balinese coffee being roasted and traditional Balinese snacks are freshly prepared for you. Learn to make “canang”, the most important element of Balinese temple offerings and take an optional 30 minutes soft trekking through the rice fields.
Next stop is a trip high into the mountains through the UNESCO-recognized rice terraces of Jatiluwih, followed by a sumptuous Balinese lunch, served in a rainforest restaurant surrounded by giant bamboo. Enjoy a glass of wine, beer, tea or Balinese coffee in the glorious open-air canopy. You can try to play one of Balinese traditional musical instrument “rindik” or just leave it to the expert and simply enjoy the music.
After lunch, you will visit Batukaru temple, a unique sacred mountain sanctuary and royal temple of Tabanan dynasty. It was founded in 11th century by Empu Kuturan, a great Hindu Sage who established six main temples on the island of Bali. Here you can pray with the “canang” that you made, as an offering to the Gods.
WakaLandCruise – Kintamani Trip
WakaLandCruise takes visitors on an extraordinary journey, by Land Rover or Land Cruiser, to an area of spectacular natural beauty – Kintamani. The first stop of this day trip is at Segara Windhu coffee plantation for a short tour of the plantation, an introduction to the various fruits and spices that are grown there, a demonstration of the coffee roasting process, and an opportunity to sample the freshly harvested coffees and teas.
Kintamani is the name given to the area surrounding Gunung Batur volcano and Lake Batur, which both sit within a massive, 25-thousand-year-old caldera. The dramatic view from the rim of the active volcano Mount Batur and the serene Lake Batur with Toya Bungkah village at the lake’s edge has to be one of the most photographed sights in Bali.
The journey brings you into what is often referred to as ‘the world’s most beautiful caldera’ for a drive through the rugged rocky terrain and mysterious lunar-like landscape of the black lava fields of the volcano, a remnant of the last major eruption.
See the magnificent sculpted rice terraces at Tegallalang with its layered mirrors unfold like giant stairways from the coconut-palm-forested-hilltop to the valley below.
You will be served a delicious lunch of local flavours at the legendary Murni’s Warung, which was created in 1974 by Ibu Murni who still owns and runs the restaurant.
You will visit Ubud Monkey Forest as the last stop point to observe the mischievous long-tailed grey macaques. The forest is also home to around 115 different species of trees and three ancient temples.
WakaLandCruise – Ubud Trip
WakaLandCruise presents a new daytrip exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding the renowned artistic village of Ubud in Bali’s central highlands. Starting with a tasting session of locally grown coffee and organic chocolate at Teba Sari Coffee Plantation with a variety of traditional Balinese snacks, you will also see the civet cats from which Luwak Coffee is derived and watch the coffee roasting process.
Next a gentle paved walk along the Campuhan Ridge, guides you to an area which passes between two steep and lush river valleys. This is a must for any nature enthusiast, while taking in all the sights and sounds of the natural countryside.
You will have an Indonesian-taste meal for lunch at Murni’s Warung, which was created in 1974 as the first real restaurant in Ubud. WakaLandCruise will drive you through the centre of Ubud, past the famous Ubud Palace and Ubud Art Market. You will also pass Kemenuh Village well-known for handmade wood-carvings and many village art shops which sell various shaped wooden sculptures of animals such as birds, cats, chickens, giraffes and others that are very similar to the original.
The excursion ends with a visit to one of Bali’s beautiful waterfalls, Kanto Lampo, where you can take a cool dip in the river or pose for photos in the refreshing flow of the cascade, within a lush jungle terrain.