LAKE GODDESSES

There is wonderful history and grand myths and legends to be uncovered throughout this beautiful island. One of them concerns the Sacred lakes.

Price per person:

80 €

Half-price for children under 12 years old

Minimum 4 people

This area has a long, unique and sacred history, and on this ride we will travel between various ancient and significant puras, or temples.

Lake Tamblingan lies in a plateau inside an ancient volcanic caldera. Inside the caldera are several dormant ancient volcanoes and other caldera lakes to the east of Lake Tamblingan: Lake Buyan and Lake Bratan.

Lake Tamblingan is surrounded by many ancient Balinese temples (puras). The many temples surrounding the lake are associated with the ancient Tamblingan civilization. The area is first mentioned in a 10th century copper inscription, and is described as a settlement located on the southern shore of Tamblingan Lake. This copper inscription was discovered in the village of Gobleg, another ancient village located near Munduk. The ancient temple Pura Dalem Tamblingan is still maintained today, located on the southern shore of Lake Tamblingan in what is now the small village of Gubug.

It is not known for certain why but the people from the original Tamblingan village migrated to four different places in the vicinity of the lake, creating the new villages of Munduk, Gobleg, Gesing, and Umejero. The four villages shared the same spiritual belief, that is to maintain the sanctity of the lake, and so temples were established along the lake to honor the gods.

The principle temple, Pura Dalem Tamblingan is located on the eastern shore of the lake. A dalem temple, as in Pura Dalem Tamblingan, is a temple which is associated with death and the passing of things. Dalem temples are traditionally erected at the southern (kelod) end of a Balinese village.

Mountain Bike Ride

At the top of the hill on the shore of Lake Buyan, our mountain bikes stand ready for another sacred adventure .

As the sun peeks over the mountains with its rays striking the temple’s walls we take you on a very special ride to a region that has been settled from time immemorial.

The ride will follow in the cool shadows of the dormant volcano Mount Lesung, an ancient caldera lake.

Entering the jungle we notice along the sides of the winding track the majestic trunks of  long ago established trees – the early morning mist that hangs over the waters enhancing the air of mystery surrounding us.

Hidden away down narrow tracks we enter another world of holy shrines and temples, protected to this day in homage to the sacredness of Mother Earth.

Recreational 

If you are wishing to join the Lake Goddess  we expect that you are an enthusiastic recreational or leisure cyclist.

Most of the ride will be off road. Some areas you will need to carry you bike through the dense vegetation which can be challenging.

Part of the journey is to paddle with traditional canoes, where you will be handled a paddle to join in.

Along the route we have plenty of rest times scheduled into the program for breaks and snacks.

Required Fitness Level

Cyclist in good health and with average fitness

Support van

As we rising 99% off road,

Support van will be accessible at the main road

Required Finess Level

For the most part the ride is downhill and requires an average fitness level.

There are a few inclines and the occasional challenging hill, so you need to be a comfortable rider who can maneuver different terrains.

Support van

On all our cycling trips a support vehicle accompanies the riders.

Any time you’d like to be transferred rather than ride the support  van is always nearby.

With this high level of vehicle support you can confidently book a particular activity level knowing that there is back-up should you get tired.

Attire and what to bring:

  • Please wear athletic shoes for your ride.  We strongly recommend you not wear flip flops or sandals without strap
  • T-shirt or similar that covers the shoulders. The reason is that we will enter sacred areas.
  • Please apply plenty of sunscreen before the ride and protect your eyes with sunglasses.
  • Cap that fits under the helmet is a great way to protect the eyes.
  • Bring a change of cloths
  • You are welcome to bring a camera to document memories of the stunning vistas.
  • You may spot something along the way you would like to purchase, so be sure and have some pocket money.
  • For your comfort, please also bring a thick jumper or jacket for the morning mountain chill.

Notes:

  • Please inform your guides of any important information that you think can affect the ride (e.g. allergies, previous injuries etc)
  • Our guides have long experience. In case of any injury and accident we are equipped with the basic first aid kit.
  • In case of a more severe injury, we will transport you to nearest and highly qualified hospital, which will attend to your needs. Please make sure you have your own personal injury/ accident insurance in case any severe accident/ injury would happen to you.
  • Please note: The itinerary may vary slightly for your specific tour as we continuously research and develop each trip. Inclement weather may also necessitate minor alterations.

Duration: 1 day

Pick up approx:

07.00 – South Bali

08.00 – Ubud area

Total Bike Ride Distance: 20 km off road

Level: Recreational

Program:            

  • Approx 1,5 hours to starting-point
  • Safety/ equipment talk
  • The ride will take approx. 3-3,5  hours
  • Lunch approx. 1 pm-1.30pm
  • Back to hotel  approx.. 4 -4.30 pm

Notes:    

  • Please inform your guides of any important information that you think can affect the ride (e.g. allergies, previous injuries etc)
  • Our guides have long experience. In case of any injury and accident we are equipped with the basic first aid kit.
  • In case of a more severe injury, we will transport you to nearest and highly qualified hospital, which will attend to your needs. Please make sure you have your own personal injury/ accident insurance in case any severe accident/ injury would happen to you.

Please note: The itinerary may vary slightly for your specific tour as we continuously research and develop each trip. Inclement weather may also necessitate minor alterations.

During my yogaretreat at Bali I went on the bikeride through the rice fields of Bali. Yatra Tours took us to the villages that you would never find on your own and we got to come in contact with the people living there. Also we were informed about the culture and religion. The Waterfall hike was amazing. They took us to places in the djungle that was breathtaking. The tour ended in a village where Ingel served us a traditional Balinese lunch. Memories that I will keep in my heart for the rest of my life, so grateful.

Andrea A

I had such a beautiful morning riding through the Bali countryside, gliding through rice fields, stopping to take in the breathtaking views and learn about farming and local plants. The whole trip was extremely well organised and I felt well taken care of, allowing me to relax and enjoy the ride! The temple visit was incredibly special. Overall a unique way of seeing this amazing island. Morag