Today would be our last day in Bali.
Mr. Z and I started early with a 7am check out and collection by a private driver (who was a friend of Agus, our wonderful tour guide from the previous day) who would be taking us through the winding roads of Bali to the Water Temple where we would spend our last night before heading off to the airport bound for Bangkok.
We travelled along the winding roads of Bali for two more hours before making a quick break at the beautiful bat temple which just happened to be on our way.
This temple is well known as the ‘bat temple’ because of all the bats who line the cave entrance walls which frame the offering tables of this unique place.
While there was a decent amount of tourists around the temple was still carrying on with its burial rituals which can take place months after family members pass away. This was a really amazing and humbling experience to witness and really spoke to the continued relevance of these temples to the local people.
It was only after we left the temple and seeing this image of the offering tables in from of the bat cave that the truly preserved history of this amazing place really hit home.
This is photo of the temple offering tables in 1930.
This looks identical to how I saw it, years on, everything has remained perfectly intact and still being used for its original purposes.
After exploring this wonderful temple we jumped back in the car and set off for one of the most beautiful lunches I have ever had before reaching the Water Temple.
Reaching the palace we took our bags through the water gardens (slightly awkward I will admit) to the back of the gardens where a row of well hidden private villas waited. We quickly dumped our belongings and headed out into the garden before the sun set and we headed back to our little villa for the night.
In the early morning the gates to the palace were still closed and we had the park to ourselves.
Such a beautiful peaceful morning before rushing off to the airport.
The authenticity of Bali and it’s heritage cannot be missed.
Thank you for everything Bali, we can’t wait to come back.
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