The Court of Justice & the Holy Besakih Temple
Join this pilgrimage to the holiest and most important temple on Bali, the Holy Besakih Temple. Another highlight of today’s excursion is a visit to the Kerta Gosa Justice Hall.
DurationApproximately 8 hours
Depart the pier and enjoy a 90-minute countryside drive to the former imperial capital of Klungkung, now known as Semarapura.
Here, you will visit the Kerta Gosa, or the Royal Court of Justice, and admire the remarkable hall ceiling, which is completely covered with painted panels. The artists who painted these panels come from the nearby village of Kamasan, an important center of traditional and contemporary Balinese paintings.
After viewing these exquisite paintings, continue north to Bali’s holy mountain, the great Gunung Agung. On its slopes stands the impressive Pura Besakih, the largest Hindu temple in Bali. Also known as the Mother Temple, Pura Besakih is actually not one temple, but is a complex of 22 separate temples clinging to the southern slopes of Mount Agung. The structure date to the 11th. Century, prior to the introduction of the Hindu religion on Bali, and were originally dedicated to the dragon God, Besuki. For centuries, worship at Besakih was the exclusive privilege of the rajas. Today, the temple in now open to all Hindu believers – and to you, our Crystal guests. As you step through the temple’s monumental gate, you are met with the spectacular sight of stepped terraces and stairs that rise up of verdant courtyards and majestic spires.
Following your discovery of this remarkable site, take the brief transfer to the Mahagiri restaurant for dinner.
At the conclusion of your memorable visit, re-board your motor coach for the approximately two-hour return drive to the pier and your Crystal ship.
Guests should be aware that this excursion involves three-and-a-half to four hours of travel by motor coach, including an approximately 90-minute drive from Besakih Temple back to the pier; however, the fascinating sights included in this excursion are its main focus and more than compensate for the length of the journey. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. A sarong and sash for your temple visit will be provided. Should a temple festival take place, unavoidable crowding is anticipated. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.