Bali, in recent times has put itself on the map with some of the world’s best surfing beaches, nightlife and more. However there is more to Bali than water sports and parties. You can stay at the best beach resort Bali has to offer and still discover the island’s rich culture and deep religious roots. Nusa Dua, located in the southernmost tip of Bali is known for its cluster of luxury resorts; a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Encompassing a true Balinese spirit, The Laguna Resort & Spa Bali, does not disappoint.
Bali has a cultural landscape that is made up of five rice terraces and water temples that manage the water distribution system. The system, which is known as ‘Subak’, is built on the idea of ‘Tri Hita Karana’ a philosophy that binds together the spirit world, the human world and nature. Subak has been operational since the 9th century. This system of managing water using channels and weirs has given rise to an effective farming system and subsequently a thriving agriculture industry that has sustained a population for centuries.
Three of Bali’s wondrous creations have earned the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. This achievement is due to their unique design, the role they play in the local culture and the antiquity of the site. The first, Pakerisan Valley in the Gianyar Regency, features a river that flows through its cradle and supplying water to rice fields on either side. A shrine of magnificent carved stone in the valley has been linked to early Buddhist and Hindu settlers. Second, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, though rarely visited by tourists, make for a beautiful sight. There is much thought and planning behind the terraced fields that displays one of the oldest and most complex agricultural water distribution systems. Lastly, the Taman Ayun Temple complex with its iconic tiered roofs, is an eighteenth century masterpiece that is surrounded by a series of pools.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+