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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Travel to Bali, Visit Kerambitan

When you travel to bali, don't forget to visit one of the beautiful place located in Tabanan residence. It is Kerambitan Vilage.

Kerambitan is located six km. southwest of Tabanan, and is a small agricultural district full of green rice fields. The most important village here is also called Kerambitan, known for its old beautiful buildings, as well as traditional dance and music, wood- and stone carvings. The name Kerambitan is probably derived from the Sanskrit word "karawitan", which means "art, music and dance".

Even Kerambitan is a “virgin” where there is no villas, hotels, or cafe's like the other places, it has many exotic view such as beautiful green race fields and terraces, nature live, beach (it has 2 beaches), palaces, and traditional dance and music. On a clear day you can see the mighty Batukau mountain.




Kerambitan also has its own unique dance and music. Best known is maybe "Tektekan", a Tektekan orchestra from here is believed to have magical powers.

Tektekan is more like a procession than a dance, a group of men carrying bamboo split drums and giant cowbells around their necks play to scare away evil spirits whenever a drought, epidemic or pestilence hits the village. Finally the entire orchestra falls into trance, and armed with keris knives they attack the evil witch Rangda. Best time to see a tektekan is during exorcism, the day before Nyepi (the Balinese new year), other special occasions or at the arrival of a large group of tourists. At the start and end of a tektekan the blood of a chicken or duck has to be sacrificed.


One of the beautiful old buildings in KerambitanKerambitan is a former seat of a branch of Tabanan's royal family; Arya Kenceng. Several old residences do still exist, as well as two nicely restored palaces from the 17th century; Puri Anyar and Puri Agung Kerambitan. The royal descendants still inhabit the buildings. Identical twin grandsons, Anak Agung Ngurah Oka Silagunadha or "Pak Oka", and Anak Agung Rai Giri Gunadhi or "Pak Rai" of the late king preside over the palaces. The buildings are now used for dance, music and wedding ceremonies. It is possible to spend the night in the palaces, but you should book in advance.

In Puri Agung, the largest palace, you can enjoy peaceful gardens and several charming buildings covered by Chinese and Dutch porcelain. There is a temple here with family graves, one for every generation, also covered by porcelain.

Puri Anyar Kerambitan as one of Balinese Palace is a centre of preservation and development of Balinese culture. This Palace lies not so far from the beach and surrounded by Balinese village (kampong). The Palace regularly performs Balinese Dances and entertainment for its guests. Besides Balinese Dances, you can also witness the special atmosphere of daily activities of Balinese people around the village.

In the south and southeast, you will find Pasut beach and Klating beach. You could see the beautifull sunset in these place.



Kerambitan it self not as famous as other tourist's destination in Bali such as Kuta, Sanur, Ubud or many other places. However, several international celebrities have visited the palace and have their picture, like King Hussein, Kurt Waldheim, David Bowie and even the Rolling Stones front man, Mick Jagger, have visited this village with his wife Jerry Hall when they got just married in Bali at 1990.


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