Cycling Through Balinese Hillsides

It was my second day in Bali. Woke up and prepared myself at about 7:00am in the morning for a two-hour drive to the mountains. My family and I were planning to go for a cycling tour in a few of the villages there. As we went up the mountains, our sightseeing landscapes were basically a bunch of paddy fields after another.

Balinese Rice Paddy Fields
Balinese Rice Paddy Fields
Bali Rice Paddy Field
More Paddy Fields!

We started our cycling tour at the peak of Mount. Kintamani, also known as Kintamani Volcano. At the peak, we were greeted by a breathtaking view.

Another view of Mount. Agung
View of Mount. Agung
Not gonna fall off!
Not gonna fall off!
You can find Mount Agung in the background.
Another view of Mount. Agung, Bali’s highest point, in the background.
That's me!
That’s me!

The temperature at Denpasar, the “main” city in Bali was about 30 degrees Celsius. At our current location, it was about 15 degrees, kinda a shock to me, but luckily we didn’t need jackets since the Sun was keeping us warm.

Anyways we had our delicious breakfast in this little restaurant. Simple fried rice, and some tea. Afterwards, we immediately started our biking journey!

Our yummy Breakfast!
Our yummy Breakfast!
Lol I'm all the way at the back.
Lol I’m all the way at the back.

Our first stop was at a Primary School. It was a holiday so there weren’t any students there. There were a couple of teachers there though. Awkwardly staring at us outside their staff rooms, each holding a cup of tea, as we trespassed the school’s boundaries. The Primary School had about 2 small blocks; one for the staff rooms, and one for the student block, which only consisted of about four classrooms. The tour guide told us that a normal school curriculum had about 3 recess times (haha I wished I had that in my school), and students are allowed to go home to have their lunch (I got even more jealous).

Flag post in front of the classroom block
The Indonesian flag flies proudly in front of the classroom block
Classroom entrance with Balinese-style features
A classroom entrance with Balinese-style features

The tour guide also told us that before school starts, normally, the students would pray – according to their beliefs. In a typical Balinese community, there are Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists living together in harmony. Normally, the Hindus would pray in a nearby temple, which was a stone throw’s away from the school.

A Hindu shrine in the school compound
A Hindu shrine in the school compound
A nearby Hindu temple
A nearby Hindu temple
Hindu temple entrance
Hindu temple entrance
A 'Candi' with beautiful patterns
A ‘Candi’ with beautiful patterns

Well there was a small village nearby and I did a very brief look-around.

A street in the nearby village
A street in the nearby village
A tuckshop in the village
A tuckshop in the village

Afterwards, we continued cycling downhill passing a couple more villages. It’s interesting how there’s a temple every few minutes.

A typical Balinese Hindu temple
A typical Balinese Hindu temple

Along the pathways, as we were going downhill, we could find villagers carrying on with their own normal lives. And on top of that, the villagers whom we passed by were friendly too! Almost very single villager waved their hands frantically in the air, and shouted “Hello” with their wide smiles. It was as if they knew us personally.

A villager taking a walk
A villager taking a stroll
A lady villager carrying stuff over
A lady villager carrying stuff over
A farmer pushing a cart
A farmer pushing a cart filled with banana leaves
Probably resting after a few hours of work
Probably resting after a few hours of work
Some of the children who greeted us
Some of the children who greeted us
This child happens to be taking a walk outside his home
This child happens to be taking a walk outside his home

Our next stop was a paddy field. The farmers there let us give a taste of what is like beating the rice grains.

Farmers working hard in the fields
Farmers working hard in the fields

Afterwards, we visited a Balinese home which was under-construction. We explored the different parts of a Balinese home; which included the kitchen, bedroom, guest area, and a family praying area.

Family praying area
Family praying area
Baskets on the shelves of the kitchen
Baskets on the shelves of the kitchen
Wall patterns of the kitchen
Wall patterns of the kitchen
A child playing with planks of wood in the Balinese house
A child playing with planks of wood in the Balinese house
Villager working on the roof
Villager working on the roof
Villager constructing the bedroom
Villager constructing the bedroom

We ended our tour at another village. There was a busy market in the village with loads of villagers shouting out offers for what they were selling. We closed with a dance by a bunch of young Balinese girls and had some authentic Balinese cuisine.

Wrapping up dried seeds
Wrapping up dried seeds
A kid playing with a kite near the market
A kid playing with a kite near the market
Oone of the Balinese dancers
Oone of the Balinese dancers
An elderly woman takes a break outside the market
An elderly woman takes a break outside the market
Our lunch! Nomnomnom
Our lunch! Nomnomnom
Balinese village 'skyline'
Balinese village ‘skyline’

Hope to revisit here again. 🙂

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