Thursday, October 28, 2010

Want To See Rotting Bodies On a Holiday Trip? - WW

On our way up the winding route to Penelokan Village to view Batur Volcano, we passed many ladies carrying heavy baskets of fruits on top of their heads. It's a common sight in Bali, I was amazed at how strong their heads and necks are as the basketful is indeed heavy and bulky.
The long road is lined with a mix of quaint little shops selling Balinese arts and craft. There were many fruit plantations too.

Located in Kintamani District, Penelokan Village is the best place to view Batur Volcano and Batur Lake. This volcano has erupted several time already. The biggest eruption was in 1926 which destroyed Batur Village and now it has moved to higher ground. Batur Volcano is considered an active volcano, regularly letting off steam.

There were 53 deep and 83 shallow volcanic earthquakes between 1-11 November 2009. Batur Volcano is a popular tourist location on Bali, and offers spectacular views of one of the world's most impressive calderas. The last eruption of Batur Volcano occurred in year 2000.

It was chilly on the mountain top and we were enveloped in fog. A young villager tried to persuade us to take a boat ride across the lake to see their traditional burial ground. According to him, their dead are brought to the island and left there. An unusual ritual but ....... 

Which tourist in his/her right mind would want to see rotting bodies!? *shudders*

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  1. wow that is one frightening ritual. i guess some, out of curiosity, might want to see those bodies.

  2. LOL some tourists are looking for something weird--besides, it's almost Halloween.:p

    beautiful view of the lake and volcano. and the women with fruit baskets--we have vendors here who carry the basket on their heads but not this high. amazing!

  3. Wah! Some more spectacular views of volcanoes and lakes.

  4. LOL I too wouldn't even consider going to the "haunted place" shiver me timbers hahaha!

  5. Yeah so amazing at how these ladies can carry all da fruits and what not on their head, how to balance??

  6. levian,
    There are probably some tourists who might be curious to see the burial ground.

    I can imagine the horrific sight that would be greeting me and the stench. No thanks.

  7. Luna Miranda,
    For those tourists who are celebrating Halloween in Bali, this island is an awesome place to hold a party. :P

    Those ladies are so amazing. The basket of fruits is so heavy and yet they can carry it on their head.

  8. stanley,
    Too bad I wasn't able to go nearer to the volcano and there was a fog.

  9. Mariuca,
    I can't even balance a book on the top of my head! haha....

    The haunted island is a truly spooky place. It's not for me. :D

  10. It's not often that you get to see a "Balinese" corpse anyway :P

    Go get your money's worth !

  11. it's not easy to carry those baskets laden with fruits on their heads.

  12. boh tak chek,
    Wahhhhh.... kiasu also cannot like that lah! Scared leh.

  13. Life's ramblings,
    These Balinese ladies can even carry buckets of water on their heads. They are so strong.

  14. Oh! You should have gone to see the rotting bodies and took pictures for us to see! Haha!

  15. I am always amazed at the women who can carry those baskets on their heads. The volcano would be very fascinating to see though rotting bodies would not be a tourist attraction for me. Great shots by the way.