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Bali Temples - Pura Geger, Nusa Dua

Geger beach lies on the southern tip of Nusa Dua, just north of the popular Nikko Beach on the eastern coast of Kuta, in Bali.

We had heard all about how Nusa Dua is a spit-spot, picture perfect area developed completely for tourists; so when our car left us on a beach-side street, with a few beach restaurants in sight, nothing prepared us for the vibrant colours that were about to hit us.

I have never seen such pale, white-almost sand and such blue, turquoise sea!
Even the air seemed crystal-clear in the sunshine...

And at the end of the beach lied the object of our affection: Pura Geger temple. You won't find it in many tourist guides.
There are no guards and no entry fees. It's hidden away on the tip of a small hill, surrounded by lush vegetation.

Walk up the dirt road next to the impressive pools and statues of Mulia Hotel (if you are on the lookout for a luxurious stay, do check out the Mulia Hotel) and you'll come to a quite shrine, guarded all around by massive Balinese statues fixed there to ward off evil spirits. How tranquil!

There was absolutely nobody there, apart from a middle aged man who was swiping and cleaning the area around one of the statutes and then quietly lit some incense and kneed to pray.

It made me think: isn't this a better offering, seva or donation (call it what you like) than giving money to temples, churches and other places of worship?
It makes so much sense that you focus your attention on a task, that is beneficial both for you to clear your mind before you start praying, but also for the upkeep of your chosen spiritual place.

Take shelter from the sunshine under the old trees and admire the view over Nikko beach on one side and Geger beach on the other - breath-taking!

Walk up to the traditional tall Balinese gates that allow entrance around the four sides of the temple. They are adorned with exquisite carvings and frame picturesque views of the deep blue ocean.

It's a great place if you want to get close to Balinese temple art and avoid the crowds!


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