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Balinese Mystic and Rituals Tour with Kehen Temple

4.9 / 5

75 reviews

Activity provider: Bali Private Tours

Balinese Mystic and Rituals Tour with Kehen Temple

Activity provider: Bali Private Tours

From US$ 96.13 per person

Discover the rituals of the ancient villages in Bali on a private tour. Visit Trunyan Village and Bayung Gede Village for their unique and distinctive funeral customs. Meet a local priest and learn Sekala Niskala, known as Balinese white and black magic.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Korean
Pickup included
At your accommodation in Ubud, Kuta, Legian, Canggu, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, or Sanur.


  • Meet a Balinese Priest and learn about Bali's black and white magic
  • Discover why the locals hang the newborn's placenta instead of burying it in Bayung Gede Village
  • Visit the ancient Trunyan Village for its unique cemetery and learn about its history
  • Visit Kehen Temple for the famous steps of heaven
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Be collected at your accommodation and hop in a comfortable air-conditioned car. Admire the scenic road of the volcano and learn about the fascinating Balinese culture from your guide along the way. You will discover two of the most mysterious and ancient villages on the island and meet a Bali priest or healer to learn about Bali Sekala and Niskala. Your first stop will be at Truyan Village. The locals in this village live a very traditional life that is vastly different from the rest of Bali. The Trunyanese do not cremate their dead. After a cleansing ritual, the dead body is placed in a bamboo cage, locally known as ancak saji, which is placed under the Taru Menyan tree. Taru Menyan means nice smelling tree and it emanates a scent that neutralizes the smell of rotting bodies. It is from this tree that the name Trunyan is derived. It is only the bodies of married people that are placed in bamboo cages.  Continue your tour and visit another ancient village called Bayung Gede, which is believed to be the parent of all of the ancient villages in Bali. Many people come here to see the hanging newborn placentas that are unique to Bayung Gede. In Trunyan, bodies of the dead are laid on the ground unburied but here it is the placenta that is unburied. This is the only village in Indonesia that does this. Your journey will not be completed without a visit to Kehen Temple, which is a significant Hindu Temple in Bali. It is located on the slope of Bukit Bangli, which is believed to be the mother temple of Bangli. Admire the beauty of its stunning steps to heaven and its unique wooden bell hanging on its very old and secret banyan tree.
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation
  • Private tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Mineral water
  • Boat ticket to Trunyan Cemetery
  • Lunch
  • Polaroid camera (available as an add-on)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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4.9 /5

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The tour was exactly as we imagined it, not to be missed if traveling to Bali. But our guide Dwipa was the icing on the cake, exquisite and passionate person. It made us feel part of the island of Bali and its ancient culture. Super recommended, especially if you are lucky enough to have Dwipa as your guide!

September 3, 2022

This day was the most incredible of our stay in Bali. Our guide Sintya was simply wonderful and incomparable! She took us to discover temples and places rich in history and fascinating legends. She made us discover an authentic Bali far from the tourists. She is very cultured and she always had very interesting explanations to give us about each place, their beliefs and their spirituality. We recommend this tour 10000% and above all ask for Sintya because she will make all the difference! Thank you again for this unique moment.

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July 31, 2022

What an absolutely incredible tour! Yes, the price is expensive however justified when you understand the breakdown of the costs. My guide, Dharma, was simply wonderful. He was full of knowledge, courteous, took some amazing photos and was just great. This tour visits some less popular sights so I was often the only person there. And the Trunyan Village? No words. A fascinating glimpse into the death rituals of this small group of people. Highly recommend

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July 29, 2022

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