The number of foreign and domestic tourists to the ancient village of Trunyan, or Taru Menyan, near Kintamani has been increasing sharply since early this year.
The involvement of local residents in security and village tourism management has contributed to increasing number of visitors.
Visitors entering Bali Aga (indigenous community) villages must abide by traditional rules, called Awig Awig.
Sandwiched between the Batur lake and crater, the Bali Aga community is believed to have lived in Trunyan for centuries. For more than 1,000 years, the Trunyan people have held strongly to their traditions, including treatment of their deceased relatives.
Unlike Balinese Hindus, the Trunyan people do not cremate their deceased relatives, or
bury the dead. Instead, they lay the dead bodies under a tree in bamboo cages to naturally decompose. However, the dead bodies do not smell because of the scent of the gigantic Taru Menyan tree, which the village was named after.
- Abang Mountain
- East Caldera Batur
- Trunyan Cemetery
- Pancer Jagat Temple
How to Get There
From Denpasar City, a trip to Trunyan Village may take around 2 hours and 49 minutes. It is because the distance is 85.7 km. For a faster trip, it is recommended to take Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Street. What tourists need to do is to visit Bangli Regency and head to Kintamani Sub-District afterward. If necessary, they can hire a tour guide to show the direction efficiently.
Where to Stay
- Baruna Cottages
- Explorer Ecolodge