Trunyan & Kuban

Trunyan & Kuban

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The village of Trunyan is squeezed between the lake and the outer crater rim. It is inhabited by Bali Aga people, but unlike Tenganan in east Bali, it is not a welcoming place.

Trunyan is known for the Pura Pancering Jagat, with its 4m-high statue of the village’s guardian spirit, but tourists are not allowed to go inside. Touts and guides, however, hang about soliciting exorbitant tips.

A little beyond Trunyan, and accessible only by boat, is the cemetery at Kuban. The people of Trunyan do not cremate or bury their dead – they lay them out in bamboo cages to decompose. If you do decide to visit the cemetery you’ll be met by characters demanding huge fees (it is a tourist trap). Our advice: don’t go.

Lake boats leave from a jetty near Kedisan. The price for a four-hour return trip (Kedisan–Trunyan–Kuban–Toya Bungkah–Kedisan) depends on the number of passengers, with a maximum of seven people (the boat costs 440,000Rp, although extra ‘fees’ may be added). Our advice? If you’d like to spend time out on the lake, take one of the canoe trips with C.Bali.

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