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Yeh Pulu is a small hermitage dating back to the 14th century. Although being very close to the famous Goa Gajah, this site receives only a few tourists. A short walk from the ticket office through rice-fields leads to a unique frieze carved into a cliff face. It is of two metres high and twenty-five metres in length. The relief depicts everyday life in Bali with various figures walking, playing with animals and hunting scenes. Compared to other Balinese carvings, figures of Yeh Pulu frieze are much more natural and vivid.
1. What to see
Before being excavated in 1925, Yeh pulu Relief was buried under volcanic eruptions and jungle vegetation for centuries. In his book ‘Monuments of Bali’, Bernet Kempers points out that the relief represented stories from the life of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu. He cites the hunting scene for example saying it matches the Hindu legend of Krishna defeating the bear Jambavat. According to the local legend, the frieze was carved out by the mythical giant Kebo Iwo using his thumbnail.
2. When to see
Yeh Pulu is open daily 7am-6:00pm except for Nyepi day. Alike in all Hindu temples in Bali, a compulsory sarong can be hired at the entrance to enter the temple.
4. How to get there
Most tourists visit Bali on a package tour that includes an option to select from a range of excursions. If travelling on your own, probably the easiest way is to rent a car with a driver for an entire day. It is not recommended to drive on your own in Indonesia due to the general negligance of driving rules. Singposts are written with Latin alphabet, but it might be difficult to find remote places on your own.
5. Where to stay
There are plenty of hotels to stay in Bali, the best beaches can be found at Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dusa. If you prefer sightseeing, Sanur area is highly recommended since it has the best location to avoid the traffic jams of Denpasar.