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From Singaraja driving eastward we came upto Ponjok Batu, a public temple, overlooking a small projection (ponjok) of stone (batu), sitting on a small, round hill. The temple is surrounded by a six-sided wall with three entrances and divided into 2 courtyards: the outer yard is an open pavilion and the sacred, inner courtyard is a place for number of limestone shrines. Down the temple is an enchanting sight to watch the waves running over the pebbles into the sea. Next to the temple we found a farm which houses various tropical plantation such as watermelon, melon, long been, papaya, wine yard and kangkung in Ponjok Batu Agro.

A smaller shrine in front of the beach marks the site where the sacred spring can be seen at low tide. A number of small caves also show up in low tide and the children have a great time looking for shells & other 'treasures' in these caves. Legend has it that long time ago a ship full of treasures sunk near this place. Who knows what would be washed up by the waves one day?

At the entrance of the temple, yet another shrine is set in front of a giant tree. This devotion to rocks and springs attests to the animist spirit that runs through the Hindu Balinese religion.

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