Photographer's Note

From Kapal, it was a long 2 ½ hour journey to Pura Rambut Siwi on the Jembrana coast, the West side of Bali.

Picturesquely located on a cliff overlooking a long stretch of beach, this superb temple with it’s numerous frangipani trees is one of the most important coastal temples of South Bali. The complex consists of three temple enclosures in a setting of great natural beauty. The first one you encounter as you enter from the main road is the largest and most important, the Pura Luhur where the saint Danghyang Nirartha’s hair is kept. A majestic candi bentar or spilt gate on the southern wall of the inner courtyard opens onto the cliff, offering dramatic views of the surf below. Gnarled frangipani trees litter the ground with fragrant blossoms, and incense burns at the feet of moss covered stone statues swathed in white cloth.

This is the corner of the West gate. Sculptures of ferocious faces, gnomes, Garuda all vie for attention as the pink frangipanis blossom against the blue sky.

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