Sibetan Eco village

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Eco village Sibetan



Dukuh Sibetan Village – Great grandmother of the snakefruit In and around Dukuh Sibetan Close to the foot of the majestic and still active Mt Agung, Dukuh Sibetan villagers are only too aware of their precarious existence. When the volcano erupted in 1963, sand and rocks blanketed the village farmlands, making a return to normal agriculture impossible. One of the few crops that were able to survive in these new conditions, however, was salak- the snake fruit, already present in the area for hundreds of years. Thus, the farmers of Dukuh Sibetan became ‘seed-savers’ and have worked to make their diversity of salak species their specialty. There are now 14 varieties of this strange fruit grown by the Dukuh Sibetan people, ten regarded as rare. The locals have developed a cottage industry making Bali’s only salak wine, sweet and surprisingly tasty! The village itself is quiet and traditional, blessed with cool, clean air and a feeling of true serenity. A stroll around the village roads offers breathtakingly beautiful vistas of mountains, palm trees, ant-like villages and in the distance, the blue ocean. Dukuh Sibetan is comprised of and surrounded by, salak gardens and forest, riddled with tiny paths. A beautiful pond, full of stories and mythology, sits at the bottom of a high cliff dripping with vines and spring water. The villagers invite you to try and feel the spirit of the place.

Accommodation in Dukuh Sibetan If you choose to spend the night in Dukuh Sibetan, you will stay with the family in family home stay. The family dress up the room of the family members who stay out of the village for education. Stay with the family will give you opportunity to chat with the family members and experience how they spend their time in the village.What the Dukuh Sibetan villagers offer visitors Each trip to Tenganan is different, depending on your interests and the activities of the villagers at the time of your booking. A tailor made plan will be made in consultation with you, prior to departure. Activities you may choose from in Tenganan include: A guided stroll around the village (recommended). As the layout of the village is tied in with cultural beliefs, this is the best way to get an idea of what makes Tenganan ‘tick’. Pat the buffalo, visit the temples and hear about the system of rule in the village and what it means to worship, as Tenganan does, “Dewa Indra”, the Hindu deity of war. Sit down with a Tenganan woman or man and learn the craft of weaving. The teaching of Tenganan’s double weave is forbidden (and in any case too difficult!), but there are other forms that can be learned. No doubt you will gain a new appreciation for the skill of Tenganan craftspeople. Forest trekking. The locals know the forest around Tenganan intimately. A trek into the mountains will take you past many small hidden temples. Your guide will tell you about the tress used for building, for foods and for medicines. You’ll also learn about local rulings for the use of the trees- for example certain fruits (such as durian) which can only be collected after they fall from the tree naturally. At the top you’ll get a birdseye view of Tenganan and a refreshing forest drink straight from the heart of the sweet enau fruit. For the more intrepid, a 4-5 hour trek from the border of the village to the village of Tenganan is also possible. The trek will take you through forest and proffer amazing views of the volcano Mt Agung and the distant ocean. There is plenty of resting, eating and chatting about the forest to be done on the way until you begin the decent to Tenganan in the afternoon. A tasty Balinese lunch is provided on all day trips to Tenganan. Note that you are more likely to bump into other visitors in Tenganan than in the other JED villages.

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