Spiritual healing, island exploration and cultural connection: immersive experiences at Nirjhara, Bali

Designed with the intention of fostering a genuine connection between ancestral Balinese customs, diverse natural landscapes and discerning, inquisitive guests, sustainable hideaway Nirjhara offers an array of immersive experiences for adventure-seeking travellers, nature lovers, and culture enthusiasts alike. Situated in the lesser-known village of Kedungu on Bali’s southwest coast, this boutique property is a gateway for discovering the surrounding hills and rice paddies of Tabanan by foot or by bike, journeying deep within for a day of guided spiritual healing or heading to nearby black-sand beaches for an early morning surf lessons and sunset horse rides.

A day of spiritual healing

In a day devoted to spiritual healing, you are invited to tune out to tune in with a rejuvenating and reflective experience that will transport you to the central foothills of Ubud. Journeys begin among the verdant rice terraces with a gentle sound healing and breathing meditation session designed to encourage a sense of grounding and intentionality for the day ahead.  From here, a cleansing ritual transports you to Sebatu’s holy springs, a highly spiritual setting, and home to one of Bali’s oldest temples. Conducted by a spiritual leader, you are guided into the forest to discover two majestic waterfalls. The healing purification journey which follows invites you to submerge yourself in the watery depths and travel beneath the cascading waterfalls to be cleansed and rejuvenated.

In the hills of Tabanan

Considered Bali’s ‘green belt’, verdant landscapes, rolling hills and endless rice terraces characterise Tabanan Regency. This lesser-known area is also home to many cultural and historical sites that reflect the island’s rich heritage and can be enjoyed away from Bali’s tourist hotspots. While staying at Nirjhara you can discover the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces on their doorstep. Recognised as the best example of Bali’s picturesque rice fields both aesthetically as well as for the Subak system of natural, non-mechanised irrigation used in Balinese agriculture since 600 AD, the terraces are a worthy UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you’re more athletically inclined, Nirjhara’s complimentary mountain bikes offer you the chance to pedal through Tabanan’s lush surroundings, discover secret back roads and quaint villages, and delve into the true Balinese way of living. Conveniently situated just 3 kilometres away, the iconic Tanah Lot temple is the ideal starting place. You can make the short journey in the morning hours to discover this famous temple ahead of the crowds before enjoying a clifftop picnic overlooking the ocean.

Morning surfing and sunset horseback rides

A stone’s throw from Nirjhara’s doors is Kedungu Beach, one of Bali’s famed black-sand beaches and home to gentle waves and tides perfect for you to try your hand at surfing. If you’re more experienced, Nirjhara can coordinate transfers for you to surf the world-class breaks at Canggu’s Echo Beach, only 20 minutes from the property. Come sunset, horseback riding along the black sands and amidst Tabanan’s rice paddies offers a slower pace reminiscent of the traditionally gentler tempo of Balinese life.

Journey to the North

In this day-long journey through Bali’s central hinterland, local guides will take you on an off-the-beaten-track exploration through the unexplored areas of Tabanan and Badung. Starting at the 35-acre Sangeh Monkey Forest, you can walk alongside grey macaque monkeys and explore the 17th-century Hindu temple ruins they call home. Come afternoon, you will travel further into Bali’s centre to visit the cascading Nungnung Waterfall. At 50 metres in height, Nungnung is one of Bali’s tallest waterfalls and is surrounded by lush undisturbed jungle.