Nestled amid rice fields, Tenganan Village (Tenganan Pegeringsingan) is one of Bali’s most unique villages. The people who live here are Bali Aga, with their own religious and cultural practices, including weaving a special double ikat cloth believed to have magical powers and spinning young women on a bamboo Ferris wheels at festivals.
Tenganan Village tours are usually included in East Bali tour itineraries, which might also include the Tirta Gangga Water Palace, Pura Goa Lawah bat cave temple, the Puri Agung Karangasem royal palace, and more. It’s also possible to trek through the rice fields to the village, learning about its unique architecture and religious practices as you stroll. Some visitors simply opt to hire a private car and driver to explore East Bali and Tenganan.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Tenganan Village is a must for anyone interested in traditional cultures, crafts, and architecture.
- Geringsing, the double ikat cloth woven by Tenganan Village’s most skilled weavers, can sell for thousands of dollars.
- Wear practical shoes because there are lots of steps in and around the village.
- Dress modestly, covering shoulders and knees in this traditional part of Bali.
How to Get There
Tenganan Village sits in the hills of east Bali, a couple of miles inland from Bali’s main east coast road, and a 2-hour drive from Kuta. There is no public transportation, so if self-driving on mountain roads is not for you, join a tour that includes door-to-door transport, or charter a private driver.
When to Get There
Like other Bali Aga villages, Tenganan Village follows its own unique and complex religious calendar, based partly on the lunar calendar. East Bali private guides should be able to advise you as to the dates of festivals. Full moon and new moon days are also good times to observe local religious rituals.
Geringsing: Tenganan’s Magic Cloth
Ikat is a type of cloth where the pattern is dyed into the horizontal threads before weaving. With double ikat, both horizontal and vertical threads are predyed, requiring incredible precision from the weaver. Tenganan Village is famous for its geringsing, an exceedingly rare double ikat that locals believe has magical and protective powers. The Balinese name for the village, Tenganan Pegeringsingan, means Tenganan that makes geringsing.