If you think Baliis merelyall about sun, sand, andbarrelingwaves, then you definitely need to explore a bit further because this enchanting islandoffers so much more. Among the picturesque landscape of lush rice paddies and breathtaking hills of her interior, you can also find a number of beautiful traditional villages withtypicalBalinese houseswithan authentic traditional way of life that is still practicedby its people until today. One particular villagewhichstandsout andwasrecently recognizedamong the top three cleanest villages in the world, is Penglipuran villagesituated in the Bangli regency.
As quoted fromokezone.comandliputan6.com, Penglipuran is regarded as one oftheworld'scleanest villages along with Giethoorn inthe Netherlandsand Mawlynnong in India.
Located not too far fromKintamaniand set along a hilly countryside, the village of Penglipuran is a delightful, well-kept village composed of wide, brick roads, lined with rows of charming, antique traditional housesinterspersedwith neatly manicured gardens. The village is traditionally constructed, remainingtrue to traditional methods of bamboo architecture. In this bamboovillage, almost everything around you is made from the abundant plant; kitchens, majestic gates and doorways, furniture, roofs and gates. Many of the styles and creations, such as the bamboo roof shingles, are unique to thislittlecommunityand not found elsewhere.
Mostdefinitely, the beauty of the village radiates fromits cleanliness. This is because, here the significanceof environmental awareness is partand parcelofdailyculture andistaught since earlychildhoodfor generations. Both local villagers and tourists are not allowed to throw trash carelessly, while smokers are only allowed to smoke in certain designated smoking areas. As part of the environmental friendly activities, every month all housewives of the village gather to collect and sort the trash. The organic trash willbe processed into fertilizerswhile plastics and other inorganic trasharesoldfor recyclingor collected in a “trash bank”.
Visitorsmay visit the village anytime of the year, but the best time to visit Penglipuran is nearing the Galungan religiousfestivities.On these days, the village will be decorated with rows of “penjor” or decorative bamboo poleson which are suspendedunique accessories.Atthese occasions, you will also seeyoung girls in Balinese traditionaldresscarrytoweringbanten of trays ofofferings on their head as they step gracefullyfromeachhome to thevillagepuraor Hindu temple.