Trunyan Village, oftentimes also spelt ‘Terunyan’, is a remote mountain village on the eastern lakeside of Mount Batur, in central Bali’s Kintamani highlands. The settlement is known for its indigenous Balinese community, known as the Bali Aga, who have unique burial rites. Their deceased aren’t cremated in lavish funerary ceremonies as like the majority of Balinese Hindus, but rather laid out on the ground within the village’s literal boneyard.
Getting to Trunyan Village usually requires a boat ride from a local dock in the village of Songan, on the caldera lake’s accessible western side. The crossing provides you with panoramic shots of the lake and mountain. Also a highlight is the village’s Pancering Jagat Temple with its towering statues.
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Bathe & Breakfast with the Elephants
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
- Romantic Aristocat Evening Cruise with 5-Course Dinner
- Bali White Water Rafting at Telaga Waja River
- Fast-Track Waterbom Bali Admission
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Private East Coast Tour
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
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Highlights of Trunyan Village
The main graveyard site of Trunyan Village lies an approximate half kilometre north of the main settlement. When a villager dies, their remains are wrapped and brought by boat to this site, then laid out on the ground around a large old tree believed to only grow here, referred to by locals as taru menyan (the origin of the village’s name) that loosely translates as ‘myrrh tree’).
The locals say this tree, together with the cool mountain air, miraculously neutralises any odour from the decomposing bodies. In another part, there are mossy stairs piled with stacks of skulls and bones – a truly macabre backdrop for selfies if you fancy. Going to Trunyan with a local guide is highly advised, and opting for a pre-booked tour will ensure smoother and convenient access.
- Location: Trunyan, Kintamani, Bangli, Bali, Indonesia