Gianyar is famous as the heart and soul of Balinese culture, a region where traditional arts, crafts and ceremony are still remain a vital part of everyday life.Gianyar site one of the Bali's oldest kingdom, the 14th century Buddhist Warmadewa dynasty, and culture in the region has long revolved around the still-thriving royal courts. Even today in the 21st century, residents of Gianyar still follow the traditional tenets of Balinese Hinduism, including adherence to a caste system and participations in a constant round of communal religious rituals.
Gianyar is renowned as the center of Balinese culture, and hardly a day passes without a spectacular ritual ceremony at one of the region's temples. Temple ceremonies, cremations and Hindu holy days offer guests the opportunities to witness a grace and sensitivity of Balinese when they express their deep spirituality and reverence for the natural world. Featuring elaborated traditional costumes, lavish ritual offerings to the Gods, extraordinary musics and dance performances, and also feast of traditional foods, Balinese rituals is trully unforgetable.
Gianyar's cultural and natural offerings have made it one of Bali's most popular destinations. An excellent base for visitors who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the magic of the island. With its easy pace, stunning natural landscapes and spiritual atmosphere, Gianyar is certain to leave guests with magical memories of an authentic Bali.
(Source : Bali Interactive CD-Rom "Bali, the Island of Peace" by Bali Tourism Authority, 2000)