Senaru - Bayan Villages (Full Day Tour)

Trip Plan: Sindang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls - Senaru Traditional Village - Bayan Traditional Village and Old Mosque

Sindang Gile  and Tiu Kelep waterfalls are located in the foot of Rinjani mountain , Administratively,  these waterfalls located in Senaru village, before we go to waterfalls, we have to buy entrance ticket. After that we can go on to Sendang Gile and  Tiu Kelep waterfalls,

Senaru Village

Sendang Gile waterfall is closer to the entrance ticket of waterfall area. To get there, only take 20 minutes by foot. Because it closer to the entrance ticket, made it as the first  visited by more visitors, either its foreign or domestic one, along the way to get these waterfalls we will enjoy the beautiful  nature of protected forest which is part of Rinjani National Park, the stairs that we will allow to waterfall is very comfortable through small and big stones on it.

Tiu Kelep waterfall is second waterfall to get it; we have to spends times about 40 minutes by foot. The way to Tiu Kelep waterfall is very extreme so we have carefully pay attention from your guide because we will pass a quite sloping stairs and also shallow rivers with clear water as well. You will also pass a path which in each side is Small River with calm water.

Tiu Kelep name is taken from Sasak language. “Tiu” means pool, and “Kelep” means fly. While Sendang Gile name is taken from a legend which tells about the story of a prince which was chased by a crazy lion. He ran into a wood and hide behind a waterfall. This waterfall then called Sendang Gile waterfall. The two waterfalls are believed by the local people as a cure to many diseases and the last leave the waterfalls and back to hotel for lunch

The second trips start for the traditional Senaru house, traditional Senaru houses are one of the traditional houses in Bayan, in this place you can get a glimpse of older, traditional architecture.  The houses here are made of wooden poles which sit atop of a stone foundation. The floor has been cemented with the same height as the foundation. Around, the walls are covered with woven bamboo, Structured with wooden roof trusses, while the purlins, rafters and battens are made of bamboo of various sizes, covered with layers of dried reeds tied to each rafter. The top of the roof are clamped with two bamboo slats, that form a distinctive pattern. As with other traditional buildings, their habit of cooking at home dries the reeds.  After looking around the traditional house Senaru, we continue to the next trip, to the traditional mosque in Bayan The traditional mosque in Bayan, Beleq Vilage was built by a Islamic Missionary in Bayan, in 16th century. The mosque has a square shape with walls of around 125 cm in height.

The walls are made from bamboo weaving. The roof is shape like meru and in the top of it there is a wooden decoration, shaped like a crown. The shape of the building’s roof displays the Hindu-Java influence which came before Islam.  To enter the mosque, you have to bow a bit. Inside the mosque, you will see floor from land, and an old big Bedug (a large suspended drum used to signal the time for Islamic prayers to begin) which remains well preserved. The four pillars of the mosque symbolize the unity of four villages which contributed in building the mosque.  Besides the mosque as the main building, you will see six other buildings surrounding it. The sizes differ. Inside these six buildings, there is Bayan Muslim ancestors’ grave. You can also see four graves of differing size and irregular position in the south side of the mosque. Underneath the graves, has been buried the first people of Bayan who hold Islam Lombok and the first Islam missionary in Bayan. In the north side of the mosque, there are two graves, after you satisfy yourself with seeing this remnant of early Islam, you can step by to local the souvenir shop in front of Bayan Beleg mosque. There, you can buy a miniature of Bayan Beleq mosque and other Lombok traditional objects like traditional hand weaving. After enjoy the traditional hand weaving and the last back to hotel for lunch.