Yeh Gangga is an isolated beachside village located approximately nine kilometres west of Tanah Lot on the coast. Not many visitors make it to this part of Bali so you will often have the seemingly endless beach all to yourself. But be sure to take care as the ocean here is treacherous and visitors have lost their lives — it is good for surfing though, as evidenced by the occasional board rider.
Yeh Gangga sunsets are nothing short of breathtaking and it’s possible simply sit on the beach in silence and take it all in without any of the annoyance present in the more heavily touristed areas like Seminyak, Legian and Kuta.
On a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way along the southern coast of Bali to Medewi some 50km away and the southeastern coast of Java about the same distance away. It all makes for a special location that demands a slower pace of travel where ticking off sites takes a backseat to ambling along the beach, taking in sunsets and gazing at the stars.
The beach at Yeh Gangga is where villages from around the district cast the ashes of the recently cremated into the ocean. Almost daily ceremonies are held at the beach and it’s an interesting cultural experience to simply observe the process as it unfolds over the course of an hour or so, often with gamelan in full swing.
Yeh Gangga is also often used as a base to discover the surrounding villages of Kerambitan and Pejaten, but is within easy driving distance of Marga, Sangeh, Mengwi and Tanah Lot as well. For these excursions, your own transport is required as they are too far to walk to and public transport is infrequent and indirect.
A convenience store is located in Sudimara and the nearest major town is Tabanan approximately 10km away where ATMs, hospitals, police stations and internet can be found.
By Adam Poskitt