Photo: Gorgeous birds.

Petulu Heron Colony

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If you were freaked out by Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds, you may prefer to give a visit to the village of Petulu a miss as every afternoon thousands of herons and egrets (locally collectively kokokan) descend to roost in the trees that line a 400 metre stretch of road through the village. To add to the spook factor, the birds are believed to be the souls of the departed.

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The political events during 1965 in Indonesia and the subsequent coup d’état which contributed to Suharto taking power (portrayed eloquently in Christopher Koch’s book as The Year of Living Dangerously) resulted in a mass purge of “suspected” Communists (PKI) (or anyone accused of being such) around Indonesia including Bali continuing through 1965 and 1966. As many as one hundred thousand people are believed to have been killed in Bali alone and the fields near Petulu were reportedly one such ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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