Puri Gede Kerambitan located 6 km west of Tabanan, a small district located in a prosperous agricultural region. Terraced rice fields surround the district’s villages. Name of Kerambitan derived from the Sanskrit karawitan, which means ‘art, music, and dance. This small, attractive village is renowned for its classical literature, Legong dancing, ‘wayang’-style painting, stone- and wood-carving and a ‘tektekan’ orchestra believed to have magical powers.
The painters of the village belong to a school begun by Gusti Wayang Kopang and I Macong in the 1930s. The style is similar to that of Kamasan except that the teeth and the costumes are depicted differently. Ask the friendly villagers the way to the unique Luhur Ulun Desa temple dating from the neolithic period. Kerambitan was the seat of a branch of one of the old ruling triwangsa houses of Tabanan, the legendary court of Arya Kenceng.
The village still contains old-style residences, as well as two treasure-filled 17th century gilded palaces, Puri Gede and Puri Anyar, lovingly restored by the family of the ‘puri’. Cultural programs and dinners have been presented here since 1967. Identical twin grandsons-Anak Agung Ngurah Oka Silagunadha or ‘Pak Oka’ and Anak Agung Rai Giri Gunadhi or ‘Pak Rai’-of the late king preside over the palaces.
The two princes are the ninth generation of royalty to occupy the palace, with Pak Oka designated as head of family because his birth preceded his brother’s by 30 minutes. Inside the ‘puri’ traditional dancing and arts are kept very much alive. The ‘puri’ also arranges special tourist events such as traditional-style dinner parties accompanied by Legong, Tektekan and Joged performances.
Overnight guests are welcome in Puri Anyar, ‘gamelan’ lessons can be arranged and you are invited to join the village’s ‘lontar’-reading or kite-flying clubs.