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Rough Weather On Lake Batur Causing Significant Declines in Visitors to Bali Aga Village of Trunyan

(2/8/2014) The Bali Aga village of Trunyan on Lake Batur has suffered a drastic decline in both foreign and domestic tourist visitors over the past two months.

The village, unique in Bali for its distinctive burial traditions in which the bodies of the dead are left exposed to the elements, has seen the number of visitors decline by an estimated 65% due to rough conditions on the lake, heavy rains and strong winds that have dissuaded tourist from making the boat trip across the lake.

The head of tourism for the regency of Bangli, Wayan Adnyana, told DenPost: "The waves on Lake Batur have been so high that it’s not possible to invite tourists to make the trip to Trunyan. These conditions have been made worse by strong winds."

Rising waters and rough surface conditions have also caused a number of lakeside homes owned by the villagers of Trunyan to become submerged beneath the waters.

During normal weather conditions, as many as 100 people make the boat trip to the village of Trunyan each day. This number has dropped to 30-35 visitors per day over recent weeks.

While an overland route along the lake's edge to Trunyan does exist, its condition is such that it can only be passed with heavy-duty four-wheel vehicles able to navigate the rudimentary road prone to landslides.

Local villagers in Trunyan who depend on payment for guiding people to the mounds of funereal bones and other guiding services have suffered economically due to the sudden decline in visitors.