Atuh Beach in Nusa Penida Offers Exoticism of Sea and Hill View

Atuh Beach in Nusa Penida Offers Exoticism of Sea and Hill View

For  those who like outbound activities, Atuh Beach is great option as a destination. This tourist attractino is located in Pelilit hamlet, Pejukutan, Nusa Penida, Klungkung. Atuh Beach has been well known as a great destination since the 2010s and even more so since the Nusa Penida Festival staretd. Visitors coem here to enjoy the

For  those who like outbound activities, Atuh Beach is great option as a destination. This tourist attractino is located in Pelilit hamlet, Pejukutan, Nusa Penida, Klungkung. Atuh Beach has been well known as a great destination since the 2010s and even more so since the Nusa Penida Festival staretd. Visitors coem here to enjoy the exotic coastal scenery and there tend to be more tourists on holidays.

The splendor of the scenery at this beach is flanked by cliffs and the clear water allows for a great view of the marien biota such as coral reef -especially during low tide. There are  rocks that protude from the white sand and near Batu Abah island there are lots of sunfish. There are also four coral islands off the coast from Atuh Beach, they are: Batu Melawang / Pepadasan, Batu Abah, Batu Paon, and Bukit Jineng Island.

Melawang Island or Pepadasan Island is the largest rock island in the cluster. Locals also often call this island ‘perforated rock’ because the island indeed has a sort of rock tunnel. Aside from offering great beauty, the Atuh Beach apparently has long been used to perform various activities of worship. Not far from the beach, there is a temple named Atuh Temple. It is often visited by Hindus pilgrims around the Pejukutan and Tanglad village, especially on special holidays.

To the west of the Atuh Temple there are two springs, one of which is considred sacred and is only used for ceremonial purposes. The other spring is used by surrounding communities for various purposes. According to local stories, the two springs emmerged during the dry season. A dove was seen drinking under a coconut tree and upon further investigation, the springs were found.

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Uniquely, both springs that are located adjacent to the beach, have tasteless water and never run dry – even in the dry season. Thus, local residents named the beach ‘Atuh Beach.’ In Balinese, the word /atuh/ is derived from two stems namely ‘a’ (not) and ‘tuh’ (dry) so the . word /atuh/ is interpreted to mean ‘never dry out.’

To get to Atuh Beach, from mainland Bali, visitors must first reach Nusa Penida by boat from Matahari Terbit pier in Sanur (Denpasar) or from Sampalan pier in Klungkung. The beach is then a 2 km walk along the rocky limstone path with magnificent views of the hills and sea. (BTN/014)



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