Seseh is located on the southwest coast of Bali, north of Kuta and Canggu. This is a lovely cultural landscape with fertile rice fields, traditional villages and a nice coastline. Pantai Seseh is by the Hindus considered as sacred, like several other beaches on the island.

Bali, Badung, Seseh. Fishermen preparing for the nights fishing on Seseh beach. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)
Bali, Badung, Seseh. Fishermen preparing for the nights fishing on Seseh beach. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

People from the Mengwi district come here before Nyepi (the quiet day) and perform a ceremony called melasti (cleansing). Mukur, a ceremony which is held after a cremation, is also performed here.

Bali, Badung, Seseh. Located north of Canggu and Kuta. The beach sand is darker here. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)
Bali, Badung, Seseh. Located north of Canggu and Kuta. The beach sand is darker here. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

On special days like Galungan, Kuningan and the day after Nyepi people from all villages in the area flock to the beach. Galungan is celebrated every year after the Balinese calendar, and the time is therefore different from year to year. This is the most important ritual on Bali and a celebration of the Gods victory over evil. The 10 Galungan days ends with the Kuningan day. Nyepi marks the start of the new year, and is a day of complete silence.

Bali, Badung, Seseh. A nice little temple close to the Seseh beach. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)
Bali, Badung, Seseh. A nice little temple close to the Seseh beach. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Close to Seseh beach is a tomb often used for evening meditation. The grave is inside a wall with a door facing the ocean. The door is opened only on special occasions. Buried here is Sunan Mangkurat Pati, son of the fifth king of Mengwi. There are several temples in the area, like Pura Mas east of the tomb. Together the tomb and the Pura Mas temple is called Sthana Mas Sepuh. Other temples are Pura Ulun Suwi, Pura Dalem, Pura Batubolong and Pura Batu Nungul. Pura Ulun Suwi marks the defeat of the Mengwi kingdom for the Badung kingdom in 1890.

Bali, Badung, Seseh. Seseh is a very fertile area with large ricefields, located north of Canggu and Kuta. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)
Bali, Badung, Seseh. Seseh is a very fertile area with large ricefields, located north of Canggu and Kuta. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

It is relatively easy to find Seseh, drive the outer road along the coast north from Kuta or south from Tanah Lot and then west at a clearly signed intersection.

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