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Kintamani & The Active Volcano Of Mount Batur, Bali
How far can your love for travel take you? How about a trip up to the peak of an active volcano and back?
Kintamani, in north-east of Bali is home to bewitching nature and six ancient villages along with the prime attraction, the mesmerizing Batur Lake perched aside an active volcano.The villages of Penelokan, Toya Bungkah, Batur, Kedisan, Abung, Songan and Kintamani symbolize timeless beauty, as they surround the cauldron of the lake. The locals devotedly follow their ancestral traditions, which are handed over from generation to generation. Their lifestyle is however, adapted from the after effects of the eruptions from Mount Batur, which has lashed out its wrath over 24 times since 1800.
What To See
Spellbinding View Of Lake Batur
A lake formed within a crater, its sheer size can make you conjure up images of how massive the volcanic eruptions must have been, thousands of years ago. Today, it serves as a haven for sanctity and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and greenery, playing hide and seek with the clouds. There is a cozy restaurant by the side of the lake, which you can halt at to try out traditional Balinese delicacies.
Midnight Trek To Witness Sunrise From The Peak Of The Volcano
You can’t come to Kintamani and not do this trek. Take a half day trip that will treat you to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. They generally pick you from your hotel at 2 am in the morning, and drop you back after breakfast. An unsurpassed view of the sunrise from one of the highest volcanoes of Bali is something you just should not miss.
Thermal Spa At The Hot Springs Of Toya Bungkah
Kintamani has everything that you would need for a perfect holiday. After you’ve exhausted yourself with a trek to the peak of Mt. Batur, hot, energizing thermal springs await you at Toya Bungkah. Do set aside a couple of hours for simply immersing yourself in the water and pondering upon the vastness of the surrounding universe.
Seek Blessings At Pura Ulun Danu Batur; Bali’s Second Most Important Temple
Captivatingly tall, Pura Ulun Dunu Batur is backed by the magnificent Mount Batur, and overlooks its adjoining lake. It was built in 1926 as a dedication to Dewi Banu (the goddess of rivers and lakes), and is regarded as the second most prominent temple in Bali after Pura Besakih. Along with its enthralling architecture, you can get a glimpse of a number of Buddhist traditions and dances that often bring alive, the four walls of the temple.
How To Get There
Fly to Nguruh Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali. From there, you can board one of the regular buses or a Bemo (Bali’s ubiquitous open-air minibuses), which will drop you right at the caldera in Kintamani. However, private taxis are a faster alternative, as they get you to your destination in about an hour from most of the popular tourist sites of South Bali.
Best Time To Visit
May-August have pleasant climate and are typically less crowded. The rainy months of September to March are best avoided, as the mountainous region of Kintamani receives heavy showers.
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