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Indonesia: No It Did Not Burn Down VII – Bali: Selamat Datang di Bali (welcome to Bali)

Published: 1.2.2016
We left Java for Bali. It is very different from other 17 thousand Indonesian islands. Many holidaymakers chose it as the place for vacation. Nature on the island is diverse and there are many contrasts. The atmosphere is wonderful and extraordinary. But to get such impressions we had to travel across the island first. We intended to travel through and through the central highlands. This would allow us to learn about the terrain and decide on which volcano to climb. Our route ran from the south to the north and back to the south in the tot al length of 200 kilometers (13 hours of ride on a scooter).

We started our journey in Legian town. The town is near Kuta, a famous holiday resort where are endless souvenir shops (literally), bars, restaurants, and hotels. All buildings are not allow to be taller than a palm tree…

 markets in central Bali

We travelled across Mengwi (make sure to see Taman Ayun temple) and then we followed the main road to the north. You certainly will notice a golden wall of the Tranquil Palace in a village which smells after strawberries. Pohon and Batukan mountains create beautiful background to the palace (both mountains over 2000 meters tall). Another place worth making a stop is Bratan lake. It is known for Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu temple in Candikuning village (30 000 IDR – about 60 CZK to enter). Mountain Catur looms large behind the temple. Usually volcanoes in this area are usually of cone shape. Their area is mostly covered with tropical forest.

a view through The Tranquil palace  Ulun danu Bratan, a Hindu temple in Candikuning village

Couple of kilometers down the road there is turn to Pucak Manik waterfalls above Buyan lake. Along a two-kilometer long ride above the lake you will be often accompanied by monkeys. Also, the turn towards the waterfalls doesn’t look particularly safe. It is in really bad shape. The sand-stone rock goes steeply down so not particularly safe feeling when riding a scooter! However, it is so beautiful around there that it just fuels you up to continue. Around in the valley are coffee trees, cocoa trees, tangerines hanging from the trees and they are delicious.

Bali landscape monkey are common on Bali

Three boys sitting on chaise below the sighboard saying Pacuk Manik offered us different trips to this hilly land. We were under time pressure so we decided to take the shortest which would take us to a waterfall closest to us. The admission fee is 15 000 IDR per person (about 30 CZK). Not many tourist travel to this area so it is likely you would enjoy the waterfall all alone. We cannot but recommend you to take another trip to the surroundings. Nature here is wild and lively. For instance, a four hour trip costs around 200 000 IDR (about 370 CZK). While on the road you can take a bath under waterfalls. Allegedly great trips are around Munduku. It is situated couple of miles down the road along Buyan lake.

there are many minor waterfalls on Bali

We already know what you can do around Bratan and Buyan lakes. Still, we don’t know much about the surroundings of Batur lake. Unfortunately, no mountain road connects both lakes. It means you have to either travel up to the north across Singaraja town. And this was the road we chose. People who want ride the canoe will find this road their main destination for the river and waterfalls make this activity great here.

rice fields are typical on Bali the landscape of northern Bali

We were pleased to see so low prices on the island’s northern part. Classic rice costs 8 000 IDR (about 16 CZK). A cup of coffee and a popsicle cost us 5000 IDR (about 10 CZK). In the south, we would 200 CZK for more or less the same. You can also learn about culture of local inhabitants as well as about their daily life.

We still sit on our scooter while looking forward to see Batur volcano and its surroundings. It is a volcano of long history and you can read about it next week.

GPS: (Bratan lake) 8°16'30.4"S 115°09'59.0"E

Text and photo: Martina Brožková



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