The Bangli Regency is located in the center and north of the island of Bali. It is the only one of the nine regencies that is landlocked. The protagonist of this regency is the Batur volcano, one of the highest mountains on the island. From the northern part of Bangli, it crosses the main road on the north coast of Bali that passes through Kintamani and around the crater of the Mount Batur. In Bangli, you can also find one of the most famous temples in Bali, a volcanic lake, several waterfalls, and a traditional village with a very peculiar tradition.
PONTS OF INTEREST IN BANGLI
Mount Batur is one of Bali’s active volcanoes and a sacred place for the Balinese. Batur volcano has an altitude of 1717 meters, and the last major eruption was in 1963. Mount Batur is a great tourist attraction and is the best place to see the sunrise in Bali. Many agencies organize trekking tours to see the sunrise from the top of the volcano.
Lake Batur, located at the foot of the Batur volcano, was formed more than 29.000 years ago due to an eruption of the volcano and is a volcanic lake. With an area of 16 square kilometers, this is the largest lake on the island of Bali. On Lake Batur, you can go on kayak or boat trips and bathe in the thermal pools around the lake. Furthermore, on the shores, there are several restaurants where you can stop to eat with views of the lake and the volcano.
Toya Devasya Thermal Pools
Due to the volcanic activity around the Batur volcano, there are hot springs that the locals turned into thermal pools. The Toya Devasya hot springs are located on the shores of the Lake Batur, and here you can relax in hot water and enjoy the best views of the lake. The entrance to the Toya Devasya pools costs 300.000 IDR (about €20).
Ulun Danu Batur Temple
Ulun Danu Batur Temple is located at the foot of the Batur volcano and is one of nine directional temples in charge of protecting the island of Bali from evil spirits. This temple is situated at 900 meters above the sea level and offers breathtaking views of the volcano and lake Batur. This temple is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of lakes and is one of the most important temples in Bali.
The Terunyan village, located on the eastern shore of lake Batur is one of the indigenous villages in Bali. In Terunyan, indigenous Balinese called Bali Aga (Mountain Balinese), or Bali Mula (original Balinese) follow a very old and peculiar tradition of leaving their deceased relatives in the open air to be carried away by the spirits. In the village, you can see a lot of skulls and exposed bodies. If you want to see an authentic indigenous Balinese village, you can reach Terunyan by boat from the foot of Batur volcano.
The Penglipuran Village is an authentic balinese village that preserves the essence of Bali in everyday life. Penglipuran is located 25 kilometers south of the Batur volcano and is surrounded by vegetation. In this village, all the houses are the same size, placed symmetrically and oriented towards the sacred mountain, the Agung volcano. Penglipuran is called the happiness village and the locals maintain the belief that human beings find happiness if they keep the perfect balance between their beliefs and the natural environment around them.
Tibumana Waterfall is located in the south of the Bagli Regency and 15 kilometers from Ubud. This waterfall is not well known among tourists and is usually quite quiet. It is also one of the few waterfalls in Bali that is easily accessible. When arriving at the base of the waterfall, it is necessary to go down a relatively easy path for 10 minutes. To go down to the bottom of the waterfall and take a bath, you have to pay an entrance fee of 15.000 IDR (around €1).
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
The Tukad Cepung waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. Still, it’s not one of the most visited by tourists. To reach the bottom of this waterfall, you will have to go down a path surrounded by vegetation until you reach a cave that is accessible by water. It is worth getting your feet wet to reach this waterfall as it is quite different from other waterfalls in Bali. Tukad Cempung is a curtain of water that you can see through the rocks of the cave. To get to this waterfall, you have to pay an entrance fee of 10.000 IDR (about €0,6)
The Kuning waterfall is one of the least known waterfalls among travellers visiting Bali. This waterfall is also located in the south of Bangli Regency and quite close to Ubud. Being an unknown waterfall, there is no entrance fee, and you can see it and take a bath practically alone.
The Kehen Temple
The Kehen Temple is located very close to the town of Bangli and is considered the smaller version of the Besakih mother temple. This temple stands out because of its large entrance staircase, the sculptures inside, and because it has 8 levels just like the mother temple. The Kehen temple is dedicated to the god of fire, and many ceremonies are held inside. This temple is not usually included in the typical tourist circuits, so there are not many people.