The dramatic landscape of the village centers around the volcanic caldera of ancient Mount Batur having deep crater lake, Bali’s largest, and bubbling hot springs. The village is also home to several temples. One of which is Pura Ulun Danu Batur by the rim of the crater which completes the already breathtaking natural view of Kintamani village.
The Kintamani area consists of three main villages, namely Penelokan, Batur, and Kintamani. There are also some old Balinese villages around Batur Lake, often referred to as Bali Aga villages. Penelokan is a popular stopover, serving as a vantage point at the southernmost of the crater rim, offering sweeping views over the Bali volcano.
Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung. Created by an eruption of Mount Batur approximately 30,000 years ago.
It sets in the hearth of a huge crater 14 km in diameter and 65 meters deep.The temple of Pura Danu Batur on the rim is dedicated to the Goddess of the Lake.
The lake often becomes shrouded in mist but one can catch breathtakingly stunning views from the many vantage points along the rim. Hot springs at the lake’s edge reach temperatures of 57 degrees Celsius while the rest of the lake is somewhat cooler.
Penglipuran Traditional Village
Penglipuran village is a beautiful highland village in the regency of Bangli in East Bali, best known for its well-preserved culture and village layout. While most of its residents have embraced modernity, its individual compounds are well-kept to look traditional with visitors in mind, with manicured gardens lining its single linear stone-paved street that runs through the centre of the village toward the village temple, and age-old arched entrance gates and walls that conceal their houses within.
The village is a highlight on tours to the island’s eastern region, conveniently along the same course with the scenic rim of the Mount Batur crater and the village of Kintamani.
Trunyan Village, oftentimes also spelt ‘Terunyan’, is a remote mountain village on the eastern lakeside of Mount Batur, in central Bali’s Kintamani highlands. The settlement is known for its indigenous Balinese community, known as the Bali Aga, who most notably have unique burial rites. Their deceased aren’t cremated in lavish funerary ceremonies as like the majority of Balinese Hindus, but rather laid out on the ground within the village’s literal boneyard. Getting to Trunyan Village usually requires a boat ride from a local dock in the village of Songan, on the caldera lake’s more accessible western side.
At the village itself, highlight attractions include the village’s Pancering Jagat Temple, with its towering statues.
This forest is located at Kubu Village, some 5 kms from Bangli Town. It offers a cool and fresh air and beautiful the sound of the wind blowing through the bamboo is quite unique and creates a magical atmosphere. Visitors can not only find diverse kinds of bamboo, but they may also discover its many different uses for it, such as craft of many different musical instruments and wind chimes.
This bamboo forest spreads across an area of about 45 hectares and is used as a water catchment area. Here you will see thousands of towering bamboo trees forming a canopy. When blown by the wind, thousands of the bamboos will rub against each other causing a distinctive sound. In addition, the air here also feels very refreshing.
Everyone who visits the bamboo forest is forbidden to cut down indiscriminately and the cutting is only allowed selectively on specified days.
Pengotan Traditional Village
Pengotan Village is another unique village besidesthe traditional village of Penglipuran. It offers plenty uniqueness, which are different to those owned by Penglipuran. The people have a different socio-life. Their houses are arranged in unique patterns and made of bamboos.
Mass marriage is another uniqueness owned by the village. In this ritual, many couples are doing their wedding rituals together, which are held at their Penataran Agung Temple.(around April-October).
The other different tradition worth knowing is their burial ritual.
Traditional arts also evolve well here, the so-called Perang Papah is a unique tradition where performers hit each other using the stems of banana leaves. It is performed at Pedunungan Temple on Balinese calendar of Purnama Sasih Kenem (around December).
Dusun Kuning Waterfall
6 kms. South of Bangli s a 25 m. high waterfall that flows into the Melangit River to the south. The cool and shady clove-tree forest that surrounds these falls is home to hordes of monkeys.
After a 300m trek, you will reach this serene setting. Surrounded by a captivating landscape, Dusun Kuning Waterfall is definitely a new tourist attraction worth hiking. The clean and fresh water drops off at 25 meters high meeting the flowing river which you could swim in. You will enjoy your trip with some monkeys around but rest assured there will be less tourists with you as it is still an unknown place to most.
Kehen Temple is a beautiful Hindu temple located in foothills, south part of Bangli Regency. It is strategically located in the high land, so we can see the beautiful view. Built in the 11th century, the Kehen temple is the biggest temple in East Bali and considered to be the finest as well. The temple complex is amid palm tree plantations which create a mystical atmosphere…
Kehen means household or fireplace and symbolizes the fire god, Brahmen who protects the temple. Because it is an one of the most important temples in the region, many religious ceremonies take place here. It is a colorful sight to see the women carrying large fruit offerings up the stairs and during these ceremonies also different types of dances take place which are typical for the Bangli region. Before entering the temple you are expected to dress accordingly: legs should be covered and you have to wear a temple-scarf around the waist. If you are wearing shorts you can rent a sarong for a small donation, together with the temple scarf. In front of the temple there is a booth where you can get a sarong and the Balinese man standing there is more than willing to answer any questions you have about the temple.
Toya Devasya Natural Hot Spring
Toya Devasya Natural Hot Spring features two natural hot spring pools, the perfect place for all members of the family to fully unwind. Heated deep within the earth, the healing mineral water is colorless and odorless from the source that is located on the property. For hundred of years this clear carbonated water has created legends of miraculous curative powers. This facility is a favorite stopping point for travelers of all types from adventurers coming off the Kintamani area to vacationers and health seekers. The pools would be perfect for a relaxing dip after a long day of hiking, canoeing or cycling. As a matter of fact, Toya Devasya Natural Hot Spring itself has become a celebrated landmark in the heart of Toya Bungkah village, Kintamani. As soon as you arrive, you will understand the appeal that this destination has earned for years.
The Coffee Plantation
The local Balinese farmers are very creative to plant variety of coffees but two species coffees that mostly planted in this island includes Robusta and Arabica. The farmers are stepping into a new idea to create their coffee plantation as a tourist attraction where you may visit it with some coffee for free testing. The famous and the expensive coffee are fastest growth in this island is called by Luwak Coffee.
Kopi luwak, or civet coffee, is one of the world’s most expensive and low-production varieties of coffee. It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In the digestive tract, the civets’ proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet’s intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness. This coffee is widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.