The mountainous region around Kintamani, centering on the spectacular
volcanic caldera of Mt Batur with its deep crater lake and bubbling hot
springs, is rugged with a high and wild beauty.
mountain air and dizzying views in all directions, as well as several
important temples, are what makes Kintamani one of the most memorable
stops on the Bali tourist itinerary.
Mount Batur is actually
just a small volcano, but its setting is in the heart of a huge crater
14km in diameter. Adjacent to the volcano is the large crescent-shaped
Batur Lake, all surrounded by the high walls of the crater rim. The
sheer size of the crater conjures up images of the massive eruption of
the original Mount Batur that occurred tens of thousands years ago.
volcano is still active today as Balinese all over the island who still
remember the great eruption of 1917 will testify. It claimed thousands
of lives and destroyed hundreds of temples. Old people might tell you
this was "the year when the world shook" Other eruptions have taken
place since, forcing the local population to be relocated, along with
several of their temples including one of the main Bali temples, Pura
Ulun Danu. Initially inside the huge crater, this temple has been
relocated to the top of the ridge overlooking it. Here it now offers an
impressive view of Mount Batur.
can go there by taxi or just rent a car. You can also join a tour to
visit Mount Batur and Lake Batur. Tourist shuttle buses between
southern Bali and Lovina stop off at Kintamani.
To move around Batur area, you just need to take a walk or you can rent a bike also.
Ulun Danu Batur - near Batur village. This is the most important temple
after Besakih, housing more than 90 shrines. Worth visiting at any time
of year, especially during the Odalan festival, usually in March
depending on the full moon, which is dedicated to the goddess of the
crater lake, who is said to control the irrigation systems for the
Trunyan Village - mortuary traditions. From Toya
Bungkah, lot of boats will cross the lake to a Bali Aga village called
Trunyan. This place is notorious for its mortuary traditions. Instead
of cremating the dead, as Balinese do throughout most of the island,
the Trunyan communities leave the bodies to decompose naturally in a
Trekking Around Gunung Batur. The most popular
trek is from Toya Bungkah to the top of Gunung Batur for sunrise. You
may ask for this to a group of local guides or some of tourist service
There are several accommodations ranges from star hotels to Home stays in Kintamani. You may choose one of them to stay.
At Penelokan (translated as 'viewing spot') there are several restaurants from where to repose and get a well-deserved bite.
the road going north is a market, busy every three days on Hari Paseh
in the Balinese calendar. This is interesting to visit to see the
variety of produce from surrounding mountain farms - oranges, corn,
vegetable, fruit and the usual vast array of flowers, dried fish,
tools, livestock, pots and baskets, plus a big clothing market. You may
also see men cuddling big furry Kintamani puppies highly prized all
Theres a brilliant view from Penelokan, if its clear. But prepared for
wet, cold and cloudy conditions and aggressive souvenir selling. * Remember to bring along a camera, as the breathtaking view is one to be cherished and shared back home. *
There are many street hawkers selling some souvenirs. If you don't want
to buy from them, don't make any contact to them otherwise you will be
followed until you give up and buy from them. * Its better to visit
mount and lake Batur in a dry season. It would make lakeside activities
available and enjoyable. The rainy season was just too foggy and wet to
enjoy to its fullest.