Admire the beautiful panoramic views from Bali’s active volcano Mount Batur and Batur caldera lake from the fertile Kintamani area which is a top producer of fruits and vegetables in Bali. On the way, visit art villages of Celuk for fine silver jewelry, Batubulan for batik making and Mas for fine wood carving. After your lunch at a local restaurant with beautiful view of Mount Batur and Lake Batur, continue eastward to the slope of captivating Mount Agung to visit Besakih Mother Temple. Marvel at this Balinese ancient temple architecture and learn local spiritual practices of Hinduism.
Places of interest to visit :
Batubulan Village for batik ‣ Batik becomes one of the cultural heritage of Indonesia and it must be preserved. The craft was first known internationally when the President Suharto wore it during the UN conference. Finally, the use of Batik cloth became more and more popular until now. One of the famous batik craftsmen village is in Batubulan Village or Tohpati Village.
Celuk Village ‣ One of several craft villages in Gianyar regency is Celuk Village which is known as the “silver village” because of its silver jewelry production. Craftsmen here make silver and gold jewelry and crafts at their homes and workshops for centuries. A visit to Celuk Village gave tourists the opportunity to see the artisans in action and buy their handicrafts directly on the spot.
Mas Village ‣ Mas Village, one of the many artist villages not far from Ubud, is the best place on the island to find high-quality Balinese wood carvings – considered one of the best wood carvings in the world. Part of the prestigious reputation of this village comes from the birthplace of Ida Bagus Tilem, one of the most famous craftsmen in Bali. His wife and son continue to operate their admired galleries and workshops.
Kintamani ‣ The cold mountain area of Kintamani is located 2 hours drive from Denpasar on the northeastern highlands of Bali. This village is located on the edge of the caldera of Mount Batur which has an altitude of 1,717 above sea level. Some villages namely Penelokan, Batur, and Kintamani have impressive views of Mount Batur. Mount Batur is an active volcano that is considered sacred, it last erupted in 2000.
Besakih Temple ‣ With more than 1,000 years of age, the Besakih Temple located on the slopes of Mount Agung is the most important temple in Bali. Twenty-three temple buildings form a complex where the 17th-century Penataran Agung Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the most significant.