Overlooking the majestic Mount Batur and the encompassing Lake Batur, Kintamani is a village located in the north-east region of Bali. Offering dramatic views of the rugged landscape of smouldering active volcanoes and temples littered across the highlands, Kintamani is one of Bali's more off-beat destinations that offer a different side of Bali. Nestled on the edge of the caldera of Mt. Batur, Kintamani gives tourists a peek into Bali beyond the raging parties and beaches it is most well-known for.
The area to the north-eastern side of Bali at the Mount Batur caldera comprises seven villages- Penelokan, Toya Bungkah, Batur, Kedisan, Abung, Songan and Kintamani and these villages are collectively referred to as Kintamani. The active volcano, Mount Batur is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the region, attracting many adventure enthusiasts every year, and the sunrise trek to watch the sun rise over the caldera is a must-do.
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Mount Batur or Gunung Batur, is a popular tourist destination in Kintamani. An active volcano located at the centre of two concentric calderas, northwest to Mount Agung, Mount Batur is famous for its sunrise treks. This spot attracts a lot of people from around the world and is also revered by many Hindus as a sacred mountain.
A glimpse into the traditional Balinese ways of life is what awaits the curious wanderer at Trunyan Village. The natives of the village hail from Old Bali or Bali Aga and follow a very conventional way of living. Do visit the Trunyan village to gain a better understanding of Bali and its lovely people.
Ulun Danu Batur Temple
One of Bali's oldest temples, the Ulun Danu Batur Temple is a splendid example of traditional Hindu and Balinese architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the local goddess Dewi Danu who is also the goddess of Lake Batur (largest lake in Bali), the Ulun Danu Batur temple is one of the foremost places of worship in Bali. First established in the 17th century, the temple was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Batur and rebuilt in 1926.
About 3 kms away from Kintamani is another ancient temple that stands that deserves to be explored- the Penulisan Temple. Although the year of its construction is not known, the inscriptions on the building show that it existed during the 9th century and is the highest elevated sanctuary in Bali. It comprises of 11 terraces, out of which the first 5 terraces comprise the temple complex.
An ancient Hindu temple that possesses extraordinary architectural features, Kehen Temple is located in the village of Cempaga, in the southern part of the Bangli Regency. The temple courtyard is carved with mythical creatures and the side of the stairs are made of statues taken from Ramayana. This 11th-century structure is surrounded by banyan trees that add to its aura.
Kintamani Organic Farms
There are innumerable organic farms in Kintamani that you should explore while you’re there. Take a tour of the various organic farms in the village to experience how people in Kintamani produce their fruits and vegetables that are sold in the village market every third day of the week. Kintamani is known for its oranges and coffee beans, so do visit these farms without fail!
A crater lake situated in Kintamani, the Danau Batur lake is found inside of the caldera of an active volcano, Mount Batur. The villages around the lake provide a very serene setting and are also popular for fish farming in the region. Holy Spring Water Temple: The Holy Spring Water Temple or the Tirta Empul, located in the village of Tampak SIring is a temple that attracts many tourists around the globe. Built in the year 962 AD, the temple comprises of spring water which is used as holy water for various religious rituals by the Hindus. Most tourists visit this place for spiritual cleansing and take a dip in the holy water that gushes from the dozen showers placed in the Middle Jaba. The Balinese believe that these springs that are present are the creations of the Lord himself.
Also known to the locals as the Virgin Mountain, Mount Abang is the second highest peak in Bali at 2152 meters above sea level. Trekking this mountain is considered to be extremely difficult and it is believed it can only be accomplished by fit hikers. The trek takes up to 2 hours in general, and at the top of the mountain, there is a misty Hindu temple. The path is extremely slippery, so make sure to wear the right kind of shoes while visiting Mount Abang.
Trek Mount Batur
If you’re looking for something exciting to do in Kintamani, then you should definitely trek Mount Batur. The sunrise from above the mountain is a breathtaking sight so do try and visit the mountain during this time of the day.
Helicopter Ride over Kintamani Volcano
A 20-minute Helicopter is all you need to head back home with some amazing memories of Kintamani. Experience a bird’s eye view of the lush greenery of the village combined with the majestic sight of Mount Batur and Jade Caldera Lake.
A unique experience that you’re not going to forget for a long time, the ATV Ride in Kintamani includes experiencing the rice terrace fields, the sea beaches and the nearby mountains. You can also visit the Holy Spring Temple and the Tirta Empul which is a beautiful piece of architecture.
Kintamani is a highland located on the northeastern side of Bali making it a comfortable location for cycle tours. Cycle your way through the splendid view and beauty that Kintamani has to offer. Kayaking and Canoeing in Kintamani: If you’re up for an adrenaline rush, then Kayaking and Canoeing is just the activity for you! Watch the crystal clear waters and the surrounding scenery while you slowly pass through the lake in peace.
Luwak Coffee Farm
Kopi Luwak is one of the most expensive coffee in the world and hence when you’re in Kintamani, your trip is incomplete if you don’t visit the Luwak Coffee Farm. Another interesting fact about the Luwak Coffee is that it is made from the coffee bean ingested into the faeces of the island cat called the civet cat. Visit the farm to learn about the eccentric way of production of coffee and why it is so expensive.
Although there is not much evidence found on the history of this beautiful village, it is said that the village existed since the 9th century and belonged to one of the oldest kingdoms in Bali. Kintamani is surrounded by other small villages such as Tenganan and the traditions followed by the people are very simple.
Their temples are very simple in structure, the village land is maintained under common ownership and there is a lack of a caste system seen in Balinese Hinduism, including a lack of social hierarchy. Every three days, Kintamani has a lively market where fruits and vegetables grown in the region are sold. The large inscriptions found on the temple and building walls show that the earlier kingdoms in the region were highly influenced by the Hindu culture of Java.
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