This day trip we driving up into the north coast of Bali, cool hills wander through the tropical fruit and flower market Candi Kuning, a small village on the southern part of the lake Ulun Danu Temple. Ulun Danu Temple or Bratan Temple is a major water temple in Bali, a significant temple complex located on the western side of the Beratan Lake in Bedugul, central Bali. The smooth reflective surface of the lake surrounding most of the temple’s base creates a unique floating impression, while the mountain range of the Bedugul region encircling the lake provides the temple with a scenic backdrop. The water temples serve the entire region in the outflow area, downstream there are many smaller water temples that are specific to each irrigation association (subak). Known as the Lake of Holy Mountain due to the fertility of this area and location 1200 m above sea level, the sight and cool atmosphere of the Bali uplands have made the lake and this temple a favorite sightseeing and recreational spot as well as the temple complex occupies a rather low lying side of the lake, the floating effect is thus featured when the lake’s water levels rise is the time for the most perfect photo opportunities.
Then continue further north, on the way to Singaraja the road winds up and down through cool vanilla, coffee and clove plantations covering the mountain slopes, and small traditional villages where the city once was the former colonial capital of Bali on the North coast. A stop will be made to Git Git Waterfall, the falls are a popular tourist destination in Bali for the bridge walkway and cool water.
A visit to Brahmavihara-Arama, Bali’s largest Buddhist Monastery is included during the trip, opened in 1970, Brahmavihara-Arama comprises a hectare of hillside, with numerous meditation rooms, libraries, beautiful gardens, and an impressive mini replica of the world’s largest Buddhist archaeological site, Borobudur on its highest grounds. Tall pine trees, trimmed lawns, well-maintained flower gardens and its high altitude all add up to the sense of peace you can enjoy here.
Lunch will be served at local restaurant at Lovina Beach, a laid back 12 km stretch of coast to the West of Singaraja in North Bali. Comprised of several narrow stretches of black volcanic sand, famous for dolphins and snorkeling activity. On the way back, we take the road to the North coast Mediterranean climate offers a different landscape of tobacco fields and vines. We will drive via the coffee plantations of Pupuan then down towards Antosari through spectacular rice-terraces.