Bali volcano, also referred to as Kintamani volcano or Mount Batur as a whole, is a popular sightseeing destination in Bali’s central highlands. The magnificent views of the 13 square meter Batur caldera lake serves as the main attraction, surrounded by the captivating Mount Batur range.
You can find plenty more reasons to linger around the crater itself, while those with a penchant for adventure can also take a winding road down along the lake shore to Toya Bungkah, Ulun Danu Batur temple, and a collection of hot springs.
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.
Penelokan serves as the best site to enjoy the panoramas, with its combination of dark lava slopes and black molten rocks, lush green vegetation and the blue-green colored lake. There are also hotels and restaurants here at 1,500 meters above sea level.
Mount Batur comprises three volcanic cones: Batur I, Batur II, and Batur III. Trekking and hiking as well as observing the sunrise are all popular pastimes. The large and beautiful Batur caldera lies on the northwest. Caldera II is circular-shaped, spanning at least seven kilometres in diameter.
Lake Batur is on the southeast side of the volcano, 16 kilometres wide and is a popular fishing spot. Toyobungkah has hot lakeside hot springs, known for its curative mineral water. It is a popular choice among trekkers to spend the night before hiking up Mount Batur to watch the sunrise.
West of adjacent Mount Abang is the secluded old Balinese village of Trunyan, known for its ancient burial traditions using an open graveyard. The Pancering Jagat Temple is an interesting stopover while in Trunyan, with its name derived from a four metre-tall statue called ‘Arca Da Tonta’ or ‘Ratu Gede Pusering Jagat’.
Good to Know about Kintamani
The fertile Kintamani area is a top producer of fruit and vegetables in Bali. Additionally, the northern part at approximately 400 meters above sea level, is known as the biggest bamboo producer on the island.
Lake Batur is the main source of irrigation water for most of Bali. Locals also breed freshwater fish here. The water temperature at the Toyabungkah hotsprings can reach up to 45 degrees Celcius. Kintamani is in Bangli, the only district on the island without a shoreline.
The best panoramic views are enjoyed from 10:00 to 15:00. Hiking up Mount Batur usually takes at least three hours. Official guides are recommended, and it’s best to organize them through travel agents. ‘Mountain guides’, however, are self-titled and have a reputation for being rather pushy.
Sumber: Bali Magazine