THE GREAT VOLCANO TOUR
Duration: 08-Hrs (Departure 09:00 Am)
Leaving from the hotel by visiting the Monkey forest in Ubud village –where you can hand-feed friendly monkey with bananas sold at the entrance. On the way you can enjoy the panoramic sites of mangrove forest and the harbor while driving through the 12 km bridge built in 2013. Driving 15 minutes to the east from monkey forest have a visit to Mas village well-known for some beautiful wood carvings. They are all carved by talented hands of villagers. It is worth to take one of them home as unforgettable souvenir from Bali.
50 minutes drive from Mas village the spectacular panorama-Mount Batur and Lake Batur is waiting for to see. The volcano is 1717 meters above sea level but it is only about 300 meters above the lake level. Enjoy the fresh and cooling air while having lunch in one of the restaurants at the elevation of approximately 1,300 meters asl.
After lunch driving down for 30 minutes to visit a temple of Mount Kawi in Sebatu village. It is a temple built at the holy spring water. No one knows when it was exactly built but it could be back to 11th century. In the middle of the holy spring you can see a quite new temple. It is a renovated temple after a big banyan tree fell down from the hill above in 1995.
Some years ago we could still find so villagers having bath at the temple area but no more today. It seems that it is too close the holy temple. Nearby you can buy some cheeps or crackers for some fish in the fish pond just right in front of the temple.
The one of the most beautiful rice terraces in Bali –Tegalalang–is not patient for you to enjoy its beauty and it is only 15 minutes drive from the Sebatu. Prepare your camera and take some pictures there.
On your request you can ask your tour guide to take you to Ubud to see local paintings. Some famous painters lived in Ubud like a German painter and musicologist Walter Spies (1895-1942), the Dutch Willem Gerard Hofker and Arie Smit, the Australian Donald Friend (1915-1989).
The last places to visit are Celuk and Batu Bulan. Celuk is well-known for handmade of silver and gold and the later is for batik clothes and batik paintings. Weaving is also worth looking in this villages. They are also worth for a memorable gift from the paradise island of Bali.
DISTANCE / DURATION
- Hotel –Monkey Forest : 36 km /70 Minutes
- Monkey Forest –GunungKawiTemple: 14 km /25 Minutes
- GunungKawiTemple–Kintamani: 22 km /45 Minutes
- Kintamani–MasVillage : 38 km /70 Minutes
- MasVillage –Celuk: 10 km /20 Minutes
- Celuk–BatuBulan: 03 km /10 Minutes
- BatuBulan–Hotel : 22 km /45 Minutes
*The above is an approximate. Road Conditions, Diversions, Weather Conditions, Traffic, etc. affect driving distance.
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Its official name is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Balinese Mandala Suci Wenara Wana), and its name as written on its welcome sign is the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The Ubud Monkey Forest is a popular tourist attraction and is often visited by over 10,000 tourists a month.
The Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. The village's residents view the Monkey Forest as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village.
Mountain Kawi Sebatu Temple, locally referred to as Temple Tirta Dawa Mountain Kawi Sebatu, is a special find for visitors to Central Bali. It is one of the least visited temple complexes on the island Bali, yet is one of the most beautiful and tranquil. It features verdant gardens around ponds filled with carp and blooming lotuses, and ancient shrines surrounded by crystal clear pools fed by natural springs.
The temple complex is located within the highland village of Sebatu in Tegallalang, Gianyar, approximately 12km northeast from the main Ubud hub. Tickets are IDR 15,000 for adults and half for children.
The main attraction for visitors is located around Lake Batur where Penelokan village provides spectacular views of this crater lake and Mount Batur, set in a vast volcanic caldera. Photo opportunities abound, but try to be there as early in the morning as you can manage before the cloud inevitably starts to gather.
Further northwest along the rim of the caldera is Pura Ulun Danau Batur, one of the most important temples in Bali. Entry is by donation here - Rp 10,000 is about right. The temple was rebuilt up on the caldera ridge in 1926 after an eruption of Mount Batur destroyed the old one down in the crater. There are a large number of shrines, but most visitors are drawn to the huge eleven roofed meru in the inner courtyard. This is dedicated to the goddess of the lake, Ida Batara Dewi Ulan Danau who is regarded as the controlling deity of the whole water and irrigation system of Bali. A virgin priestess is resident at the temple to represent the goddess, and she is served by 24 priests who are chosen as young boys and then keep the role for their lifetime. This is a strong example of just how importantly water and irrigation matters are regarded in traditional Balinese culuture.
Mas Village is one of the villages in Bali fundamentally identified as the home of the best sculptors in wood. Mas Village is located in Ubud, regency Gianyar. It has very typical style of wood carving art by placing forward the distinguish synergy the humanism and naturalism. As one of the best well known wood carver is the late Ida Bagus Tilem and son Ida Bagus Nyana. I.B Tilem has a little museum of his own collections. The carvings of Mas cannot be compared to others on this earth because they are very specific and intricate. They have been collected by international and domestic tourists.
Celuk Village is the famous village in Bali as a tourist destination because of its local houses fully carved in Balinese architecture and of course the gold and silver hand crafted. This countryside is located next to Batu Bulan, regency Gianyar and has its own style and design. The silver and gold smiths are born in this village and this kind of village is the only village in Bali. The talent is like handed down from grand father to son and to the next generation.
Tohpati Village is just about 22 kilometers from Kuta and famous for Bali’s Batik and weaving center. Batik is a traditional form of painting fabric. They painstakingly use dots and lines from wax to decorate clothes. It is very impressive to watch. It would be impossible to visit or live in Indonesia and not be exposed to one of the countries most highly developed art forms, batik. Batik has three categories, they are fully handmade, half handmade and printing, fully printing. Batik is natively Indonesian heritage and it has been officially registered in UNESCO as Indonesian’s. You will be proudly to take batik from Indonesia especially from Bali as a souvenir.