” Famed for its chill weather and scenic vista among others, Kintamani is a region situated on the western edge of a caldera formed by Bali’s sacred mountain.”
Surrounded by the captivating nature, Kintamani area is consisted by the total of 10 villages; namely Kedisan Village, Buahan, Abang, Trunyan, Songan, South Batur, Middle Batur, North Batur, Sukawana and Kintamani Village. Six of these are famous as the birthplace of ‘Bali Aga’- Balinese original people who have been residing the island since the prehistoric age. Fascinating history asides, there is always something about Kintamani itself.
At late afternoon until night, fog will descend and cover the entire area, and cold temperature will drop even lower, creating an calm and surreal atmosphere. There is a particular spot in Pinggan village, Kintamani oftenly visited by both local and international tourist to watch upon a mesmerizing sunrise panorama. Come at dusk to see the foggy blanket disperse itself, revealing the glimmering sunlight, which slowly permeates the entire area of green valley, forest and beyond. It is a truly one-ofa-
kind experience to have while enjoying your holiday in Bali.
To cater the hunger during your trip, don’t hesitate to visit one of Kintamani’s most anticipated culinary destinations, Resto Apung Kedisan. The name actually means ‘floating restaurant’ built upon the lake formed in Batur caldera. It is a place blessed with both magnificent views and unique concept to enjoy freshwater fish dishes caught from around the lake. To get the best out of its relaxing ambience, sit on the open-air area of the pier under a clear sky, gaze beyond the lake to the shape of gallant mountain nearby and warm yourself by sipping a cup of hot coffee while waiting for the main dish to be served.
Another attraction worth your time at Kintamani comes in form of Toya Bungkah village natural hotspring. It is known as a place of healing, both spiritually and physically. The hot water coming from natural spring nearby is proven to benefit the body, and even could heal disease. Healing ability aside, the location itself makes Toya Bungkah natural hot spring as a recommended place to visit. While swimming in the soothing warm water, you will be visually treated by the magnificent scenery of Mount Batur and wondrous blue sky. For those who wish to see up, close and personal of Balimese culture, Pura Ulun Danu Batur should be one of the destinations to stop by. Built in 1926, it is the second most important temple all across Bali; right next the Pura Besakih itself. “Ulun Danu” literally translates as “head of the lake”. Originally, the Pura and village of Batur were located down in the caldera at the foot of Mount Batur, until a violent eruption destroyed both entirely, except for the most important 11-tiered structure which was left unscathed. The villagers then moved to the highest rim of the caldera, where they rebuilt their community and the temple, worshipping the goddess Dewi Danu for her blessing upon the lake and their surroundings.