- Encounters with locals
- Park and garden
After an enjoyable ride on a scooter around the lake where we stopped to enjoy a kopi bali, we were able to avoid the mass of tourists by arriving early in the morning.
We met some Balinese people en route who advised us to visit the Botanical Garden and to enjoy the treetop course. They assured us it would be an afternoon full of laughter, a true moment of relaxation during our trip to Bali!
The Bedugul Botanical Garden is very relaxing and the park of medicinal plants taught us more about the virtues of the Balinese natural environment. We finished the day in the Treetop Adventure Park, with our hearts pounding wildly thanks to the hilarious acrobatics in the trees. An all round success!
The main attraction of Bedugul is the temple of Ulun Danu Bratan, situated on the edges of Bratan lake. This temple forms part of most visits to Bali, its location on the edge of the lake and the surrounding scenery make it one of the most beautiful temples on the island. The building, dedicated to the goddess Danu, seems to almost float on the water, it also makes for some beautiful photos.
However, the region also has other things to see. Not far from there, there are magnificent flat rice fields of Jatiluwih, which in themselves make it worth going there and are one of my favourite places in Bali. I encourage you to walk around the edge of the other lakes, Buyan lake and Tamblingan lake. Finally, after a day of discovery, for those who are keen, you can go to the hot water springs of Ansari, the access isn't the easiest but the swim in the hot waters is especially agreeable, perfect for those who like to relax whilst travelling.
Despite the damp, stuffy weather, I was stunned and amazed by the beauty of Bedugul. I arrived by car, accompanied by a guide, and, once I'd paid the entry fee (not expensive, but you have to pay entry fees everywhere in Bali), we started our visit with a magnificent garden, where the bright Balinese flowers and pine trees reminded me a bit of eastern Italy.
The water temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, which sits opposite the volcano, is one of the most beautiful in Bali! Locals often put it on their procession routes and also come here to enjoy the 'aquatic park'.
The plus: with a bit of luck you'll see a procession, where the Balinese arrive dressed in traditional costumes to worship their gods.
The downside: It's a touristy place. There's a big car park at the entrance, surrounded by restaurants and shops.