The North of Bali is visited by few tourists. Here you will feel transported back in time, into a mythical era. You’ll visit sites of beauty and mystery; chasing waterfalls and discovering incredible holy places.
There’s so many amazing things to do in the North of Bali. Cruising along some of the most picturesque landscapes on the island, everything about the North says ‘adventure’. Additionally, it's far less crowded than the South of Bali.
This is Bali..long ago.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Ulun Danu Temple is dedicated to the goddess of the lake, Ida Batari Dewi Ulun Danu. It is a ‘floating’ Hindu temple, built in the middle of Tamblingan Lake and is truly iconic! It is built on the edge of a huge crater. The landscape and cool atmosphere of the Bali uplands have made the lake and this temple a favourite sightseeing and recreational spot as well as a frequently photographed site. The smooth reflective surface of the lake resembles a mirror which surrounds the temple’s base; creating a unique floating impression. The mountain range of the Bedugul region encircling the lake provides a beautiful, scenic backdrop.
Although this is a touristic sight, there’s no denying the sheer magnificence of the Ulun Danu Water Temple. Depending on the time of day, the misty backdrop of the Bedugul mountain range is one of a kind. If there has recently been rainfall, the water will be higher creating the super ‘floating effect’.
Bali Handara’s Candi Bentar
Here at Bali Handara we will encounter the beautifully and intricately decorated Candi Bentar. This is a traditional split gateway that marks the entrance commonly found at the entrance of religious compounds and kraton palaces. These gates are the epitome of traditional Balinese architecture and style. In temples they mark the entry into the inner sanctum, or holier area.
Candi bentar is commonly found in Java, Bali, and Lombok and are thought to date back to the 13th Century. The symbolism of a candi bentar is unclear. Candi bentar probably serve an aesthetic purpose, to create a sense of grandeur before entering a compound. These gateways mark the threshold between different levels of sanctity within a temple compound. Candi bentar marks the boundary between the outer world with the outer realm of the Hindu temple.
Bali Handara is located in the central highlands of Bali and is nestled inside the crater of an extinct volcano at an altitude of almost 1,400 metres. A sight to behold!
Waterfalls in Bali have their own beauty and uniqueness. One of Bali's most beautiful waterfalls framed by dramatic cliffs and dense rainforest. It is located north of Lake Buyan in central, north Bali. Unlike many trails this is a completely natural trail and is not trodden by many.
This is a most enchanting spot. The water tumbles down from high above, washing over the rocks into a very large swimming hole at the bottom. There’s plenty of space to enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters - a very welcome cool down!
Of all the waterfalls in the North, Banyumala is arguably the best and for sure, this hidden paradise will be one to remember.