|1.2 Singaraja, Central Lakes and Banjar|
This tour takes you via Singaraja, the former capital of Bali, to the three inland lakes in the North of Central Bali, south of Singaraja, to Bali’s most famous post card temple in Bedugul, two impressive waterfalls, an old Dutch village in the hills, the only Buddhist monastery in Bali and the Hot Springs in Banjar.
This tour starts at 07.30 and takes you first to Singaraja, the former capital of Bali under Dutch rule. Bali’s second largest city, but far more low-key than Denpasar. One of the few places in Bali where there are visible traces of the Dutch period, with Chinese and Muslim influences. Start with a visit of the waterfront where you visit Ling Gwan Klong, a colourful Chinese temple. A few hundreds meter further away is the very large local market, hidden inside a huge housing block, invisible from the street. We take you through very narrow walkways between thousands of shops that sell everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, spices, clothes, shoes and traditional Hindu Balinese clothes and temple decorations. The last stop in Singaraja is the former royal palace
After Singaraja we go uphill and stop for a visit of the Gitgit waterfalls, one of the highest in Bali, before moving on to the top of the mountain ridge, where plenty of monkeys will approach you while you are having a fabulous view over Lake Bratan and Buyan.
Our first lake to visit is Lake Bratan, famous for its very well known Pura Ulun Danau Bratan, a very important Hindu-Buddhist temple dedicated to the goddess of water. Completely surrounded by water, it is not accessible. One of the most photographed temples in Bali. From there it’s a short distance to Pasar Candikuning, a fresh fruit and vegetable market, with many spices, herbs and handicrafts for tourists. We stop for lunch in one of the many local restaurants in Bedugul
From there we continue north-west to Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan. Not developed for tourism, there are several villages and abandoned temples along their shores. The next stop is the village of Munduk, with intact colonial Dutch buildings, its waterfall and sublime mountain scenery .
Then we continue downhill to the coastal road to Banjar, where we first visit the Buddhist monastery and end our trip in the hot water springs. From there it is straight back to our point of departure.
Practical Information about this tour