3.3     South-North via Singaraja
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This full-day tour takes you through Central Bali to Singaraja, the former capital of Bali under Dutch rule, along the Northern coast to your final destination.

Early departure from South Bali around 8 AM, we go straight to Bedugul, Lake Bratan. First we stop at Pasar Candikuning, a fresh fruit and vegetable market, with many spices, herbs and handicrafts for tourists. The next stop is 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 Bedugul we go uphill and stop on 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. Then it’s downhill to  the Gitgit waterfalls, the highest in Bali, before moving to Singaraja.
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 former royal palace. From there we continue to 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. And nearby is the  waterfront where you visit Ling Gwan Klong, a colourful Chinese temple. There you can have lunch on a pier over the water around 13.00 PM
 

Around 14.00 PM we continue our trip along the North coast – first we stop at Pura Beji in the village of Sangsit. It is an excellent example of the colorful style of North Bali temples. This temple is dedicated to the goddess Dewi Sri who looks after irrigated rice fields.

This stop can easily be combined with a quick visit to the nearby Pura Dalem. A simple temple, but with stone reliefs on the outer wall with scenes of torture and erotism. No other tours come here.

A few kilometers further you will reach the village of Kubutambahan where you can visit Pura Maduwe Karang. This temple is dedicated to agricultural spirits. It is one of the most intriguing temples in North

Bali and has the 34 carved figures from the Ramayana outside the walls.

From there, we continue our trip to Air Sanih, a hassle-free seaside spot on a black sand beachfront, with fresh water springs which are channeled into large swimming pools before flowing into the sea. Time for a quick swim (optional)

The last stop is Pura Ponjok Batu which has a commanding location between the sea and the road. It has some very fine limestone carvings in the central temple area. Legend has it that it was built to provide some spiritual balance for Bali, with many of the temples in the South.
We will arrive at your final destination around 17.30 PM

Practical Information about this tour
Departure:   8.00 AM                     
Arrival
: 17.30 PM             
Duration:
 9 hours 30’
Not included: entrance fees, donations, lunch, drinks