Kintamani is a highland area in the north of East Bali.
The area of north-eastern Bali at the Mount Batur caldera, and which encompasses Penelokan, Toya Bungkah, Batur, Kedisan, Abung, Songan and Kintamani villages, is known widely as just Kintamani. Kintamani, Batur and Penelokan villages sit on the rim of the huge Batur caldera about 1,500m above sea level, and offer dramatic views of the active volcano Mount Batur and serene Lake Batur. Toyo Bungkah village is down at the lake edge.
As well as the lake and the volcano, Kintamani is home to Pura Ulun Danu Batur, one of Bali's key nine directional temples.
A note from C.Bali (see: Other things to do in this area) The people of this area are very traditional Balinese, please show the upmost respect to the people by not walking on their farm lands, entering their temples (unless you wish to pray). Woman should cover their legs to the knees. The people of this area are warm and friendly when visitors to this amazing area show them respect.
You are high in the mountains of Bali here and the temperature is usually about 15 degrees cooler than down on the coast, and even more so at night. That, coupled with the often cloudy and drizzly weather, makes a sweater or jacket advisable in the day time and vital after sunset.
Tourism Information Office
- Yayasan Bintang Danu, Penelokan (on the crater rim road, close to the turning down to the lake edge), ☎ +62 366 51730. 10AM-3:30PM daily. This is a private office run by a local charity, so if they are helpful, please consider a donation. edit
Map of the Kintamani area
Kintamani is usually approached from the south with 2 routes in from Ubud (45 minutes), and one each from Besakih (1 hour) and Bangli (30 minutes). There is also an easy way in from the north via a turning off the coast road east of Singaraja (1 hour). All private vehicles pay entry charge to get into the area of Rp 10,000 per person. Keep the ticket as this is valid for the whole Kintamani area, and you may be asked to show it again.
- Ubud Vacation (Bali Private Driver), Jalan Raya Ubud, ([email protected]), . 10 hours extra time 40 minute. Provide bali sightseeing tour around Kintamani and ubud area see beautiful tegalalang rice terrace,tirta empul,ubud palace,batur mountain and shooping at ubud art market.reccommended tour on 09.00 AM IDR 450.000. edit
From the popular tourist destinations in South Bali, a trip to Kintamani by car will take approximately 2 hours.
By bus or bemo
There are daily shuttle bus services from Ubud which are widely advertised locally there. Book 24 hours in advance.
Kintamani is served by bemos and buses from Batubulan terminal in Denpasar for about Rp 25,000. These are torturously slow though.
Organised tours to this area are widely offered in all major centres of Bali.
Not too many visitors choose to stay in this area, but instead view the local sites by car or motorbike in the course of a day.
Bemos do ply the caldera road between Penelokan and Kintamani villages. Look for the orange vans and expect to pay about Rp 10,000 for any local journey. With the climate being quite cool up here, the area makes for pleasant walking.
The vast Batur Caldera with Mount Batur and Lake Batur, viewed from Penelokan
The main attraction for visitors is located around Lake Batur where Penelokan village provides spectacular views of this crater lake and Mount Batur, set in a vast volcanic caldera. Photo opportunities abound, but try to be there as early in the morning as you can manage before the cloud inevitably starts to gather.
Further northwest along the rim of the caldera is Pura Ulun Danau Batur, one of the most important temples in Bali. Entry is by donation here - Rp 10,000 is about right. The temple was rebuilt up on the caldera ridge in 1926 after an eruption of Mount Batur destroyed the old one down in the crater. There are a large number of shrines, but most visitors are drawn to the huge eleven roofed meru in the inner courtyard. This is dedicated to the goddess of the lake, Ida Batara Dewi Ulan Danau who is regarded as the controlling deity of the whole water and irrigation system of Bali. A virgin priestess is resident at the temple to represent the goddess, and she is served by 24 priests who are chosen as young boys and then keep the role for their lifetime. This is a strong example of just how importantly water and irrigation matters are regarded in traditional Balinese culuture.
You can visit the Bali Aga village at Trunyan on the eastern shore of the lake by boat from Kedisan. This is recommended in some guides, but first hand reports are frequently negative and speak of some problems. This is an isolated community and one which is not particularly welcoming to tourists, despite relying on income from visitors. If you really must go, catch a boat at the lakefront in Kedisan (or you can charter a boat from Toyo Bungkah) and make sure the price is clearly understood before departing, and that the entrance donation to the Trunyan villagers is included. When you arrive at Trunyan, the key attraction is the cemetery. Ancient customs retained by the Bali Aga here include the open burial of dead bodies in a pit covered by just some light cloth. If you want to visit a Bali Aga village though, then Tenganan near Candidasa is a far better option.
One of the best things about a visit to Trunyan is the views of Mount Batur from the eastern shore of the lake. This provides a very different perspective from the usual view from the crater rim. You can though get those same views by taking the small road around the southern edge of the lake through the villages of Kedisan (where there are a few simple places to stay and eat), Buahan and on to the tiny settlement of Abang. The road ends at Abang, a four wheel drive vehicle is more appropriate for this skinny and at times very steep road(but you can explore the eastern shore of the lake further on foot, all the way to Trunyan (about 4 km) if you are feeling energetic (you will be stopped by locals along the way asking if you want to go to Trunyan, they may even follow you and tell you that you cannot go there on foot and you must take a boat with them. Take plenty of water for the walk and be prepared for steep hills.
beauty of the verdant terraced rice field scenery
- Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Jalan Raya keliki, ([email protected]), . Tegalalang Rice Terrace located on south feet batur mountain, around 5 minutes drive. This area is famous tourist attraction for beautiful rice terraces, many tourists who travel to and from Kintamani stopped at this place to witness the beauty of the verdant terraced rice field scenery or having lunch at the restaurant while enjoying the beautiful scenery of terraced rice fields.The rice terrace is designed very beautiful with exquisite hollowing rice field and precisely located on the hill bank. In this place, you will see the Balinese farmer do their rice field in oblique area complete with its system irrigation. You will enjoy the beautiful panorama of valley with rice terrace and coconut trees ornament it. IDR 10.000/Person. edit
- Museum Gunungapi Batur (Batur Museum), (Very close to the junction where the road from Bangli meets the main caldera rim road at Penelokan.), ☎ +62 361 67678 ([email protected]), . 10PM to 5PM Mo to Fr. Well presented exhibits here include explanations of the pacific ring of fire and Indonesia's position within that, local vulcanology and the history of eruptions of Mount Batur, volcanic rocks collected locally, films and computer animations explaining why volcanoes erupt and a telescope to view the mountain. Definitely worth a visit. edit
Active cones on the slopes of Mount Batur
- Batur Volcano Lava Cycling (Kintamani Tourist Service), Jalan Raya Batur (Main Rod of Batur - Kintamani), ☎ +6283114151855, . Cycling around caldera and on the slope of Mount Batur is a new way to experience the Volcano. Start in the morning, Tour will start from Toya Mampeh, a small village located on the northern part of volcano and will take a trip to local farm field, ride under caldera cliff, visiting some temples, tiny water fall, and ride through stony Black Lava all in 2 (two) hours of cycling. The trip will finish at Lake Batur. All tour package included pick up service, lunch, drinking water, and cycling equipment. Visit www.kits-bali.com (Kintamani Tourist Service) IDR 400,000 - 650,000/person. edit
Climbing Mount Batur
A climb to the summit of Mount Batur - 1,700 metres and still an active volcano - to watch the sunrise is a great experience for more energetic travellers. This is an easy climb of about 2 hours, and local guides abound. You do not need to be in peak physical shape to complete this trek. Which parts of the mountain are safely accessible change according to local volcanic activity.
All guides will be members of the Association of Mount Batur Trekking Guides which has an office in Toya Bungkah village (tel: +62 366 52362, 3AM-1PM), from where the treks commence. Book at the office or ask to see proof of membership to avoid problems later, and expect to pay Rp 300,000 to 400,000 per guide (max 4 people). The association runs a cartel on climbing the mountain, and even if you have successfully scaled Everest, you will be harangued to hire a guide for this fairly low key, simple trek. While it is not compulsory, if you do not hire a guide you may be confronted at the start of the climb and the guides are known to become aggressive and confrontational (that's why there is an online petition against this organization). If you are climbing at night without a guide you will need a route map as you will cross many paths leading elsewhere and sometimes the correct path is the least obvious. Note from C.Bali Tours, Mt Batur (Gunung Batur) is a sacred mountain to the Balinese people and a registered guide will make an offering for the gods on your way up, please take into consideration the religious sensitivity of the locals before deciding to go it alone on the mountain.
Use your common sense with the weather, but bear in mind that the paths become very slippery when it is raining, and climbs should be avoided altogether in the depths of the wet season (December to February especially).
There are two commonly used ascent routes. Both are about the same length, but by far the best is from Toya Bungkah itself, as more than half of the climb is through pleasant shady forest. See a map of this route which is also available as a GPX file for import into your mapping app. The alternative route from Pura Jati is across ancient lava fields, there is no shade whatsoever, and underfoot conditions can be harsh. Longer treks of up to 10 hours are also available. These get you right off the beaten path, and will appeal more to serious trekkers. One rewarding option is to scale Mount Abang on the south eastern edge of the outer caldera. Ask at the guides association office. To avoid the hassle of constant harassment by touts in the area asking high prices to guide you, book before you arrive in the area. Most hotels in the area do packages including accommodation in the area or book with your hotel and be driven up in the middle of the night.
Sunrise View on Top Batur Mountain Powered By Ubud Vacation
Pre-dawn climbs timed to reach the peak at sunrise are popular, and also give you the best chance of avoiding the cloud which often envelopes the mountain from mid-morning on-wards. From the peak of the mountain the views in all directions are quite splendid. The sun rises over much higher Mount Agung to the east, while the northerly aspect back towards the crater rim road takes in a large volcanic ash slope with several steaming, active cones. A popular little gimmick from the guides during the climb is to cook an egg on lava-heated rock. Fun, but also a stark reminder of just how active this volcano is.
- Batur Mount Trekking (Ubud Vacation Trekking Operator), Jalan Raya Ubud, ([email protected]), . Batur Mountain Trekking is trip will take you to the best mountain view in Bali, 2 hours trekking allow you to walk across the Black Sandy & Lava deposited by eruption hundreds year ago. See the amazing view of Lake Batur at the sunrise time. Guide will serve you breakfast on top of Mount Batur, swim at hot spring is the reward of your trek. Breakfast will serve at our best recommended restaurant. US $55. edit
- Sunrise Trekking And Bamboo Forest Tour (Ubud Adventures), Jalan Raya Ubud, ([email protected]), . Enjoy the beauty of the sunrise on the mountain top Batur, and combined with a view of the green bamboo forest. This only can be found in ubud adventures.This tour provides an amazing experience in two different places. not only that, we will invite you to see the Penglipuran village, with houses still traditional design with roof made from bamboo. USD 65. edit
Other things to do in this area
Bali Coffee Plantation Tour with rice terrace view. powered by Ubud Adventures
- Kintamani Coffee Plantation Tour (Coffee luwak Tour), Jalan Raya Ceking, ([email protected]), . 9 hours. Bali coffee plantation tour is a program that we provide to you who love nature, looking at the activity of coffee plantation and see how to made famous coffee luwak.coffee-making process is still natural. the process of drying the coffee beans are still using sunlight. roasting coffee beans are still using natural tools such as pan made of clay.tour also bring you to Tirta Empul holy water Hindus and enjoy the beautiful scenery while kintamani lunch. Adult USD 50,Child uSD 20. edit
- C.Bali Canoeing & Cultural/Cycling Tours (C.Bali), Front of Segara Hotel, Kedisan Village, . The only company offering Canoeing tours on Lake Batur and cycling and cultural tours through the villages around the lake. If you don't want to deal with the annoying touts in the area, this company will pick you up from the South and bring you up for the day to experience this beautiful area. Note: C.Bali have a strong emphasis on Culture, all their tours are sustainable and include the support of the locals. C.Bali tour profits go to funding the local primary school, temples and medical care for the village of Kedisan where their tours start from. Prices including transport from your hotel/return, start from Rp 430,000 including all meals, drinks, transport and activities. C.Bali can also organise trekking of Mt Batur as an add on to one of these tours (for trekking, it means an overnight stay in the area). edit
Canoeing Lake Batur - only offered by C.Bali
If (and that's a big if) it is passable, the road which circumvents the base of the crater is very much worth a drive (note: you cannot circumvent the Lake). You get some very different perspectives of the mountain from here. From Toya Bungkah the road loops north around Mount Batur, through Yehmampeh, past another important temple called Buki Mentik and then up again rejoining the caldera ridge road between Kintamani and Batur villages. This road is though often so damaged as to be impassable except on foot. You can walk the whole circuit but it is a long trek - about 18 km if you start from the caldera road.
Downhill cycling tours from Kintamani back to Ubud are offered by several operators on the island including Bali Sobek , Bali Adventure Tours , Bike Countryside Cycling Tour , and Bali Bintang Tours ,Bamboo Forest Cycling . This is a relaxing way to explore the pleasant mountain and hill country between Kintamani and Ubud. The tours normally commence mid-morning from Kintamani, include a lunch stop, and the total duration is 4-5 hours. Expect to pay about Rp 500,000 per person including all equipment, water and lunch.
Bamboo Forest Cycling Tour Powered By Bali Grace Cycling
- Bali Grace Cycling (Bamboo Forest Cycling Tour), Jalan Dewi Sri, ([email protected]), . 3,5 hour. Bali cycling tour visit beautiful bamboo forest,breakfast overlook batur and lake mountain,see traditional penglipuran village with bamboo roof design,see beautiful lotus flower in small lake,ride beside rice fields and finish tour lunch in middle rice fields.easy to ride for all ages. Adult us $50,Child US $25. edit
- Ubud Adventures (Bali Countryside And Nature Bamboo Forest), ([email protected]), . Cycling adventure through the countryside will bring you up close and personal with friendly local people, their unique culture, beautiful villages, stunning landscapes and amazing ancient temples. Not only rural villages and rice paddies, we offer you secret back roads, dense plantations and bamboo forest are just a few of them. Our routes are also flexible and can accommodate any level of experiences.Tour include : breakfast overlook vulcano,lunch in middle rice fields,visit penglipuran villages and bamboo forest. Adult USD 50,Child USD 25. edit
- Ubud Bike (Bamboo Forest And Bali Countryside), Jalan raya Ubud, ([email protected]), . full day cycling tour will take you far away from the regular tourist itinerary and deep into rural Bali where you will be able to witness first hand the daily life of the Balinese people, their local customs and rituals as well as their age-old traditions and see beautiful bamboo forest and small lake with lotus flower. Adult US $50,Child US $25. edit
- Toyo Devasya, ☎ +62 366 51204. 8AM-8PM. Soak in these hot springs right by the lake side in the village of Toya Bungkah. Very relaxing, and a great way to warm up on the frequent chilly days up here. US$15 including use of loungers. edit
Kintamani is the pushy souvenir hawker capital of Bali. They will surely target you the moment you arrive and try to admire the view. If you are confident handling the haggling with these vendors, Kintamani can turn out to be an interesting shopping experience. If you are not, and allow such things to bother you, the level of hassle here can make for an unpleasant experience.
Fruit and vegetables. Kintamani is renowned for growing oranges (especially) and other fruit. You will see lots of streetside vendors in this area selling excellent quality freshly picked fruit. The local orange is called Jeruk Kintamani and is delicious. The areas down around the lake (especially on the eastern shore) are market gardens for all sorts of cool climate vegetables.
There are a large number of identikit buffet restaurants sited on the main road in Kintamani and Penelokan. These are aimed at tour buses. These restaurants serve all-you-can-eat lunch buffets, offer fantastic views across the lake, but most of them are pricey. You could instead head for local food stands and other outlets close to Kintamani market and smaller restaurants in Penelokan.
In Toya Bungkah there are several small restaurants that specialise in locally caught fish from Lake Batur.
- Breakfast Overlook Vulcano, Jalan singaraja kintamani, . 05.00 am - 11.00 Am. Kintamani has choices for Breakfast overlooking the crater magnificent scenery, ranging from "warung" (simple and cheap places) to big fancy restaurant which serves local and international cuisines for personal as well as tour groups. Most of breakfast places come in moderate prices, even for the wonderful Lakeside Resto; an international restaurant edit
- Kedisan, Jl Raya Sekardadi ((besides the lake Batur )). Recommend by local tour guy. Kedisan is a resort and restaurant. You can eat on the rafted room and enjoy the whole lake and mountain, and the raft is moving gently which make you feel special. The grill lake fish is a must, very fresh and tasty ( Rp 70,000 per kilo, about 3 fishes ), with Balinese sauce and onion sauce. The waiter is nice and kind, lots of local Indonesian host party here. And the duck of the lake always coming to ask food. Rp 80,000 per person. edit
There are no bars here at all. If you are staying at Toya Bungkah you might well run into other travellers keen to exchange chat, and have a few beers by the lake.
Few visitors stay in the area but instead take in the sights during the day. Those that do stay do so for the purpose of climbing Mount Batur pre-dawn, and therefore stay down around Lake Batur close to the ascent start point in Toya Bungkah or at Kedisan on the southern shore. Warning: make sure you book ahead if you wish to stay in this area or will find yourself at the mercy of the local touts and pay higher prices to cover their high commissions. Once you start your descent to the Lake (at the Police station) they will be sure to wave you over. Just tell them you already have a hotel booking and where and they will leave you alone.
- Arlina's Bungalow & Restaurant, Toya Bungkah, ☎ +62 818 055 157 08. Something of an institution in Toya Bungkah, and popular with budget travellers. Located next door to the trekking guide association office and across the street from the public hot springs. You can chose whether you want hot water or not (costs extra), and the rooms have nice verandas with lake views. Three pools, two fed by hot spring water and one cold. Price About Rp. 450.000. edit
- Lakeside Cottages, Toya Bungkah, ☎ +62 366 52149, . The grandest place down by the lake but still quite simple. Nice views, all rooms have hot water and some of the cottages are really quite large. FYI - reviewed as TERRIBLE 7 out of 10 reviews on Tripadvisor. From Rp 225,000. edit
- Batur bungalows, Toya Bungkah - Songan (one kilometer after the hot springs in the direction of the temple Pura Ulun Danu), ([email protected]), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. New bungalow directly at the foot of Batur volcano. Spacious and clean rooms with views of the Mount Batur. A 15 minute walk to Lake Batur and hot springs in Toya Bungkah village. From Rp 400,000. edit
- Mapa lake view bungalow, Toya Bungkah - Songan. Have 2 rooms with hot water and nice view on the lake, mount Abang and Batur. Private and beautiful territory on the hill. From Rp 400,000. edit
- Lakeview Hotel & Restaurant, Penelokan village, Bali (on the caldera road at Penelokan), ☎ +62 811 3808011 ([email protected]), . checkin: 27/08/2010; checkout: 28/08/2010. Few overseas visitors ever stay on the caldera ridge road but if you decide to, this is the nicest of the bunch of hotels there. Amazing views, but a strange almost fortress-like design. From US$45. edit
- Batur Lakeside Hut, Kedisan Kintamani, Bali (on the caldera road at Penelokan), ☎ +62 8070181 ([email protected]), . checkin: 13.00pm; checkout: 12.00pm. Balinese Hut. From IDR 650.000. edit
- Puri Bening Hyato, Toya Bungkah, ☎ +62 366 51234. Located a little to the north of the other places to stay in Toya Bungkah. The more expensive rooms have hot water, and there is a communal hot spring-fed jacuzzi. From Rp 120,000. edit
- Putra Mulya, Kedisan, ☎ +62 366 51754. Very simple and cheap rooms and this place on the south shore of the lake which is popular with backpackers for that reason. Own by a local granny who is nice. update on Mar 2015 Rp 100,000. edit
- Segara Hotel & Restaurant, Kedisan, ☎ +62 366 51136 ([email protected]). checkin: 2.00pm; checkout: 12noon. A variety of rooms here, most with hot water and even some with TVs (local channel only). Decent restaurant (you must try the fresh fish Ikan Mujair), nice views of the lake, and a good source of reliable trekking guides (make sure they are wearing a hotel uniform, local touts will follow you into the hotel). Ask to see one of their newer rooms (Price from rp 350,000) as they are slowly renovating. They do have slow WIFI. From Rp 250,000. edit
- Miranda Homestay & Restaurant, Jl Raya Kintamani (200 meters from Kintamani police station). checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. A small garden, surround by 5 guest rooms. Miranda Homestay is open by a local Balinese couple. The cheapest double room ( 200,000 Rp. ) is enough for 3 persons, no toilet, cold water, the public toilet and sink is quiet old but clean. The blanket is not very clean. / Better room ( 300,000 Rp ) has independent toilet and hot water. / No WIFI/ Breakfast incl. normally is fried rice with egg and coffee or tea, the dinning room is very traditional and bright. From Rp 200,000. edit
- Nami Ayu Hotel, Jl Rary Kintamani (base on the main road). checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. This is a three floor building, base on the main road of Kintamani. There is rare guest in this hotel. Double room with toilet and hot water from Rp 200,000. Need to pay when you arrived. The TV and bedlamp are not function any more. And the room is with a balcony but really humid at night. No WIFI, excl. breakfast. From Rp 200,000. edit
- Batur Mountain View ([email protected]), Jalan Culali, Desa Batur Selatan (on the way down to Black Lava field), ☎ +6283114151855, . checkin: 1400; checkout: 1200. One of accommodation in Kintamani with best view of Mount and Lake Batur, nestled on the hill of Kintamani, Batur Mountain View have 2 Standard Rooms (garden view), 4 Superior Rooms (mountain view) with bathtub, 4 Deluxe Rooms (mountain view) with bathtub, and 1 Villa Room (mountain view) with bathtub. There is a restaurant also to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All room with hot water and balcony. 450,000 - 800,000. edit
The area code for Kintamani is 0366.
- Internet access has finally arrived in this area, and the better places to stay in Kedisan and Toya Bungkah offer internet facilities for non-guests.
- There are public telephone offices at Penelokan close to the turn off down to the lake, at Kintamani market and in Toya Bungkah.
- Onto the north coast to Singaraja and quiet beaches at Lovina.
- The cultural heartland of Bali in Ubud is just 45 minutes to the south.
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