When hearing about Bali, the first impression coming into your mind might be sun-kissed coasts and year-round sweltering heat. But does it ever get cold here? Spend some nights in the central highlands! Crisp air coupled with misty lakes, majestic waterfalls, and epic mountain terrains will pamper your senses.
This simple guide will help you decide which places to go for a taste of chilly weather in Bali.
Take a two-hour drive from Denpasar to the famous mountain resort Bedugul, the home to Bali’s scenic Lake Beratan backdropped by Mount Beratan. You will love the fascinating landmark: the ancient temple Ulun Danu that floats on the lake. Explore the area by foot or take a boat ride, and let yourself immersed in the mystical air. Attractions nearby include Kebun Raya Bedugul, named the largest botanical garden in Indonesia where plenty of flora collections are preserved (you can even find Rafflesia flower!). Step into the world of dreamy verdant hills and enjoy a picnic day out here! Much local produce is grown in the high altitude, that is why make sure you drop by Candi Kuning traditional market and bring home some of the freshest fruits and vegetables. Or, you can go for the joy of strawberry-picking right from the farm! Bedugul is a well-known travel destination attracting many visitors every day, so find ultimate tranquility by choosing the best accommodation during your stay.
It takes less than half an hour from Bedugul to Munduk, a mountainous area dotted by lush jungles, waterfalls, and coffee plantations. For such beautiful sights, this small rural village is less traveled (which means you can get the feel of authentic local life!). There are two lovely waterfalls, Munduk and Melanting, accessible by the trail from the main road. If you are keen on chasing waterfalls, head over towards North Bali to discover more hidden gems, among such is the majestic 50-meter high Sekumpul Waterfall. Munduk is situated close to other worth-to-visit lakes, the serene twin lake Tamblingan and Buyan. Similar to Beratan but much quieter, each has its beautiful temples and mountain backdrops. Plus you can go camping here.
Catching sunrise above the clouds can’t get any more exciting as Mount Batur trekking. Add Kintamani to your itinerary and take a trip to the north-west! The trekking to this legendary volcano will reward you with one of the best scenery in Bali highlands. After your morning climb, soak up a relaxing hot spring bath next to Lake Batur. Pair the cool climate with lakeside views and mineral-rich water for ultimate bliss. Kintamani originates a distinctive coffee flavor with a citrus hint, thanks to the volcanic soil that mostly grows coffee beans alongside oranges. Various cafes in the area freshly roast the beans, delivering the authentic taste of Kintamani coffee for you!