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  Mt. Batur and Lake Batur
by bryINpoland

Gunung Batur (Mt. Batur) is Bali's most active volcano. In the past 200 years, the volcano has erupted over 20 times, its most devastating one taking place in 1917, when over 1,000 people were lost, and over 2,000 temples destroyed. Because of it's constant eruptions, the landscape surrounding the volcano are bare and dry, looking almost like the surface of some foreign planet.

The Volcano is popular for hiking and walking tours, around and up its barren slopes.(Treking tours and guides can be found in the small lakeside town of Toya Bungkah. There is also accommodation available as well). At the foot of the volcano, sits Lake Batur, formed over a million years ago when a giant eruption blew off the top of Mt. Batur.

A trip up to the mountain takes about 2 hours from Ubud. The drive is relaxing, as it takes you through the central region of Bali, along small winding roads wide enough for about one and a half cars.

Entrance into the crator is 4,000 Rp per person (55 cents AU 42 cents US) and I recommend getting an early start to your day when visiting Mt. Batur, so to get a jump on the big tour buses that take over the mountain come noon. That way you can have all the scenic points to yourself, and be able to enjoy the peacefulness of the mountain.

A day trip from Ubud to Mt. Batur and back, with as many stops as wanted to villages and temples, there and back cost $225,000 Rp ($31 AU $24 US) There are plenty of drivers available in and around Ubud, and i also have listed some names and numbers of ones i suggest, in my transportation tips.

A trip to Mt. Batur makes for a great day trip, and an unforgetable experience. I hope you have a good time, and enjoy it as much as i did.

Directions: Located 2 hours north of Ubud

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 29, 2005
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