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Lake Batur is Bali's largest lake, wrapping around the cone of the island's third tallest volcano. This place offers spectacular views of mountain ,lake and mystical temples

the lake

The crescent-shaped crater lake of Batur, 1,031 meters above sea level, is seven and a half km long, with a maximum width of two and a half km, and a depth of between 65 and 70 meters. The western side is barren lava rock while the eastern side is lined with trees. The average height of the huge outer rim is around 1,300 meters. Though there are no suface river outlets, the waters of the lake feed underground rivers which emerge as holy springs in the southern part of the island

where ?

Getting to the volcano is pretty easy, there's one main road from Gianyar through Bangli that goes all the way to top. Once at the village of Kintamani (which is a toll entrance of a few thousand Rupiah -- about 50 US cents), the road runs along the edge of the tall volcanic cliffs around the south and west sector. .

The villages

The village of Batur was formerly sited in the Batur crater until a violent eruption of the volcano in 1917 and again in 1926. The village was relocated to the crater rim and the surviving shrine was placed in the new temple Pura Ulun Danu. This temple is of considerable importance and is one of Bali's nine directional temples.

Eight villages huddle along its shores

to know more about each village check out this link villages of Batur/Kintamani

when to go

The rainy season was a tough time to visit Batur, ( but when I was there it was actually cloudy and drizzling ..hehe) as the fog was everpresent and thick, but watching the weather patterns was fascinating. Because Batur was in fact an active volcano, there are hot springs nearby that caused clouds to form rapidly around the tip of the cone.

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  • Updated May 9, 2004
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