Bali volcano, also known as Kintamani volcano and Mount Batur have been the most favorite tourist destination in the central mountains area of Bali. With the magnificent view of its caldera, and also the beauty of Lake Batur which fills the large part of the caldera, the crater of Mount Batur is the central interest of the place which is estimated to have 13 square km size.
The view is the main reason to come here. Surrounded by the captivating nature of Mount Batur, you will find plenty more reasons to linger in the crater itself, and be sure to also take in the joyous winding road along the lake shore to Toya Bungkah, Pura Ulan Danu Batur, or even the hot springs.
Kintamani area actually consists of 3 main villages including Penelokan, Batur, and Kintamani. There are also some ancient villages around Batur Lake which is often known as Bali Age Village. Penelokan is the vantage point at the southernmost of the crater rim. You will be greeted by a fantastic spectacle as you come over the ridge at Penelokan and gaze down in wonder at the twin caldera of Lake Batur.
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Kintamani is a noted producer of fruit and vegetables as the soil is rich in minerals from the volcano. The northern part, 400 metres above the sea level, is the biggest bamboo producer on the island.
Danau Batur is the main source of irrigation water for Bali. Locals also breed freshwater fish here.
The temperature of Toyabungkah hotsprings water reaches up to 45 degrees celcius. Kintamani is in Bangli, the only district in Bali without a shoreline. Danau Batur’s water serves several springs on the island, called ‘Tirta Suci’.
The best panoramic views are enjoyed from 10:00 to 15:00. Hiking up Gunung Batur usually takes at least three hours. Official guides are recommended, and it’s best to organise them through travel agents. ‘Mountain guides’, however, are self-titled and have a reputation for being pushy.