The regency of Bangli covers a large area of Bali in the North of the island including the volcanic area of Batur and the Kintamani area. Bangli extends right down to Tianyar and Tejakula where the regency meets the sea, form the highlands of the north of Bangli you can look out over the entire regency which is an amazing view from the rice padi fields down to the coast and the small villages and temples that Bangli encompasses. Bangli is one of the most fertile areas of Bali and is the main reason that the rest of the island is so fertile, the lakes and water couches that create Bali’s many rivers and streams that carve valleys out of the highlands and create streams that lead to the beaches all across the land all begin in the highlands of Bangli. This makes the north of Bangli a beautiful area to visit where there are many small villages and traditional communities dedicated to to the rice farming and the complexities of the fascinating Balinese culture.
If you wish to visit this amazing location of lush tropical forest, valleys, highlands, lakes and traditional villages from the south of Bali then the most accessible approach is to use the bypass towards Sanur and then follow it on to Gianyar. Past this point you will enter the rice terraces of Sidan as the roads rise over the Bukit Samprangan as you draw closer to Bangli. When you reach Taman Bali the climb becomes more noticeable as you pass through the woodlands and wind your way up the roads into Bangli.
The southern rice fields contain no real tourist attractions which is actually the areas main attraction. This is an area where the culture is preserved and you are unlikely to see another westerner and the rich traditional values and lifestyle can be appreciated in a way than just cannot be felt in places such as Ubud. Known to some of Indonesia’s most dedicated travelers as ‘the real Bali’ Bangli is one of the few areas that actually exhibits Bali as it was before the tourist boom, the Bali that people first started to come to the island to witness.
Pura Kehen is the main town of the area and is Bangli’s administrative centre with many palaces and large mansions that are excellent to visit as well as the area’s main temples. The temples in this area have more majestic appeal then most due to their grandeur and fantastic backdrop of classic Indonesian beauty. At the Batur area the feel is different and with the amazing trek prospects of the volcano itself, the Batur is an excellent challenge for any traveler. The landscape surrounding the area is largely unchanged with rainforests and valleys with tropical life and fresher temperatures. The lake at the top is home to water sports facilities and is a fantastic photographic opportunity that is a real jewel of Bali.