- Mount Batur
- Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave
- Volkswagen Safari
- Sebatu Water Temple
This exciting Mount Batur Safari takes you to Bali’s central mountainous area. Today’s unique means of transport is a comfortable Volkswagen Safari. Visit the beautiful Sebatu Water Temple before driving to impressive Mount Batur, an active volcano offering magnificent caldera views. Soak up some culture and have a fresh cup of coffee in Bali’s cultural heart – Ubud – and visit ancient Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave. Exploring Bali is fun, but exploring Bali in a VW Safari is even better!
Today’s first stop of the Mount Batur Safari is the Sebatu Water Temple, known to local people as Pura Tirta Dawa Gunung Kawi Sebatu. This stunning site is located in the highland village of Sebatu, 10 km northeast of Ubud. Although it is one of Bali’s most beautiful and tranquil sites, it is one of the least visited temple complexes. Flourishing gardens surround pretty ponds filled with carp and blooming lotuses. The pristine pools around the old shrines are fed by Sebatu’s natural springs.
You continue your journey to the Kintamani area, which consists of the three main villages of Penelokan, Batur, and Kintamani, all cradled around the active Mt Batur volcano. The first recorded eruption of Batur was in 1804 with many more eruptions since. From the town of Kintamani, you can see the large lava field from the 1968 volcanic eruption. Penelokan sits at the southernmost end of the crater rim and offers a spectacular view over Lake Batur’s twin caldera. It is the largest crater lake on Bali and is an important source of fish for the local villagers.
Travel back down the volcano towards Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart and known for its many galleries and cafes. This charming town is located amongst lush forest and green rice paddies and has various places of interest such as the Puri Lukisan, the monkey forest, botanical gardens and the Seniwati Gallery.
Just outside Ubud is the Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave Temple, one of Bali’s historical sites. As elephants are not native to Bali, this ancient cave probably got its name from nearby Sungai Petanu, once known as Elephant River. Or as some say, the rock over the cave’s entrance resembles an elephant. The center of this temple is a cave with a demon’s mouth serving as an entrance. Inside you can see the remains of a Ganesh and various other statues. Descend from Goa Gajah through rice fields towards the river, where there is a small cave and more stupa rock carvings to admire.
Return to your hotel in late afternoon. End of the Mount Batur Safari trip.
Have a look at a video we shot with a drone of Mount Batur.
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