When the beating sun of the coast becomes too much for the children, it is probably a sign that the cooler parts of the island are calling. Bedugul, with its green hills and fresh crisp air, makes for a great option for family getaways in search of cooler pastures. The area has long been popular for its expansive botanical gardens as well as the ‘floating temple’. It’s filled with excitement that kids will surely love.

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It’s important with children to go to a destination with activities or spaces where children can channel their abundance of energy. The Bali Botanical Gardens is one such spot where a simple run in the park, or rolling down gentle hills, carpeted with green grass, is all possible. Parents, meanwhile, can sit under the shade of the garden’s old trees, watch and unwind. Of course, exploring the area together is also a fun idea, as the gardens are home to a cactus green house, a bamboo forrest, an orchid garden, herbs and spice garden and a lot more to discover.

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Close to the entrance of the gardens is Bali Treetops, a true test of physical ability! Bali Treetops is a high-ropes challenge high that takes place up near the canopy of the towering botanical trees. Really a challenge of your own ability, these circuits are obstacle courses that have you suspended above the ground, with beautiful views around you; you will remain attached to the lifeline for safety throughout, of course. Even so, this is definitely not for the fainthearted nor a frailer being, as the circuits are up to twenty meters above the ground!

Next on the list is visiting the water temple at the Lake Bratan. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a famous picturesque landmark and is actually featured on the Indonesian 50,000 rupiah note. While visiting the temple might not be so interesting for the kids, a trip around the lake with a cycle-powered lake boat will spark their interest. There are also several strawberry farms by the lake where visitors can pick strawberries on their own, and will only be charged accordingly to the weight of the strawberries they picked.

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Those with animal loving children should visit The Sila’s, an agro-tourism site where kids can go horse riding, feed rabbits and porcupines, and visit  (Gembrong Goat) breeding area- a conservation area which is the program of the Indonesian Scientific Institution. This special goat originated from the Karangasem regency in the east and is a mix breed of Kashmir goat and a Turkish goat that known arrived in Bali hundred years ago as a gift for the King at the time.

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At The Sila’s the whole family can also enjoy the 360 degree vistas of the surrounding Bedugul hills on the ferris wheel that moves slowly, giving more time to enjoy the scenery. If outdoors is where you and kids love the most, then why not stay the night? A little campsite, with tent rentals, mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags are all available. So, when night falls and the children are tinkering out slowly, lie by the bonfire together, enjoy a barbecued meal and watch the stars above.

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