Nature of the North
“He who has stopped travelling, has stopped living.” I guess that quote really stands true when it comes to exploring Bali. It is almost impossible to get bored and feel life is monotonous while living in Bali. For the true explorers who are on the continuous quest for new discoveries, this island is an ideal place to satiate that hunger. Waterfalls, beaches, crater lakes, paddy fields, vineyards, North Bali gives you no chance to complain. Being the greenest area of Bali, North Bali also provides a diverse set of tourist spots to explore.
For all those who cannot resist of going to the ocean, Lovina Beach is the only destination in the North of Bali. Characterised by calm waves and side-lined by coconut trees, it is visited by all those who crave for relaxation. Lovina is sun-drenched, with patches of shade from palm trees. The tourist area stretches over 8 kilometres, and consists of a string of coastal villages – Kaliasem, Kalibukbuk, Anturan and Tukad Mungga – collectively known as Lovina. A short drive from the black sand beach of Lovina, those who are keen into architecture can visit The Royal Palace of Singaraja, which depicts royal grandeur and majestic European building styles.
If you need to pacify your soul, Pura Ponjok Batu can be an alternative. Meaning Stone Cape, this ancient, spiritual place owes its uniqueness to a rock promontory, which from the crevices of these rocks grows frangipani trees and shrubs. This Hindu temple is used for praying to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi. For Buddhists, praying at the Brahma Vihara Arama is a must. Located in the Tegehe Village, this is the biggest Buddhist temple in Bali that rises majestically, overlooking Lovina Beach with a backdrop of lush green hills. Painted with colourful decorations, this place is also a perfect place for relaxation while admiring the beautiful buildings and surroundings.
Soaking in the healing waters of a natural hot spring is one of the most effective way to relax in nature, and it just so happens that Bali. Located at the Banjar Village, with thick foliage-clad slopes surrounding the sacred area, Banjar Hot Spring, as the name points out, consists of hot ponds filled with warm water. The sulphuric water, which believed to cure skin diseases, spills from the mouths of stone-carved mythical dragons into three pools at a tempting temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. The presence of brimstones in the water lends to the healing property of these pools for various skin diseases, which explain why the place is known as the “Magical waters of Bali”.
One of the most famous waterfalls of north Bali is Gitgit Waterfall. Located in the plateau area with the height about 35 metres, the waterfall is surrounded by tropical trees with some plantations protecting the rain forest around it.
Forest lovers will be treated well at the Lemukih village, which lies in the northern slope of the island at an altitude of 638 metres above sea level. It is dotted by gorgeous rice paddies, coffee and fruit plantations, making it ideal for those who want to stroll around and explore deeper into Balinese lifestyle. Encircled by green forests and mountains, Lemukih provides a rather picturesque view. The dense tropical rain-forests are a perfect spot for trekking. It is characterised by 3 beautiful, gushing waterfalls which start at different heights. The water is cool and clean and pours out from the greenery above. The pounding sound of water falling and splashing creates a much desired tranquillity all around.
The wine lovers can enjoy North Bali by visiting the vineyard of Hatten Wines. Situated between the towns of Seririt and Pemuteran, this place offers wine tasting and exploring experience. The Hatten Wines winery is a modern state of the art facility, bottling over 50,000 bottles of wine each day. Like most places, Bali also has its own cultural drink called Tuak, universally known as palm wine. It is a milky fermented alcohol made from the sap of palm trees. It has a sour taste, and a strong burn as you swallow. It is available for purchase in some restaurants and shops and should be tried by every wine lover to know the rustic flavour of Bali.
The magnificence of North Bali is just endless and gets even better with more exploration. With adrenaline pumping activities to lazing around on the beach and strolling across paddy fields, this northern part of the island leaves no stone unturned to satisfy every ounce of your soul. A perfect region to distress one’s mind and body, North Bali truly captivates the heart and soul.
Gitgit Waterfall | Lovina Beach | The Royal Palace of Singaraja | Pura Pojok Batu | Brahma Vihara Arama | Banjar Hot Spring | Lemukih Waterfalls | Welcome Center & Observation Deck of Hatten Wines vineyards