For our 7th day of our itinerary in Indonesia, we will leave the island of Java to start our Bali discovery program. Thus, we will cross and visit the north of Bali to arrive at Ubud in the evening.
Map of my itinerary in North Bali
Visit of North Bali – What to see in North of Bali
- Banyuwangi Road to Bali
- Ferry for crossing Java to Bali
- Tamblingan Lake
- Munduk Waterfall
- Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
- Jatiluwih Rice Paddies
Go from Java to Bali – Crossing the Bali Strait by ferry
I paid 10,000 IDR one way or 0.70 Euros. It’s cheap because Bali is only 3.5 km from Java.
Info: no need for reservations, we take the ticket directly to the pier (several non-regular departures during the day). They have the people in the boat installed and wait until it is complete to leave. The waiting time is very variable depending on the day of the week and time … but we had an average of less than 1 hour.
What to see in North of Bali – Tamblingan lake and Munduk waterfall
Then we drive in north of Bali: Tamblingan Lake with a stop at the Munduk waterfall (yes, but blah because in the rain …). To reach the waterfall, we walk about 20 minutes in a beautiful tropical forest. If the weather is nice, you can swim under the waterfall.
We planned then to cross the lake in traditional canoe but as it was raining, we had to cancel (everything was covered and misty …). The lake must be beautiful under the sun but we were not so lucky.
What to see in North of Bali – Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
Visit of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a delightful little temple dedicated to the goddess Dewi Danu, revered by all the villagers of the region as the waters of the lake irrigate their fields. This little temple is just beautiful. I LOVE !!!
Count a good hour of visit then take advantage of strolling half an hour in the small market in front of the site. Spices are queen and you can negotiate the prices (divide by 2!).
What to see in North of Bali – Rice fields from Utu village to Jatiluwih village
Walk about 1 hour (but it is a minimum) in the rice fields of Utu village to Jatiluwih village (you can rent bikes on site). This site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its famous rice fields form a beautiful natural amphitheater and are a perfect example of the functioning of the Balak subak, the irrigation and water management systems that are fiercely anchored in the heart of Balinese culture. Without doubt anywhere else here, culture and agriculture are so intrinsically linked. This registration and international recognition are worth a nice label and will certainly avoid the beautiful natural site to see its landscape stained in the coming years by building hotels, villas or even chicken coops …
Despite the weather a little sad that day, I loved these landscapes. With this bright green and harmonious curves dotted with palm trees, it is a real show and we take full of the good heavens! Do not miss !!!
After all these beautiful landscapes, we take the road towards Ubud where we will stay for 3 nights.
Where to sleep in Ubud?
There I found the rare pearl! ESTY HOUSE: A Guest House in the heart of Ubud close to the market and good restaurants. It offers spacious, clean, air-conditioned rooms with a small terrace equipped with a rattan lounge … The pool sits in the middle of a small tropical garden. Of course there is free wifi and good breakfasts for 20 Euros a night !!! One downside: the welcome and smile a little chilly …
We will stay 3 nights at Esty House:
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