The north-eastern part of Bali, known collectively as Kintamani is dominated by the vast caldera, or volcanic crater, of Mount Batur. This area includes the villages of Toya Bungkah, Penelokan, Batur, Abung, Songan, Kedisan and Kintamani. This area has acquired a reputation as a significant tourist attraction, drawing significant numbers of visitors from across the globe.
This part of Bali boasts picturesque scenery and great natural beauty and is an idyllic area largely untouched by the hand of modernisation. The two major natural features of the area are Mount Batur, which is still an active volcano and Lake Batur, a tranquil body of water.
Active travellers with an adventurous spirit will enjoy hiking to the summit of the volcano Mount Batur. The pinnacle of this volcanic peak stands at 1,700 m but the trek to the summit is relatively easy and undemanding. With the assistance of a local guide the ascent should only take approximately two hours and does not necessitate exceptional levels of physical fitness. However you must take the precaution of ascertaining the locations where volcanic activity is taking place, which must naturally be avoided. It is also advisable not to undertake the climb during rainy weather.
There are actually two frequently used routes of ascent, which are both approximately equal in length. However the route commencing from Toya Bungkah is far more attractive and popular, as for most of the distance it takes a pleasant pathway through undemanding shaded forest areas.
Serious experienced trekkers also have the option of undertaking a longer more demanding excursion, perhaps lasting for as long as ten hours. These extended treks take hikers off the established paths and into rarely travelled territory.
Another attractive option is to climb the mountain in the early pre-dawn hours, so as to reach the summit in time to view the mountain sunrise. From the mountain peak the panoramic views will delight the visitor, extending into the distance in every direction. The amazing experiences to be savoured at Mount Batur will undoubtedly capture the interest of the visitor.
Selective visitors to the area desiring a quality resort in Kuta will find an excellent choice in the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. This attractive Kuta beach resort is reputed for its fine accommodation and gracious hospitality.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+