A mountainous area in the hinterland of Bali is known as Bedugul. The site lies between 700m and 2000m above sea level and is characterized by a number of lakes and forested mountains and hills around them. Temperatures are pleasent in Bedugul and the area is considered a sanctuary in Bali's highlands. One can find many beautiful trails, water sports, the largest botanical gardens of Indonesia, or simply a mixture between Bali temple settings with a spectacular mountain secenery in the background. If you want to go out in the evening, however, you should bring a light jacket - it can get chilly at night.
Things to do near Bedugul
Travelers should not miss the attractions of the Bali Botanical Gardens. The gardens offer an extensive collection of trees and flowers, including wild orchids, on an area that covers 150 hectares. However, avoid to visit the Botanical Gardens at Sunday and public holidays, as they are very popular at Balinese families.
On the traditional market of Candikuning vegetables and fruit of the Bedugul region are offered. The cool climate here allows growing strawberries, and a variety of tropical fruits, vegetables, and orchids. Exotic spices with beautiful gift packaging are popular at visitors, in particular.
Western toilets can be found in the far left corner of the market, near a bar.
A trekking tour starts from the amusement park Taman Rekreasi Bedugal. A mountain path leads to the 2096m high mountain Gunung Catur. The trail leads around the south side of Lake Batur. After passing three caves the path zigzags up onto a wider path on the ridge. This then pulls along the ridge, through forests, along garbage, up to the peak of Gunung Catur. Expect a 3 hours walk for the ascent. Take enough water and a snack and inform your hotel about the planned tour, so they can help in case of an emergency.
Travel to Bedugul
Bedugul is located on the main north-south road on Bali. There are frequent connections from Ubung terminal in Denpasar and from Sukasada terminal in Singaraja.