This region in the heart of the island is the perfect place to relax and admire the breathtaking sceneries. I started from the north with the famous three lakes of Munduk, Tamblingan Lake, Danau Buyan, and finally Danau Beratan, certainly the most famous thanks to its temple steeped in history. Besides, I advise you to visit it by the water to better contemplate. We didn’t follow the tourists, we boarded a boat and, for IDR 30 000 each (less than 2 euros), we enjoyed a ride on the lake with a unique view of the mountain and the temple of course. Rocked by the calm of the water, it is a place that gives off a slight sensation of magic!

The official entrance is IDR 50 000. The monument is actually built on the water and you can visit it in the middle of beautiful gardens, a park with stone animals and buddhist statuettes. Around the lake, the atmosphere is sweet and soothing, although sometimes there can be a lot of tourists.

We don’t even count the number of waterfalls in Munduk, each more impressive than the others. You can breathe fresh air and go for a beautiful walk in the forest to access to them, especially on the easy-to-follow pathway that connects Labuhan Kebo Waterfalls, Red Coral Waterfall and Golden Valley Waterfall. Go ahead preferably in the morning for calm, light and freshness… even if it’s already very hot from 8am. To go down to the waterfalls, you have to pay between IDR 5000 and IDR 10 000, it’s just a few cents.

Then, a must do when you are in Bali… Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. Jatiluwih means “really beautiful” and I now understand why. Personally, I preferred these rice fields to Tegalalang near Ubud. It’s not for nothing that they are classified as World Heritage by Unesco. Jatiluwih offers incredible panoramas with a magnificent view overlooking the entire south coast of Bali. You can discovers these landscapes by scooter but there are also guides who offer bike rides. Imagine… you are on your bike in the middle of this show for the eyes, then, a little break to enjoy a delicious Balinese dish facing the rice fields before taking the road… I am sure you already see you there. So don’t forget to add all these places to your list !

Sydney Jouffret

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