At the heart of sleepy lakeside Bedugul, amid Bali’s cool central highlands, is Bali Botanic Garden, an underrated Bali attraction. Plant-lovers enjoy forest walks and gardens full of orchids and Balinese plants, while families and adventure-seekers gravitate to the park for the zipline and rope adventures at Bali Treetop Adventure Park.
Highlights of the Bali Botanic Garden, established in 1959, include a large collection of begonias, wild orchids native to Bali, and local carnivorous plants—in total the garden holds more than 21,000 living specimens belonging to 2,400 species. There is a per person fee and per vehicle parking charge to enter the 388-acre (157-hectare) garden. Bali Treetop Adventure Park is located within the park.
Bali Botanic Garden is a popular stop on Bedugul tours. The botanical gardens are typically visited on tours with other lakeside attractions such as Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and local farms. There are overnight accommodations on the property.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Bali Botanic Gardens appeals to plant-lovers—and anyone who’d like to beat the heat.
- Bali Treetop Adventure Park within the park requires a separate fee and includes rope-walking circuits and zip lines for kids and adults.
- Temperatures in Bedugul can drop as low as 55°F (13°C): Bring layers and rain protection.
How to Get There
Perama runs a regular shuttle bus to Bedugul, with stops in Kuta, Ubud, Sanur, and Lovina. In the morning, “bemo” minibuses from Denpasar’s Ubung terminal stop at Bedugul on route for the north coast city of Singaraja. Besides Bali’s usual traffic, the steep, winding, often misty roads make self-driving challenging: Many opt to hire a car and driver or join a tour.
When to Get There
At around 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) above sea level, Bedugul is cool enough for strawberries to grow. During the rainy season (October until early May), temperatures drop low enough for locals to light fires. If you plan to visit Bali Treetop Adventure Park, arrive in the morning for the best chance of dry weather: June, July, and August are driest. On weekends, the Adventure Park is overflowing with locals and expats alike.
Bali Treetop Adventure Park
Designed, built, and managed by French nationals, Bali Treetop Adventure Park follows European Union safety standards. It offers seven challenging rope circuits through the woodland of the botanical garden. The smallest circuit is suitable for children as young as 4; the most advanced will challenge teens and adults. There is a maximum weight limit of 265 pounds (120 kilograms).