About an hour north of Ubud in Bali’s northeast
highlands lie the village known as Kintamani and the region of the same name.
The star attractions here are Mt. Batur, an active volcano above a lake with
hot springs, coffee farms and spice plantations, rice field
landscapes, and villages populated by the Bali Aga minority.
Visitors come to Kintamani not for its beaches (there are none) but for its stunning active volcano, outdoor adventures, and cultural appeal. One of the most popular activities in Kintamani is a sunrise trek to the top of sacred Mt. Batur, often complete with breakfast cooked in volcanic steam. But it’s also possible to cycle downhill through UNESCO-listed rice terraces, soak in the hot springs on the shores of Lake Batur, tour a coffee plantation, watch a traditional barong dance performance, or visit one of the island’s most important directional temples, Pura Ulun Danu Batur. Many island tours stop for lunch at a Kintamani restaurant overlooking Mt. Batur and Lake Batur.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Kintamani is a must-see for adventure travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.
- Bring a warm layer of clothing if climbing Mt. Batur volcano: The temperatures here are significantly cooler than the towns of Bali’s coast.
- Experience the region by volcano trekking, downhill cycling, or Balinese cultural sightseeing.
How to Get There
Kintamani sits at least two hours from the beaches of south
Bali, so many travelers visit on a day trip from Ubud. It takes time, patience,
and a good handle on Indonesian to manage the infrequent “bemo” minivan
services that connect the villages in the area, so most travelers opt to hire a
private driver or join an organized tour.
When to Get There
If Mt. Batur is on your Kintamani agenda, it’s best to climb
early in the day, before cloud cover obscures the views—you have the best
chance of a spectacular sunrise during Bali’s dry season (roughly, May through
October). Lake Batur can get surprisingly choppy in the afternoon.