You want it all? Then all shall be yours, including a couple of temples, a lake, a botanical garden, and the always-picturesque terraced rice fields of Bali, all in one day! Charter a car, which should cost around 600,000 IDR (41 USD), including the fee for the driver and gas. You’ll have to pay your own admissions along the way, but they average only a few USD each. Now buckle your seatbelt (no, really, make sure it’s buckled and fits snuggly), and off you go!
Lakeside relaxation in the cooler highlands
At approximately 1240m above sea level, in the town of Bedugul, is Lake Beratan. Benefitting from the high elevation, you will find the lake and surrounding area to be noticeably cooler than Ubud. It’s quite refreshing! The park charges a small admission fee, but has some nice landscapes and shady places to rest, making it a reasonable value. There’s also a temple inside the park grounds, which is worth a look-see. On weekends, this park is (fairly) crowded with locals having picnics and just hanging out, making for a festive environment.
Bedugul's Botanic Gardens make for a fun and educational outing
The Botanic Gardens (nominal entrance fee) of course are stocked with local flora, but you’ll also find some rarities for this area, such as a cactus conservatory. Head of the beaten track to find whimsical touches like this great big attach lizard! From grassy knolls to bamboo groves, this garden’s got you covered.
Terraced rice paddies which you can go around and get into the heart of
Verdant rice paddies that staircase down mountainsides are even more impressive in person that you might expect from having just seen pictures. There’s something about the lushness, the curves that hug the land, and the little huts with water buffaloes at the ready that dot the landscape that comes together to form both a visually stimulating yet also calming scene. In the Jatiluwih area, you’ll be afforded the chance to not only look at these fields from a various vantage points, but also to descend and walk along the ridges that separate the terraces.
Tanah Lot at sunset is quintessentially Bali
You’ve gone high into the mountains, and now, in time for sunset, your daytrip should end at Tanah Lot, a temple on a rock formation, which juts out into the sea. It is said that the temple dates back to the 16th century, though restoration and other changes have surely changed the face of this rock. Still, with so many pilgrims (read: tourists) about, expansive sea frontage along which you can walk, and a bit of a holy carnival atmosphere, it makes for a “something different” kind of visit. Sunset is especially kind to the surrounding colors and sea.
All wrapped up: Mountain, sea, and various things in between
Depending on your tour and time constraints, even more can be packed into this day trip. For example, many people also work in a stop at the Royal Family Temple in Mengwi, or stop somewhere for a leisurely meal of the Balinese pork specialty, Babi Guling. With a car and driver at your disposal, you should feel free to tailor plans as you see fit.
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