Bali Forests, Mountains and Parks
Venture into Bali's interior for a different perspective of this incredible island. Picturesque rice fields cover around 20% of the island with dense jungles in the interior. In drier areas, expect scrub, savannah and barren volcanic cones.
The lush greenery of Bali is stunning. Huge Banyan trees thrive in villages and temple grounds; tamarind trees in the northern region; clove trees cover the highlands; and bright red flame trees, acacias and mangroves dominate the south. About a dozen species of coconut palms call Bali home, with an even larger variety of bamboo species.
Flowers - are everywhere! Fragrant jasmines, graceful water lilies, bright hibiscus and cheery bougainvillea abound. In gardens, roadsides and temple grounds the scent and colours of magnolia, frangipani and orchids hangs in the air. Cut flowers decorate temples and statues as offerings to the Balinese gods. These same blooms are also delicately woven, plaited and arranged in the crown of Bali's mesmerizing dancers.
Bali's interior provides a home for monkeys, civets, mousedeer, barking deer and flocks of beautiful birds. The jalak putih or Bali starling (Leucopsar rothschildi) is Bali's only indigenous bird, but there are over 300 species of birds in Bali. This includes dollar birds, wild fowl, sea eagles, sandpipers, blue kingfishers, white herons and egrets, sparrows, cuckoos and wood swallows.
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Private Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple with Dinner
- Kintamani Volcano, Ubud & Barong Dance Performance
- Whitewater Rafting on the Ayung River
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Private East Coast Tour
- Bali Hai Dolphin Cruise
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest and Sanctuary ('Obyek Wisata Alam Alas Kedaton' in its local designation) is located in the village of Kutuh in the district of Marga, Tabanan, approximately 25km northeast of Denpasar, the island’s provincial capital city, and 4.5km from Tabanan. The small forest of 12ha is inhabited by hundreds of grey long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis).
Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest is easily regarded as the island’s ‘other monkey forest’ after the most prominent and often visited Ubud Monkey Forest with its band of monkeys. Kedaton is rather off the beaten track as it is located quite far from the main tourist destinations of the island. Read More...
- Location: Kutuh Village, Marga District, Tabanan
- Address: Jalan Raya Alas Kedaton, Marga, Tabanan
It is truly a treat to be able to wander freely around the Bali Botanic Garden in Bedugul deep in the heart of northern Bali, locally known as Kebun Raya Eka Karya. Established in 1959 it's a rambling 120 hectares located high on the slopes of Tree Mountain with a massive collection of trees, a rich fluttering bird life and five hundred species of exotic orchids! Read More...
- Location: Bedugul, central highlands of Bali
Bali volcano, also known as Kintamani volcano and Mount Batur have been the most favorite tourist destination in the central mountains area of Bali. With the magnificent view of its caldera, and also the beauty of Lake Batur which fills the large part of the caldera, the crater of Mount Batur is the central interest of the place which is estimated to have 13 square km size.
The view is the main reason to come here. Surrounded by the captivating nature of Mount Batur, you will find plenty more reasons to linger in the crater itself, and be sure to also take in the joyous winding road along the lake Read More...
- Location: Kintamani is about two hours away from Denpasar or Karangasem or Lovina, in the centre of the Bangli District.
- How to get there: Start your trip from Denpasar to Batubulan (Gianyar) where you can also take public transportation from its station and get to Bangli in about an hour. From Batubulan, you can either take the route to Ubud or to Gianyar to enter Bangli from Badung district. From the north, buses run from Kampung Tinggi bus station in Singaraja to Kintamani via Buleleng district. From the east, Karangasem district, routes to Kintamani are available from Pura Besakih. Finally, from the south, take the route that passes Sidan Village in Gianyar.
Botanic Garden Ubud
This five hectares of tranquil greenery sits at an elevation of between 320 and 400 metres above sea level and features a range of micro-climates with ravines, groves, meadows, a river, waterfalls and a natural forest setting. The Garden's paths and stairways lead you on a journey of exploration through the three orchid houses, Islamic Garden, Fern Garden, Chocolate Grove, Herbal Plants Garden, a Titan and Rafflesia and Bali’s first maze.
Watched over by an ancient banyan tree, a meditation court provides a place of stillness and is guarded by carved stone Buddhas. The Garden is an oasis of calm.
- Location: Just 1.2 kilometres from Ubud on the main road towards Kutuh Kaja Village and facing the bird village of Petulu, home of the famous white egret
Mount Agung (Gunung Agung)
Gunung Agung is Bali's biggest trekking challenge. Fortunately, Bali's highest and most revered mountain is not difficult to climb. The tip is to start well before dawn, armed with a strong flashlight, water, food, and warm and waterproof clothing. The best time for a climb is during the dry season of April through October. But climbing is not permitted when major religious events are held at Pura Besakih, which is most of April.
The shortest and most popular route up Gunung Agung is from Selat or Muncan; involving the least walking due thankfully to serviceable roads from both Selat or Muncan town to the Pura Pasar Agung, or Agung Market Temple. From the temple, you can climb to top in as little as 2 short hours.
Do remember to report to the police station at Selat before start off on your excursion, and drop by again on your return. A guide is necessary, and one can be pre-arranged in Selat or Muncan by just asking around the markets, or by contacting the Selat police station.
- Location: East of Bali
Sangeh Monkey Forest or ‘Obyek Wisata Bukit Sari Sangeh’ is a sanctuary of grey long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) in the village of the same name, located approximately 20km north of the island’s capital city of Denpasar. The monkey forest boasts six hectares of fertile forestland with primordial, giant nutmeg trees which grow to a height of 40m.
The sanctuary is considered sacred, where the macaques inhabit both the woods and the 17th century Pura Bukit Sari, a temple located deep within the greens. Among the many monkey forests scattered across the island, Sangeh can be considered best known among locals as the first to open as an attraction, hence the Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:30 - 18:00
- Location: Sangeh village, Abiansemal, Badung regency, about 20 km north of Denpasar.
- How to get there: Sangeh Monkey Forest is located approximately 20km north of Denpasar, an estimate 30min drive via the main Denpasar-Pelaga route.
Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, is one of Ubud’s most popular attractions; a natural forest sanctuary that is home to a horde of grey long-tailed macaques. The site is well preserved thanks to a community-based management program. The forest is also conveniently positioned near Ubud Town Centre, and within easy walking distance from guesthouses and resorts along the main roads of Jalan Hanoman and the namesake Jalan Monkey Forest.
Besides watching playful monkeys in their natural habitat, swinging through canopies, lazing along pathways or feeding on bananas, the site offers cool walks along paved pathways through a leafy nutmeg forest. Beautiful ancient temples Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 08:00 - 18:00
- Location: Jalan Monkey Forest, Padangtegal, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 971 304
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/MonkeyForestUbud
- How to get there: Start from the Ubud main road and enter south into Jalan Hanoman, which leads you to a right turn towards the sanctuary.
Uluwatu Monkey Forest surrounds the cliff edges near the namesake temple, where hordes of grey long-tailed macaques dwell, adding an exotic and animate feature to the splendid landmark, together with its splendid sea and sunset backdrop.
Regular pilgrims face all sorts of mild mishaps, be it a man's traditional headdress being seized and taken high up into the trees to never return to its rightful owner, or a playful pair snatching at fruit offerings that haven’t even properly been ‘presented’ to the gods of the temple beforehand. Thick hedges of green shrubs and plants dot the white cliff face, with frangipani trees, and these simians dominating most of the Bukit area. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Uluwatu, Bukit Peninsula
- How to get there: Take the bypass main road to Nusa Dua and to Jimbaran and then follow the ascending road up to Uluwatu. Approach the main Uluwatu Temple site via Jalan Uluwatu.
West Bali National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat) is a conservation area, a forested region which makes up most of central-western Bali, covering over 19,000Ha. Taman Nasional Bali Barat features unique ecosystems which are also the original habitat of the rare Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi).
West Bali National Park's boundary includes open savannahs, dense rainforests, mangrove swamps, and coral reefs, and includes a small island reserve off the north coast of Bali, Pulau Menjangan, which is also referred to as ‘Deer Island’. The park is home to over 300 different species of animals and birds, most particularly the endangered starling. Read More...
- Location: Northwest Bali; Main office is on the Jalan Raya Cekik-Gilimanuk Road, Jembrana
- Tel: +62 (0)365 610 60