4 Beautiful Natural Lakes on Bali Island, Indonesia
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4 Beautiful Natural Lakes on Bali Island, Indonesia

Natural Lakes on Bali Island Indonesia

Bali is a small island in Indonesia. It lies between the island of Java and Lombok. Dubbed as the “Island of God”, Bali is a place where culture and nature blend in perfect harmony. Famous for its arts and temples, this island had been recognized as one of the best islands in the world according to BBC Travel. In 2010, the island had also received “The Best Island Award” from Travel and Leisure. Besides white sandy beaches and incredible surfing spots, Bali has a number of beautiful lakes as well.

Lake Batur

Located on the mountainous area of Bangli Regency, Lake Batur is the largest lake on the Island. It is actually a caldera formed around ten thousand years ago in the northern part of Bali. Lake Batur covers a crescent-shaped area of around 18 square kilometers. The lake stands at the feet of Mount Batur, the third largest active volcanoes in Bali and Mount Abang. Lake Batur is surrounded by high crater rim walls soaring 500 meters above the water. Even though Lake Batur is a crater lake, there is no known underlying hydrothermal activity in it. Visitors can find a number of hot springs by the lake. Across the lake, lies the mysterious village of Trunyan. In the village, an ethnic group called Bali Aga lives. The Bali Aga is the descendants of native Balinese. They are isolated from the rest of the island for thousands of years and relatively free from any outside influence. They speak the ancient Balinese language and still practice pre-Hindu customs. The tribe neither buried nor cremated their deads. Instead, the dead is laid down under a big tree, called the “taru menyan” inside their open air cemetery.  The roots and branches of this gigantic old tree can eliminate any trace of odor of the decomposing bodies. For the Hindu Balinese, the lake is also a sacred place. 

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Dry season is the best time to visit the lake as during rainy season the lake often becomes too foggy. Batur Lake offers scenic view and is just a perfect place to enjoy fresh mountain air and the serenity that surrounds you.

Lake Bratan

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Lake Bratan is also located in the northern part of Bali Island. Being the second largest lake on the island, the lake covers an area of more than three square kilometers. The lake lies one thousand meters above sea level at the feet of Mount Bratan and the inactive Mount Catur. Lake Bratan is situated near the famous resort area of Bedugul. From Bedugul one can get impressive view of the lake, its lakeside temple and surrounding greeneries.  On the shore of the lake stands a fabulous temple called Pura Ulun Danu. The temple is one of the major water temples on the island. The temple is built in seventeenth century to celebrate the kindness of Dewi Danu, the goddess of water. Uniquely the temple is half Buddhist and half Hindu. Statues of Buddha and various Hindu gods and goddesses can be found inside the temple. The lake acts as reservoir and main source of paddy field irrigation water in Central Bali. Lake Bratan is dubbed as “Lake of Holy Mountain” due to its important role in Balinese agricultural life. Popular tourist activities include hiking, parasailing, motor boating, banana boating and water skiing.

Lake Buyan

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Lake Buyan is located in Pancasari Village, Singaraja Regency, around five kilometers to the north of Lake Bratan. It is the smallest lake on the island of Bali. Lake Buyan holds 0.116 cubic kilometers of water. The Lake is sitting side by side with Lake Tamblingan. The two lakes are often referred to as the twin lakes. The area around the lake is covered with rainforest, coffee and clove plantations. The forest is also inhabited by monkeys. One good spot to enjoy the view of the lake is at the top of nearby elevated plateau called the Asah Gobleg Hill. A small water temple stands on the shore of the lake. The fishes living in the lake are harvested by local people for daily consumption.  The untouched natural beauty of Lake Buyan had attracted many visitors every year. Rowing and boating are the most popular activities in this lake. 

Lake Tamblingan

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Situated within walking distance from Lake Buyan, Lake Tamblingan also offers impressive wild beauty and fresh air. From Lake Bratan, it will only take 25 minutes drive to reach this location. This lake is also a caldera surrounded by crater walls and rainforest. The forest has highly diversified vegetations and animals. It is also the natural habitat of Balinese Monkey endemic to the island.  There is no motorboat available in the area. Local people use traditional wooden boat for fishing or to take visitors around. Leisure activities include jungle trekking, boating and camping. Its strategic location between the famous Lovina Beach and Bratan Lake makes Lake Tamblingan a popular tourist destination.

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Comments (3)

Very significant work, well written and illustrated. Thanks

I can only dream that I visit these places...

How I wish I can visit Bali.