4 (October 22, 2018) Northern Bali
We have two days we want to use for exploring Bali by car with driver.
This would be the first of them, which we plan to spend in our visits
at the North of the island and, if there is time enough, a couple of
temple in the South.
The spots marked at map are:
0- Hotel The Umari in Ubud
1- Nungnung Waterfalls
2- Pura Maduwe Karang
3- Aling-Aling Waterfalls
4- Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
5- Tanah Lot
6- Pura Taman Ayun
Our driver picks up at 9 AM, as we agreed, and we
leave Ubud heading to the North of the island. He already commented our
list is not feasible in a single day, as I thought, so we’ve removed
the places I had as optional if this was the case: the ones more at
North and Tanah Lot, which was there just in case we wanted to leave
some baggage in the villa we’ll stay after our trip to Komodo.
Our first stop is at Nungnung waterfalls, rated as
one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. After a way down by long
stairs with unequal steps through a beautiful jungle landscape, the
waterfall appears at the bottom as a reward. The view is amazing, but
it’s not only because of the waterfall, the environment, with stone
walls completely covered by vegetation, makes its part too.
The way back up is the price to pay, quite more
expensive than the 10,000 rupees we paid as admission fee.
We've removed any other waterfalls from our list as we
don't feel like be able to assume another of these stair climbs, so we
go to Ulun Danu Bratan temple, located by
a lake. We pay 50000 rupees as admission fee and get into the complex,
which is really crowded.
We explore the place and, when we leave, we’re
about lunching. Our driver takes us to a near restaurant. It is a
buffet with a fixed price: 125,000 rupees each.
Then he drives us through beautiful landscapes as
heading to the biggest rice terraces in Bali and UNESCO World Heritage:
Jatiluwih. This visit wasn’t in our list as we thought to visit popular
Tegallalang rice terraces, which are close to Ubud, but Jatiluwih is
less than one-hour drive from the temple and will do a lot better.
Once there, we pay 40,000 rupees for each ticket
choose the shortest walk route: the red one. This walk is giving us all
we wanted by going through breathtaking landscapes at both of our sides
for a while and then walking through the rice terraces themselves for a
closer look in our way back. We get a coconut in our way by 15,000
When we’re done with it our driver takes us for
way to the South. It’s around one hour when we reach Traman Ayun
temple. The visit to this temple is short and it’s the first time they
put me a sarong on to get in. Admission fee is 20,000 rupees each.
After exploring the temple almost alone, we’re
in our hotel in Ubud some minutes past 6 PM. We’ve already arranged the
route for tomorrow.
We pass by the supermarket to get some snacks as
want to leave the hotel, where we get our well-deserved rest and use
the swimming pool again for a night refreshing swim.