Day 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.

Map of Bali

      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.
Leaving Ubud for our tourBali landscapes in our way to the North
   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.
Nungnung WaterfallsNungnung Waterfalls
   The way back up is the price to pay, quite more expensive than the 10,000 rupees we paid as admission fee.
Stairs for Nungnung WaterfallsStairs for Nungnung Waterfalls
  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.
Entrance to Temple Ulun Danu BratanTemple Ulun Danu BratanTemple Ulun Danu Bratan
   We explore the place and, when we leave, we’re thinking about lunching. Our driver takes us to a near restaurant. It is a buffet with a fixed price: 125,000 rupees each.

Temple Ulun Danu BratanTemple Ulun Danu BratanTemple Ulun Danu BratanTemple Ulun Danu Bratan

   Then he drives us through beautiful landscapes as we’re 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.
Bali by carBali by car
   Once there, we pay 40,000 rupees for each ticket and 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 rupees.

Jatiluwih rice terracesJatiluwih rice terracesJatiluwih rice terracesJatiluwih rice terraces
   When we’re done with it our driver takes us for the long 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.
Temple Traman AyunTemple Traman Ayun
   After exploring the temple almost alone, we’re delivered in our hotel in Ubud some minutes past 6 PM. We’ve already arranged the route for tomorrow.
Temple Traman AyunTemple Traman Ayun
   We pass by the supermarket to get some snacks as we don’t want to leave the hotel, where we get our well-deserved rest and use the swimming pool again for a night refreshing swim.