Tourists who gets engulfed with the bustling Kuta or the ever-famous Ubud sometimes forget that there are other spectacular sceneries in Bali's coutnryside.
Take for instance - the breath-taking Gigit waterfalls, located in a village of the same name.
The waterfalls have several leyers of water - some small but one of them is about 50 meters in height.
Admission is free, but would be nice to give some donations for the villagers.
So if you're done with Lake Bratan and on the way to Singaraja, you'll pass by along Gigit village, the waterfalls is a walk along the path from the main road.
This temple located in the shore of Lake Batur overlooking Mount Batur has the perfect setting, the lake fills the crater of ancient Mount Bratan. The temple built in the 17th century has nine temples included in four main complex, and is dedicated to the goddess of the lake Dewi Danan as a manisfestation of Braman as Wisnu god. The temple is located in the northern part of the island, and the weather is cooler and fresh than in the rest of the island.
A huge garden of 120 hectares of gardens with a large collection of native plants, trees and orchids. Is specially popular for local families as a weekend destination. There´s an entrance fee of 5,000 rp for cars.
It's inside the Botanical Gardens. They have 5 circuits up in the trees and many flying-fox (zip-lines).
Lots of families go there because it's really for all ages. The higher circuits are 20 m high and only for adults, but young children can play in lower circuits.
I think it's one of the best place for families in Bali !
On the northeastern shore of the lake the romantic Pura Ulun Danu Bratan sits in the water. This is the temple of the lake goddess who is revered as a source of fertility.
It is one of the most photographed temples in Bali.
After you make your way past all the vendors, you can walk around and enjoy the gardens.
You will see beautrful blooming trees like the bottle brush tree.
Flowering bushes and flowers all along the manicured paths.
The driver stopped before we reached the entrance so we could purchase our tickets.
We could either buy a ticket to drive around the gradens or we could get a cheaper ticket and walk. We chose to walk because we wanted to look for birds and we had just had lunch so we needed the exercise.
We walked thru the beautiful stone carved gates and saw several other statues carved from stone. There was lots and lots of trees but very few flowers. The orchid and cacti houses were closed so all we could see of them was through the windows.
It was early afternoon and not a great hour for finding birds either.
We walked around for about an hour and then went looking for our driver.
This temple is the main temple of the Pura Ulu complex, and included five multi-tiered shrines. Balinese people pay a visit to this temple every year to worship god Wisnu.
An interesting and colorful market, with a lot of fruits and vegetables, most of the market vendors are muslims.
That is get your picture taken with the snake, if you are brave enough.
I have to admit I wasn't interested myself but there were several in the park who did.