The island province of Bali is best known for its fabulous beaches and beachfront properties like the InterContinental Bali Resort. Its wild party scene and adrenalin pumping water sports draw the crowds but if you travel inland there is a different side to be discovered. Lofty peaks, paddy plantations, mystical shrines and highland crater lakes take over the landscape like a blanket of rich green velvet. Amidst the lush foliage, hidden away on a rustic hillside you will find a luxury hotel; Bali also caters to the discerning traveller that seeks a tranquil retreat.
The Central Highlands are home to Mount Agung, an active volcano, which is the highest point on the island. It is believed to be a divine creation that is sacred to the Balinese people. The higher elevation brings cool, refreshing air and a break from the crowds that cram the beaches. Nature lovers and hikers will enjoy the highlands, which are particularly picturesque at sunrise. Mount Batur is a moderately easy, two hour hike; its peak offers mesmerising views of the surrounding mountains bathed in the golden glow of the rising sun.
Head to Tampaksiring to explore two ancient temples: Gunung Kai and Tirta Empul Temple. Gunung Kai Temple was built on the banks of the Pakerisan River, in the eleventh century. It is also the burial site of King Anak Wungsu. The tenth century Tirta Empul Temple is the location of a hot spring and bathing pools that are believed to have healing powers. Nearby Kintamani has a cluster of traditional mountain villages that overlook mountain lakes and lava fields; visitors can enjoy refreshments here. Pura Ulun Danu Batur Temple, Bali’s temple by the lake, in Kintamani sits on Lake Bratan. It was built in honour of the River Goddess, Danu who is thought to provide the main source of water that sustains the region’s irrigation system.
Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+