Visit the mountains of Kintamani to enjoy the view of Mount Batur and its remarkable surroundings. You will have an experience of some Bali’s best cultural sites and natural landscapes on a full-day tour with a friendly local guide. Discover how the instruments of a gamelan are made, find sarcophagi on display at the Archeological Museum and take in the vista of glimmering Lake Batur. Study about local customs as you visit several villages, including Sri Batu and Penglipuran.
Meet your professional guide upon pickup at your hotel for your full-day sightseeing tour of Bali. Hop aboard your comfortable coach, which stops at each site for approximately 30-45 minutes.
Your first stop is the village of Blahbatuh, home to Bali’s only surviving gong-smith, who is an expert at casting bronze to make Balinese musical instruments. At a factory, watch the fascinating process of creating an entire gamelan orchestra — from large gongs to tiny bells. Your guide will describe the ancient method of casting metal components of the xylophone-like instruments for each gamelan.
Next, your guide will take you on a tour of the Archaeological Museum, also known as the Gedung Arca Museum. Located in Bedulu Village, approximately 4 miles (7 km) from Ubud and 18 miles (30 km) from Denpasar, the museum displays historical and pre-historical collections dating back to the Stone Age. You’ll see bronze bells used as religious tools in the 15th century and view huge stone sarcophagi — ancient royal coffins dating back to 500 BC.
Continue the tour by visiting the plantation village of Sri Batu, and then after lunch make your way to the traditional village of Penglipuran. Wander with your guide through a bamboo plantation, and learn about the ancient beliefs and unique customs the locals maintain. Finally, head to Bukit Jati, located in Gulingan village, where you’ll partake in afternoon tea and coffee, served as you enjoy views of the rice fields and the blue sea beyond.
Photo credit: Mount Batur and Lake, Bali (By TropicaLiving – http://www.flickr.com/photos/tropicaliving/3662229028/, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7308374)