While the heart of Ubud is not off the tourist track, many visitors never experience all of its art, agriculture, adventures and attractions at the outer edges. Those in the know head to the hills.
Kintamani Mountain is sacred for many reasons and is easily experienced on a day trip from Ubud, reports the Rainbow Rambler.
“Sometimes you’re forced to think offline, with a small notebook and pen in hand. Especially when you’re resting at the bottom of an active volcano contemplating on the hairpin, tortuous drive up Kintamani Mountain to your caldera lake destination.
No phone texting. No Facebook newsfeeds. Just an old fashion paper notebook and digital camera to record memories. After a glass of cool taramind juice and fried banana snack, I pointed the camera at the panorama before me and started scribbling about a lazy Sunday at the natural hot springs, enjoying the healing waters like a local.
There were many locals, a few backpackers and our party of 3 daytrippers at the rock pools, which are literally on the edge of the crater lake. Batur Lake is a good source of fish from the farms opposite the hot springs spa. You can imagine your waiter swimming over to the farm and hand-selecting one for your plate.
While you’re here
Stay at d’Omah Hotel & Spa off the beaten track in Ubud’s Penestanan Artisan Village. Beside an onsite spa and restaurant, they also operate The Round Bar right on Jalan Penestanan at the front of the hidden property.
Play at Batur Natural Hot Springs beneath active volcano.
Experience agrotourism at work by visiting the organic tea and coffee plantation at Teba Sari. Located just outside Ubud, your driver will take you there for a walk on the wild side to see how Bali’s famous Luwak coffee is made. You can taste their teas, coffees and spices like cinnamon and tumeric, raw cocoa, and even a sip of Arak and Rum. These items *Famous Foods of Health) are safe to declare and bring in through quarantine.