Rainforest Hike

Mountain lakes, remote temples and a stroll through the rainforest

Signature trips

Situated at about 1.200 meters above sea level, with mighty Mount Catur rising from its eastern shore, the climate at Lake Tamblingan is pleasantly cool all year round. Noteworthy is the Pura Ulun Danu, place of worship for the Goddess of the lake as the source of water for Bali. Combining typical Hindu and Buddhist temple architecture, it is one of the most photographed temples of Bali. Moreover, it acquired the status of a kayangan jagat or directional temple, meaning it is revered by all Balinese across the island. Along wide highlands and strawberry farms, the road lead even further up into the mountains. After soaking up the spectacular view of the twin lakes of Buyan and Tamblingan, start your trek descending into the rain forest and learn how many of the local tropical plants have a medicinal use.

On an open site in the forest sits almost unexpected the eerie Pura Dalem Tambingan which is dedicated the deceased ancestors. Continue downwards until you reach Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan, dedicated to the Goddess of Lake Tamblingan. From this point, the view to the lake with the surrounding lush rain forest is inspiring.

A short boat ride on a traditional wooden canoe brings you to the other lake shore. Very few people venture out into this direction. During your trip it is so quiet you can hear the birds singing. Forest slopes seal off this area from the rest of the world. On the last leg of the trip, stroll along Pura Gubug, a masterly designed Hindu temple. Merus with an uneven number of pagoda roofs, rise from behind the temple`s twin gate entrance.