Kintamani is a village on the western edge of the huge caldera of Mount Batur, about 1,500 meter above sea level. It offers stunning views of this active volcano and the lake by its side.
Mount Batur, last erupted in 2000, now reaches up to 1717 m above sea level. It comprises three volcanic cones whose slopes are covered by dark lava and black molten rocks. Its main caldera, the result of an explosion around 23,000 BC, with a diameter of ca. 13 km is one of the largest in the world. Several sub-calderas have formed during the time between than and now. One caldera is filled by Lake Batur, Bali’s largest lake, and its main source of irrigation water.
Mount Batur is one of Bali’s sacred mountains. The second most important temple in Bali after Pura Besakih is located on the highest and oldest rim of Mount Batur’s caldera. Pura Ulun Danu Batur is one of Bali’s key nine directional temples. It is dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of lakes and rivers, who is the controlling deity of the water and irrigation system of Bali. A virgin priestess resides at the temple to represent the goddess Dewi Danu, served by 24 priests who are chosen as young boys and remain priests for life – a demonstration of how important water and irrigation is in Balinese culture.
The Bali Aga village at Trunyan on the eastern shore of lake Batur can be reached by boat. It is known for its ancient burial traditions using an open graveyard. As the community however prefers not to be too open towards tourism, it is a far better option to visit the Bali Aga village at Tenganan or Penglipuran.
While it is probably possible to explore the shores of Lake Batur by wheelchair, we have so far limited our excursions to the village of Kintamani itself, enjoying the fantastic view over lunch in an accessible restaurant. For detailed information with photos about accessibility at Kintamani contact us.