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8 things to do in Bedugul – The coldest place in Bali

Banyumala Waterfall

8 things to do in Bedugul

The coldest place in Bali

If you find the south of Bali either too hectic or the temperature too hot then Bedugal is the place for you. Located in the highlands of Bali, Bedugal experiences a totally different climate to any other place on the island and is a great place to spend a night or 2. With the famous Bali Botanical Gardens, mountain trekking and some amazing resorts it’s the place to have a holiday from your holiday. In this post we will explore the 8 top things to do in Bedugul on your next trip to Bali.

The Botanical Gardens and the
Bali Treetop Adventure Park
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The Botanical Gardens or “Kebun Raya Bedugul” are located right in the heart of Bedugul and are a place where you can truly escape from the traffic and pollution that the south of Bali is so famous for. The gardens sit at an average altitude of 1300 meters which means the temperature can be significantly cooler than other parts of the island. You can find the giant “Ruflesia” flower here (the worlds biggest flower) and an abundance of other flora that can only be found in Asia. Coupled with the Bali Treetop Adventure Park, an outdoor zip-line that flies through the trees, you’re in for an amazing time here. The gardens are open 7 days a week from 8am until 6pm and the entry fee is 18,000 rupiah.
Bali Botanical Gardens

Photo by - Bali Fantastic

Pura Alun Danau Beratan
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Pura Alun Danau Beratan is one of the most famous Hindu Temples in the whole of Indonesia. Built in 1663, the temple is used for offerings to the river goddess Dewi Danu. Pilgrimages and ceremonies are held here to ensure that there is plenty of water for farmers all over Bali. It’s best to visit the temple early in the morning before the bus loads of tourists take over the entire complex. Ceremonies are also held early in the morning so you will have a chance to see what a traditional Balinese Ceremony is like. 
 
Pura Alun Danau Bratan is open from 6am until 6pm and costs 30,000 rupiah for adults and 15,000 rupiah for children. Parking is 5000 Rupiah. For the location of the temple click here.
 
Danau Beratan

Photo by - Loic Lagarde

Banyumala Waterfall 
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Banyumala Waterfall is one of the best and also least visited waterfalls in Bali. Just a short 15 minute drive from Bedugal - this waterfall makes a great place to relax on a hot day. The small pool at the bottom of the falls is refreshingly cool and you can easily spend a few hours here soaking up the sun and speaking to the locals.
Entry is 5000 rupiah per person.
For directions to the falls click here
Banyumala Waterfall

Photo by - Yudik Pradnyana

Bali Handara Golf and Country Club
 
Handara Golf and Resort Bali is just as famous for its entry gates as it is for its golf course. Located just a kilometre from the Botanical Gardens, you’ll find local Indonesians and tourists stopping by to take a photo by the entry gates to the resort. Listed as the best golf course in Asia and in the top 50 golf courses in the world, the Handara club is definitely worth checking out during your stay in Bedugal - even if it is to take a photo at the entrance. 
 
If you would like to play a game of golf or stay at the resort click here to visit their website.
Bali Handara Golf Course

Photo by - Sue Cotton

Jatiluwih
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For many Jatiluwih is one of the most beautiful places on the island. Located just 8 kilometre from Bedugal - The lush green rice paddies, all in the shadow of Gunung Batukaru will leave you in awe. The area was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007 and there are a number of hikes that you can do through the rice fields. Less touristy than the Tegalang rice fields in Ubud, Jatiluwih is a great choice if you’re looking for a more relaxed day with less tourists. There are plenty of cafes here to offer you fresh juice or a coconut and entry to the rice fields are 20,000 rupiah with parking setting you back 5000 rupiah. 
Jatiluwih

Photo by - Kajeng 5

Canyoning the waterfalls of northern Bali
 
The lush forest that surrounds Bedugal is home to some of the most amazing waterfalls on the entire island. Munduk waterfall is just one of those but from Git Git all the way to Bali’s northern shore, lies a canyon that takes a full day to descend. If there was one adventure activity to do on the island then this one is definitely up there. Imagine abseiling over 40 metre high waterfalls and swimming thorough narrow slot canyons - these are just 2 of the many amazing things you’ll experience on your day trip here. This is not for the faint hearted so a reasonable level is fitness is required.
 
Bali Canyoning
Trekking the many trails around Bedugul
 
 
The Bedugul area is home to 3 of Bali’s top 5 highest volcanoes. For that reason there are a number of easy to gruelling hikes that can be undertaken. Apart from the Jatiluwih rice field trek, there are a number of hikes that will take you through the thick jungle up to the mountain peaks. Gunung Catur - The 2096 metre high peak that dominates the view from Bedugul, is definitely one of the most popular hikes. The trail starts off gently before the thigh burning begins. The path rises steeply and you’ll need to take plenty of water with you on this hike as the heat from the jungle is sometimes unbearable. The views from the summit are incredible and you would have forgotten all about the steep trail to reach the top. Guides can be arranged or you can find your own way by checking the Gunung Bagging website here.
 
Jungle Trekking Bali

Photo by - Bali Trip Advisor

Visit one of Bali’s most famous abandoned buildings
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The ghost palace hotel is located just south of Bedugul on the main highway that leads from the south of the island. The hotel was abandoned 10 years ago due to financial troubles from the owner and you can sneakily pay the caretakers 5000 rupiah to sneak you in. The ghost hotel is one of the must visit places from this list and you’ll get to see what an abandoned building looks like. Be sure to bring a torch as there are a few places that you’ll need it. The hotel is surprisingly well looked after but we don’t think anybody will be taking over the ownership anytime soon. To check out the hotel for yourself check out the location here.
Haunted Building

Photo by Last Resort

Ryan Mazure is an adventure seeker, photographer and creator of the Bali Adventure Guide.

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