|Bali (day 5): Holding a giant Bat, Munduk Waterfall, Lake temple and Hot springs (North of Bali)
||[Jan. 12th, 2015|06:14 pm]
Saturday 20 December
That day i plotted a little trip up north (so nice, i really wished i had booked hotel in that region to see more waterfall and the dolphins, but then i guess that is the risk when booking hotels in advance). Still doing all my research and plotting possible itenary for this trip was good as i knew where everything was geographically so gave my plan to driver and agreed on a price for the day.
Took a lot longer than expected as really just one twirly road to go up the volcano region, the drive itself was quite exciting, first the side roads were filled by monkeys ravaging through rubbish and posing at viewpoints and bats!!!!.
We stopped to see the view and discovered that we could have photos taken with huge and adorable fruitbats at the veiwing spot. (later realise it was quite a common site along the road giant bat haging upside down ).
They put their legs around our necks and hold the amazing wings. It was both wonderful and weird as they didn't seem to mind but not sure how much they like it and how ethical it is...they were not attached or chained, just so tamed like pets (this created a bit of controversy on FB )
I had never seen anyone holding one like that so we grab such unusual opportunity.
Munduk Waterfall, one of the many waterfalls in this area, this was a little walk down the jungle/forest but didnt have as much of a pool at its bottom to swim in. Of course we arrived it started raining so that seem to scare the few tourists that were there so once again got all waterfall to ourselves :)Next we visited Pura Ulun Danu Temple on Lake Bratan, quite busy after the empty waterfall (coaches of tourist), a many-tiered pagoda sticking out into a tranquil lake (and features on the front cover of 80% of all guide books). A mighty storm started but at least they never last too long (still managed to catch a cold! but i blame evil air con in cars).
Built in 1663, this temple is used for offerings ceremony to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu, due to the importance of Lake Bratan as a main source of irrigation in central Bali.
Lake Bratan is known as the Lake of Holy Mountain due to the fertility of this area. Located 1200 m above sea level, it has a cold tropical climate.
usual awesome naga creatures, in super kitch colours
My plan was to go to Banjar hot springs but our driver was adamant he knew a better more authentic one. In the end he won, and took us to Angseri Hot Spring i don't think it was as pretty as the one i planned to go to but it was definately more local (also on way back to Ubud ). So after a waterfall and being rained ho we ended up bathing in steamy waters next to the obligatory waterfallin some forest. We were the only pale non local but everyone was so friendly it was quite a mix bag from family to teenagers . We then got called and given a private "hot tub" they come in all size...very surreal kind of concrete hot bath by the river in the forest...my gosh the water was boiling...being such hot country we are usually more after refreshing swam but it was awonderful surreal experience :).
hot water and waterfall :)
our private hot tub
just odd and amusing
rice terraces just everywhere