Bali’s Best Kept Secret

Monday, May 08, 2017

Located in the cool highlands of Kintamani, DesaPinggan is a rural village that lies at the base of theMount Batur volcano. Steeped in old-world charm, this hidden gem is home to a community of Balinese farming families where the fertile landscape is a patchwork of variouscrops. It is a picturesque spot to watch Bali’s sunrise as the first rays of daylight capture the haunting beauty of early morning mist hovering above this tranquil hamlet. 

DesaPinggan has long been a favourite place for local nature lovers and photo enthusiasts. It is approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Denpasar and the roads are extremely quiet in the hours before daybreak. Visitors are advised to take bottled water and a light jacket to beat the mountain chill. To preserve this site for others, it is important to respect the environment by not leaving any rubbish behind.

There are several places of interest in the Kintamani area including Lake Batur, which is considered the spring of life for much of Bali. The waters of this lake filter through volcanic rock and feed an expansive irrigation system that is vital to all rice crops in the area. The nearby village of ToyaBungkah also offers a collection of geothermal hot springs with mineral-rich waters believed to have healing properties. After an early morning sunset trek, a long soak in a heated pool with the view is the perfect way to restore depleted energy levels.