Geology, Hot Springs & Culture Atop Bali’s Kintamani Mountain
The exotic island of Bali’s volcanic area around Mt. Batur has recently been named to UNESCO’s Global Geopark Network. There are now 91 Geoparks in the network, located in 27 countries, and no others in Indonesia.
Batur Global Geopark, centered around Batur Volcano and Lake Batur, is located in northeast Bali between two round calderas that formed about 22,000 years ago. Batur Volcano stands out for its unique geology and grand scenery.
From the cultural side, the Geopark showcases very specific local customs related to the Balinese Hindu religion. Lake Batur, the central water source for the irrigation of thousands of hectares of Bali’s lush rice terraces is managed in the local Subak irrigation communal landscape that has thrived for centuries and is unique to Bali’s culture and religion.
The volcano is still active today as Balinese all over the island who still remember the great eruption of 1917 will testify. Other eruptions have taken place since, forcing the local population to be relocated, along with several of their temples including one of the main Bali temples, Pura Ulun Danu. Initially inside the huge crater, this temple has been relocated to the top of the ridge overlooking it. Here it now offers an impressive view of Mount Batur.
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Mt. Batur Hot Springs video – soak in natural rock pools like a native. Best day trip from Ubud to unwind and meditate on the mountain.
Volcanic Vacation: Climb a Caldera
Bali Kintamani Volcano, Ubud and Barong Dance Full-Day Tour View Mount Batur an active volcano with its ribbons of black lava running down its peak to the valley below. Beside lies the shimmering lake of Batur.