Mount Batukaru

Tabanan is the capital town of the regency of Bali with the same name. Parts of Tabanan regency lie in Central Bali and other parts would be more often regarded as part of West Bali. For the purposes of this guide the Tabanan area will be classified in Central Bali, as that is where the key areas of interest to visitors are located. The coastal areas in the south were previously not well known by visitors due to a lack of infrastructure, but these have been lightly developed in recent years, and there are now some high profile accommodation options there. Tabanan is though more usually associated by visitors with rolling green landscapes, hills and especially the imposing Mount Batukaru, Bali's second highest peak at 2,276 metres.

Climb Mount Batukaru

This is a very different experience to Bali's other major climb up Mount Agung. Unlike Agung, Batukaru is a long extinct volcano and it is forested to the peak. There is none of the desolate, barren beauty of Mount Agung. It is though an interesting climb through some areas of dense primary forest and despite its relatively minor elevation, one which should only be undertaken by the physically fit. Weather conditions are a critical factor in any climb here. Batukaru is a damp place and it rains for much of the year. This is probably the wettest place in Bali. Do not even think about a climb of Batukaru in the wet season (mid-October to late March), or when rain is forecast. The paths become running streams very quickly here. July and August are the best months. There are 3 main ascent routes all of which converge at the same point at Munduk Nyanggang. The start usually depends on where you are staying: Wongayagede, Sarinbuana or Sanda. The Sanda route is the toughest and longest (6 to 7 hours to the top), and the Sarinbuana route the easiest. From the point of convergence at Munduk Nyanggang, the peak is another 2 to 3 hours of tough climbing depending on your level of fitness and the prevailing weather conditions. A bonafide guide should always be used and can be arranged through your local hotel or employed directly at Pura Luhur Batukaru. Expect to pay anywhere between Rp 800,000 and 1,000,000 for a good experienced guide for a day return trek. All of the local guides also offer less arduous treks in the local area, including the ascent to Munduk Nyanggang only. Camping is allowed on the mountain, although there are some restrictions close to Pura Luhur Batukaru during important ceremonies. For enthusiastic outdoors types, there is ample scope here to camp out on the mountain for one or more nights and really explore the area. Ask a guide for some ideas. There is no food or water (some stream and spring water is OK, but be careful) for sale on the mountain, so bring in enough with you. Due to its sacred nature, no beef or beef products are permitted on the mountain and all visitors must respect this.

How to Get To Mount Batukaru

  1. 1 ½ hours from Denpasar
  2. 1 hour from Tanah Lot Temple
  3. 45 Minutes from Tabanan

What You Can See Around Mount Batukaru

  1. Jatiluwih, one of the most picturesque areas lies about 20 kilometers north of Tabanan, in Bali’s western region. Situated majestically in the hills 850 meters above sea level, Jatiluwih means ”really beautiful”. An appropriate name indeed with expansive views across terraced rice paddies, undulating hills and valleys. Arrive at lunchtime and enjoy a meal in the restaurant while soaking up the view, cool climate and fresh air. It is stretch from the foothill of the volcano of Batukaru to the south coast.
  2. Bali Butterfly Park is one of the biggest butterfly parks in Southeast Asia. Find out the beautiful scenery by seeing a thousand species of butterflies from throughout Indonesia. This park offers many different kind of colors, shapes and sizes.
  3. Penatahan Hot Spring Also known as Yeh Panes, a beautiful natural resting place, on an upper land of a river surrounded by fresh vegetation and green forest. At this location, you will find a waterfall while the hot spring comes up in the middle of a temple under the big banyan tree. Back-grounded by the magnificent Mt. Batukaru, fresh and cool weather, beautiful natural surroundings, Yeh Panes has been an ideal place for relax and recreation.
  4. Belulang Hot spring consider as the hottest hot spring in Bali, located in the middle of the terraced rice field. If you like we give you chance for swimming or showering in the fountain here, but don’t forget to bring your towel and change cloths as not allowed to take a bath naked here.
  5. The Margarana Battle Museum, this museum was opened in 1986 by the former Governor of Bali, Mr Ida Bagus Mantra. It is managed by the “Kebaktian Pejuang Daerah Bali” foundation. Beside the museum you will find the freedom fight monument.