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July 23, 2014
Kintamani- The Little Hill Town...!!
The balmy weather turned surprisingly chilly and windy in a matter of few minutes. The narrow roads with intermittent shops gave way to winding ones with orange orchards. The drive ended at the expansive open vistas that lay before me at this tiny hill station, if I may call it one. I was in Kintamani in northern Bali, a small hill town people escape to from the hot and humid Kuta and Ubud. Kintamani can be quite a pleasant surprise as Bali is always associated with only beaches and paddy fields.
Before me stood the imposing Mount Batur, with the overflown black lava that had tarnished most of its greenness.Though still active, it last erupted in 1968 and the remnants from that nature's cry is still very visible. Black lava covers most of Mt. Batur but still makes for a beautiful landscape with the years old lava marks and patches of greenery. There are treks organized early in the morning all the way to the top of the mountain. I would have definitely taken up that challenge had I not reached at mid noon. Adjacent to the mountain lay the beautiful azure Lake Batur as calm as ever. The lake which was once a crater seemed surreal as mist floated over it. There were a few yachts docked in the distance along with some houses by the bank way below. The active volcano and the charming crater definitely made a mesmerising frame. The best way to enjoy Kinatamani is to languorously stroll around, haggle with hawkers, delve into some Balinese delicacies, enjoy the views and soak in the lovely climate.
The breathtaking panoramic view of these two natural beauties from the view point at Kintamani brings in hordes of visitors, both domestic and international. The weather remains pleasant through out the year. There are numerous restaurants facing the wonderful landscape. Having lunch while enjoying the gorgeous vistas is quite popular amongst tourists here. Though there isn't much to do other than walk around and enjoy the views (unless you want to trek), it definitely is a lovely break from the sunny beaches of Bali.
Signing Note- The surprise of Bali...!!
Distance- Kuta to Kintamani- 70 Kms