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The region of Bangli, up in the higher elevations of central-eastern Bali. embraces some of the island’s most spectacular scenery. This is a relatively remote region, with a population of only 188,000”” second lowest of Bali’s eight regencies after tiny Klungkung.
The overwhelming majority still derive a livelihood from agriculture, growing rice, corn, sweet potatoes, cassava and cabbages on non-irrigated fields, as well as coffee, tobacco, vanilla, citrus, passion fruit and cloves, much of it for export. Tourism is not well-developed here, with the notable exception of Kintamani and other towns up on the crater of Mt Batur, which on account of its breathtaking views has become one of the island’s major tourist stops.
Amongst the Balinese, Bangli is renowned for its black magic, or ”śknowledge of the left”ť as the Balinese put it. This is difficult to verify, as practitioners keep their black arts a secret. More in evidence are the large number of successful trance healers, called balian. who follow the ”śknowledge of the right.”ť Bangli’s healers have an island-wide reputation, and one will often see clients arriving from other areas of Bali, bearing offerings dressed in their ceremonial finery.
Bangli was also once a court center. The name comes from ”śbang giri”ť which means ”śred forest”ť or ”śmountain.”ť It is said that the king of Klungkung told one of his three sons, Dewa Gede Den Bancingah, to go toward the northwest until he reached a red jarak forest. There he founded a new kingdom, between the Melangit River and Mt Batur on the site of present-day Bangli Town.
Later. Bangli was defeated by Karangasem and annexed for a time. Until the Dutch came, it was often involved in internecine wars with two neighboring kingdoms, vassals of Klungkung. After 1849, Bangli surrendered to the Dutch and its ruler became a regent.
There is no accommodation & restaurant that suitable for tourist in the town of Bangli mostly located in Kintamani area. You have the choice here of being down by the lake in Toya Bungkah or up on the rim of the crater in either Penelokan or Kintamani. Take a sweater, a blanket and sheet if you’re staying in a budget losmen.
On the Ridge
In the Caldera
Jero Wijaya Lakeside Cottages
Surya Homestay Kedisan.
Segara Hotel & Restaurant.
Under the Volcano I
The better places are attached to the hotels in Penelokan upon the caldera and down in Toya Bungkah by the hot springs. Penelokan has choices ranging from very simple and cheap places with good local food to big fancy restaurants which cater to tour groups from the expensive hotels on the coast.
The local lake fish is a tasty variety called be mujahir, available fried or grilled. It’s best fried crisp more of the fish is edible.
The Batur Garden Restaurant has an interesting menu of Chinese and Indonesian dishes, as well as Western bar drinks. Friendly and reasonably priced Lunch only.
Down in the crater at Toya Bungkah, most losmen have small restaurants (warung), and new eating places are springing up all the time. Our recommendation is Nyoman Mawa’s Under The Volcano. His lake fish with home made sambal matah is worth the trip to the mountains alone.
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