As if a crater on its own isn’t already a magnificent sight, Lake Batur of Bali’s Kintamani village takes things to a higher notch. What struck me, at first sight, was the crystalline and stark blue appearance, and then the restful calm of the lake right at the feet of Mt. Batur – which is an active volcano this very day.
Even more surprising and a reminder of the raw nature that surrounded me was the steam that is let off by the lake. I could occasionally see the clouds of vapors as they sprung off and traveled up, like smoke, only this time it was colorless and odorless.
This beautiful nature holds an interesting secret that the Balinese know only all too well. The volcano erupts once every few years, the most recent one in 2000. These eruptions have created fascinating fields of black lava spread around it. Traversing through the black melted rocks felt akin to being in a science fiction movie, and I couldn't help gawking at this lunar- like landscape.
The Batur area has walking trails like no other. Climbing Mount Batur took me to the very summit where I could see amazing views of everything below. It’s a blend of gorgeous sights – from the otherworldly lava sheets to the tranquil lake, to the stone throw away Mt. Abang, to the lush greenery endowed to this area by the yearlong rain. I learned that an unexpected shower could happen any time, but luckily, it didn’t. The best preparation is to don some sturdy shoes!
Not only was the lake a treat for my eyes but for my mind, body, and soul too. The lakefront features a delightfully hot spring. Our guide told us the water is heated from the depths underneath and is replete with minerals which have healing and therapeutic effects on the body. And true to form, after an adventurous day of exploring the adjacent scenery, soaking myself in the hot spring had me feeling absolutely rejuvenated a couple of hours later.
The sceneries, photo moments, and just being in the presence of an active volcano are all breathtaking. I recommend visiting the area during any month except for the rainy months of September to March. Contact us at [email protected] and let’s arrange a trip for you!