Lovely Lovina

Away from the busy Kuta December and about me and my friend went north towards Lovina by the upslope of the road in Bedugul, where the sun's heat gently Bali is covered by the fresh mountain breeze and the sun striking is quietly filtered through the mists that float above the surrounding hills to the lakes of the region. The hours spent on the road to provide breathtaking views and nature with many points of attraction where visitors can take a break to enjoy the scenery or just to rest and relax before continuing their journey.
We made our first stop at Lake Bratan, who that day was full of tourists attracted by the lake enjoying the entertainment available such as jet skiing, parasailing, boat trips and even fishing. We have seen how the tourists were excited by the smiles and glowing eyes on their faces while queue, waiting their turn to enjoy the fun to come. Flash lights of the cameras also take part in the agitation on the cloudy day in mid Bratan, when the tourists are turning their moments of happiness to last.

An hour in Bratan flew like a heartbeat when the thin layer of fog covering the lake was slowly washed out by light emerging from the sun. I did not miss the bright day, we hit the road and headed for the botanical garden near Bedugul, also known as Kebun Raya Eka Karya. The sun and cool breeze from the mountains of central Bali made the greens of the vast savannah, with tall trunks of the trees looked amazing. This weekend well known retirement was also full of people picnicking, enjoying the view from higher ground.

Several Hindu temples of Bali are also located in the garden area surrounded by thousands of types of plants and varied flora, including the complete collection of flowers used for supply are also grown.

Nightlife upper botanic garden, we headed to Lake Tamblingan located in the shelf area with the environment green hill. Tamblingan has the fascination of authenticity where nature is felt by the absence of boats. This lake is ideal for jungle trekking adventure because it is stunning with rainforest including flora and fauna observation. Many visitors also use the camping area or program of team building outdoors while enjoying the sight of local fishing residents who use their small traditional boats in the middle of beautiful nature.

Away to leave the lake Tamblingan we made a stop at the roadside to greet the friendly monkeys. Different monkeys stereotyped in many parts of the island, those of Bedugul are very quiet and little cute - especially when they put this pleading look on their faces so that tourists will buy peanuts.

After the monkeys and near Lovina, we stopped at Gitgit cascade. Gitgit is very popular especially because of its location not far from the main road. Signs on the roadside, with a warung (shop) and parking obvious, making it even easier for passersby to spot the attraction. Entrance to the waterfall is to step down to about 500 m through the paddy fields on one side and the other stores. When the line ends of the stores, which is about 100m before the waterfall, the sounds of singing of tropical insects and bugs accompanied by the roar of flowing water begin to occupy the stage. For a moment, walking on the path of moss in a forest setting, we felt like being in one of the Indiana Jones Adventures'.

Watch and listen to the water hitting the rock bottom made us feel so relaxed that we spent some time sitting on one of the big rocks in the middle of the river do nothing else. Drizzle with very soft water splashes touch our skin, we looked all refreshed.

Having enough "rest" on Gitgit, we continued down to our end of Lovina. Sharp drops and turns of the road could be dangerous, it is, therefore, a careful reader is strongly advised.

After about half an hour, we finally arrived in Singaraja. The regency of the north, which covers about 30% of the entire island of Bali, is a complete contrast to the bustle of south Bali: no traffic, no loud music clubs, no massive crowd. Faced with this situation, we were very sure that this part of the island is still waiting to be discovered, because it offers a multitude of activities and attractions that will keep you busy, even for a long stay.

Through small roads in Lovina Singaraja, we caught a glimpse of Bali as it is said by the first travelers to the island. We met with a rush of a traditional ceremony where the sounds of the gamelan music was filling and fly through the air. It was nothing for residents living in the region because it is an integral part of their daily lives, but for us it was surprising to hear that kind of melody is played on a stage. Small children running and playing on open ground still in their costumes ceremony and people walking on the roadside were arrested and all nodded in the direction of our car as we passed through their area. Only in a moment, we knew we were going to love the unique beauty of this region, home of Lovina Dolphin Bay, where its calm waters lap the shore of black sand.

The climate is very simple in this part of Bali. The mountains and volcanoes to the south to protect the northern part of the island of frequent rains, and contribute to a climate drier and less moisture. When it rains, it is usually in the afternoon or early evening for about 1-2 hours, it is rare for rain for a whole day. Therefore, it is certainly possible to visit Bali during the rainy season. In fact, many prefer the rainy season because of the lush vegetation and the intensity decreased from the sun.

Have enough excursion to the villages, we made our way to the most important monastery of Buddhism in Bali, Brahma Vihara Arama. This Buddhist temple has a spectacular view with golden Buddha statues in a natural environment. All visitors are free to participate in a meditation session. Since the monastery is obviously intended for the church service - not a tourist site - all visitors are strongly advised to behave well and pay full respect, especially because all the doors are open to the monastery everyone. Complex composed of five important Buddhist monastery that offers breathtaking views of the hills of Banjar village Tegeha it to integrate harmoniously with the peaceful environment.

To conclude our trip we went to Lovina Banjar hot spring located 10 minutes from the monastery. The hot spring has swimming pools with statues carved on the walls spew hot water in the pools of overhead. The hot soak in the midst of nature has been very refreshing especially after a long drive check places in this northern part of the island. A number of stores offering snacks, drinks and souvenirs are also available within the source of hot water. And if soaking in hot water is not enough, you can still enjoy a relaxing massage in a place that is located in the middle of the green hot spring area by a drawbridge.

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