22 September 2016

Nice places in Bali to visit. Part 4

Drive (or not) through a hole in a tree: Bunut Bolong Tree
In the Manggissari village, located in the western part of Bali, stands yet another majestic tree that’s renowned for its supernatural powers. But unlike the giant banyan tree that supposedly grants wishes, the Bunut Bolong Tree (meaning “tree with a hole in it”) has a far more ominous history.
The tree has roots on either side of a stretch of road, forming an archway that visitors can drive through. Brides and grooms are advised to refrain from passing through this way, though – legend has it that those who do will end up separated. To protect people from the power of the tree, another road has been constructed next to it for believers to pass through. But regardless of your belief in the legend, there’s nothing like a bit of risk to pique the adventurer’s interest, isn’t it?
Location: Desa Manggissari, Pekutatan, 11 kilometres north of the Denpasar-Gilimanuk road.

Blahmantung Waterfall
Smack dab in the middle of the island, Blahmantung Waterfall gets few visitors, making the wonderfully scenic hike to the base a truly magical experience.
With a spectacular drop of 100 metres, it’s widely considered to be the highest waterfall in Bali. Blahmantung is located conveniently within a walk from the picturesque farming village of Pupuan, home to some of central Bali’s most beautiful rice terraces. Be sure to take a dip in the refreshing pool below and savour the tranquillity of one of Bali’s best off-the-beaten path attractions.
Direction: Blahmantung is a remote destination usually explored via a tour or private driver. To make your way there in your own vehicle, from Ubud or Kuta, head towards Tabanan, taking a right turn at Antosari and following the road all the way to Pupuan and ask for directions to Blahmantung from there.

Sekumpul Waterfall
This hidden gem in the north of Bali is well worth the several hour drive from the main resorts, and the challenging walk from Sekumpul village down hundreds of steps and a river crossing. ‘Sekumpul’ actually means ‘group’, and during the rainy season, you’ll be greeted by a chain of up to seven falls. All equally impressive, scattered across the high cliffs and cascading down amid emerald green highland forests. After the long trek to get here, the chance to bathe beneath the falls will be a relaxing experience that can only be had here – one that soothes mind, body and soul.
Getting There: Sekumpul is about a three hour, or 92km drive from the Kuta area. The long drive is best undertaken by a rental car with driver who can escort you to this not so easy to find hidden gem.

The Natural Pool at Tembeling Forest, Nusa Penida
The azure waters of the natural pool at Tembeling Forest are a dazzling blue that seems almost unreal. Dive beneath the surface and the water is as clear as fine blue crystal. The miraculous turquoise colour comes from limestone spring water and tidal sea water. Tembeling Forest actually has two pools, both with spiritual significance to the locals – one for men, and one for women. Visitors are allowed to swim in the pools, and their secluded settings. Surrounded by lush tropical flora and alive with birdsong, this natural pool is nothing short of paradise.
Getting There: Reach Nusa Penida on your own via boat services from Sanur or Padang Bai and hire a motorcycle to explore the island. Or, sign up to a tour company offering cruises to Penida with excursions to Tembeling Forest. Some operators offer jungle trekking tours in the forest, with a refreshing dip in the pool afterwards.

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