The province of Bali is governed as eight regencies and one capital city, Denpasar.
These regencies are like counties and, until 1907, were ruled as the nine Kingdoms of Bali. Each offers its own unique history, landscape, culture, and tourist attractions.
The most popular regency for tourists to visit is Badung Regency. This is where you will find the island’s biggest tourist resorts, including Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu, Uluwatu, and Nusa Dua.
Bangli Regency is the only regency in Bali without a coastline. But what this area lacks in ocean vistas, it more than makes up for in stunning jungle landscapes, volcanos, waterfalls, and quaint Balinese villages.
Bangli Regency’s economy is more centered on agriculture than it is on tourism, giving visitors a chance to experience Bali through the eyes of local people.
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Home to rice terraces, hot springs, and sacred Mount Batur, until now, Bangli Regency has been a destination that tourists visit as part of a day trip away from the southern resorts or Ubud.
With so much to see, do, and explore, staying a few nights in Bangli is highly recommended. In fact, tourism investors are already ahead of the game.
Late last year, the Governor of West Java visited Bangli Regency and announced that he wanted to make serious investments in the tourism sector in the area.
The Bangli Tourism Board has also been issued a considerable amount of funds to promote the area to international visitors this year.
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So, if you’re looking to see a side of Bali that few tourists get to experience, you better start planning a trip to Bangli.
All good adventures start with coffee, right? In the heart of Bangli Regency lies Kintamani. A village tucked away high on the caldera wall of Mount Batur, Kintamani is famous for its coffee.
Exported around the world, the high elevation of Kintamani gives coffee beans grown in the area a unique and highly sought-after flavor.
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Although many of Bali’s leading tourist destinations have incredible coffee shops, the cafes that line Penelokan Main Road in the center of Kintamani are some of the best in the province.
Not only do the coffee shops along Penelokan Main Road rustle up some of the finest Kintamani coffee produced, but they offer utterly breathtaking views of sacred Mount Batur. This is an experience not to be missed.
Once caffeinated, it’s time to explore all that Bangli Regency has to offer. Let’s start with waterfalls. Given its high elevation and proximity to Mount Batur and Lake Batur, Bangli Regency has dozens of waterfalls to explore.
Once again, as a regency with a stronger focus on agriculture than tourism, the waterfalls in Bangli are often much quieter and much less built up than popular tourist waterfalls in other parts of the island.
Krisik Waterfall is a true hidden gem. Google Maps gets you right to the entrance. This locally managed tourist spot is quiet, and entrance costs just IDR 20,000 per person, though a larger donation can be made to help the community to manage the area.
Krisik Waterfall is a real treat as there are not one but two waterfalls to discover, each accessed by a short walk down to the river and through the gorge.
Other must-visit waterfalls in Bangli include Tukad Cepung Waterfall, a 5-minute drive from Krisik. Tangkub Waterfall is a huge cascading waterfall that becomes fiercely powerful in the rainy season.
It is most busy in the mid-morning, so time your visit for the mid-afternoon to have the place (almost) to yourself. An honorable mention must also go to GGC Waterfall in Tembuku.
Where to Stay in Bangli?
Enjoy clamping? Bangli has heaps of incredible clamping spots, especially up and around Mount Batur. Check out Bobocabin Kintamani and N’jung Bali Camp for lakeside, mountain view accommodation.
Fancy a jungle hideaway or a traditional Balinese village retreat? De Klumpu Bali Eco Tradi Stay and De Umah Bali Eco Tradi Home each offer guests the chance to stay in earth-inspired rooms, including a traditional joglo.
Rooms at De Klumpu Bali Eco Tradi Stay offer spectacular views over rice fields, access to an in-house spa, and a dreamy outdoor pool.
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Sunday 2nd of April 2023
Getting close. You might finally get to Buleleng Regency and post a report on Lovina. Even google maps has Lovina so you will be able to find your way eventually.
Tuesday 4th of April 2023
@Karen North, Without even opening the comments I knew the 1 post would be from you begging for a free ad. Why did you move out there? Quieter place and now you are crying to turn it into another Kuta. I don't get it