Northern Bali is less heralded compared with the south. But this region hosts the old capital city of Singaraja. Northern Bali is a place to relax and experience the traditional pace of life. It also retained much Dutch colony flavors. Lovina consists of seven traditional villages on a ten kilometre stretch of the main road which hugs the north coast to the west of Singaraja: Temukus, Kalibukbuk, Anturan, Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Banyualit and Kaliasem. Kalibukuk is the main hub of this area and is often thought of "Lovina town centre".
The whole stretch of coast here is fringed by quite narrow black sand beaches, which are accessed by a multitude of small lanes which run perpendicular to the east-west coast road. The beaches are generally safe for swimming, and the waters of Bali's north coast, in direct contrast to the crashing surf of the south, are relatively calm.
Diving, snorkeling and dolphin watching are the main activities, but perhaps above all else, this is an area in which to relax and take in a very slow, traditional pace of life. Taking cooking class at Bali Cooking will be another interesting activity. Outside the peak season in July and August, this is a quiet part of the Bali island.
Singaraja and Lovina
Singaraja is the former capital of Bali, a city with many markets where you can be impressed with colors and smells of Balinese food. Importantly, Singaraja is home of the Gedong Kirtya library that maintains the famous lontar manuscripts and much Balinese literature. The harbour of Singaraja shows signs of Dutch colonialism with its old storage houses.
Using Lovina as base, you can explore the many attractions of this area. In the hills of Banjar is the Buddhist Monastery. The peaceful and beautifully decorated Monastery is a perfect place to meditate. Git Git waterfall is 40 meter high and one the most breathtaking waterfalls in Bali. You can sit and relax with the sound of the water falling into the boulder river. In Banjar, you can visit the famous Hot Springs with sulphurous water and large water sprouts. Great time to go is before breakfast to avoid the crowds. From Lovina, you can also take day trip to Pura Ulun Danau at Bedugul, visit the market and walk around Botanical Gardens. Return via the picturesque rice terraces of Munduk and sample local grown coffee. Northern Bali truly has its own unique character.
Pura Ulun Danu
Ulun Danu temple is a major Shivaite and water temple in Bali. It is the most photographed temple in Bali. The temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul. Lake Bratan is known as the Lake of Holy Mountain due to the fertility of this area. Located 1200 m above sea level, it has a cooler tropical climate. Water temples serve the entire region in the outflow area; downstream there are many smaller water temples that are specific to each Balinese irrigation system, or called subak. Built in 1663, this temple is used for offerings ceremony to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu, due to the importance of Lake Bratan as a main source of irrigation in central Bali. The 11 stories of pelinggih meru dedicated for Shiva and his consort Parvathi Buddha statue also present inside this temple.