After breakfast, drive north to Bedugul Regency (district), part of the island’s central highlands region renowned for its stunning beauty and three caldera lakes (Beratan, Buyan and Tamblingan). The first stop today will be the peaceful Botanical Garden. Established in 1959 and covering an area of more than 150 hectares, the gardens are home to some 2,000 species of plants and an important centre for research, conservation and education. There will be free time, for about an hour or so, to wander through this tropical setting where places of interest include the Fern Garden, Cacti greenhouse and the Aquatic Garden.
After a picnic lunch in the gardens, continue your journey with a visit to the regional market at Candi Kuning. Bali is famous for fresh fruits and exotic spices and there are plenty of seasonal varieties to discover at the market, together with stalls selling beautiful scented flowers used for ceremonies and offerings.
Heading further north, the iconic Ulun Danu Temple is the next destination. This important Hindu Shivaite water temple is located on a small jut of land within the calm waters of Lake Beratan. If the water level is high (normally only during the rainy season) it gives the illusion that this 17th century temple is ‘floating’ on the lake.
Continue to Munduk Moding Coffee Plantation, stopping along the way at the village of Asah Gobleg for fine views of Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan (weather permitting).The simple village of Munduk is one of Bali’s most appealing mountain retreats. After checking in at the plantation, the rest of the day is at leisure.
On the edge of a plateau above three breathtakingly beautiful lakes, Munduk Moding Plantation is located in one of the most mountainous areas of the island. The almost five hectares of hilly, but very fertile soil, allows for just about every type of tropical vegetation to grow with ease.