With 157 hectares of park to explore and 2400 plants species for a total variety of twenty-one-thousand plants, the Botanical Garden of Bali is the largest in Indonesia - a paradise of biodiversity at 1300 metres above sea level which shows off all the wealth of the island’s stunning nature. Perched on a hillside of the volcanic caldera of Bedugul, the park is known for its superlative views - on clear days they expand all the way to Bratan Lake, stretching out over the pluvial forests of the mountainside. Eighty species of birds, shrews and monkeys populate the area. However, the principal attraction is the wondrous plant life - the beauteous gathering of orchids, aquatic gardens, carnivorous plants, the giant ferns and one of the largest collections of begonias on the planet, just a few examples of the immense patrimony of the Botanical Garden. The most curious will want to visit the section dedicated to ceremonial plants and those plants that are part of the world of traditional Balinese medicine - a window on the culture of the island and the age-old symbiosis that connects the inhabitants to their environment. Fountains and trails mark the itineraries to follow on foot, while a ring road allows the forest to be traversed by car. An unmissable stop is the upper slope of Tapak Hill, where gigantic banyans or ficus benghalensis can be found, absolutely the most photographed tree in the park.
One of Bali’s most ancient and sacred temples, the Lempuyang Luhur is situated on the peak of the mountain of the same name on the eastern side of Bali. To reach it, there are 1700 steps, but bite your tongue before complaining. Locals say that whoever complains will never reach the summit.