The Bedugal area, which includes Lake Bratan, Lake Buyan, Lake Tamblingan, is perfect for someone wishing to escape the heat of Kuta. Temperatures in the higher elevations are significantly lower and the change in climate is highlighted by the change in crops, with strawberries and other cool weather fruits and vegetables.
As well as hiking Gunung Lesong, Gunung Catur and around Lake Tamblingan to Munduk, you can enjoy a boat trip on Lake Bratan, or visit the famous postcard temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.
Its possible to swing through the Bedugal / Lakes / Munduk area on a road trip from Kuta to Singaraja / Lovina. Better still take advantage of the accommodation options and spend a day or 2 exploring the area at your own pace. The 3 lakes are quite picturesque and the photo above features Lake Buyan is on the left, Lake Tamblingan on the right.
The Bedugal area is cool, especially at night, so AC is not necessary, a fan will do.
Located on the western shore of Lake Bratan, affording wonderful views of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Choice of hot water bungalows or cold water rooms. Cheap – moderate. 125,000rp, per night, 160,000rp per night, 175,000rp per night.
•Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club
A great place for a country club in the coolness of the highlands. Way more relaxing playing golf here at the 6434 yard course, than in sweltering Nusa Dua. Complete sports facilities, and luxury accommodation.
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•Bedugal Wana Villas
Located on the eastern shore of Lake Bratan, inside the Taman Recreasi Bedugal park. A unique setting and the bungalows are reached via boat from Bedugal.
Hot water, luxury places that are somewhat expensive.
Located in Candi Kuning, west of Lake Bratan, off of the main road. Simple budget style place with 2 levels of rooms, one with hot water. All rooms fan.
Located just north of Lake Bratan on the main road. Nice cottages with garden, hot water, fan. Prices are 250,000rp per night, 350,000rp per night, 500,000rp per night depending on the size and quality of the room.
Located 9km south of Bedugal close to Pacung. Altogther 2 bungalows (230,000rp per night) and 4 suites (650,000rp per night). Hot water, fan.
•Pacung Mountain Resort
Located south of Bedugal, high-end bungalows, swimming pool, hot water, AC. A cable car transports guests up to the main buildings. Standard room $65 per night, Deluxe room $85 per night, bungalow $125 per night.
Located close to the botanical gardens. Simple place with fan, hot water. 85,000rp per night.
•Sari Artha Inn
Located between Lake Bratan and the Candi Kuning market. Simple rooms, cold water fan for 50,000rp per night, hot water, fan for 100,000rp per night, and 150,000rp per night. The Perama bus office is located here, which is handy for people exploring Bali with Perama.
If you are staying in the area and want a beer, you might check out Crackers Bar in the Candi Kuning market ( a bit hard to find so ask).