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The Bali Bird Park has a large collection of rare and unusual Indonesian birds and birds from other countries that roam free throughout the park or are contained within lush avaries. Located in the Batubulan stone carving village and next door to the reptile farm, the Park is a popular day trip from the surrounding tourist towns of Kuta, Sanur and Ubud. Divided into regions that attempt to recreate the birds natural habitats, the Bali Bird Park takes you on a trail through the Indonesian archipelago, Latin America and South Africa. The Bird Park plays a key role in protecting and conserving Indonesia’s endangered wildlife and has successfully bred many species, including the rare Pesquet’s Parrot, Birds of Paradise, Hornbills and Bali Starlings.
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Two hours by road from Denpasar in Bali’s north-east lie several villages on the rim of the Batur caldera in an area known simply as Kintamani Volcano. At 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) above sea level, the villages (Penelokan, Batur amd Kintamani) have impressive views of the active volcano Mount Batur and the crater lake (Lake Batur).
Many visitors opt for a moderate climb to the summit of Mount Batur to watch the sunrise but less physically-able individuals can still get a good view of the surrounding countryside from the crater rim. As well as the lake and the volcano, Kintamani is home to Pura Ulun Danu Batur, one of Bali's most important temples.
Though not quite as large as nearby Borobudur, the ancient Hindu temples that make up the impressive Prambanan are spectacular in their own right. Built by the Mataram Kingdom in Central Java around 860 CE, the first temples here were meant to honor Lord Shiva. While many of the later temples erected on this site fell to ruins in an earthquake curing the 16th century, Prambanan still attracts visitors from across the globe seeking to experience walking through one of the Hindu religion’s most prized sites.
Prambanan is divided into three main zones, which include an outer open space, a middle zone housing rows of 224 identical shrines, and an inner zone where eight temples and small shrines dedicated to gods are located.
Some 22 separate temples dot the hillside of Mount Agung, where the Mother Temple of Besakih has been perched for more than one thousand years. This complex of Hindu temples is the largest, holiest and most important in the city. Travelers can wander the stepped terraces, and brick gateways that line the rocky crags of this active volcano and explore the ancient temples where Hindu people still come to pray.
Although this site remains a popular destination for visitors to Bali, many travelers choose to avoid the Mother Temple due to aggressive touts who try to force guests on “compulsory” tours for unfair fees and local “guardians’ who request payment at every road and pass.
The lush volcanic hillsides of Mount Batur and Mount Abang surround the crystal-clear—and bitter cold—waters of quiet Lake Batur. Travelers can spend their morning soaking up sun and scenic views along the shores of this chilly lake that was formed by an ancient eruption. Hop a boat across the river to Temple of the Dead, or spend the afternoon canoeing in the placid waters of the lake. Avid hikers can navigate the trails of Mount Batur and enjoy epic views of the countryside from the volcano’s peak, while cyclists can tour the black lava fields by bike.
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