Bedugul is the name commonly used to describe the area surrounding Lake Beratan in the mountains in the centre of Bali, on the main road between Singaraja and Lovina in the north and Denpasar, Sanur and Seminyak in the south.
The area actually contains a number of discrete villages, with Candikuning being the one most tourists stop at. This is the spot drivers often drop off guests for a look around the local produce market. Also located within Candikuning is one of the most photographed temples in Bali, Pura Ulun Danu Beratan.
Within the immediate Bedugul area, allow an hour for the temple (note it is a lot smaller than it looks in many of the photos and postcards you will have seen) while you could easily spend up to a half day exploring the beautiful Bali Botanical Gardens.
This is a popular destination for local and foreign tourists alike arriving on long day trips from the south, which normally include other attractions further along the road to Singaraja such as Git Git waterfall or grabbing lunch at one of the viewpoint restaurants along the road to Munduk and an alternative route to Singaraja.
The climate in Bedugul is completely different to that of the lowlands of Bali, as the elevation of the lake is approximately 1,200 metres above sea level and some of the surrounding peaks reaching a staggering 2,000 metres. This tends to increase the likelihood that you will encounter cloud and rain and it is not uncommon to feel the need for a jacket or long pants when the sun sets.
The cooler climate is particularly suited to the growing of produce and within the area many farms grow crops such as strawberries, carrots, cabbages and onions.
Outside of the Botanical Gardens, Pura Ulun Danu Beratan and scoffing some strawberries, there is little reason to linger and many use here as just a stopover before pressing on (or returning to Kuta in South Bali).
By Adam Poskitt