Bali Botanic Garden

Fantastic mountain gardens

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What we say: 4 stars

The Bali Botanic Garden is located above the lake in Candikuning and is one of the more seriously underrated attractions in Bali.

The 157-hectare grounds are immense in scale and one could easily spend a whole day walking around them and taking in their natural beauty.

To get to the gardens, look for the big corn sitting on top of the big cabbage in the middle of Candikuning and take the turn off under the archway. This road travels about 1km uphill to the entrance to the gardens where those with motorbikes will be asked to dismount and park for a fee of 3,000 rupiah. Those with cars are allowed to drive them inside the gardens for a fee of 12,000 rupiah plus the entry fee per person of 7,000 rupiah.

Upon entering, visitors are provided with a map of the gardens and so begins the peaceful drive or walk among lush, well-signposted plants. Those with a keen interest in flora could easily spend a whole day here walking from section to section and taking in the serenity of the place. Even those without much of an interest in gardens could make the effort to get out of their cars for a walk in the fresh mountain air and spend an hour or two happily poking around.

Sections of note include the orchid park, cactus glass house and rose garden, which are sectioned off for security reasons and are sometimes closed early. The challenging Bali Treetops set up is also set within the gardens.

Come with a packed picnic lunch and take it easy for a couple of hours — the whole place really is serene. That said, it's best to try and visit on weekdays when the numbers of domestic visitors from Denpasar is fewer.

More details
Jalan Kebun Raya, Candikuning
http://www.balibotanicgarden.org/
Last updated: 4th June, 2011

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