Mount Batur, located less than an hour from north Bangli, is a mall volcano that still active in this island. Created by an eruption of Mount Batur approximately 30,000 years ago. It sets in the hearth of a huge crater 14 km in diameter and 65 meters deep. The temple of Pura Danu Batur on the rim is dedicated to the Goddess of the Lake.
The lake often becomes shrouded in mist but one can catch breathtakingly stunning views from the many vantage points along the rim. Hot springs at the lake’s edge reach temperatures of 57 degrees Celsius while the rest of the lake is somewhat cooler.
As the road rises steadily from Bangli or Tampaksiring, nothing in the surrounding grey landscape of bushes and garden plots suggest the presence of a volcano. But over, one more small ridge a dizzying view awaits the eyes, encompassing the crater and beyond.
From Penelokan, the main road runs right round the rim towards Kintamani, the panorama shifting as circling around the crater. Danau Batur is Bali’s largest lake and cribbed with the calderas of an active volcano named Gunung Batur.