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Places of Interest - Buleleng

 

Overview

Most of the north coast falls under the regency of Buleleng, the capital city of which, Singaraja, was once Bali's chief port. This long contact with outside influences in reflected in the ethnic diversity of its population and as a starting place for new artistic developments, which later spread south. The ruling house came to power in the 17th century and conquered parts of Karangasem, Jembrana and East Java, forming an alliance with Mengwi that lasted until the end of the 18th century when Karangasem returned to power and took Buleleng. During the mid 1800s the Dutch defeated Buleleng in their first attempt to take Bali, making Singaraja the island's first capital, as evident in the abundance of colonial architecture that remains standing there to this day.

Banjar Hot Spring

Located 10 km west of Lovina beach, the natural hot spring is surrounded by jungle mostly by bamboos and a well maintain restaurant. Consisting of three different sized pools, the green-yellow sulfur water pour from dragon shaped pipes that varying in temperature and height.


Celukan Bawang

A port located just 40 km of the main coastal west of Singaraja. Celukan Bawang receives timber and cement from Kalimantan and Java. Here you may catch Bugis schooners trading between Bali and Kalimantan. The port is also used by the Oil Company ARBN as a supply base for its offshore drilling explorations.


Gedong Kirtya

Thousands of ancient Balinese letters in form of chronicle, kakawin (old Balinese poetry), geguritan, and is written on the palm leaf, stored in the original building that was built in 1928.


Gitgit


Bali's most spectacular waterfall with 45-meter free falls water, easily accessible by 500 meters walking from parking through coffee plantation and rice field. Supported by the forest around the site, the water volume remain steady all year around. For those who has more time to spend, bring your bath towel and swimsuit to have a refreshing swim on the clear water beneath the water fall or the small river down the stream.


Jagaraga

A battle of Puputan Jagaraga in 16 August 1849 made Jagarag fall into a superior Dutch infantry and artillery force. Jagaraga was the stronghold of Gusti Ketut Jelantik and his army before then, who defied two large and well-armed expeditions in 1846 and 1848 This 16 August 1849 battle was known as Puputan Jagaraga.A number of temples are found on this , all featuring effusive, cunning, and mischievous carvings A fantastic ride, with archaic villages surrounded by vegetation not found anywhere else on Bali. The most impressive temple is its Pura Dalem that featuring carved comic-strip panels of cyclists, Balinese flying kites, dog fighting airplanes, fishermen hooking a whale, a Dutch steamer, long-nosed Dutchmen in a Model-T Ford held up by a bandit with a horse pistol, and mammoth fish swallowing a canoe.

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