Gunung Batukaru


+62 361 973 285

  • Address:

    Wongaya Village, Penebel, Tabanan Regency, Bali

According to legend, Mount Batukaru (or Coconut Shell Mountain as known locally) was the first abode of the offspring of the god Pasupati in the year 191AD, 70 years after the creation of the world.  An inactive volcano and Bali’s second highest peak at 2,276m, this densely vegetated rain forest is misty and mysterious and although it may look wild, the lower slopes of Batukaru are in fact a giant garden where rice, coffee, fruits and spices grow in abundance.  While it is possible to trek to the top in 5 – 6 hours, the summit is shrouded behind tree lines so no cinematic vistas the likes of Gunung Agung or Batur. 

Batukaru Mountain is the highest peak in the Bedugul area, located in Tabanan regency. Batukaru mountain has the largest crater in Bali, but this crater is open at the southern end, allowing the river Mawa to escape – the climb here is recommended to professional climbers only. Regular Tours start around 7.30 in the morning and you will be back at 4.30. This is enough time to explore the rain forest life such as butterflies, wildlife monkeys and amazing plants.

One of Bali’s most ancient and important axial temples is located here as well.  Pura Luhur Batukaru is dedicated to the mountain and lake gods and is set amongst a beautiful clearing surrounded by gardens and jungle vegetation. Pura Luhur Batukaru is one of the six directional temples on Bali, meant to keep the evil spirits away from the island of the Gods.This ancient temple is set against the magnificent backdrop of Batukaru mountain, at the very end of the road to the mountain. The enchanting site is often shrouded in mist. A beautiful water pavilion is reached by a floating platoon connected by hand-pulled ropes. As this is such a remote temple, swathed in outstanding and peaceful beauty, only the most determined can reach it.