North Bali

Sawan, 7km inland from Jagaraga, is a centre for the manufacturing of gamelan gongs and instruments. You can see the gongs being cast and the intricately carved gamelan frames being fashioned. Pura Batu Bolong (Temple of the Hollow Stone) and its baths are also worth a look. Around Sawan there are cold-water springs believed to cure all sorts of illnesses.

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1. Pura Dalem Jagaraga

2.11 MILES

In the village of Jagaraga, Pura Dalem is a small, interesting temple with delightful sculptured panels along its front wall. On the outer wall, look for…

2. Sekumpul Waterfall

2.92 MILES

Sitting 18km southeast of Singaraja, some six or seven separate waterfalls – all fed by upland streams – pour up to 80m over cliffs in a verdant bamboo…

3. Pura Maduwe Karang

4.23 MILES

One of the most intriguing temples in north Bali, Pura Maduwe Karang is particularly notable for its sculptured panels, including the famous stone-carved…

4. Sangsit

4.41 MILES

About 6km northeast of Singaraja is an excellent example of the colourful architectural style of north Bali. Sangsit's Pura Beji is a temple for the subak…

5. Museum Buleleng

5.66 MILES

Museum Buleleng recalls the life of the last radja (rajah; prince) of Buleleng, Pandji Tisna, who is credited with developing tourism in Lovina to the…

6. Gedong Kirtya Library

5.69 MILES

This small historical library was established in 1928 by Dutch colonialists and named after the Sanskrit for 'to try'. It has a collection of lontar …

7. Pura Jagat Natha

6.24 MILES

Singaraja's main temple, the largest in northern Bali, is not usually open to foreigners. You can appreciate its size and admire the carved stone…

8. Air Terjun Gitgit

6.25 MILES

Around 11km south of Singaraja, a well-signposted path goes 800m west from the main road to the touristy waterfall, Air Terjun Gitgit. The path is lined…