Welcome to North of Ubud
The usual road from Ubud north to Batur is through Tampaksiring with Bali's own bit of Angkor at Gunung Kawi. But there are other lesser roads up the gentle mountain slope. One of the most attractive goes north from Peliatan, past Petulu and its birds, and through the rice terraces between Tegallalang and Ceking, to bring you out on the crater rim between Penelokan and Batur. It's a decent road all the way and you also pass through Sebatu, which has all manner of artisans tucked away in tiny villages.
The one off-note will be Cekingan, where the rice terraces are beautiful but have attracted a strip of ugly tourist traps overlooking them.