Reasons Why You Should Drive To The Damai
The Damai is approximately 89 kilometers away from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar; it is about 3-hour drive from the airport. Yes, it is quite a drive, and we have compiled the following things to do along the way so the trip will become more of an adventure - and of course, we don't leave out important Instagram worthy spots for you to capture!
So let's begin the adventure!
FROM COCOA PODS TO POD CHOCOLATES
Located approximately 1 hour into the drive, you will come across Bali's chocolatey secret, POD Bali Chocolate. This factory is the second factory on the island, and if you arrive at the right time, you will get to see how they make their delicious chocolates. There are plenty of flavors you can try - from the classics to unique flavor combination such as ginger or chili! Don't forget to order some coffee or pastries there too.
The chocolates are 100% made in Bali, sourced from the local plantations - even the sugar used in the chocolates are from Bali! Don't forget to get their gift packs, perfect gifts for your friends and family back home.
Find out more at www.podbali.com
IT'S A SECRET, A SECRET GARDEN
Just about 14 minutes away from POD Bali, you can visit Secret Garden Village, the latest addition to Bali's tourist attractions. The complex offers several experiences from the educational tour on their beauty product workshop to a coffee tasting of various Indonesian blends (must try and definitely must buy!). There are several Instagram-able spots here including a floor mural of a giant coffee cup!
Find out more at www.secretgarden.co.id
BALI'S BOTANICAL GARDEN
Located just 25 minutes away from Secret Garden Village, Bedugul Botanical Garden is Indonesia's most extensive botanical garden. The garden covers an area of 157.5 hectares with more than 21,000 living specimens of 2,400 species including orchids, ferns, cacti to carnivorous plants.
Make sure to take photos of the giant old trees in the garden (Instagram alert!) as well as a scenic view of the Lake Bratan over the hills.
An entrance fee is applicable, find out more at kebunrayabali.com
TASTE BALI'S BEST LOCAL PRODUCE
A visit to Bedugul is never complete without sampling the best of local produce at the local market, Pasar Candi Kuning. The market offers fresh fruits and vegetables from the surrounding farms; it provides a fantastic photo op! Try the locally grown strawberries, the infamous snake fruit or if you're up for the challenge (and if it's in season), try the king of fruits, Durian!
TIPS: Price haggling is a common practice here, go slightly below half of the price quoted and go up from there. When in season, Strawberries can go as low as $ 5.00 per kilogram - but market prices are subject to change anytime.
THE MAGNIFICENT LAKE BRATAN
Named one of the world's 20 most beautiful lakes by Huffington Post, Lake Bratan plays an essential part as the irrigation source in central Bali, it's the second largest lake after Lake Batur at 375.6 hectares with an average depth of 22 - 48 meters. One of the main highlights when visiting the lake is the famous water temple that sits just at the shores of the lake.
INSTAGRAM ALERT: LAKE BRATAN JETTY
Just around the corner from the market, there's a resting area by the lake with a small jetty that would be a perfect spot for your next Instagram post!
THE LEGENDARY WATER TEMPLE - ULUN DANU BRATAN
Built in 1633, the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is dedicated to the Balinese water, river and lake goddess, Dewi Danu. Located on the shores of Lake Bratan, this temple is one of the most important temples on the island. The complex consists of several temples dedicated to different deities, and the infamous water temple is located directly on the banks of the lake - featured on many social media posts and articles around the world.
For more information on this temple, visit www.ulundanuberatan.com
INSTAGRAM ALERT: THE GOLF COURSE GATE
You've seen this spot on many travel blogger's Instagram posts. The gates to the Handara Kosaido golf course are like the ultimate spot for a photo op in the area. It's just 5 minutes away from the botanical gardens.
WANAGIRI - THE VIEWPOINT OF THE TWIN LAKES
Further up the route, you can opt to go through Munduk area with several cafes on the side of the road offering unique bamboo constructions overlooking the stunning view of the twin lakes. Here are some fantastic shots by @saltinourhair
These are just a few of many unique spots you can find along the way. We do recommend going up in the morning so you can make all the stops and arrive in time for some refreshing drinks while gazing at the coastal view from our poolside!