The Volcano

Mount Batur is my friendly, neighbourhood volcano.

‘Friendly’ because, even though it is active, it just sits there gently smouldering while letting people climb its scenic pathways.

‘Neighbourhood’ because not only can I see it from Ubud but I can reach it in just 1.5  hours.

‘Volcano’ well, because that is what it is!

On my way to a Balinese wedding

On my way to a Balinese wedding in the mountains

I often go up to the mountains as I have Balinese friends up there.

Some of them live by the lake inside the caldera – with these views…

Mount Batur - looming large on the far side of the lake

Mount Batur – looming large on the far side of the ancient crater lake

The lake is about 16 kilometers long and up to 2.5 k wide, that’s a fair sized lake to be so high up in the mountains set inside the ancient crater – with the newer volcano looming on the other side.

Mount Batur rising

Mount Batur rising

You can drive down a steep road to go to the base of the lake – see the village down there.

You are then deep inside a gigantic and ancient super volcano, with the younger and smaller volcano rising from within the crater of the old one.

Lake Batur

Lake Batur

In all directions the views are simply stunning, whatever time of day…

The morning shining on the mountain

The morning shining on the mountain

The temple gates, directly opposite Mount Batur, make a great frame for the volcano …

Mount Batur - seen through temple gates

Mount Batur – seen through temple gates

You can take a boat trip across the lake.

Rowing on the volcanic lake

Rowing on the volcanic lake

Some villagers have fish farms on the lake and others use the lake water to irrigate the fields of chillis, cabbages and onions etc., which grow in abundance here in this cooler climate.

Fish farms in the lake

Fish farms in the lake

But however beautiful the surrounding views are, the volcano dominates the scene…

Volcano view

Volcano view

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2 Comments

  1. As usual, dear Julie, you made it such an interesting story.
    I love your blog-stories and you,
    sandeh

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