The Mountains of Bali
The mountains of Bali are the end of the
string of volcanoes that make up the ring of fire, stretching all the
way from the Asian continent to Sumatera to Java. They are mostly on the northern part of Bali.
Mount Mus, Mount Mesehe, and Mount Patas.
- Situated on the western side of Bali, inside the
West Bali National Park.
- In the center of the island. On its slope you can find
the Great Garden of Bali (Kebun Raya).
- Near Mount Pohen, and on its foot lies Lake Bratan.
The resort area Bedugul is on the shore of Lake Bratan.
It also houses the temple Ulundanu.
Gitgit, famous for its waterfall, is located just slightly
north of Mount Catur.
- Mount Batukau is slightly south of Mount Pohen,
and it houses the temple of Batukau.
- Its old crater is now known as Lake Batur.
The resort area of Kintamani is located on the foot
of Mount Batur. From there you can cross Lake Batur
to reach the village of Trunyan, where the
Old Bali (Bali Aga) people live.
- On the eastern most part of Bali, Mount Bali is near
the sacred spring of Tirtagangga.
- The most revered and the highest peak in Bali,
Mount Agung stands tall at over 3100 meters.
The Balinese consider Mount Agung to be the center of
the world. All temples
in Bali point towards Mount Agung.
On its slope, the Mother Temple of Besakih, with its
uncountable steps, solemnly wait for the arrival of the
gods and the goddesses, for when they step down from
heaven, they come to Besakih by way of Mount Agung.
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