Kintamani / Panelokan Overview

Kintamani is known as Panelokan, In Penelokan, ribbons of black lava ripple down the valley from the misty peak of Mount Batur. Penelokan literally means “the place to look”, where the world changes colors. Sometimes, the still lake there resembles blue glass, and at other, a sheet of platinum. Legend tells of Pasupati (Siwa) dividing the sacred Hindu mountain Mahameru and placing the halves in Bali, as the volcanoes Gunung Agung and Batur. Next to Agung, Batur is the most revered of Bali’s mountains and symbolizes the female element next Besakih’s male.

Penelokan is a good place to make a lunch stop; the Lakeview Restaurant is literally on the edge of the crater. However, if you want to breathe in the beauty of Batur, it’s best to do it from Kintamani further up the road, as the vendors in Penelokan can be extremely aggressive in their sale tactics.

A very steep corkscrew road leads down to Kedisan on the lakeside where boats can be hired. The road does not go all along the lake, although it is possible to hike it. On the flank of the volcano opposite Trunyan at Toya Bungkah are hot springs, which the locals use for bathing. Few people bathe in the lake, although it is not forbidden. There are a number of starting points down by the hot spring for climbing Batur; the journey takes less than three hours roundtrip (from Purajati it is two hours). Leave quite in the morning so as not to get heatstroke and wear sunscreen; there are plenty of guides who can take you up. Gede, the owner of Gede’s Trekking, is a useful contact. He is near the Kintamani market above the crater.
  
Formerly, the people of this area lived relatively unperturbed at the base of the holy volcano. In 1917, Batur violently erupted destroying 65.000 home and 2.500 temples and taking more than a thousand lives. Lava engulfed the village of Batur but miraculously stopped at the foot at the temple.

The people took this as a good omen and continued to live there. In 1926, anew eruption buried the entire temple except the highest shrine, dedicate to the goddess of the lake. The villagers were then forced to resettle on the high cliffs overlooking shrine with them and began rebuilding the temple, now known as Pura Ulun Danu.

An ambitious project, the majoring of the 285 planned shrines is yet to be completed. Two August gateways, severe in contrast to the elaborate split gates of South Bali, open onto spacious courtyards laid with black gravel. Rows of meru towers silhouette against the sky in full view of the smoking volcano. 
The bale gedong, a storehouse of precious relics, contains a bell of solid gold. As the story goes, the bell was presented to the treasury of the temple by a king of Singaraja in atonement for his having insulted the deities. There is also a gamelan gong gede here, which accompanies the stately sacred dances of the Baris Gede and the Rejang during the grand temple festival here.

The ritual in this temple is closely linked with the veneration of Lake Batur and supplication for the blessing or irrigation water. The mountain lakes help regulate the flow of water to the fields and villages through the many natural springs lower down the slope.......

News by, Bali Individual Team

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