Secrets of Bali
by Jonathan Copeland
in consultation with
Treasures of Bali: A Guide to Museums in Bali
by Richard Mann
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Singaraja and Lovina Tour
Singaraja - Singaraja means "lion king" was Bali's capital before it was transferred to Denpasar after Independence. Pleasant tree-lined streets, Dutch colonial buildings, it is Bali's 2nd city. It was the centre of Dutch power in Bali. There are also Chinese and Moslem influences. In the old days the port, no longer used, was where visitors first arrived. Walking around is interesting. Secrets of Bali (Chapter 13) traces the history of tourism in Bali.
Gedong Kirtya Library - If you wish, as an optional extra, we can visit this small museum housing a collection of traditional old lontar books written on palm leaves. Open 7am - 2pm Monday to Thursday, closes a little earlier on Fridays and Saturdays. Donation requested. Secrets of Bali (Chapter 45) describes how lontar books are created.
Gitgit - Very pretty, 40 metre high waterfall, with breathtaking local scenery. There is a small entrance charge.
Lovina - West of Singaraja, this north coast beach resort is famous for its calm, clear waters, and excellent swimming, snorkelling and diving. The beach is black, volcanic sand.
Banjar - In the village of Banjar is Brahma Vihara Arama, Bali's Buddhist monastery. Impressive building with great views down the valley across the rice paddies to the sea. Wear long pants, trousers or a sarong. Nearby are hot springs and pools, beautifully landscaped with tropical plants. If you wish, have a dip or drink or snack. There is a small entrance charge.
Munduk - Munduk village is a lovely place to have a rest while enjoying Munduk coffee, the best homemade coffee in Bali. Great panoramic vistas and rice terraces. The Dutch established coffee, vanilla, clove and cocoa plantations and there are still some old Dutch buildings.
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