The center of Bali is mostly situated in and around the mountain area of Bedugul and the three lakes: Lake Bratan, Lake Buyan, and Lake Tamblingan. In this area it is pretty cold compared to the rest of Bali, so it is important to bring warm clothes and, if it is wet season, rain clothes. Sometimes Ubud is also referred to central Bali but we included it in the South of Bali (see link: Ubud).
In and around Bedugul
Bedugul is a town located next to the Bratan Lake where you can find the famous Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. The entrance for this temple is 30.000 per person, but if you are with 2 persons or more you can see it cheaper from the lake by renting a ‘sepeda bebek air’ (duck water bike) for 35.000 RP. The cheapest rental place you can find is on the right side of the temple.
In Bedugul you can also visit the very big botanic garden; ‘Kebun Raya Bali’. The entrance fee is 18.000 per person and it will take you a couple of hours to walk all around the place. Inside there is also an adventure park for beginners, children and experienced climbers for 22 dollars per person.
The other two lakes, lake Buyan and Tamblingan, are also very nice to visit for a trek.Here you have to pay an entrance fee of 15.000 RP if you start in the middle of the two lakes (this is the town price). At other places you may be charged the governmental price of 100.000 RP. A guide may be needed since it is a difficult road through the jungle, but it is also possible to do alone if you leave some tracks behind to find your way back. On the way you will find some temples and lakes in the middle of the forests. You can have a trek from 2-4 hours here depending on what you want to see. Detailed maps you will find at the starting point.