Villa Kailasha’s manager will have a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will help arrange transport and make any bookings required. Do also ask the staff about the local area; many of them live nearby and will be able to give an interesting insight into some of the fascinating aspects of Bali life.
In the meantime, here is a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of the villa.
- Hiking and trekking in Bali’s volcanic hinterlands gives visitors the opportunity to relish some spectacular views; the 2276-metre Mount Batukau is the island’s second highest peak, and the area around this mountain boasts the greatest biological diversity in Bali. Here, local guides lead visitors on anything from gentle hikes through the food forests and jungle, to challenging treks.
- Visit the breathtaking panorama of the Jatiluwih rice terraces (36km), which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 for its preservation of traditional Balinese farming techniques. At a height of 850 metres above sea level, the view here is one of the finest imaginable.
- Horse riding can be arranged at a stables located at the village of Yeh Gangga (5km). The scenery is lovely in this peaceful village, where rice farming, fishing and sea salt harvesting are the main activities. One of the rides offers an opportunity to swim in the sea with the horses.
- Discover the charming Tabanan regency with its terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities. Or head northeast to explore the volcanic lakes near the mountain town of Bedugul, including Lake Bratan with its photogenic and stunningly positioned Pura Ulun Danu – one of Bali’s most important temples.
- Explore Bali on the back of a Harley Davidson bike with Island Biker Tours. Full day Harley tours, customised tours or shorter joy rides can all be accommodated.
- With its warm seas, an almost year round season, relatively uncrowded beach and reef breaks, and suitability for all levels of experience, Bali surfing is world renowned, and at Villa Kailasha the ocean is right on your doorstep. This stretch of coast, however, is only recommended for experienced surfers.
- There are many ancient temples in the environs including Pura Luhur Batukau, the stone coconut temple (29km) near the peak of Mount Batukau, (accessible by car), which venerates the deities of mountains and lakes. In addition, two royal palaces are within easy reach of Villa Kailasha: Puri Gede and Puri Anyar at the royal town of Krambitan (5km).
- Make a pilgrimage to sacred Pura Tanah Lot (15km), one of Bali’s greatest, and most photographed, sea temples. Perched high on a craggy, wave-lashed rock, this ancient temple is best savoured at sunset (although less busy during the day). If the tide is low, be sure to receive a blessing from the Hindu Priests and have a look at the holy snake.