A three-minute stroll from Villa Kailasha takes you to Kelating Beach featuring sparkling black sand and sweeping coastline views. The immediate neighbourhood is a small Balinese village called Dukuh which is bordered by rice fields as far as the eye can see. Set blissfully away from the busy town, the only restaurant nearby sits in the five-star Alila Villas Soori (300m) which boasts both a fine-dining restaurant as well as an alfresco bar serving beachfront cocktails, best enjoyed at sunset. However, with a professional chef at your service in the villa, you may find no incentive to step out for culinary gratification. The quiet beach and river estuary offer beautiful walks, and local temple ceremonies are a common sight. This stretch of coastline is popular with surfers but there are strong rip currents and no lifeguards so it is deemed unsafe for swimming.
- Yeh Gangga Beach
- 5 km
- 10 km
- 11 km
- Tanah Lot Temple
- 12 km
- Echo Beach
- 17 km
- Yeh Panes Hot Spring
- 18 km
- 22 km
- 30 km
- Batukaru Temple
- 31 km
- Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
- 32 km
- 38 km
- Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS)
- 42 km
Things to do
Villa Kailasha’s manager has a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will be happy to arrange for transport and make bookings as required. Do converse with the staff about the local area; many of them live nearby and will be able to give local insights into 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 allow visitors to relish 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), a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 for the preservation of traditional Balinese farming techniques. At a height of 850 metres above sea level, the view from here is one of the finest.
Horse riding can be arranged at stables located in Yeh Gangga (5km), a peaceful village where rice farming, fishing and sea salt harvesting keep locals busy. You can also opt to swim in the sea with the horses, should you want to.
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 dramatically 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 at your doorstep. This stretch of coast, however, is only recommended for experienced surfers.
There are many ancient temples on the island 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. Two royal palaces are also within easy reach of Villa Kailasha: Puri Gede and Puri Anyar at the royal town of Krambitan (5km).
Make a pilgrimage to the sacred Pura Tanah Lot (15km), one of Bali’s most iconic 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 sneak a peek of the holy snake.