Kintamani, Bali

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Kintamani is a village in the north of the Indonesian island of Bali in Bangli district.


The long road village is situated at an altitude of 1470 meters in the northern highlands of the island, on the main road from Bangli in the south to Singaraja on the north coast. The on the western edge of the outer of two calderas running road south of the village offers views of the volcanic landscape of the 1717 meter high Gunung Batur, whose summit is located about six kilometers to the east. A curvy side road that leads to the foot of the mountain, branches eight kilometers south-east of Kintamani into Penelokan (1450 meters) and leads down to 120 to 300 meters below the caldera ground. The ascent and descent on foot directly from Kintamani to the summit of Gunung Batur takes about six hours. Between the two places, and practically grown together with Kintamani is the road settlement Batur.

The road from Kintamani in the north continues to rise until Penulisan where is situated on 1745 meters in the Pura Tegeh Koripan, the highest temple in Bali.

The high position in the often cloud-shrouded sky producing rainfall. The fertile volcanic soils are particularly used for the cultivation of arabica coffee.


The place name Kintamani is the modern spelling variant of Cintamani, consisting of cinta, Indonesian " love " and derived from the Sanskrit word Mani, "jewel".

Every three days, found in Kintamani in the morning a lively market place, are offered on the fruits and vegetables of the region, otherwise the three place referred to by numerous sales offers greatly benefit from tourism. There are several accommodation options.

The Pura Ulun Danu Batur is a 1927 privy near Kintamani temple that originally stood beneath the caldera. At the outbreak of Batur a year before the old village was showered in the plain of lava, only the shrine was preserved and now forms the core of the new temple.

History and Culture

The place is known since the 9th century and belonged to the oldest kingdom in Bali. In the surrounding villages such as Tenganan still traditions of the mountain people have received the distinction as Bali Aga of the settlers on the coast. As characteristics of the old culture simpler temple, village land owned collectively, the absence of typical Balinese Hinduism caste system and generally a lack of social hierarchy apply. The population around Kintamani was therefore often described in anthropological descriptions of the 20th century as backward. In contrast, the large number of inscriptions found mainly in this region that the rulers of the early kingdoms were significantly influenced by the Hindu culture from Java. Only in the 14th century is likely to have used a cultural stagnation.