Kedisan is a small rural village nestled at the foot of the Mount Batur on the island of Bali, at the edge of Lake Batur, the largest lake in on the island. The village sits amidst the panoramic setting of the crescent shaped lake and the majestic volcano filling the skyline above. It is one of 15 villages in the Kintamani Region, about 2 hours north from Denpasar, capital city of Bali.
Located between Lake Batur’s shore and the magnificent Mount Batur, Kedisan’s soil is well irrigated by the river and incredibly fertile due to the volcanic ash. That, combined with the cool mountainous climate makes it the perfect crop-raising terrain. It’s no wonder, therefore, that this region is inhabited largely by those that make a living by farming. Kedisan’s colorful patchwork of agricultural produce includes onions, cabbages, peppers, tomatoes and much more. Some residents of Kedisan also work as fisherman, as Lake Batur is home to quite the abundance of fish.
The Kintamani region has been well known since the 9th century, as is proven by various royal edicts engraved on copper plates found throughout Kedisan and the other villages around Lake Batur, such as Trunyan, Songan, and Buahan.
Batur Lakeside Hut offers a variety of spacious Balinese-style bungalows, each complete with twin or queen-size beds. Facilities include a swimming pool, a library, a restaurant offering local and international cuisines and a lakeside restaurant for fresh fish specials. Other services include guides up the mountain and to the volcano’s caldera, and transportation to other parts of Bali.
Segara Hotel is located in Kedisan village at the foot of Mount Batur. It offers 4 standards of rooms, Economic, Standard, Deluxe and Superior. It also organizes several tours around Lake Batur and the surrounding area.
Surya Hotel in Kedisan Village offers 28 comfortable rooms, each with a private shower and hot water. Other services include trekking guides, tours around the island and free pick-ups and transfers. Rates range from USD 10 – 25 and include a free breakfast.
Baruna Cottages is located in the neighboring village of Buahan, also along the shore of Lake Batur. All rooms are inclusive of a Continental Breakfast, and free pick up from Ubud area. Rates range from Rp 400,000 – Rp 600,000 rupiah per night. Trekking guides and tours around the island are also available.
Bask in the site’s natural beauty and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Take a trek around the village or a swim in the cool lake.
One of the main attractions of Kedisan Village is Terapung Restaurant: a restaurant that floats on the surface of Lake Batur. This floating restaurant is the only restaurant around Lake Batur, and offers the seating choice of floating gazebo, or a floating lounge. Savor the delicious menu of freshly caught fish, fried or grilled with a delectable blend of Balinese spices to a backdrop of the clear blue lake and Mount Batur towering above. A crisp and spicy flavor, coupled with the beautiful scenery and cool mountain breeze creates a serene and romantic ambience that will not easily be forgotten.
Given its location at the foot of Mount Batur, this village is a great stopping place before setting off up the mountain. Kedisan is approximately 6 kilometers away from Toya Bungkah, another village commonly used as a climbing point of Mount Batur. Toya Bungkah is also known for its natural hot springs, believed to relax the muscles and nurture healthy skin.
A small pier is built in Kedisan Village on the banks of Lake Batur. Many small boats dock at this pier, ready to take you on a tour around the lake, or across the lake to the other surrounding villages. From this dock, you can also cross over to Trunyan – a village famous for its unique burial traditions. Unlike most parts of Bali, the people of Trunyan do not cremate their dead, but instead embalm them in the oil of the Taru tree and store them in large stone basins.
To observe the culture of Kedisan village itself, schedule your visit during the months of August or September, when the annual procession known as Ngusabha Tegen is held. This ceremony is a form of thanksgiving to the goddess of fertility, and has been faithfully held every year for many generations. During the ceremony, thousands of villages will bring offerings to the Dalam Prajapati Temple. These offerings are usually in the form of vegetables, fruits, fish and meat. Fish and other foods that are offered may not be fried, but must be steamed or baked. Tradition states that these offerings should be returned with the gifts of salvation and prosperity. An interesting fact about this ceremony is that every member of the village should bring a coin to the temple. When the coins are counted, the result is the updated census of the village’s population.
Aside from being an agricultural village, Kedisan produces many wooden handicrafts that can be purchased as souvenirs. These crafts include a variety of shapes such as cats, elephants and even miniature Buddha statues. While in Kedisan, you can also observe the entire process from the wood selection, to the carving process, to painting, and finally, the final product. In addition to wooden artifacts, mosaics and other glass crafts can also be found.
Located on the exotic and internationally famous island of Bali, getting to Kedisan village is a fairly easy task. Bali is an extremely well connected airport with international flights available from numerous cities across the globe, including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Brisbane, Darwin, Dili, Doha, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Osaka, Perth, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo and others. Domestic flights are available from all major cities of Indonesia.
From the airport, (or anywhere,) simply hire a cab, and you’re good to go! Kedisan village is approximately 60 kilometers north from Denpasar, the capital city of Bali.
Kedisan Village is a rugged, mountainous region, so make sure to bring the appropriate shoes and clothing.
The best time to visit is during the summer, as the paths tend to be slippery during the rainy season.
One downside to Kedisan is an excess of vendors and locals offering various services. These people tend to be quite pushy and charge extra for the services they provide. So as not to encourage such a practice, these people should be turned down firmly but politely.