Gitgit Waterfall and Lake Bratan

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Me at Gitgit waterfall

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

Back on our trusty motorbike and we were heading north into the mountains, via Singaraja, on the quest to find a waterfall and a temple amongst the mist. The majority of the road heading upwards, could only be tackled in 1st or 2nd gear because it was so steep. After a tough ride up, made harder by having to weave in and out of slow moving lorries, we eventually made it to the assault course of hawkers that lined the path to the falls. Battling our way past the never ending 'mister mister, only $1' people - the ones who when you say 'ok', refuse to sell you their products at $1 - we finally made it to the peace and quiet and natural beauty of Git Git waterfall. We spent 10 minutes admiring the falls, but it was actually pretty cold due to the altitude, so we decided against a dip and settled for some photos!

Another 30 minutes on the motorbike was required to make it to the summit of the mountain, where Lake Bratan is situated.

Temple on the way from Gitgit to Lake Bratan
Along this road was a very pretty stone temple that was undergoing some restoration work, but was photogenic none the less. Upon arrival we were delighted to see that it was far less foggy than the previous day and we were able to have a nice walk beside the lake, with the star attraction been Pura Ulun Danau Bratan, the temple on the lakeside. The setting is ideal and the temple is a real cracker, justifying our journey out here. Other than this temple, the grounds also contain a nice little garden and a couple of interesting stupas.

It was already late afternoon and our next destination of Tulamben was a long way away (supposedly 4 hours), so it was back on the bike and down the stupidly steep hill to Singaraja.

Pura Ulun Temple at Lake Bratan
From there, it was a pretty straight road going along the north east coast in a clockwise direction to the small town of Tulamben. We surprisingly arrived a little over 2 hours after setting off, almost half the time we were recommended it would take. The road was straight and the bike was fast, what more can i say? The only problems we had on route were with lorry drivers, who would just stop, without indication, in the middle of the road to chat with each other. They would completely block the road and make you slam on the brakes, so as not to end up in the back of their containers! We were lucky to only have 2 near death experiences - seriously!

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Me at Gitgit waterfall
Me at Gitgit waterfall
Temple on the way from Gitgit to L…
Temple on the way from Gitgit to …
Pura Ulun Temple at Lake Bratan
Pura Ulun Temple at Lake Bratan
Julia takes shelter at Gitgit wate…
Julia takes shelter at Gitgit wat…
Temple at Lake Bratan
Temple at Lake Bratan
Pura Ulun Temple at Lake Bratan
Pura Ulun Temple at Lake Bratan
Lake Bratan
photo by: Deats