Set within the huge caldera of an ancient and extinct volcano is the small friendly market town and lakeside resort of Bedugul, heralded by a statue of a corn-on-the cob. Next to this giant sweetcorn is the access road to the Kebun Raya Eka Karya, the Bali Botanical Garden. A cool, shady park covering 157.5 hectares of tropical rainforest on the slopes of Gunung Pohon (tree mountain) with over 2000 species of plants, including 650 different species of tree and nearly 500 varieties of wild and cultivated orchids. The adjacent daily market, Bukit Mungsu, is busy, vibrant and colourful. Nowadays it is caters largely for visitors, selling handicrafts and souvenirs. But it also offers a tempting and diverse collection of locally grown fruit, vegetables, spices and plants, including orchids.
Indeed, Bedugul is a very well-known destination on the tourist map and lies alongside the shores of the picturesque, alpine reminiscent, Lake Bratan with its mystical temple that appears to float upon the water. You’ll find images of this temple, often shrouded in mist, on every postcard rack in South Kuta.