North Bali’s climate, landscape and history are noticeably different from the south. Bali’s second city and former colonial capital Singaraja is our first stop. Singaraja is home to a busy port, old Dutch colonial buildings and Bali’s largest palm-leaf manuscript collection. These manuscripts are the source of Bali’s ancient wisdom and cover such diverse subjects as religion, medicine and the horoscope. Here you will find the original palm-leaf manuscripts that have been used by Bali’s Brahmin priests for centuries. Next to the palm-leaf museum is the royal museum displaying the regalia of the former raja.
A short drive from the city is Bali’s largest and most beautiful Buddhist monastery and temple; a serene place in the foothills overlooking the Java sea. After visiting the monastery we will have lunch at Lovina beach, Bali’s northern tourist destination- a quieter alternative to the busy south. Finally we head back over the mountains to Ubud.