Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mount Batur Caldera - Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia

Visitors climbing up the volcanic rocks
Basaltic lava rock
After our tour to Terunyan Village and area around lake Batur, Eduardo brought us to the Mount Batur caldera formed by two forceful eruptions 150 years ago. With a height of 1,717 meters (5,633 feet) above sea level, Mount Batur is part of the Pacific, Ring of Fire. The south east side is the inner lake caldera which lies beneath Lake Batur. 

The eruptions of Mount Batur have produced Basaltic lava emission which covers about 17 kilometers of fields full of lava rocks. The 1968 eruption produced substantial lava field which is visible today and can be viewed from Kintamani, a town which straddles the south west ridge of the greater caldera. There are 2 populated villages of Kedisan (south edge of Lake Batur) and Toya Bungkah, where hiking to the summit may begin from here. 

Eduardo stopped at the lava field to show us the shape of the lava rocks which is really beautiful and great attraction to the area. UNESCO made Mount Batur caldera a part of the Global Geopark Network on September, 20th, 2012 and thus making it the first Geopark in Indonesia. The unique geological sites, the crater, the caldera and the lake formed beautiful landscape and have made this area a center of tourist attraction in Bali and should not be missed.

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