Pura Luhur Batukaru is one the most important temples on the island of Bali
as it is one of the nine directional temples that protects the island from evil spirits. Unlike other Balinese sacred sites, Batukaru sees very few tourists due to its remote location high on the slopes of the volcano with which the temple shares its name, Gunung Batukaru. The peaceful area around the temple is known as Wangaya Gede and provides a relaxing base to explore the region. The highlights of the area include the temple, hiking Gunung Batukaru and the UNESCO rice terraces in Jatiluwih. Additionally, Bratan Lake is a short half day trip from Wangaya Gede, which is home to Bedugul village and the beautiful floating Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. Prana Dewi is a yoga retreat in Wangaya Gede with compfortable, Balinese style Bungalows uniquely situated amongst rice terraces and the resort is within walking distance of Pura Luhur Batukaru. Anyone looking to find a peace of unspoiled Bali should head up to Batukaru and chill for a few days.