Heading Up North: Singaraja & Lovina

July 15, 2017

Heading Up North: Singaraja & Lovina

Head north away from the touristy crowds and the congestions of South Bali; further up away from Ubud and witness the amazing transformation of the landscape that passes you by. Concrete jungles and cafes slowly fade away into lush green vegetation, paddy fields, rolling hills, quiet, clean and magnificent beaches and thundering waterfalls.

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Here you’ll find the beautiful and majestic district of Buleleng, with Singaraja as its main town and nearby, the popular tourist destination, Lovina. Discover the quieter, more charming and even more rewarding areas of Bali that has changed little with the passing of time.

SINGARAJA

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Singaraja is the second largest town in Bali and was once the colonial capital of the island. As the centre of Dutch administration, this old harbor town contains some truly interesting buildings and historical sites that reflect its rich history. A walk through the town is like walking down memory lane; visitors can view old warehouses, colonial buildings, Dutch-style houses, Royal Palaces, an ikat factory also known as the Royal Weavery, museums and the Balinese Lontar library. Today, it is an important educational and cultural centre; there are two universities in Singaraja.

LOVINA

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Nearby is the tourists region of Lovina. Consisting of three traditional villages along a spectacular stretch of black sand beach, Lovina is popular among divers, adventurers and those seeking a relaxing beach holiday away from the hustle and bustle of South Bali. There are a few nice beach-side restaurants along the main road through Lovina, but there are also still many traditional warungs serving a variety of Indonesian food. If you enjoy the outdoors you will have your pick of many wonderful activities, such as dolphin watching, walking, trekking, etc.

HISTORY

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The Royal line of Buleleng, Singaraja dates back to more than 500 years ago when the son of the King of Gelgel, Pandji Sakti, left Klungkung in order to establish a new kingdom in Den Bukit, Buleleng, North Bali. Upon reaching the mountain peak, he felt very thirsty, so he plunged his magic kris into the ground and water flowed from that spot.

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In the mid 19th century, the Dutch invaded Singaraja, destroying the palace and deposed or killed most of the Royal family. By 1858, the Dutch appointed a new Raja of Buleleng. The young, intelligent king supported the rebellion against the Dutch in Banjar in 1872. In 1929, his son, I Gusti Putu Djantik, was appointed by the Dutch to be the regent of Buleleng. He rebuilt the Puri Agung and then along with the Dutch, founded the library of Lontar named Gedong Kirtya in front of the Puri grounds.

PLACES TO SEE IN THE NORTH

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While you’re there, do visit the The Royal Palace of Singaraja, Puri Agung, also known as Puri Gede to see for yourself how the Kings used to live and if you’re lucky, interact with the descendants of the old kings of Buleleng.

A must-visit is the Gedung Kirtya, which is located at the front of the Puri. Launched in 1928, this museum houses thousands of ancient artifacts including the Balinese Lontar (palm leaf manuscripts), transcriptions on metal plates and books on literally any topic that is relevant to human life including medicine, architecture, philosophy, religion and more, in the Balinese, old Javanese, Dutch English and German language.

Located to the west of Singaraja, Lovina is ideal for those who love nature and peaceful surroundings. Taking up all of 12km, central Lovina is marked with a dolphin statue, and surrounding it, many cafes, bars, restaurant, hotels and inns. The black beaches of Lovina were caused by volcanic eruptions from the Bedugul area. Along the coastlines, you’ll find farm lands, rice fields and fruit plantations.

Lovina is also famous for its dolphins. If you want to view them, talk to the local fishermen – for a small fee, you could ride out with them at sunrise, and if you’re lucky you may be able to spot a friendly dolphin or two!

STAY IN THE NORTH

There are many choices of accommodations in the Lovina & Singaraja area. Our first recommendation would be The Damai, a luxury hotel and villa located in Lovina. Situated on a green hill overlooking the sea, The Damai is definitely our ultimate choice when it comes to unbeatable luxury in lush jungle settings, immortal indescribable views, world-class service, decadent pampering and tantalizing, healthy F&B offerings.

While you’re there, do not miss the chance to enjoy head-to-toe pampering at The Damai Spa where you can experience total relaxation in the hands of its skilled therapists. The Spa at Damai combines centuries old Asian and Balinese traditions with modern and innovative treatments techniques to rejuvenate your body.

When hungry, head to its all-organic restaurant charmingly called “A Brasserie in Bali”. Recognized for decades as one of the best restaurants in the region, this award-winning restaurant offers new versions of classic Balinese dishes and western favourites.

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