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Asah Hill is the ideal place to take in magnificent panoramic views of the sea, and Bali's rugged coastline and green hills. (Shutterstock/Krisbianto Andy)
Bali might be best known for its beautiful beaches, however, the island is full of instagrammable destinations, including its highlands, that are worth a visit. Kompas Travel (http://travel.kompas.com/read/2018/01/15/201000627/3-bukit-dan-padang-edelweis-tempat-di-bali-ini-asyik-buat-foto-foto) has made a list of little-known places in Bali’s highlands you might want to include on your next holiday itinerary.
Padang Kasna Garden
An interesting and photogenic destination, Padang Kasna Garden is located in Temukus, Junggul hamlet, Besakih village. Fifteen minutes from Pura Besakih, a short trek is required to reach the garden, which is situated at the foot of Mount Agung.
Kasna flowers fill the area and greet visitors with their beauty. Kasna flowers are believed to be a gift from the gods for the people of Teukus, as the flower species can only grow in the area and is known as the edelweiss of Bali. They are usually harvested in the days approaching the Galungan and Kuningan holidays.
Putung Hill, located 1.5 hours from Denpasar, was opened in the 1980s and has gained in popularity in recent years. From the top of Putung Hill, tourists can take in the lush beauty of East Bali, all the way to the beach. Many have compared Putung Hill to Pura Uluwatu cliff in South Kuta.
Another popular attraction of Putung Hill are the monkeys hanging in the trees, as well as the view of Nusa Penida island across the sea that is visible when the air is clear. Visiting a salak farm and the Jagasatru Waterfall are other activities that can be enjoyed nearby.
Asah Hill is the ideal place to take in magnificent panoramic views of the sea, and Bali's rugged coastline and green hills. Its tranquil aura is aided by the small number of visitors, which has earned it the name among tourists of ‘Silent Hill.'
Located in Bugbug village, Karangasem, Asah Hill is situated behind Prasi beach, a 1.5-hour car ride from Denpasar. When you reach Bugbug village, make a right and head on to Asah Hill. The ideal time to visit is at sunrise and sunset. For the more the adventurous types, feel free to bring a tent as camping sites are available.
Another famous hill in Karangasem is Guungan Hill, also known as Candidasa Hill. The hill is located on the Candidasa road, in Manggis, not far from Candidasa beach, and is a 1.5-hour ride from Denpasar.
Guungan Hill boasts the greenery of the hills in East Nusa Tenggara. Although it’s a little steep, a walking path with stairs is available and tourists are welcome to camp with the permission of the site’s management. (asw)