Bali is a quirky island in the midst of the tropical Indonesian landscape, and is home to an intriguing array of attractions, both natural and created. The best way to experience this unique tropical splendour would be from an eclectic backdrop that forms the core of many fine boutique hotels Bali has to offer the discerning traveller. A fine boutique hotel Bali features is the Alila Manggis – Bali which boasts a supreme blend of tradition and modernity to provide the ideal hospitality experience for both business and leisure visitors. Indonesia is a veritable hotbed of activity of the seismic as well as the sightseeing kind.  It is home to Mount Batur, an active volcano located northwest of Mount Agung in Bali. It is at the centre of two calderas, which are concentric dips that form in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption. The southeastern caldera contains a lake. The inner caldera measures 7.5km wide and it has been dated to somewhere between 23,000 and 28,500 years old. The southeast wall of the inner caldera lies beneath the panoramic Lake Batur, which is a beautiful crescent-shaped lake that is rimmed by the higher walls of the crater. The crater is massive and it conjures up images of the devastating volcanic eruption that occurred tens of thousands of years ago, decimating the original Mount Batur, which was much larger than the present one. To this day, the volcano remains active, and records two eruptions in historical time, one in 1804 and the other in 1907 which devastated the surrounding landscape, claiming many lives and destroying a large portion of historic architecture. Some other eruptions since then have forced the local population to relocate their township, including the relocation of Bali’s main temple Pura Ulun Danu. It was initially situated inside the crater, but has how been shifted to the rim overlooking the crater. Needless to say, this new location provides spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and is well worth a visit for the scenery buff.

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.