Lake Tamblingan, situated in the Northern part of Bali, is one of three twin lakes formed in a large caldera. Its location in the valley makes it slightly cooler than an average Bali destination, yet incredibly beautiful, especially at sunrise. Lake Tamblingan is surrounded with dense rainforest and the settlements around are designated as a spiritual tourism area protected from modern development by the government.

Lake Tamblingan is surrounded with many ancient Balinese temples. The many temples surrounding the lake are associated with the ancient Tamblingan civilization. We only looked at one during our trip hereand it was Pura Hulun Danu Tamblingan.

Lake Tamblingan

Time wasted at the lake is time well spent.

How to Get There

We drove our motorcycle from Canggu to the lake. It was an almost 2 hour drive and if you plan on doing the same (to arrive at sunrise), don’t forget to dress warm. It gets cold up there and you wouldn’t want to freeze like we did!

Set Google maps to take you from your destination to Camp Tamblingan. We set it only to the lake and it gave us a very different location, which made us waste 30 minutes trying to find the right road. There is a parking just before the path leading to the lake.

Lake Tamblingan

What to do at Lake Tamblingan

Photography Enthusiasts

This spot is perfect especially for all of you who love taking your tripod out and capture beautiful landscape photographs. During our visit there were several photography guides and tours there. Not many people, but you could tell they are getting some long exposure shots there. It is also a popular location for pre-wedding pictures, so don’t be surprised if you see several couples on a photo-shoot there.


There are a few tours available for treks in this area. We didn’t have the time to try any out, but the area is absolutely stunning. If you decide on a trek here don’t forget your hiking shoes and insect repellent.

Lake Tamblingan
Lake Tamblingan

Good to Know

We saw a few images of the lake online and all of them with water surrounding the temple. To our surprise, there was not water around the temple so we initially thought we arrived at the wrong location! When, in fact, the water generally only surrounds the temple in December or when it has rained heavily for a few days. So if you have a preference on when you’d like to photograph this location – keep in mind the water levels change.


I, Wanderlista is a blog written by Patricija, a Slovenian girl based in Sweden. Patricija is a travel writer on a mission to see every single country in the world. A marketer by trade and a traveler by heart, Patricija loves discovering new corners of the globe, photographing and sharing stories and tips for anyone wanting to get inspiration or needs help to plan the ultimate vacation.

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