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Two kilometres around the lake from Toya Bungkah, Songan is a large and interesting village with market gardens extending to the lake’s edge. At the lakeside road end is Pura Ulun Danu Batur, under the edge of the crater rim.

A turn-off in Songan takes you on a rough but passable road around the crater floor. On the northwestern side of the volcano, the village of Toya Mampeh (Yeh Mampeh) is surrounded by a vast field of chunky black lava – a legacy of the 1974 eruption. Further on, Pura Bukit Mentik was completely surrounded by molten lava from this eruption, but the temple itself, and its impressive banyan tree, were quite untouched – it’s called the ‘Lucky Temple’.

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