On the slopes of Mount Batur in Kintamani area, you can find a lovely place called Pinggan Village. This farmers village makes grateful use of the fertile soil around the volcanoes and the colder climate. Except doing the Mount Batur sunrise trekking, this area in Bali isn’t much explored by tourists. Which is a shame, because this is the authentic Bali! For a beautiful sunrise, most tourists want to enjoy the sunrise on Bali beaches. Which is absolutely great! But if you want something different with an incredible view on Bali’s volcanoes, Pinggan sunrise viewpoint is the answer! The impressive view on Mount Batur and Mount Agung is absolutely breathtaking, and the best part is that you don’t have to hike for this view at all! Read in this blog post everything you need to know about Pinggan sunrise viewpoint.
About Pinggan viewpoint
Pinggan sunrise viewpoint offers amazing views on Mount Batur and Mount Agung. Located in Kintamani, the region of Bali’s volcanos, this spot is often overlooked, but absolutely worth a visit! Especially for photographers. Or if you don’t have the time (or condition) to do the Mount Batur sunrise trekking, then this viewpoint is a great alternative to still have an amazing view on the most impressive mountains of Bali! As the sun rises the sky turns purple, orange and pink as the thick blanket of mist slowly dissolves revealing a little farmers village ready to start the day. The mountains and hills surrounding the village make the panorama even more breathtaking. This viewpoint is so stunning and impressive, you almost won’t believe your own eyes! It is an unforgettable experience. Pinggan viewpoint is without a doubt one of our most favorite Bali viewpoints!
There are actually several viewpoints overlooking Pinggan village and the two volcanoes. On Google Maps you will find one indication with the right spot. But this one has a man made metal platform which was, in our opinion, not the most charming place for photos. But just a few 100 meters apart from this “official” Pinggan sunrise viewpoint, is another spot without any attractions. Just some grass and a big tree. We choose to shoot at this place as we liked the natural surroundings more.
Best time to visit Pinggan viewpoint
Because the viewpoint is facing East, you will have a beautiful sunrise view. Sunrises in Bali are mostly clear, but make sure to check the weather forecast because when it is a rainy night, there is a chance that clouds will ruin the sunrise view. Because clouds will roll in during the day, I won’t advice to go here during the midday. Especially if you want to make some epic photos. In terms of the best month to visit Pinggan viewpoint is from September to November, during the early rainy season. The fog is usually at the thickest during this time.
We’ve also been to Pinggan viewpoint with sunset to inspect the place and make some test shots. We didn’t want to loose time with sunrise, so we wanted to know exactly where we wanted to shoot. But with sunset the view was a bit cloudy and the colours weren’t that nice as with sunrise. So the best time to get here is without a doubt sunrise. Believe me, it’s really worth the early morning call!
How to get to Pinggan viewpoint
Pinggan Village is located on the slopes of Mount Batur in Kintamani, Bangli. You will need a little more than two hours’ drive to reach this village from the Denpasar, Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu area. So if you stay in one of the places and plan to see the sunrise at Pinggan viewpoint, you must start your journey very early! 3.15 AM at least to make sure you’re on time for the sunrise. The viewpoint itself is just a simple roadside viewpoint without any facilities.
If you are planning to drive to Pinggan viewpoint by scooter, make sure you have a powerful scooter with enough CC to get you up the steep roads of the mountain where Pinggan viewpoint is located. As you reach the Kintamani area, there are very few street lights and parts of the road are quite bad. That’s actually the reason why we stayed for 1 night in Pinggan village so we only had to drive for 10 minutes to get to this viewpoint. Also be aware that it is much, much colder in North Bali. Especially in the mountains!! You really need a jacket and even long pants would be nice.
If you want to go to Pinggan with a tour, there are many sunrise tours offered, including other things to do in the area like river rafting and other activities.
Entrance fee Pinggan sunrise viewpoint
Free, because its just a simple roadside viewpoint without any facilities. Some locals may try to approach you and ask for a donation, but they are not the owners of the land.
Photo tips to capture Pinggan viewpoint
There are many angles to shoot at the viewpoint. If you have a drone you will love to fly it here. The aerial view is so impressive with the two big Bali volcanos lined up! But also with your camera you will spot many angles. Depending on the focal length you use, the volcano will appear closer or further away in your shot. So try out different focal lengths if you have different lenses, and shoot as much as possible before the best golden light is gone! Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy the view without looking through your camera 😉
Things to explore around Pinggan viewpoint
After you’ve done Pinggan viewpoint with sunrise, there is a full day left for exploring the area! Make your way to Lake Batur, go to one of the impressive waterfalls in North Bali like Sekumpul waterfall or the Ubud waterfalls if you make your way back to the Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta area. You can even combine the Ubud waterfalls with exploring the rice terraces of Ubud for example, or even the Jatiluweh rice terraces. There is enough to do to make it a full day of exploring!