An Iconic Bali Handara Gate
Bali Handara Gate is one of the most Instagrammed spot on the island. It's become a must-visit place among tourists and photography lover.
Handara Gate is actually the entrance to a golf resort. The traditional Hindu gate symbolises the entrance from the outer world to the temple, or in this case, golf course, and plays an important role in Indonesian culture, particularly in Bali.
There are many iconic places such as the Bali Gates, all over the region, that have recently become very popular locations for tourists and locals to visit because of their massive exposure on the social media platform Instagram.
Bali Handara Gate is surrounded by lush green mountains, crater lakes and an equatorial rain forest that create dramatic backdrops into the well-maintained creeping bentgrass greens.
So if you’re heading north in Bali and wish to visit Handara Iconic Gate, here’s everything you need to know :
- How to Get to Bali Handara Gate
- What to Expect at Handara Gate
- Handara Gate Entrance Fee
- Handara Gate Address & Map Location
- Best Time to Visit Handara Gate
- Handara Gate History
- Handara Golf & Resort Bali
- Balinese Gate or Candi Bentar
How to Get to Bali Handara Gate
The Bali Handara Gate is easily accessible from any areas of Bali, which lies on the main road passing through Bedugul highland within 10 minutes or 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Ulun Danu Temple.
Its took 2,5 hours drive by car from Kuta area, 2, 5 hours drive from Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport, 2 hours from Seminnyak, and 45 minutes drive from Lovina area in north Bali.
However if you come from Ubud and you have to drive up in the north about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Is there no public transporation to Bali Handara Gate, so we recommend renting a scoter or car with driver and taking a tour of Northern Bali to discover some of the best hidden gems!
What to Expect at Bali Handara Gate
Unfortunately, due to its popularity, the locals have recently set up a station where you must pay just to take a photo in front of the gate.
If you are staying at the resort located at the golf course then you will be able to take photos in front of the gate for free.
The dark Balinese style and massive size of the gate looks incredible in photos. This makes it a very popular spot for tourists and Instagrammers.
It’s best to head there as early as possible to beat the crowds. In the early hours of the morning you’ll also be able to capture some light rays that shine through. During midday plenty of tour vans that start to turn up.
Bali Handara Gate Entrance Fee
Visit to the Bali Handara Gate are subject to an entrance fee of IDR 30,000 per person, both for domestic tourists and foreigners.
The ticket can be bought at the ticket counter which located just infront of Handara Gate. When you pay you will receive a ‘Selfie Ticket’ as a receipt!
And the payment should be cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), so please prepare small cash before you come here.
Then make a wonderful picture in front of Handara Gate with the breathtaking view of green scenery and gigantic-exotic traditional Balinese gate as your backdrop.
Handara Gate Address & Map Location
The Handara Gate located in Jalan Raya Singaraja - Denpasar, Pancasari, Sukasada distric, Singaraja regency, Bali.
The gate can be found at the entrance to the Handara Golf & Resort Bali which lies the central highlands of Bali. The gates/entrance to the golf course are very obviously located on the side of the road.
Best Time to Visit Bali Handara Gate
When is the best time to visit Handara Gate?
If you want to get a great photo, the best time to visit the Bali Handara Gate is for sunrise during the wet season, which lasts from October through to April.
Although the best time to visit Bali in terms of the best possible weather is April, May, June and September, just before and just after high season.
However, there is no specific opening time for the gate as its just on the side of a main road so you are free to go anytime
Bali Handara Gate History
The Handara Gate is the main entrance of Handara Golf & Resort Bali. It boasts a world class golf course in a magnificent setting, cozy hotel and cottage accommodation and a beautiful dining experience.
Handara Golf & Resort Bali is located in Pancasari Village Bedugul, the central highlands of Bali and nestled down inside the crater of an extinct volcano at an altitude of almost 1,400 meters (almost 4,000 feet) above sea level.
In 1974 - (Ibnu Sutowo), known as the father of Golf in Indonesia, started building Bali Handara Country Club to share his passion of Golf and to provide employment for the local community.
The stunning 18 Holes Golf Course was designed by five times British Open Champion, Peter Thomson, with his design associates, Michael Wolveridge and Ronald Fream.
1976 - After two years of construction Bali Handara Country Club opened its door to welcome golfers from around the world, including many high-ranking officials and head of states from different countries.
1979 - Golf Magazine Selection Committee voted Bali Handara Country Club as one of the Top 50 Greatest Courses in The World. For its magnificent view, cool climate and well-kept greens.
1986 - Bali Handara Country Club formed a joint venture with Kosaido Club Japan and the move strengthen Bali Handara’s position in the Japanese market. The name then was changed into Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club.
2008 - At the end of the partnership with Kosaido, the establishment was re-branded. It was then named Bali Handara Golf & Country Club.
2012 - An unfortunate year for Handara. After a week long constant rain, the trees around the resort couldn’t hold the heavy downpour resulting in a mudslide that damaged the east wing.
2015 - With the complete renovation of the deluxe hotel rooms and suites, Handara Golf & Resort Bali is launched to the public.
Now - Become very popular locations for tourists and locals to visit because of their massive exposure on the social media platform Instagram.
Handara Golf & Resort Bali
Handara Golf & Resort Bali, ranked by GOLF Magazine among the "Top 50 Greatest Golf Courses in the World" attracts golfers from all corners of the world to travel to Bali in order to play golf at one of Asia's most iconic and "World-Class" golf courses.
It boasts a world class golf course in a magnificent setting, cozy hotel and cottage accommodation and a beautiful dining experience.
Come and experience the natural wonderland featuring lush tropical gardens, cool weather, and breathtaking mountain scenery. A perfect place to getaway from the hustle and bustle.
Handara has benefited from some major recent renovations. Come and experience the new Breeze Terrace with amazing 180 degree panorama over the spectacular mountain view.
Another unforgettable experience is the new Soyokaze restaurant where guests can enjoy Japanese cuisine by Handara’s veteran chef whilst appreciating the serene ambiance provided by the stunning panorama.
Balinese Gate or Candi Bentar
Gate is Candi Bentar in Balinese, and Gapura in Indonesian, both are has same meaning which is split gate.
The classical Javanese and Balinese gateway entrance commonly found at the entrance of religious compounds, kraton palaces, or cemeteries.
It is basically a candi-like structure split perfectly in two to create a passage in the center for people to walk through. The passage is usually elevated with a flight of stairs to reach it.
A candi bentar is commonly found in Java, Bali, and Lombok. Is there othe famous Bandi bentar in Bali, called The Gate of Heaven that located in Lempuyang Temple.
Candi Bentar has a candi-like form but split perfectly in two to create a symmetrical image. Characteristically has a stepped profile, which can be heavily decorated in the case of Balinese candi bentar.
The two inner surfaces are always left sheer and unornamented, as if the structure has been split in two.
There are two types of gates within Balinese architecture: the split gate, known as Candi Bentar, and the roofed tower gate known as paduraksa or Kori Agung.
Both types of gates have specific roles in Balinese architectural design. Candi bentar is the gate used in the nista mandala, while the kori agung is employed as the gate between the madya mandala and Utama mandala inner compounds.
The rules for gate types are also valid for non-religious compounds such as Puri, nobles', kings' residences and other as well as an entrance to a golf course of Bali Handara Golf & Resort which become the most iconic Bali photos.
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