Handara Gate – The complete Guide to Instagram Famous Bali Gate

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The iconic Handara Gate located in the Northern Bali has recently become a must-see location in most Bali itineraries. I bet you have already seen a photo of this epic gate on your Insta Feed. If you haven’t then this post will introduce you to this famous Bali gate giving you tips on how to get there, where to stay and how to incorporate it into your Bali holiday.

What is Handara Gate?

Handara Gate

Handara Gate is a Balinese styled structure that resembles an entrance to a temple with a stunning backdrop of lush greenery and striking mountains. 

Gates in Balinese Hindu culture signify passing from a secular world into sacred, religious space that is normally a temple. 

There is a similar structure in Pura Lempuyang Temple that is called the Gate to Heaven. Lempuyang Temple is equally popular with visitors and perfect Insta photo hunters alike. 

Handara Gate has become extremely popular thanks to the exposure on social media especially the Instagram but actually, it’s an entrance to the Handara Golf & Resort.

Where is Handara Gate?

Handara Gate is located in the village of Pancasari, Bedegul north of Bali around 2 hours away from Denpasar area.

couple at Handara Gate,
Handara Gate, Bali

How to get there

Bali does not have a good public transport system, so the options that you have are: rent a motorbike, hire a driver to take you there or book a day trip with the prearranged itinerary. 

By motorbike

The easiest way to get to Handara Gate from the main tourist locations is to hire a scooter and drive there yourself. It should take 1 hour from Ubud and Lovina beach area, 1 hour 30 minutes from Kuta and 2 hours from Uluwatu. Be mindful of Bali’s bad traffic that can easily add an hour to your trip. 

It should cost around 60k IDR to hire a motorbike for the day and you will also need some petrol money. This option is great if you’re an experienced scooter driver as roads in Bali can be challenging.

Handara Gate

Type in Google maps – Handara Golf & Resort and it should be fairly easy to find the location. The gate is just off the main road to the right. Remember not to look at your phone while riding your moppet but instead use your earphones and audio navigation. 

Hire a driver with a car

Another option is to pay for a driver to take you there in their car. This alternative is great if you’re not that confident with motorbikes. You can also create your itinerary and let the driver take you to other places you’re interested in. Just ask your hotel to recommend you a driver. This should cost around 900k IDR for 8 hours. 

North of Bali Highlights Day Trip

Handara Gate

If you want the day to be arranged for you, then I recommend taking a private tour that will take you to all best sights of Northern Bali including Lake Beratan, Handara Iconic Gate, Banyumala Waterfalls where you’ll be able to swim and finally Wanagiri Hidden Hills where you can take some epic snaps on a giant swing over a lake.

Check the availability and price here.

Where to stay near Handara Gate

Luxury

Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa

This beautiful property is located only 10 km from Handara Gate and offers a free shuttle service to all local attractions. The best part of the hotel is its infinity pool overlooking the working coffee plantation with some incredible sunset views. The rooms feature four-poster beds and Balinese styled yet modern design. The guests can enjoy many forms of entertainment available in the hotel including a jacuzzi, spa, gym, tennis court, library and even a games room! 

Mid-range

Bagus Agro Pelaga

This hotel is located 8 km from Handara Gate, 1 km above the sea level within a plantation including a fruit orchard and a rose garden. There are some interesting activities to choose from and organised by the hotel- a tour to Pucak Mangu Temple, farming lessons and yoga and meditation classed in nature.  There are different types of rooms including a two-bedroom farmhouse with a private pool. 

Budget

Aditya Homestay Munduk

It’s a small hotel comprising 6 guest rooms with WIFI and balconies overlooking the valley and rice fields. There is a free breakfast and some small warungs and a café nearby. Aditya Homestay is a great budget option for staying in Munduk area. You can rent a scooter from the hotel or with a map they provide you can hike to local waterfalls and rice paddies. This place is great for couples looking for a romantic getaway in the serenity of nature

What to expect

When you arrive at Handara Gate there is a booth where you’re expected to pay an admission fee, which they call a selfie ticket of 30k IDR. 

Yes, there is a fee to take a photo in front of a hotel entrance crazy isn’t it? It never used to be a fee but thanks to enormous popularity driven by the Gram, there is a fee now. But let’s not whine about it, it’s less than $2.

Once you pay the fee, you’ll most likely have to wait in the queue for your turn to take a photo. You can use that time to think about what photos you want to take and get ready. In theory, you are only able to take 5 minutes and it’s only fair where other people are waiting.

Handara Gate

If you’re travelling solo, you can set up a tripod or ask people in the queue behind you to take some snaps of you. Both will work just fine. 

Sometimes, you’ll get cars passing through the gate to the resort which delays the photo-taking process which is annoying. Lol. 

I arrived at the gate 11-ish and had to queue for about 30 minutes. It took longer than it should because in front of me there were two girls with a professional photographer and movie crew. They were shooting a promo for some Bali based clothes brand. 

Entrance Fee

The is a ‘selfie ticket’ to be able to take photos at Handara Gate which is 30k IDR which is just under $2.

Handara Gate

Opening Hours

There are no official opening hours as Handara Gate is not an actual monument but it’s an entrance to a golf resort. Having said that, the people that collect the entrance money are likely to be there from early morning to sunset time. 

The payment is collected in cash only. 

Best Time to Visit 

Handara Gate

The best time to visit is probably early in the morning before the queue of fellow travellers form. But any time during the day is fine. Every person takes only a few minutes to take their photo so it shouldn’t be a long wait even if there are a few people ahead of you. 

Other Points of Interest

Below are some suggestions of things you can do while you’re in the area:

Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

Wanagiri Hidden Hills (Bali Giant Swing)

Banyumala Twin Waterfall 

You may also like “10 Days in Bali – The Perfect Itinerary”

Is Handara Gate worth a visit?

If you’re not into photography or Instagram, then I would say no. There is not much of Handara Gate other than taking a photo and moving on to other points of interest in the area. Having said that, Handara Gate offers some jaw-dropping backdrop for an epic photo and there are other interesting things to see nearby that combined can make a great day trip 

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Handara Gate the complete guide
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