Sidemen is a valley of outstanding natural beauty in eastern Bali, with undulating rice terraces set against the backdrop of Mount Agung.  The lush farmland is fed by the Unda River, flowing from the volcanic slopes in the north of the island, providing ideal growing conditions for rice and a number of other crops including chillies, peanuts, corn and snake fruit, coffee and cloves. A small number of hotels and restaurants are set around the village of Tabola, which provide an excellent base for hiking in the countryside.  There is an excellent network of trekking trails take you through the rice terraces and past traditional Hindu villages, which provide a snapshot of rural Balinese life. For the more intrepid there is a trail which leads to the hilltop temple of Pura Bukit Tegeh, which offers superb views over the surrounding countryside.  Previous visitors to the area include the German painter Walter Spies, and David Bowie.

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