Visiting Bangli, in the center of a panoramic rice-growing area, makes a great alternative route through the east. The mountain town has a famous temple that was founded as early as the 12th century, if not before, and the beautiful Pura Kehen is one of Bali's best. Market days (every 3 days) are always colorful, when inhabitants from the hills come to town to sell their wares, trade, and catch up on local gossip.