Places of Interest – Tabanan
Tabanan, the land of rice or even mention as a bowl rice of Bali, is a rich regency. Its fertile areas and vary in its landscape makes many kind of tourists’ attraction can be developed in this area.
The history of Tabanan can be started in the 14th century when Javanese invaders came in the area. As they expanded their territory, they came into conflict with the Mengwi house, founded during the mid-1600s with the fall of Gelgel and allied with Buleleng. In the eighteenth century Mengwi was the second most powerful royal house after Klungkung. Internal conflict in the late 1700s weakened Mengwi and led to territorial losses to Tabanan which were retaken in the mid-1800s. By the late 1800s further conflict erupted and Klungkung withdrew its support, opening the way for its destruction by Klungkung, Badung, Bangli and the Dutch. Tabanan got most of Mengwi, but rising Dutch interests in Bali and the refusal of Tabanan to give in led to its end in 1906 with the imprisonment and suicide of the ruler and his son.
- Alas Kedaton
A lovely, state-owned sacred forest with cool, peaceful walking paths.There is a small impressive local temple belong to people of Kukuh Village within the forest that inhibited by almost 700 hundreds monkey and kalong–a local big sized bats. Visitors will escorted by the an organized local guide who also the owner of shops in the area to hike around, in return they will gently ask you to visit their shop.
- Bali Handara Country Club
Fresh air with green views, built at the bottom of the caldera next to the lush slopes of Mount Catur. Many pleasant bush walks to make in the area, especially between the lakes and surronding mountains.
The Batukaru area to the Southwest of Bedugul is the location of the biggest temple in Tabanan, Pura Luhur Batukaru. This is one of Sad Kahyangan — six biggest temple. Here the mythical tigers roam the forest, appearing each year in their spirit from during a trance dance of the temple festival.
The Bedugul area provides the last remaining tropical forest of the island. The Eka Karya botanical garden has 650 species of trees and unique collection of ferns and orchids. This is favourite place of Balinese in enjoying their holyday. It also offers a wide range of accomodation and restaurants, the local tourists as their best customers. This is another place to retreat from the heat of the coast, to fish, or to wander through the lovely botanical gardens. As Kintamani is to Bangli, so is Bedugul one of Tabanan’s main points of interest. This crisp mountain town boasts three crater lakes, which are hemmed by untamed jungle and patchworks of market gardens, and the tepid water of which sends a mist into the icy air above the surface.
Where scenic view can be seen as its natural. Recently a number of companies have established walking trails, most of which take visitors through the spectacular rice paddies of Jatiluwih.
Terraced rice fields surround the district’s villages make the area become a prosperous agricultural area. Kerambitan derived from the Sanskrit karawitan, which means ‘art, music, and dance.’ It is renowned for its classical literature, Legong dancing, a distinctive ‘wayang’-style painting, stone-and wood-carving and a ‘tektekan’ dance. The dance is believed to have magical powers and is exorcist dance drama which is accompanied by giant wooden cowbells and bamboo instruments. Two gilded palaces, Puri Gede and Puri Anyar, are consisting the village beside other old-style residences since 1600s. Cultural programs and other tourist events have been presented here since 1967.
Marga is the place where the Great War between Colonial’s army against Balinese soldiers appear on 20th November 1946. The leader of Balinese soldiers, I Gusti Ngurah Rai, and his soldiers were killed after gave brave resilience under bombardment from the air. It has good panorama of paddy terrace.
Pacung is the name of village where the road to the temple branches out in which has restaurants overlooking rice fields. But still more rice terraces and hot springs can be seen ahead, in Jatiluwih village. this would be one of the most beautiful view point in Bali.
Known as a center for hand-decorated, wheel-thrown pottery and ceramic roof tiles. Tile making is the primary economic activity of about 90% of the town’s 4,000 inhabitants. The pottery is made of red clay that traditionally mined around the village. Observing the production process maybe an interesting stop.
- Penarukan village
A village known for its many fine wood and stone sculptors and a smaller version of Tektekan. Penarukan is located two km south of Kerambitan.
- Subak, Museum
As a regency having been known as Bali’s “rice ware-house”, it is no wonder that it has a Museum Subak that formally called Mandala Mathika Subak. The only museum in Bali to focus on agriculture located in Sanggulan village two km east of Tabanan town. It display the history and development of Bali’s unique ‘subak’ irrigation system.
- Tanah Lot Temple
The district of Tabanan boasts Bali’s most famous temple, which is set on a rocky protrusion that becomes an island at high tide, offering spectacular sunset views in the dry season.
Tanah Lot, tanah means earth and lot means ocean, consists of a couple of shrines built on an outcropping of rock on the ocean. The temple symbolizes the balance between male and female; inner and outer world. One of Bali’s cosmic temples”Sad Kahyangan” which was built the great saint of Bali Danghyang Nirartha, in 16th century. Its popular because its sunset view, just like postcard. Next to Tanah Lot temple is located the complex of Bali Nirwana Resort.
- Tista village
A village renowned for its unique version of the Legong-Legong Leko, which is only danced around Tabanan. In this social dance, two tiny Leko dancers wearing Legong dress and headdresses are accompanied by the melodies of the Janger. It is ocated one km west of Kerambitan.
- Ulun Danu Temple
Ulun Danu (literary means the head of lake) temples, built just offshore over a hardened part of marsh. Its eleven-tiered pagoda roof offers mistical atmosphere when the mist is rising from the lake in the morning. The temple is devoted to the goddess of the lake, which irrigates the rice fields of Tabanan. It stands on the edge of Bedugul’s Bratan Lake.