||The land of rice or even mention as abowl rice of Bali, Tabanan is a rich
regency. Its fertile areas and vary in its land scape 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, whose support it enjoyed. 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
- 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, at the foot of Mount. Batukaru , to the Southwest of
Bedugul, is 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 favorite place of
Balinese in enjoying their holyday. It also offers a wide range of
accomodations 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
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 Senggulan 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
(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.