“Being one of the most underrated yet popular tourism destinations in Bali, Tabanan represents the island’s verdant countryside in which lies many historical and ancient sites worth visiting.”
Spread across 800 km2, the area of Tabanan Regency is widely considered as Bali’s very own ‘green belt’ area. The regency’s administration set high standard for hotels and resorts building and emphasis on preserving the majority of its area as natural environments. This makes Tabanan a refreshing destination for those seeking for verdant landscape filled with paddy fields and crop plantation, uninterrupted by manmade concrete walls. In Tabanan, it is best to set your trip as ‘historical exploration’ as the area held a lot of various sites built ages ago which have left its prints on the island rich historical culture. You can visit museum Subak, for example, this is a place where you can learn a bit about the famous ‘Subak’ system that successfully turns Tabanan into the biggest rice provider in the whole islands.Many lush paddy fields scattered around the area was the byproduct of the brilliant traditional irrigation system called ‘Subak’, which has drawn international researcher and scientist to come and study the process. Museum Subak is located in Sanggulan countryside, Kediri sub district Tabanan.
The second place you should visit in this regency is Margarana Park in Marga village. This peaceful green park is once a place where Indonesian historical battle was fought between 96 Balinese army lead by I Gusti Ngurah Rai face around 400 of Dutch colonial army. The result is obvious as the Dutch is well armed and outnumbered Indonesian force 1 out of 4, but this event trigger the patriotic outburst that eventually lead to the independence day of Indonesian as they overturn the odds and push back the colonial out of the country, following the declaration of independence in 1945. To commemorate the majestic moment, a memorial monument was built on the ground of Margarana Park, where tourist are allowed to visit and gaze upon the gallant structure.
Being a lush countryside, the nature landscape of Tabanan is also not to be missed. Jatiluwih, for example, is a beautiful rice terrace unfolding from the foot of mountain Batukaru to the coastal side. The local paddies planted in this place look relatively taller in size compared to the other pre-eminent paddy planted by most farmers in Bali due to the area’s fertile soil and precise weather. Then, Alas Kedaton is yet another proof of the island’s mystical wonders. This rainforest is home to thousands of long-tailed macaque—a species of monkey, which is considered sacred and well-preserved, although they are allowed to interact freely with tourist and visitors.
Last place to ‘get lost’ in Tabanan is, of course, the legendary Tanah Lot beach. Here lies the scenery you often seen printed on postcard or travel website around the globe; an offshore natural rock formation where Pura (temple) of Tanah lot resides. This temple has long become one of the most anticipated place-to-visits in Bali because of the iconic temple and rock formation silhouette shape during sunset.