Tabanan is the capital town of the regency of Bali with the same name. Parts of Tabanan regency lie in Central Bali and other parts would be more often regarded as part of West Bali.

Tabanan is one of the most popular tourist destination in Bali, There are many places of interest that can be visited in Tabanan; Jatiluwih village in Penebel District, north of Tabanan, has paddy

fields following the contours of terraced land using traditional Balinese irrigation known as subak, Bali’s community-based water control management system. The rice fields are set against the background of Mount Batukaru and Mount Agung. You can visit Subak Museum to see where it all began!

If you are interested in climbing Mount Batukaru,It is a very different experience to Bali’s other major climb up Mount Agung. Unlike Agung, Batukaru is a long extinct volcano and it is forested to the peak. There is none of the desolate, barren beauty of Mount Agung. It is though an interesting climb through some areas of dense primary forest and despite its relatively minor elevation (2,276 m), one which should only be undertaken by the physically fit. Check out this guide to climbing Bali’s mountains.

Other places of interest are Bali Butterfly Park, Pura Taman Ayun (Mengwi Water Temple) and of course Tanah Lot Temple. Tanah Lot means “Land [sic: in the] Sea” in the Balinese language. The temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. At the base of the rocky island, venomous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. One snake in particular, the holy snake. The temple is purportedly protected by a giant snake, which was created from Nirartha selendang (a type of sash) when he established the island.

Check out this article about Bali’s rengencies for more information on Tabanan.

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