Tabanan Travel Guide

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Tabanan Highlights

  • Pro
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     Temples, rice paddies, and veggies 

  • Con
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     2 hours driving from Ngurah Rai airport 

  • In a nutshell
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     A Hidden Jewel 

Tabanan Things to Do

  • Pura Tanah Lot: Panoramic View

    this will be my panoramic view pictures of Tanah Lot using my samsung galaxy note 3 and Iphone 5 smart phones.Pura Tanah Lot is one of the 9 directional temples around bali but is the most famous and most visited temple of all of Bali. the temple was built in the 15th century by a famous Hindu Sage from Java called Dang Hyang Dwi Jendra, also known...

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  • Tanah Lot Complex: Sunset View

    this will be my pictures of the sunset view of the other places in the Tanah Lot Complex.Pura Tanah Lot is one of the 9 directional temples around bali but is the most famous and most visited temple of all of Bali. the temple was built in the 15th century by a famous Hindu Sage from Java called Dang Hyang Dwi Jendra, also known as Nirartha as he...

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  • Pura Tanah Lot: Sunset View

    why, this is why most tourists go to the Tanah Lot temple, to watch the beutiful balinese sunset facing the tanah lot temple as a back drop and is even seen in post cards.Pura Tanah Lot is one of the 9 directional temples around bali but is the most famous and most visited temple of all of Bali. the temple was built in the 15th century by a famous...

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  • Pura Tanah Lot: optical zoom close up...

    since tourists are not allowed entrty to the main temple complex as the stone steps going to the main temple complex in the sea front is close, you need your pwerful optical zoom cameras to view part of the inside of the temple and this is my pictures of it.Pura Tanah Lot is one of the 9 directional temples around bali but is the most famous and...

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  • Pura Tanah Lot

    Pura Tanah Lot is one of the 9 directional temples around bali but is the most famous and most visited temple of all of Bali. the temple was built in the 15th century by a famous Hindu Sage from Java called Dang Hyang Dwi Jendra, also known as Nirartha as he saw the beautiful rocks in this part of bali and instructed the locals to built a temple...

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  • Sea Snake Cave

    at the front of the Tanah Lot Temple, just a few meters from the beach is a small cave that is populated by poisonous sea snakes and it acts as a mini shrine that locals believe that the sea snakes guard the temple and that local hindu priests bless people going to the sea snake cave as they are considered guardians of the temple. tourists can also...

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  • Walk Around the Tanah Lot Complex

    like what i've said, the Tanah Lot Complex is large and there are other things to see than the Main Pura Tanah Lot as it has 6 other temples scatterd around the complex that you can visit if you have the time or willing to walk. besides the temples, the complex also has shops, restaurants, gardens, the Tri Antaka Monument and a lot more. Pura tanah...

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  • Batu Bolong Temple

    in one of the entrances to the tanah lot complex, there is a small temple located on a cliffside with views of the isolated beach and coves and lots of surfer dudes, that temple is called Batu Bolong. the temple is located about 100 meters in the west side of Enjung Galuh Temple and is further away from the main Tanah Lot Temple. the temple is...

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  • Enjung Galung Temple

    like what i've said, Tanah Lot Temple is not the only temple in the huge Tanah Lot Complex, there are other hindu temples lying near and far from it, all located in the Tanah Lot Complex and one of the first you can find is the Enjung Galong Temple, which is a small temple at the cliffside just across the cliffside facing Tanah Lot. Enjung Galuh...

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Tabanan Restaurants

  • one of the Cliffside Restaurants in...

    being a prime tourist destination, Tanah Lot Comples has many restaruants and food stalls ranging from pizza stands, shawarma stands, full service restaurants and mini restaurants and the best will be climbing to the cliffside facing the Tanah Lot Temple as they have spectacular views of the the temple and the Bali Sea and the Nirwana Golf Club....

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  • Dining in Balian

    There isn’t much of a choiceof where to dine while in Balian.French owned at the time I dined there,Naga Restaurant was a superb experience.This venue offers an Asian and European combination along with,a daily ‘special dishes’ menu,according to what is fresh on the market.Prices are reasonable. The Grilled Duck

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  • Great buffet

    If you happen to be in Tabanan at lunch time stop by the Mentari Restaurant.They have a great buffet with many choices of food.

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Tabanan Transportation

  • Private Tour Vans

    although Tabanan Regency is nearer to kuta than other areas like Ubud or Batubulan Village, most private van whole day and full day tours (both private hire and private packaged) have tabanan as their last stop as it host the most famous hindu temple of Bali, the Pura Tanah Lot, which is the most visited specially for the sunset. other areas where...

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  • Getting to Balian

    Balian is 90 minutes north from Kuta.From Kuta you take the Sunset Rd to Kerobokan, head towards Canggu, Tanah Lot, Tabanan, then Gilimanuk. Balian is along the way after Soka Beach.

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  • The Driving Painting

    On the back of some trucks,colorful, painted sceneries decorate them.You’ll see paintings of idealized woman,rhinos, landscapes, football players, etc.elaborately spread on the back of these rolling trucks.

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Tabanan Shopping

  • Pura Taman Ayun Souvenir Shops

    as the only attraction in Mengwi Town in Central bali, about 18 kilometers north of Denpasar and 8 kilometers west of the famous Ubud Town. The Taman Ayun Royal Temple of the Mengwi Dynasty is spectacular and just outside this temple are several small oleh oleh (souvenir) stalls and shops that sells assorted local balinese souvenir items and local...

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  • Souvenir Shops Alas Kedaton Monkey...

    being just a 5 kilometer distance from Pura Taman Ayun and 12 kilometers from Tanah Lot, Alas Kedaton Monkey forest is a favorite stop for tourists going on a tanah lot sunset watching tour coming from a bedugul tour and being a famous monkey forest, it has many souvenir shops and stalls and some local eateries that sells practically the same items...

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  • Souvenir Shops and Stalls at Tanah Lot

    being the most famous hindu temple tourist destination in all of bali means that the Tanah Lot Complex has tons of souvenir shops, souvenir stalls and restarurants and snack stands lying along from the several parking areas of the complex to the small alleys going to the temple and the hill atop facing the famous temple that sells virtually...

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Tabanan Local Customs

  • Picture Taking with Fruits Bats at Alas...

    Bali has some of the largest fruit bats that we encountered and they are tame and some of the fruits bats even have necklaces so that the tour guides can identify them and besides the monkeys. the fruits bats are also an attraction as you can have you picture with you holding a fruitbat taken and framed into a cardboard picture board for 60,000...

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  • Of Royalty

    In many kingdoms the king was encouraged to sire numerous offspring with his multiple concubines as proof of his continuity virility. Most kings enthusiastically fulfilled this noble duty; many Balinese claim descent from royalty and rumors flourish of concubines impregnated by the palace guards of an elderly impotent king. Most Balinese bearing...

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  • It’s all in Black & White

    As you drive around Bali,you will see very old trees dressedwith a black & white checkered skirt.Usually, these trees are very sacredand a place of worship will be set up at the base of the trunk.The black and white checkered poleng clothsymbolizes good and evil forces in balance.

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Tabanan Warnings and Dangers

  • Slippery Beaches of Tanah Lot

    while walking along the rough and rocky beaches and coves around the Tanah Lot Temple, be careful in walking here as the waves sometimes are larger and faster and you might get soaking wet even lying along the rocky beach a few meters from the waves and also, it is literally packed full of both tourists and religious pilgrims all trying to have the...

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  • Wild cats

    You never know where you may run into a wild cat in the jungle.Actually the wildcat that we saw wasn't dangerous.One of the guys that was working at the temple had found a baby civit cat.He had hand fed it since it was quite tiny when he first saw it.It was about the size of a regular kitten when we were there.

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Tabanan What to Pack

  • What to bring to Balian

    Because of it’s quiet village life,it may be wise to bring some provisions when visiting Balian.Having a car or a motorbike will allow you to explore the area. Books, reading materials, DVD’s, CDs if you seek to have some sort of entertainment. Special snacks you might like, any medications that may be needed, liquor. Cash money would be wise...

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  • Bring a sarong

    A small daypack will hold all that you might need for this short drive. Wear lightweight cotton clothing and wear a long skirt or bring a sarong.This will keep you from having to wear one that is furnished at the temple.Wear comfy walking shoes. Sandals are fine as long as they are comfortable. Disposable tissue will come in handy.Bring sunscreen...

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Tabanan Off The Beaten Path

  • Feeding the Monkeys at Alas Kedaton

    unlike the monkeys in other areas of Bali which are agressive and sometimes get your food and belongings, the monkeys at Alas Kedaton monkey forest are tame and they follow the instructions of the tour guides of the complex and one activity here is buying peanuts from the tour guides which costs 1,000 rupiah for a small plastic pack and then...

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  • Off the beaten track of Balian

    In the autumn you can visit Negara (Perancak) for the mekepung (buffalo races).You can head up into the hills for some rice field views and cooler air.The Pura Rambut Siwi to the west in an important temple.Make sure you bring a Sarong.

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  • Temple in the forest

    On the slopes of Gunung Batukau, is Pura Luhur Batukau. The mountain is very important to the Balinese because it is the source of irrigation water to the south and west of it.The temple is a very important temple because it is next to the highest temple on the western part of Bali. The forest and green moss are the decorations for this important...

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Tabanan Sports & Outdoors

  • Beaches and Coves at Tanah Lot Complex

    being a ricky and filled with cliffs, the tanah lot complex has a few isolated beaches and coves where the adventurous swimmers and even the surfer dudes will congregate as it offers more privacy than the main beaches in kuta or seminyak or sanur and nusa dua areas. but the waves here are higher and riptides abound so that only the adventurous...

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  • Surfers at Tanah Lot Complex

    walking along the cliffside along the Tanah Lot Complex going to the main Temple, you would see lots of surfer dudes surfing along the rugged beaches along the coves in Tanah Lot, Batu Bolong and Enjung Galoh Temple as the waves here are stronger and higher coming from the Bali Sea than in the Main Kuta Beach in the south so that there are many...

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  • Surfing in and around Balian

    Balian is good for surfers, people who like a quiet existence, and people who would enjoy an interactionthat is more in tune with a Balinese village, than a shopping mall.The best time to go to Balianis during the dry season, which is April-October.The currents are strong so don’t swim by yourself without telling anyone where you are going. Another...

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Tabanan Favorites

  • Es Muda Kelapa (young Coconut) drinking

    an important tradition while atop one of the cliffside restaurants overlooking the famous Tanah Lot Temple is to have Es Muda Kelapa (young coconut) drink served on the coconut shell with straw and spoon so that you could scoop out the sweet young coconut meat while savoring the sunset sights of Tanah Lot. off course the price of an order of the...

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  • Admission Tickets to Tanah Lot

    being themost famous Temple in the whole of Bali for tourists, Tanah Lot is usually packed with tourists seeing the sunset at the complex and even the parking areas are often packed full. if on a private package van tour, the admission price is included in the ticket, but if you are on a priavet van non packaged tour, the admission price is:Tanah...

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  • Admission Tickets to Alas Kedaton Monkey...

    being just a 5 kilometer distance from Pura Taman Ayun and 12 kilometers from Tanah Lot, Alas Kedaton Monkey forest is a favorite stop for tourists going on a tanah lot sunset watching tour coming from a bedugul tour plus it is one of the three largest monkey forest in Bali, the other two being the Sangil Monnkey Forest, also located in Tabanan...

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