Tabanan, The Home Of The Temple
Tabanan is a regency in Bali province. It located in 35 Km in western side of Denpasar and bounded with Buleleng regency in north, Badung regency in east, Indonesia Ocean in south and Jembrana regency in west.
Founded in the 14th century, Tabanan had a mixed history with numerous conflicts, mainly with the neighboring kingdom of Mengwi. By the end of the 1700´s Tabanan had managed to claim part of the Mengwi kingdom however lost it back to the Mengwi Royal household by the mid 1800´s. By 1906 the Dutch having conquered Tabanan, imprisoned the king and his son.
The district of Tabanan comprises two main regions: the mountains and the lower plains. Tanah Lot, probably the best known and most-photographed temple in Bali. Tanah Lot is also famous for its magnificent sunsets. Every dusk tourists flock to witness the fantastic starkly-outlined temple against the glowing horizon. The best view is from the cliff overlooking the temple.
The city of Tabanan is a modern, prosperous home to a substantial ethic Chinese community. Southwest of Tabanan is Kerambitan. The enchantment of this place lies in the fact that it is still to be affected by modernization. It is particularly noted for the beautiful old buildings and low large palaces.
The Tabanan highlands mostly consist of volcanic areas, with Mount Batukaru (2275m), Mount Sanghyang (2093m), and Lake Bratan, one of three lakes that make up the Bedugul resort area. The area has the last remaining tropical forest on the island. The tranquil botanical gardens of Kebun Raya Eka Karya in Bedugul are home to 650 species of trees and a unique collection of ferns and orchids.
Tabanan is not really a tourist town but Still there are some interesting aspects to the town that become the tourism destination like: Bedugul, Penatahan hot spring, Alas Kedaton, Kebun Raya, Jatiluwih village, Soka beach, Butterfly garden, Tanah Lot, Anyar temple and Gede temple and some more.