From the highs of volcanic mountains down to the surf-lapped shoreline, the Tabanan Regency in Bali’s picturesque west reveals hidden gems. Away from the island’s more well-beaten tourist trails, you get a sense of the ‘real Bali’. Decide how you want to experience and explore it. Whether the aim is to better understand indigenous cultures and the local community, or to appreciate the splendour of the region’s flora and fauna, our Leisure Concierge team can tailor one-of-a-kind excursions and activities known as 'Journeys by Alila'.
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The Royal Palaces at Kerambitan
The resort’s location pays homage to the scenic nature and cultural features of the village of Kelating in the district of Kerambitan. Kerambitan’s prominent features are old architectural styles dating from the 17th century, evident through palatial buildings forming the complex of the Puri Gede and Puri Anyar royal palaces. The antiquity of the locale is also reflected in temples dating from the Neolithic era.
Terracotta Tiles at Pejaten Village
The Tabanan Regency is home to several villages famous for their artisanal workmanship in varied mediums including Pejaten village, famous for its terracotta work. It is here that the best terracotta tiles featuring abstract Balinese motifs can be found.
Alas Kedaton at Kukuh Village, Tabanan
Alas Kedaton is a small 12-hectare woodland located in the village of Kukuh, approximately 4 kilometres from the town of Tabanan. It also boasts a unique namesake temple which features four entrances, namely the main entrance from the west and the auxiliary entrances from the other three directions that all lead to the centre grounds. Compared to the natural forest inhabitants of other monkey kingdoms throughout the island, the likes of Uluwatu and Sangeh, the furry denizens of Alas Kedaton are considered to be the tamest of the lot.
Jatiluwih at Penebel, Tabanan
The district of Penebel within the Tabanan regency features one of the scenic icons of the island – the vast panoramic stretches of rice terraces of Jatiluwih. Located adjacent to Mount Batukaru and perched at an altitude of 700 metres above sea level, it makes for a cool nature retreat. Jatiluwih, from the words 'jati' and 'luwih', literally meaning ‘truly stunning’, lives up to its name, being blessed with breathtaking views of its expanses of green, which have drawn many visitors throughout the island’s history of tourism. Located approximately 13 kilometres north of the Tabanan town centre, the region is what has earned the whole of Tabanan apt monikers such as ‘Bali’s rice bowl regency’, as well as leading to its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its preservation of traditional and organic Balinese farming and irrigation techniques called subak.