Administratively, the Dalem Bangun Sakti Temple is located at Basang Tamiang hamlet, Kapal village, Mengwi subdistrict at the altitude of 60 meters above sea level. Meanwhile, it is geographically located around 3.5 km to the north of Badung Civic Center and about 12 km north of Denpasar. The temple can be reached through the route from Denpasar directly heading for Kapal village by vehicle. Selection of the location for the temple is very specific because it is located in northernmost outskirt of Kapal village, right at T-junction denoting a coordinate point for religious ritual of the surrounding community and considered to have high magical values.
The Dalem Bangun Sakti Temple is the sanctum used to venerate Lord Shiva Segara or Ratu Gede Tengahing Segara. According to the analysis of historian Sutodjo, approximately in the seventh century the title of Lord Shiva Segara was meant to refer to Lord Sada Shiva posing the element of vertical Trinity. It is said that in ancient times there was a sacred building supposedly used to perform a meditation by yogis until they obtained spiritual perfection and magical power. On that account, the place was then named wangun sakti based on the blessing of Lord Shiva and it was also called Ratu Gede Sakti Pancering Jagat and Ratu Ayu Mas Maketel.
It has become a habit that every Umanis Galungan the Tanah Lot tourist attraction is always crowded with visitors. Aside from domestic and foreign tourists, the tourist destination located at Beraban village, Kediri subdistrict, Tabanan is also chosen by numerous local people to relax. Such condition also occurred on Umanis Galungan, Thursday (Mar 28).
Based on data of the local authority, the number of tourist visits on Umanis Galungan in March 2013 reached 8,626 people. Meanwhile, on the Umanis Galungan Day in August 2012, the visit only reached 5,983 people, so it showed an increase of 30.46 percent.
Pinge hamlet, Baru village, Marga subdistrict is now officially becoming a tourism village. Inauguration ceremony for the event was conducted by the Regent of Tabanan, Ni Putu Eka Wiryastuti, on Wednesday (Jan 29) marked with the signing of inscription. “Having been launched in 2004, now the Pinge hamlet is officially becoming a community-based tourism village,” said Chief of Pinge customary village, Made Dena Yasa. Dena Yasa doubling as Chairman of the Pinge Tourism Village Management, said that Pinge as community-based tourism village was expected to preserve the natural environment and indigenous culture of Bali. “With predicate as a tourism village, we hope to preserve Balinese culture based on the teachings of Tri Hita Karana,” he said.
In its operation, the Pinge Tourism Village is managed by a governing body offering a variety of tourist attractions. Among others, there are trekking passing through the area of Subak Pacung and Blaluan, home stay, Bumbung Gebyog Dance and Leko Dance. “Our mission is to increase the public awareness, to preserve ecotourism as well as to empower people,” he added. This tourism village has 27 rooms of home stay intended for tourists. In 2010, the number of tourist arrivals to Pinge village amounted to 1,041 people. In 2011, it reached 1,408 people and 146 of them stayed overnight at the village. Meanwhile, among 749 tourists visiting the village in 2012, 187 people of them stayed overnight.
If you are traveling to Penelokan tourist area in Kintamani, Bangli, make your time to stop by to Madu Sari Mountain Restaurant. The restaurant located in cool area does not only offer a variety of delicious menus, but also a very beautiful view. As if the streaks of frozen molten lava of the Mount Batur, green pine shoots and blue water of Lake Batur enhance the flavor to eat here. Strategically located on Jalan Raya Penelokan, Kintamani, it is very close to Volcanology Museum. From Denpasar, it is about 50 km and can be reached by car for about 1.5 hours. The restaurant opened every day from morning until late afternoon provides breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Madu Sari Mountain Restaurant is managed by Ni Komang Sari Artini, a former Balinese dancer. With a touch of artistic creativity at hand, she is able to present tasteful and distinctive menus. “The restaurant presents more typical menus combined with traditional and modern spices,” said this vivacious woman. The special menus are typicality of Kintamani namely the soup of tilapia fish head denoting the native fish of Lake Batur. Besides, there are also grilled tilapia, tilapia satay and steamed tilapia wrapped in banana leaf. All are presented with different types of spices of Kintamani like raw spice and simmered spice having a specific taste. “We do not only indulge the local tongue, but also provide special meals served in European buffet style,” she said.
The Tanah Lot tourist attraction has been famous throughout the world. On that account, the Regent of Tabanan, Ni Putu Eka Wiryastuti, invited all the residents to participate in maintaining the sanctity and preservation of the object. “Tanah Lot bequeathed to us is a priceless asset,” said Regent Eka amidst the symbolic handover of revenue distribution contributed by Tanah Lot, Tuesday (Jan 29). Besides, she added, the Tanah Lot also had an outstanding magnetic power and was able to draw fantastic tourist visits. “Tanah Lot has become an international tourism icon because tourists when visiting Bali feel incomplete without paying a visit to Tanah Lot,” said the first female regent in Bali.
To support the infrastructure of Tanah Lot tourist attraction, explained Regent Eka, Tabanan County government had made some improvements. They consisted of sidewalks, parking lots, addition of street lighting, road markings and repair of public facilities. “As an icon of the world, we should have supporting facilities that can satisfy tourists visiting the Tanah Lot,” she said.
Splendors and charms of the Ulun Danu Beratan tourist attraction are increasingly attractive. The attraction located at Candikuning village, Baturiti, Tabanan, or about 50 km north of Denpasar has just accomplished its arrangement. “We have made improvement in the temple area located in the lake that has experienced siltation,” said Operation Manager of the Ulun Danu Beratan, Wayan Mustika. For the excavation, explained Mustika, his party used heavy equipment by involving third party. The project was worked on for three days and had been completed before the New Year 2013. “This is our effort to provide best services to tourists. Our view will be better to create a comfortable tourist destination,” he added.
By arranging the temple area, the lake water has become more beautiful. With a variety of tourist attractions, including the water attraction, it has turned smoother and wider. The destination is indeed a choice for tourists to immortalize themselves through photographs. Background of the temple premises amidst the lake looked very beautiful. “By all means, we remain consistent to pay attention to the sanitation,” he said.
Management and staff of the Alas Kedaton tourist attraction held re-greening activity. If previously they planted sago palm, recently they planted pandanus. “We want to preserve rare plants that will be useful for forest dwellers here as well as for ceremonial purposes,” said Operation Manager of the Alas Kedaton tourist attraction, I Gusti Bagus Suryawan.
According to him, the pandanus tree was contribution from Kukuh residents that were very concerned about the tourist object. “We never cease to arrange the tourist attraction that relies on the fauna like monkeys and flying fox. Our obsession is to beautify the attraction so as to draw more visitors,” he said.
Crowded tourists visited the Tanah Lot tourist destination. During the period of January to December 2012, Tanah Lot was visited by 2.57 million domestic and foreign tourists. The amount surpassed the target only set at 1.75 million people.Operations Manager of Tanah Lot tourist object, Ketut Toya Adnyana, said the amount was more than the same period in the previous year recording 2.3 million visitors. “Such increasing number is beyond the unexpected visit at the beginning of last year because we increased the admission fee,” he said.
For 2013, his party targeted the tourists visit at 2 million people. In this case, his party deliberately did not put a great target, although the realization always exceeded. “We purposely did not set a higher target this year based on a variety of considerations,” he said.As consideration, explained Toya, his party anticipated the political situation where Bali would hold gubernatorial election. In addition, there was an issue of fuel price hike that could also influence the determination of target. “So far, the tourist arrival on usual days reaches 6,000 to 7,000 people. Meanwhile, at weekend it approximately reaches 10,000 to 15,000 people,” he said.
Pinge hamlet has a very beautiful natural panorama. The air is cool and comfortable as being free from pollution. Along the country road leading to the hamlet, we can see the neat courtyard, while the neighborhood is clean enough. Each telajakan (public area) is planted with flowers so that butterflies and birds can play and dance intimately in a peaceful rural atmosphere. Afternoon atmosphere will be comfortable. Small animals such as dog-day cicadas give a nuance of beautiful village. ‘Arrogant’ crows of roosters make our journey more comfortable. Then, familiar smile of the locals leads us to a convenient ambience to be here.
Pinge hamlet is about 1 km from the center of Tua village office, about 8 km from the Marga subdistrict town or 18 km from Tabanan town. The village is located at an altitude of 500-750 meters above sea level with a relatively flat topography and fertile land suitable for farming rice and vegetables. It has a number of unique cultural potential. There is Natar Jemeng temple that stores some objects of the archaeological heritage in the form of Ganesha statue, lingam-yoni and Kiranti with the status as cultural heritage. At this hamlet lie some temples such as the Subak Pinge temple, Puseh temple, Penataran temple, Melanting temple and Dalem temple. This reflects if the hamlet has had high civilization. It is said, the Jemeng temple was the origin of Pinge hamlet.
The name of Serangan Island is identified with turtle endangered species that has now been well preserved. The island located in South Denpasar is a strategic area that is being developed Denpasar Municipality into a special tourist area.
In addition to geographically adjacent to some other destinations, such as Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua and Sanur, it is very near to the heart of Bali Province which can be reached only within 15 minutes.
The Head of Denpasar Environment Agency, AA Bagus Sudarsana, said that Serangan Island spreading across 523 hectares had significant customary village tourism activity that was important to be empowered. There were several business units managed under the management of the customary village-owned enterprises, such as transportation, conservation of turtles, coral reef conservation and water sports program planning.
In addition, there was also a family attraction in the form of dolphin floating cage managed by Dolphin Lodge Bali becoming another attraction for the area. “The floating dolphin cage becomes one of the charms offered by Serangan Island today. Travelers no longer have to look for dolphin attraction to distant places. It can become an attraction for family,” he said.
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