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Tabanan encompasses a broad range of landscapes from the lofty peaks in the north, including Mt Batukau and part of Mt Bratan ,with its dramatic volcanic lake, to the verdant rice plains in the south. Beautiful black sand beaches between Pasut and Klatingdukuh are now being developed for tourism, but apart from the famous seaside temple of Tanah Lot, this is not yet a touristed area.
Many rivers run north to south from the mountains to the sea. The roads follow their courses, with only a few running east to west. The main highway from Java passes through the gently-sloping southern part of Tabanan along the coast. This has turned Tabanan Town into a thriving commercial center.
The Balinese believe that the descendants Arya Kenceng and Arya Belog, who accompanied Patih Gajah Mada during his tour of Bali in the 14th century, settled in Badung and Tabanan. The Tabanan branch of Arya Kenceng’s line begins with Arya Tabanan, who lived with 4000 men in the village of Buahan (on the road to Apuan). Arya Belog lived in Kaba-Kaba with 5000 men.
After some time a new and powerful group of descendants of Arya Tabanan settled in the village of Tabanan, which was then called Singasana. They expanded their territory to the northeast (Perean, Pacung) and northwest (Pupuan). In the course of the 18th or at the beginning of the 19th century, a branch of the Tabanan family settled in Krambitan. From the foundation of the realm of Mengwi around 1700 onwards, there were conflicts and battles with Tabanan. Kaba Kaba became an ally of Mengwi, but never warred with Tabanan.
Soon after the defeat of Mengwi in 1891 by the combined forces of Klungkung, Badung, Tabanan and Bangli. the Dutch began to expand their influence in south and east Bali by intervening in conflicts between the various rulers. This resulted in military annexations. A conflict between Badung and the Dutch over salvage rights for shipwrecks ended in a military expedition, and in September, 1906, Badung fell. The ruler of Tabanan wanted to negotiate with the Dutch. However, he and his son were captured and put in jail, where they committed suicide.
The Dutch soon reorganized Bali into seven sub departments, with Tabanan as one. In 1929, Bali was redivided into eight realms, ruled by regents chosen from the old royal families. These received the status of ”kings” in 1938, but this was only to last a few years. Indonesian independence from Dutch rule brought an end to the active role of royalty.
AccommodationSome hotels are in the lake area of Bedugul proper overlooking Lake Bratan, while others are located on the upper slopes of Baturiti with views over volcanoes, ricefields, and down to the sea in Tanah Lot area. Most rooms cost between $15 and $50, with the best ones having great views. There are budget homestays as well as first-class hotels.
Restaurant are also the same with hotel spread in Bedugul Area and Tanah Lot area. There are only a few restaurants in Bedugul, but they do cover a wide price range. Opposite the road leading up to the botanical gardens, on a right hand bend, there are three small eating places serving cheap meals from 6am to 7pm. A good meal costs around $1. Try the ferns (sayur paku) at Ananda I. Friendly service.
There are good restaurants in the main hotels: The Bedugul Hotel’s restaurant by the lake serves meals costing around $5. Try the Chinese food at Pacung, especially their crab fried rice (nasi goreng kepiting). The Bali Handara’s Kamandalu Restaurant is more up market. Strawberry Hill serves tasty Indonesian favorites, soups, fresh salads, steaks, and fish. On chilly days and evenings savor a drink at
Bedugul’s only bar beside a log fire. Managed by the owners of Poppies in Kuta.
Ayam Bakar Taliwang Bersaudara is just before the famous Ulun Danu temple and has a view over the temple and the lake. A favorite with locals. The spicy hot dishes from Lombok are just right for the cold weather. Order the satay or tofu if you don’t like food too spicy. $2. Jember Indah is on the higher slopes just outside Bedugul. Cheap east Javanese food and beautIful views down to the sea. Try the soto Madura for $2. Minang Saiyo, in front of Candi Kuning market, sells spicy Sumatran Padang fare.
Bedugul is the place to buy fresh tropical fruits, as most of the fruit and vegetables for the island are grown in this area. Go to Pasar Candikuning, a market where you can buy fresh passion fruit, jackfruit, pineapple, carrot and mango. Like everywhere else in Bali, you have to bargain don’t feel reluctant to offer half the asking price. Also available are fresh flowers, including wild orchids and a number of other ornamental plants.
Some small shops selling souvenir crafts are found around Pura Ulun Danu and the lake. Shops in the Bedugul Hotel compound sell film.
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