Some peaceful places you need to visit …
The Regency of Badung, which is located between 08 degrees south latitude and 115 degrees east longitude, is shaped like “keris”, a traditional sword in Bali. The Regency, which has only 418.52 square kilometers of land, is divided into six districts (kecamatan), 40 administrative villages (desa dinas and kelurahan), and as many as 117 traditional villages (desa adat).
Those villages are again subdivided into as many as 297 smaller community groups known as “Dusun”, and 498 “Banjar”. Each Banjar in the Regency has a youth organization named “Sekaa Teruna Teruni” (STT). Badung hastotal population approximately 280,000 people, with the average density of 672 people per square kilometer.
Bangli regency is the only regency in Bali without any coastlines. However, this mountainous region has the most historic temples; Kehen, Batur, and Penulisan provide archeological remains linking them to the era of King Udayana Warmadewa in the late 10th and 11th centuries.
The lower land in the south part has fertile plains and provides good rice growing terrain, decked with glossy green-blue terraces, clumps of bamboo, and waving palms. Above Bangli, the vegetation becomes dense, as the climate is cooler. There are coffee groves, salak, and other tropical fruits. Further north is Kintamani and Mt. Batur, an extraordinary double volcano, where there is a huge outer rim that rises up to 1,745 meters at Penulisan.
This regency sprawls over the full length of Bali’s north coast. It is hot, dry, and fringed with black sand beaches and coconut palms. It meet Karangasem in the northeast coast into the untouched jungle territory of Bali’s National Park, on the west end of the island.
The regency has been more exposed to foreign influences in the recent past. Buleleng was a port for trading boasts coming east on the route to Spice Island and where Chinese, Arabic, Eurupean, and Bugis merchants came to exchange opium, arms, and “Kepeng” for Balinese rice, fruits, cattle, and slaves. In 1882, the Dutch made Bali and Lombok into a combined Residency and Singaraja became the capital city.
Denpasar covers 125.42 square kilometers of land with an elevation ranging from 12 to 75 meters above sea level, and consisting of 3 Kecamatan. The Kecamatan of East Denpasar, South Denpasar, and West Denpasar.
The population of Denpasar is about 360,000 people. Even though the town is relatively busy, especially its crisscrossing traffic, the atmosphere in this town remains pleasent because of the relaxed Bali influence. The average temperature in this town is 28 degrees celcius, the humidity varies between 60 and 97%.
It has been the stamping ground of Bali’s earliest dynasties in recorded history. It is here that the first great lines of Hinduized Kings established themselves. Pejeng was to center of power until the early 14th century, when the last line of Warmadewa was defeated by Majapahit Empire, under Gajah Mada, in 1343.
The two rivers, Petanu and Pakerisan, have been storing series of ancient historical remains along the banks, such as temples, meditation cells, baths and other monuments.
It is the least known region in Bali, scarcely visited by tourists, and sparsely populated, except along the main road of Denpasar – Gilimanuk. Most of the land is covered by the densely forested highlands of Bali’s National Park. The flatter southern region is rice growing country.
Villages have clean air, partly due to the mass of flowering shrubs, which almost obscure the neat little house. The income is derived primarily from coconut plantations, coffee near the border of Tabanan, cloves, and vanilla crops. Jembrana has always been isolated and largerly unaffected by events on the rest of the islands. Its history is tied to Buleleng after the Dutch overrun the regency in 1849 and assumed control of Jembrana as well. It has looked westward, and is thus influenced from the Muslim and Christian religions.
The regency of Karangasem has an impressive range of terain and covers about 2,000 square kilometers. The steep rise from the coast up to the mountains creates magical scenary. Dominating the regency is the VolcanoAgung, said to be the “Home” of the Balinese gods.
In 1963, the volcano’s last eruption killed more than a thousands people and many more people lost their land and became homeless. However, it also has given special value where hundreds of lorries and trucks thunder every day to transport sand stone for building materials.
This is the smallest Regency, lying east of Gianyar. It covers only 121 square kilometers, including three islands; Nusa Penida, Lembongan, and Ceningan. Despite its size, its influence on Balinese culture has been powerful.
It was here, at the shadow of the holy Volcano Agung, that the princes and priest of Majapahit gathered in 1343 to continue the kingdom by setting up “Kraton” in Samprangan, but within a couple of generation, they moved to Gelgel and then to Klungkung, in 1710. In the 16th century, the Gods smiled on Gelgel, when Dalem Baturenggong reached an impressive political and cultural achievement to earn His “golden age”.
The regency is just west of Badung, stretching from the coastline of massive black rocks up to the central mountains. Tabanan is an unspoilt part of Bali which is also richly fertile, containing the best agriculture and a place to give peace and prosperity to their villagers.
In the northwest is a dense forest, part of the wild and natural park. Before the Dutch took control over Tabanan, the kindom was ruled by Ngurah Agung Tabanan, who died in 1903, after having ruled the Regency since 1844. He left two wives, brought up in an old tradition that declared that they would commit “Suttee” at the cremation seven months later. The two old women, beautifully dressed in white, walked along specially constructed bamboo paths. At the time, the Dutch Resident declared that this was the last “Suttee” allowed, though the tradition did continue covertly for a while afterwards.