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Friday, 7 February 2014

In the midst of manic development in some areas of Bali you can still Find some places that remain green. The good news is that these natural expanses are preserved and protected under government regulation. Every year, thousands of visitors are attracted to these areas, showing that modern people still have a strong connection with nature and its sublime beauty.

Jatiluwih, situated in Tabanan Regency, is a hidden gem of Bali.The area is known as the biggest rice producer in Bali and mostof red rice in Bali comes from here. Nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site, jatiluwih offers stunning panoramas of endless yellow and green rice terraces. With the majestic Mount Batukaru serving as a vivid and contrasting backdrop, views don’t get much better than this. Hopefully the natural beauty here will remain unspoiled as, reliable sources tell me,the government has forbidden the construction of hotels and resorts in the area.

lf admiring the beautiful vistas is not enough, you can take awalk along the pathways amidst the rice fields. Get a closer look at one of the most impressive waterways in Bali, an irrigation system that has existed since ancient times, when it was referred to as Subak. If hunger pangs kick in, convenient little warung(food stalls) line the road side and are an excellent spot to snack on some hot banana fritters whilst breathing in the fresh air and stunning scenery.

Bali Botanical Garden, which is a popular picnic spot, is more than just a leisure destination.People can come and learn about the flora and fauna and breathe in the fresh air whilstadmiring the plants and vegetation on display here.

Bali Botanical Garden was established in 1959.The 154-hectare garden on the lower slopes of Mount Pohen boasts an extensive collection of trees and flowers. On entering you will encounter grassy expanses of lawn with the occasional tree offering welcome shade on a sunny day. Each tree is neatly labelled on awooden plate so you can end out more about the vegetation and unwind in the sun.

Going higher and deeper inside the garden,here is a compound where a collection of wild orchids is hosted. The orchids are preserved in a 0.5-hectare area and the collection includes orchids from all over the Indonesian archipelago.Most of the orchids are usually flowering from March to june but there are always some blooming orchids for enthusiasts to see.

In front of the orchid collection stands a glass house for the cactus collection. Normally cacti grow in dry arid areas, but here at the botanical garden, they not only survive but also gow healthily; some species even grow to 5 metres in height.

There’s a lot more to discover at Bali Botanical Garden, including the mysterious rain forest section. Wander through this serene oasis to see bamboo, a unique Begonia collection, as well as some of Bali’s iconic flora, including various species of champaca.

Text By :Kartika D.Suardana

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