Tabanan is the capital town of the regency of Bali with the same name. Parts of Tabanan regency lie in Central Bali and other parts would be more often regarded as part of West Bali. For the purposes of this guide the Tabanan area will be classified in Central Bali, as that is where the key areas of interest to visitors are located.
Tabanan regency geographically is located between 114° – 54’ 52” east longitude and 8° 14’ 30” – 8° 30’07” south latitude. The topography of Tabanan regency is located at an altitude 0 – 2.276 m above sea level with details on altitude 0-500 m above sea level is a flat region with a slope of 2-15%, and at an altitude of 500-1000 m above sea level is flat to sloping areas with a slope of 15-40%. In areas that have a slope of 2-15% and 15-40% is a pretty fertile area where farmers undertake farming activities to make ends meet. In areas that have a height of over 1,000 m above sea level and with a slope of 40% and above is a hilly area and steep, a total of 23,358 hectares or 28.00% of the land area in the district of Tabanan is the rice fields, so that Tabanan is known as an agricultural area.
The coastal areas in the south were previously not well known by visitors due to a lack of infrastructure, but these have been lightly developed in recent years, and there are now some high profile accommodation options there. Tabanan is though more usually associated by visitors with rolling green landscapes, hills and especially the imposing Mount Batukaru, Bali’s second highest peak at 2,276 metres.
The town of Mengwi has a long and rich history associated with its royal family, and the best modern day manifestation of this is the splendid temple complex at Taman Ayun.
The boundaries of the regency of Tabanan are: in the north bordering with Buleleng regency which is bordered by the mountain range like Mount Batukaru (2,276 m), Mount Sanghyang (2,087 m), Mount Pohen (2,089 m), in the east bordering with Badung regency which is bordered by Yeh Sungi river, Yeh Ukun river and Yeh Penet river. In the south it’s bordered by Indian ocean with a width of the beach approximately 37 km, in the west bordering with Jembrana regency which is bordered by Yeh Let river.
There are numerous smallroads and unmade tracks that lead from the coast road south of Tabanan to the waterfront. The beaches here are all black sand. The most well known of them, and one with some good accomodation options, is Yeh Gangga. This is well signposted from the main coast about 2.5km past Tabanan, heading west. Be warned though that much of this west coast shoreline is unsafe for swimming.
Bellow are some places you should not miss when visiting Tabanan