Have a serene time while surrounded by pure green in Bali Botanic Garden. Vast area with thousands collection of plants await. Orchids and cacti will welcome people who visit. Not to forget that fern collection that brings forest vibes. Flowery plants and bamboo gardens are worth visiting as well.
For adrenaline junkies, Bali Botanic Garden offers an outbound spot to try. Try the flying fox or swing like Tarzan, no one will complain. See how elegant the statues from Ramayana epic put as the garden’s frontlines. With its cool temperature, visitors will never easily get tired strolling gardens and spots to visit.
Bali Botanic Garden A Dome Of Cacti
The cacti dome is easy to spot after walking a bit. The dome is located center on the premises. Come inside, and see how cacti can even grow in a tropical climate. The cacti don’t even show any difference with those living in the wild. Barrel cacti keep sticking on the ground. Another species even comes tall reaching 5 meters.
Thanks to the transparent greenhouse, all sides of cacti can receive sunlight. Which is essential for optimum growth. The staff pampers the cacti with enough water though the watering isn’t done every day. With a proper routine check, the ones who need further care can get what’s needed too. So, that’s not a secret that even in a high altitude, cacti can live well.
While inside the dome, people are allowed to take photos with the cacti. Several information boards are useful to learn about the species. Touching the plant isn’t prohibited. But make sure not to botch the cacti.
Just across the cacti dome, there’s orchid house. This is the house of 300+ orchid species flourish. One of the orchids species is the Bali endemic Calanthe Baliensis. With its white petal, this species was first found just behind the botanic garden. Which is in the Tapak Hill. Since then, the flower is conserved in the garden.
Another orchid nurture here is the black orchid, origin from Kalimantan. Though its name is the black orchid, the sepal and petal aren’t black. Only its labellum (lip) has a black dotty pattern on it. Its habitat drastically decreases due to forest fire. Ex-situ conservation is needed, and that’s why the flower exists in Bali.
To see the orchid bloom, March to June is the right time. Wild and rare species tend to bloom around these months. But, there are species blooming all year round. One example is Vanda tricolor, notable for its colorful and dotty petals.
It’s not a secret that Indonesians often use plants to cure illness. Well, this garden has Taman Usada. Taman Usada introduces what plants commonly used as medicines. The garden even has 300 species inside. 15 of them are considered rare, derived from Bali itself.
Find well-known medicinal plants such as fennel, turmeric, ginger, and many others here. Take ginger as an example. The rhizome is great for diabetic patients. As the ginger lowers the glucose level quite effectively. While turmeric, once simmered, the water can help to lower cholesterol levels. But of course, this should be taken routinely for greater results.
Try visiting this garden mostly built on ferns and mosses. From first sight, the garden doesn’t seem to be surreal. But as visitors walk more, tall ferns build an umbrella that could block sunlight. So the surrounding is dark due to the dense plants. Not only that, but there is also a dinosaur statue surrounded by ferns and mosses.
The garden occupies a 2-hectare area, pretty wide to walk in. Inside the garden, there are almost 200 ferns and mosses being conserved. There are plant labels conveying tidbit information about the plant. Some species are endemic to Bali. While others are obtained from other areas.
Take fern tree Dicksonia Timorense from Timor island. This fern has distinct features compared to other ferns under the same genus. Which makes the discoverers took the fern to learn at Bali around 1996. To date, the fern is standing tall in Bali Botanic Garden.
Bali never fails to avidly show how Hindu influence is strongly prominent on the island. In Bali Botanic Garden, there are statues from the Ramayana epic. The giant Kumbakarna Laga statue scuffles with monkeys. The statues portray one of the sad scenes of the Ramayana war story.
Despite his scary face and gigantic figure, Kumbakarna is depicted as a kind character. He didn’t agree with his brother’s verdict to start a war. But fate decides another way. He eventually died fighting his brother battle. The statue of Kumakarna by far is the guest’s favorite.
A circle stepping ground enabling photo hunters to closely stand beside the statue. Besides, the Kumbakarna statue is the biggest one among others, like Rama-Sinta and Ravana-Jatayu statues.
TreeTop Adventure Park
The Botanic Garden doesn’t only have plants and a huge garden as the attraction. Try coming to the TreeTop Adventure Park, located nearby that Kumbakarna statue. Outbound activities are open for all ages (4-70) as the place claims. Seven circuits are to offer specialties in each circuit.
Compare one to another first, and choose one which feels easy to tackle. Each circuit comes with a certain rule about minimum height and eligible ages. Of course, one circuit differs from another in terms of the difficulties.
Squirrel yellow and green circuits are for children aged 4-6 with a minimum height of 95cm. Then comes green, orange, and blue circuits for kids around 6-8 years and 110-120 cm minimum height.
For adults, dare to try the adrenaline black circuit. Breathtaking jumps, up to 160m flying fox, and Tarzan Jump are worth to conquer. Not just adult, children over 12 years old with 140 cm height is allowed too. Don’t worry about safety. Each visitor will receive safety equipment including harness, carabiners, and pulleys following the ticket payment.
On average, to finish all challenges in child-friendly circuits take around 1.5 hours. While adult circuits take 2.5 hours. But of course, that depends on the person’s agility. As for the entrance fee, adult visitors are charged US$25 and US$16 for children.
Bali Botanic Garden Opening Hours
Bali Botanic Garden is open every day from 8 AM to 6 PM. The TreeTop Adventure Park starts a bit later, at 9 AM. The garden even opens during the national holiday. But like any other site in Bali, it closes on Nyepi day. That’s the day when all people in Bali are supposed to stay at home.
|Bali Botanic Garden Opening Hours|
|Every day except Nyepi||08:00 – 18:00|
Bali Botanic Garden Entrance Fee
The entrance ticket is quite cheap compared to any other attraction in Bali. Foreign visitors will get charged Rp17.000. There’s an additional charge for car Rp11.000. However, no bikes are permitted inside the premises. Park the vehicle in the garden’s ample parking space.
|Bali Botanic Garden Entrance Fee|
|Children & Adult||Rp17.000|
|Parking Fee||Rp11.000 (car)|
Despite the endless view of greens, facilities here can’t be said good enough. Toilets are available but not many. Too scattered in the wide area. Plus, there are days when the toilets aren’t well-maintained.
Laying at such an altitude makes the weather quite cold. Occasional rain may come through. However, shelters aren’t that many. That’s why always prepare umbrellas and/or raincoats. The garden doesn’t rent out these.
In terms of food and beverages, well, there is a small cafe in The TreeTop Adventure Park. Taman Usada has one as well. Aside from that, restaurants are hardly be found. Nearby the parking space, there are vendors selling out snacks and cold drinks.
How To Get To Bali Botanic Garden
Going here from Lovina beach takes 30 km. If departing from Lovina beach, head to Singaraja-Gilimanuk street first. Then the route goes following the route of Singaraja Gilimanuk street-A.A. Pandji Tisna street-Kemuning street-Bangkiang Sidem street.
From there find the way to Raya Pancasari street. After around 6 km take the right turn for Pancasari-Baturiti street. Still, continue the journey for another 6 km. Once the travelers find Pura Pajapati on the left side of the road, turn right. Take another kilometer to reach the premises.
The online map is trustable but never hesitate to ask the locals. Just ask the locals how to go to Bedugul. Since the garden is located around that area. To go there, riding a scooter or renting a car is by far the most comfortable. Having someone to drive there will provide visitors more comfort. But of course, one will need more bucks to spend.
Address & Location
Bali Botanic Garden located in Jl. Kebun Raya, Candikuning, Kec. Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82191.