Bedugul Area Map
Bedugul Geothermal Project still in Limbo
|A geothermal power plant in central Bali that was to supply almost half the island?s rising electricity needs has been put on indefinite hold due to local political opposition, officials have told The Bali Times. |
The Bedugul Geothermal Project was launched in 1995, with an investment of US$46.7 million, and was to be jointly run by state power company PLN and Bali Energy Ltd, a firm established by a group of foreign investors.
However, with the crippling onset of the pan-Asian financial crisis that brought Indonesia?s economy to its knees, it was put on hold and has been in limbo ever since.
But three wells have been constructed at the site, with associated, basic equipment in place to make use of the geothermal energy in the cool, mountainous region of the island.
Since then the companies have been waiting for approval from the Bali government.
The project had also caused disquiet among the local population, some of whom objected to it being located on sacred ground.
Lawmaker I Made Arjaya, head of Bali parliament?s Commission I on governmental affairs, said there was widespread disapproval of the geothermal plant.
?One hundred percent of Balinese people disagree with this project,? he told The Bali Times.
?All members of parliament have not approved of the project, and that means all Balinese people are against it,? he said.
Members of parliament were concerned that the plant would endanger the island?s water supply and also damage the sacredness of the area, considered holy by the majority Hindu population.
?Bedugul stores the water supply for people living in southern Bali, and therefore we cannot tolerate any destruction if the project went ahead,? said Arjaya.
Bali Governor Dewa Beratha had green-lighted the project, however, via a decree issued in October 2005, saying it does not pose any environmental or planning difficulties, based on studies carried out by relevant government bodies.
And officials from six villages surrounding the project area – Kembang Merta, Candikuning I, Candikuning II, Bukitcatu, Pemuteran and Batusesa – have given their support to the development, saying the project would be of benefit to the people and did not violate the religious values in the area, according to a combined statement sent to the governor?s office.An official of Bali Energy Ltd told The Times that if the plant were allowed to proceed, it would provide 175 megawatts (MW) of electricity per day, or 43.8 percent of its total potential.
Over the years, as the company awaited official permits and licenses to construct the plant, the only work at the site had been maintaining the wells and equipment, she said.
Widiasari said that if the project was given the go-ahead, a fully functioning plant could be constructed within two years.
?It would only take 23 months to build it, and Bali would have its own green energy,? she said.
Separately, PLN has launched its own environmentally friendly power plant in Bali, albeit on a small scale.
Earlier this month, it started operations at a micro-hydro power plant in a river in the village of Susuan in Karangasem, proving providing 25KW of power per day.
Wayan Redika, head of public relation at PLN Bali, told a media briefing it was the fist such plant of its kind in Indonesia, and came about following research into renewable energy sources in Bali.
?Before this, we have built power plants on Nusa Penida that are powered by the wind and jatropha oil,? he said.
The micro-hydro plant was being run in cooperation with local enterprises and others would be encouraged to utilize such green power sources in the figure, in order to build up sustainable electricity supply in Bali, which is frequently hit by power outages, he said.
?We are cooperating with these enterprises and PLN will buy electricity from them,? he said.
Source : The Bali Times Newspaper
|Visit the busy flower, fruit and spice market in Candikuning where most of Bali’s vegetables come from. Drive back through small country roads, villages and rice fields, with a stop in an artisan village specializing in gold threaded textiles (ikat) worn during important ceremonies.|
Bedugul Botanical Gardens
This is a nice site in the highlands with some montane forest on the hills. There is a good trail up through good forest around the crater rim above Lake Bratan. At weekends the place is crowded with tourists.
Saranam Eco Resort
|A world class resort, elegant hotel, luxurious villa or local losmen guesthouse, wherever you stay in Bali, you will find the elegance and beauty that reflects the Balinese way of life. Elegantly sparse interiors, tropical gardens, a charmingly covered veranda or quaintly shaded terraces with lovely views over the rolling ocean or lush hillside, you will find them all in Bali. Saranam Eco Resort is ideally and centrally located on Baturiti, Bedugul Tabanan. It lies on the slope of Pacung valley. It is about 1.5 hours drive from International Airport, one hour drive from Benoa Harbour and dolphin watching. Pacung Mountain Resort is an ideal base for exploring all of Bali. Imagine sitting on your own balcony on the slope of Pacung valley, facing the natural beauty of terraced rice fields, a valley and mountains, a way to really gain a feeling of being escape from the pressure of everyday life and relax, explore and enjoy the cool. Facilities at Saranam Eco Resort * Airport Transfers * Bar/Pub/Lounge * Coffeeshop * Internet Access * Laundry * Restaurant * Room Service * Safety Box * Swimming Pool The Rooms at Saranam Eco Resort * Air Condition * Bath Tub * IDD/Direct Dial Line * Minibar/Fridge * Shower * Telephone * Television Rates: 51-78 US$|
|A haven for nature lovers, Mountain Eco Lodge is located at 750m on the slopes of Mount Batukaru in central Bali, only 1½ hours from Kuta & Ubud. With spectacular views of southern Bali & the mountain peak. The protected rainforest is just 5 minutes away! Your hand crafted bungalow is surrounded by a lush tropical “Food forest” of cacao, coffee, coconuts, vanilla and jungle fruits. Dine in our open air restaurant or in your room, delicious healthy meals made from our organic gardens. Rainforest treks or “Food forest” walks, swim in our natural waterholes, walk in our extensive gardens or just relax. You can expect private and intimate service from our local staff with a maximum of 10 guests only. Sarinbuana Eco Lodge is a retreat into nature and a chance for you to be a part of this vibrant culture.|
Address: Mount Batukaru, Saribuana Village, Tabanan Bali
Tel: +62361 7435198 Mobile: +628174715916
All room prices include breakfast. Pure mountain spring water provided.
Wireless Internet available.
Jungle HouseMax 5 people
A unique 2 storey bungalow perfect for families or couples set amongst
our tropical garden with spectacular views: Lounge room,Verandah with dining table,3 Bedrooms (1 double bed, 3 single beds), Bathroom, hot shower,Mini bar, Rp. 610,000 per night
Orchid House- 2 persons
A lovely private bungalow for couples or singles set amongst our tropical garden
with spectacular views of the mountain and sunrise:Lounge room,Teak verandah,1 Bedroom (1 queen size bed with mosquito net), Orchid garden bathroom, hot shower,Rp. 660,000 per night
A lovely, private bungalow set amongst the lush garden with spectacular views: 1 King-size Bed,
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Pick up Rp. 300,000 (up to 2 hours drive) over 2 hours Rp. 100,000 every hour
Drop off Rp. 300,000 (up to 2 hours drive) over 2 hours Rp. 100,000 every hour.
Puri Lumbung Cottages
Puri Lumbung Cottages is a unique tourism project. It combines the efforts of the people of Munduk Village with the Bali Tourism Institute to assist in community development and environmental and cultural preservation within the context of ‘sensitive’ tourism.
|The “Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club” near Bedugul in the mountains is probably Bali’s most attractive golf course. There is also a 18-hole course at the “Bali Golf & Country Club” in Nusa Dua near the Bali Hilton, a 9-hole course at the Grand Bali Beach Hotel in Sanur, and the new “Nirwana Bali Golf Club” with a 18-hole course near Tanah Lot.|
Reptile and Crocdile Park
|Indonesia Jaya Reptile & Crocodile Park, is located in Mengwi. The park has not only over 500 crocodiles but alsoa collection of lizards and snakes within large tropical gardens. A snake and magic show and even crocodile wrestling go to make this an unforgettable experience.|
Another reptile park is the Bali Reptile Park, next door of Bali Bird Park.The park housing a collection of Komodo Dragons, snakes, monitor lizards and iguanas. Featuring a nocturnal reptile house and other special displays you?ll be able to get close to some of the reptiles if you really want to.
Bali Butterfly Park
|Butterflies one kind of living resources in Indonesia which are spread from Sabang to Merauke, are collected in beautiful garden is called Taman Kupu-Kupu Bali. Located in Wanasari village Tabanan Regency.|
Everyday are release hundreds of colorful butterflies, among which are seen the world most famous kind of butterflies, such as Ornithoptera Paradisea, O. Croesus Lydius, O. Priamus and many kinds of traides from all over Indonesia.
Taman Kupu-Kupu Bali, which is the only place for butterflies in Indonesia, tries to breed butterflies and also to collected them for the sake of scientific knowledge and studies for the future.