Mengwi Travel Guide

Mengwi Travel Guide: Where To Stay and What To Do in Tabanan Regency

by Tsvete Popp

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Mengwi, Tabanan Regency Bali

Bali is a marvelous place with so many scenic locations that are a must-visit during your next trip to Indonesia. Doesn’t matter if you are searching for lush rice fields, delicious food, adventure, hiking a volcano, or unique culture – the island of Gods has it all! All these things make Bali one of the top most preferred tourist destinations in the world. You can visit any place in Bali at any time of the year, and Bali would not disappoint you at all. However, there are still many places off the beaten path that are still not touristy and underrated such as the town of Mengwi in Tabanan Regency located in central Bali. Right next to Ubud, Kuta, Uluwatu, and Canggu, there are actually so many other areas in Bali that are waiting for you to explore – just like Tabanan Regency and the town of Mengwi.

Mengwi Bali

Where to Stay in Mengwi, Tabanan Regency

As you would expect from a major travel destination in Southeast Asia, Bali has no shortage of options when it comes to accommodation. As always, I’d suggest you stay somewhere central, to make accessing all the attractions as easy as possible.

Puri Taman Sari HotelPuri Taman Sari Hotel

One of our favorite places to stay in Mengwi is Puri Taman Sari  we stayed here for 5 days and absolutely loved our experience. Here we experienced a heavenly getaway amidst the tranquil charm of Tabanan’s wild nature, the most stunning shades of green, as well as the enthralling view of the unique Balinese traditional life in the surrounding communities.

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Puri Taman Sari Hotel

Puri Taman Sari Hotel

Puri Taman Sari is a traditional Balinese compound owned by a member of the royal family of Mengwi, one of Bali’s main kingdoms of the old. The compound is located in a Balinese traditional village, nestled in shady coconut groves, surrounded by rice fields, with three rivers running through. This is your chance to see Bali as you would have found it in the 1920s.

Puri Taman Sari feels like an old temple with a nice infinity Pool beautifully overlooking the lush rice terraces. The hotel was built by the late Prince Agung, who sadly passed away three months ago, this is a whole small village resort – with Balinese cottages right in the middle of the surrounding ricefields, an often found concept in Bali, however here the visionary Prince Agung shared the land and revenue from the start with the village‘s farmers.

Puri Taman Sari Hotel

Puri Taman Sari Hotel

Puri Taman Sari is a village-like compound within a Balinese rural village surrounded by rice paddies. The resort is made up of different bungalow-style rooms in different parts of the village, all surrounded by rice fields. The central part consists of the lobby, grand bale, and a few open halls for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The spirit of the place and the thrill to be in rural Bali counts here.

Things To Know Before You Go

Mengwi is a subdistrict of Badung Regency. This place covers the major history of Bali. It used to be the capital of an old kingdom. You will surely appreciate Bali more, once you visit this land. It will make your journey more delightful with its beaches, lush greenery, and some of the major tourist attractions.

Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun temple is one of the main attractions here, which is visited by almost all tourists. This temple is known as the “Mother Temple of Mengwi”. You will be able to see some exquisite architectural features here.

Taman Ayun Temple server is a source of irrigation, Pura mother, and unifying the community. Irrigation function is indicated by the pools that surround the temple used by farmers for causes of flooding, in which water pools were connected to the rice fields around the temple. Mother temple and unifying function, indicated by the presence of the temple as a place of worship for the people who have the same ancestral lineage to unite them as a big family.

Given the history of the establishment and its functions, we can say that Taman Ayun Temple is a combination of natural beauty and springs. The expertise of King Tjokorda Way Blambangan who successfully integrate into a beautiful place as well as built an irrigation system for the prosperity of his people. The perfect harmony between man and nature should be preserved by all generations.

Mengwi Travel GuideTaman Ayun Temple

Tanah Wuk

The other place which you must go to is Tanah Wuk. It is a heavenly place for all the people who love nature. You will be surprised to see such beauty all over the place here, and who knows, you may get an instagram perfect picture clicked on this spot!

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

These are according to our taste, the most beautiful rice terraces in Bali. Located in Penebel District, north of Tabanan, the beautiful village has paddy fields following the contours of terraced land against the background of spellbinding Mount Batukaru and Mount Agung use traditional Balinese irrigation known as Subak, Bali’s community-based water control management system. These rice terraces are located at 700 meters altitude, which makes the conditions for growing rice much better than the most well-known and very touristy Tegallalang rice terraces. Jatiluwih is one of the five rice terraces that describe the “Subak” water management system which has gained acknowledgment from UNESCO as part of the world’s cultural heritage.

Jatiluwih Rice TerracesJatiluwih Rice Terraces
Tanah Lot Temple

Pura Tanah Lot is an ancient Hindu Temple from the 15th century. The temple is actually a large offshore rock formation that is completely surrounded by the Indian Ocean at high tide. We were lucky to be here during the low tide because this gave us the opportunity to walk around and explore the temple from different angles. However, the majority aim to visit Tanah Lot during the high tide in order to enjoy the effect of a floating temple.

Pura Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most important temples of Bali and one of the seven sea temples dedicated to the Sea Gods like Dewa Baruna, Bhatara Segara or North. The seven sea temples are highly significant for the Balinese religion. The seven sea temples were built in a line around the Balinese coast. The symbolic chain of temples protects Bali from evil sea spirits.

Sunset at Tanah Lot, BaliTanah Lot Temple Bali
Pengempu Waterfall

Pengempu waterfall is one of the hidden waterfalls in Tabanan regency. Unlike the waterfall Tegenungan always crowded visitors, precisely Pengempu waterfall is still a hidden gem because is not a famous place among tourists. Visitors are mostly local tourists who happen to explore the local attractions.

Massage and Spas


The Highest Density of Spas in the World is in Bali, and the highest density of Spas in Bali is in Tabanan! Yes, Bali is not only the Island of a Thousand temples but also the Island of a Thousand Spas! There are plenty of spa centers to choose from, ranging from 5 € to mega-luxury expensive procedures. And non-expensive doesn’t mean a bad one at all! A mid-range spa experience (massage, bath, scrub) will have an average price of 20-25 €.

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Badung Market

Next on our Bali shopping guide is the island’s largest traditional market, Badung Market or Pasar Badung. This market, along with the Kumbasari Art market is regarded as one of the best shopping centers in Bali. Head to Badung to get the best fresh produce, and to Kumbasari for an extensive variety including batik clothing, Ikat weave clothes, wooden carvings, contemporary paintings, artful jewelry, and such. It is the best shopping area in Bali to buy souvenirs.

Bali MarketCremation Ceremonies

Catch a Yoga And Meditation Class

Bali has become the World Yoga Mecca during the last 10 years. It attracts yoga teachers, retreat gurus, and yogis from all around the world. Mengwi has to do with spirituality and a good way to feel it is to take yoga and meditational class. There are plenty of yoga studios, which offer many different types of yoga.

Yoga Ubud
Alternative Medicine

If you are keen on “Vodoo” (as I call it) or Alternative Medicine (sounds much better) there is no ending list of therapists and healers in Tabanan Regency. No matter if you want a palm reading, family therapy, acupuncture or crystal healing – Tabanan regency is your place! The best what you can do is to ask the locals for the best healers in town. There are also many noticeboards in town, but these healers are more like a tourist trap.

Pemuteran North Bali
Be Part of a Ceremony

Bali is best known for its ceremonies – actually, the Balinese are celebrating almost everything! Balinese have a ceremony for each new period in human life: from the birth, naming ceremony, to death ceremony. Remember: if you enter something like a street party – most of the time it will be a cremation ceremony. The death ceremonies are not likely the ceremonies in the western World – Balinese are celebrating death! Nobody is crying, nobody is sad – they are having a “street party” instead. Although it sounds like it this kind of ceremony would be a private affair, the entire village and tourists are invited.

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Pererenan Beach

Pererenan is a charming seaside village offering a picturesque mix of rolling green rice fields and enviable surf breaks framed by a dramatic black sand beach. Blending in with trendy Canggu, Pererenan is slowly becoming more popular but still maintains a more relaxed Balinese feel. The area is favored by ex-pats and surfers looking to escape the crowded lineups in Canggu.

Pererenan Beach
How to Get Around

The traffic in Bali is CRAZY, especially in the town’s center! Even out of the rush hour! Normally the towns are small and when you look at the map you’ll guess that a ride will take only a few minutes or even seconds … BUT – the roads are narrow, there are thousands of trucks, motorbikes, cars, and taxis – it will take (always!) much longer than expected!

Unfortunately, not the most efficient way to get around is to walk … Some others might suppose renting a motorbike because it is cheap and convenient. And this would be the right option if you want to explore Tabanan by yourself. Don’t forget that riding is a tricky thing and if you don’t feel comfortable – don’t do it.

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