For those of you who like to see and know more about plantation, especially the tropical types, you can visit Bedugul Botanical Garden which located in Bedugul, plateau area in Bali. The garden is situated in the cool atmosphere with rain forest and hill surrounds.
This botanical garden is opened on 1959 and owns 154.5 ha land located Tabanan regency, northwest part of Bali. It is close to the beautiful lake which is called Beratan Lake and Ulun Danu Temple. It has inhabitants more than 1187 plant types and multifarious of floras. In this area, there is orchid garden with the collection of 320 orchid types from Bali, Java, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Sulawesi and also Irian Jaya. We can also meet the rose garden with the collection of various rose from rust colored until green chromatic.
Bedugul Botanical Garden or Kebun Raya Eka Karya is also completed by 524 birches which are still in its original forest. In this place we can meet the collection from America, South America, China, Japan, Australia, Africa and also Netherlands. Cyathea Garden is one of the specific gardens owning the various collections of Paku-pakuan (tropical vegetable) which can be eaten as vegetable by Balinese and some of them are used for decoration.
The tree from this nail Cyatheas are often exploited as growth media of various orchid types. Cactus collections are consisted of 104 types. This cactus is obtained from Africa, America, Germany, Switzerland and also Indonesia. The crop season at botanical garden is taken 94 types plants that are the collection from the exploitation for Balinese life ceremony, temple ceremony, devoting/offering and others purpose. It also owns the collection of drug crop with 84 types/species.
Beside of the crop collections, Bedugul Botanical Garden or Kebun Raya Eka Karya also owns the traditional Balinese houses and it function as guest house for scientist who is doing observation. It is also opened for public including tourists and to be one of favorite tourist destinations in Bali especially for domestic tourists
Kebun Raya Eka Karya Bedugul or The Bedugul Botanical Garden is one of the famous tourist attraction in Bali, exactly in Tabanan Regency. The Bedugul Botanical Garden is located at 1,250-1,450 meters above sea level. That is why Bali’s tropical climate doesn’t reach this area. During the daytime the temperature is around 17-25° C, and as the evening falls, the temperature can drop to 10-15° C.
What is interesting from a The Bedugul Botanical Gardens is the natural beauty of the unspoiled mountains, high place which always make this area is always foggy and cold air. The weather in this area is unpredictable. Hence, arm yourself with some warmth clothes, umbrella and raincoat. Around this tourist attraction there is a very famous tourist attraction of Lake Beratan.
Starting from the idea of Prof. Ir. Kusnoto Setyodiwiryo as director of nature study center who want a branch establishment of botanic gardens outside Java especially Bali as a nature conservacy area for the plant, then in 15 July 1959 Eka Karya Botanical Garden was officially established. The name of Eka Karya mean the first botanical garden which is the result of hard work after an independent of Indonesia.
The 154 hectares of garden on the lower slopes of Mount Pohen, boasts an extensive collection of trees and flowers. Right after the entrance, you’ll come upon a vast green grass area, where people usually spread-out their mats and un-wrap their picnic baskets. Bali Tree Top, an adventurous experience for the whole family, is located on the left side of the gardens, just after the entrance and the information centre. Here you can get a booklet which provides all the botanical names of all the plants and flowers in Bedugul Botanical Garden.