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Taro Village Is Putting Itself On The Map As Top Bali Tourist Destination 

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Bali’s Taro Village is emerging as a must-visit tourist destination.

Located just outside of Ubud the quaint tourism village has recently been named amongst the best in the world by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. 

Bambboo forest in Bali woman walks over jungle bridge

At this year’s United National World Tourism Awards, two of Bali’s tourism villages won the prestigious title of best Tourism Village in the World.

The first was the iconic Penglipuran Village in Bangli Regency, the second was Desa Taro in Ginayar. In fact, Indonesia was one of the biggest winners at the awards as Bilebante Village in Nusa Tenggara Barat and Pela Village in East Kalimantan also received top marks for their tourism offerings. 

Taro Village is currently preparing to welcome a huge influx of visitors over the festive season. In December Bali is set to welcome over one million tourists the vast majority top whom will visit during the Christmas and New Year holidays. 

Speaking to reporters Chairman of the Taro Tourism Village Tourism Awareness Group, I Wayan Gede Ardika, said that the community is working together to have everything looking spic-and-span for the festive season.

He shared “Looking at the trend, it is possible that tourist visits will increase. The goal is so that tourists can enjoy the atmosphere safely and comfortably.”

He revealed that in 2022, the number of tourists visiting Taro Village was 15,707 but the figures in 2023 will read much higher.

Taro Village, together with Tampaksiring Village and Sudaji and Pemuteran Villages in collaboration with the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) Bali to create tour packages and elevate tourism experiences for visitors. 

Together they want to put village tourism on the map in Bali and showcase the best of rural tourism to the world.

Ardika added the collaboration is in place “So that promotions become more massive so that tourist visits will increase. The hope, of course, is that the direct impact of tourism can be felt directly by village communities.”

There is such a lot to explore in Taro Village, and for tourists wishing to have a truly authentic homestay experience Taro Village is the place to stay.

Lembu Putih Farm Stay is one of the most popular guesthouses in the village and guests are spoilt with stunning views of the surrounding jungle and farmland. 

@mama.theexplorer_ Explorer Ubud – Taro #mtx #mamatheexplorer #explorepage #exploreubud #exploremore #explorereels #explorebali #wonderful_places #wonderfulplaces #wonderfulindonesia #destination #wisata #jalan #baliindonesia #taro #ubud #melali #tempathits #wisatabali ♬ AS the World Cave In – Keroncongin 🎶

Guests are also invited to stay at Komang Petak Homestay, Jero Mangku Gede House, and Made Bidel Homestay each of which is run by families who have lived in the village for generations.

For those planning a day trip to Taro Village, it is most easily accessed from Ubud which sits just 40 minutes away by drive. 

Taro Village provides tourists with an incredible opportunity to learn more about local art, culture, and history.

There are dozens of different activities and workshops on offer. Guests can hire traditional Balinese clothing and have a private photoshoot against the village’s most beautiful backdrops. 

@hita.rihati one day in taro village #healingnaikmotor #fypindonesiaシ #jalanjalan #alam #bali #videoperjalanan #ubudbali #semararatihdelodsemavillage #holiday ♬ One of a Kind (热播版) (Cover G-DRAGON (权志龙)) – 田浩宇

For something a little more adventurous and adrenaline-fueled tourists can book in the round of paintball or head out into the jungle on ATV. 

Food lovers find themselves right at home in Taro Village. Proudly showcasing classic Balinese and Indonesian dishes, the locally run warungs in Taro Village are not to be missed.

Warung Semara Ratih is a popular house and their nasi goreng gets a thumbs up all round. 

@yoursatt Replying to @another.putri di Taro, Tegallalang ya kak ☺️ #bali #balilife #nature ♬ suara asli – DENII

An experience not to be missed in Taro Village is a visit to The Fireflies Garden. Tours of the garden give tourists the chance to learn about traditional agricultural practices.

The most magical package on offer is the ‘See Firefly’ package. Tourists are invited to join an early evening walk around the rice paddies to see fireflies light up the landscape. 

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Monday 20th of November 2023

Congratulations to the villages concerned. Well Done!

Penglipuran won a place in the Best Villages category.

Taro, Pela and Bilemante didn't meet the criteria, but were awarded places in the Upgrade Programme.

This means that over the next 12 months they'll receive assistance and advice in ways to improve.


Wednesday 22nd of November 2023


PS. Acknowledging a United Nations award is a fake tourism advert?


Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

@Alex, Reread my post. I've just corrected the article. No idea where you got 'New Initiative's. I didn't use the phrase nor is is mentioned in the article


Tuesday 21st of November 2023

@Shorty, your post looks like a fake, tourism office advert. This "New Initiative" is a complete waste of time for most visitors. Just a set of overpriced, scam, non events. Do the Balinese really think that we don't know anything about agriculture?


Monday 20th of November 2023

The fireflies (kunang kunang) have been very popular here for almost 2 decades - although there are other places around Bali where you can see them. Unfortunately, too much tourist traffic has had a negative impact on the firefly populations near Taro - they are delicate.