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Unique Homestay Experiences Give Bali Tourists Chance To Connect To Culture

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Taro Village is quickly becoming one of Bali’s most popular tourist villages. With so much culture to explore in Bali, one of the most impactful ways to learn more about the island’s heritage is to visit a cultural tourism village. Taro is taking it one step further with magical homestay getaways. 

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Despite Pengliuran Village in Bangli being the most well-known tourist village in Bali, Taro is, in fact, the oldest village in Bali.

Entering the village for many people feels like a refreshing step back in time where the pace of day-to-day life is slower, more in touch with the elements, and always oriented around nature.

Speaking to reporters, Wayan Gede Ardika, manager of the Taro Village Tourism Group, explained that there are two homestay providers in the community that facilitate tourists diving even deeper into the culture.

Travelers have access to parts of village life seldom experienced by day visitors and have the chance to visit the world-famous, deeply revered white cows of Taro Village, known as the Lembu Putih.

Ardika explained, “We manage two village homestays here. There are two rooms of the same type. What’s unique is that the location of this homestay is in the Lembu Putih conservation area, so visitors can enjoy the beauty of this sacred animal.” 

Ardika confirmed that homestays in Taro Village are built in a traditional Balinese architectural style, providing an authentic feel that guests have traveled so far to experience.

Since the homestays are located in the Lembu Putih conservation area, the accommodation offers stunning views of rice fields and a calm atmosphere, perfect for relaxation.

While the notion of a homestead in rural Bali may initially make prospective guests assume that the facilities are very basic, the opposite is true. The homestay rooms have an AC, refrigerator, wardrobe, work desk, WiFi, king bed, terrace table and chairs, kitchen, toilet, and balcony table and chairs.

For guests wishing to book the Taro Village homestay experience, the value for money is surely unrivaled.

Homestay accommodation packages start at IDR 500,000 per night. Travelers staying overnight can check in at 14.00 WITA and check out at 12.00 WITA.

More information can be found on the Taro Village Instagram page. 

One of the most special activities to take part in at Taro Village, whether visiting for the day or booking into the homestay, is a trip to the Fire Flies Garden.

The project was also co-founded by Ardika, who has been spearheading community-based tourism in Taro Village for years.

The firefly and butterfly garden was first created as an organic food garden, covering an area of around 3.5 hectares.

Ardika worked with friend I Komang Petak, and they collaborated to create an organic garden in the heart of the village. Unexpectedly, the organic garden succeeded in attracting many fireflies.

Ardika told reporters, “This firefly conservation destination started with an organic garden. We use natural fertilizers and pesticides, the soil and water are good. I didn’t expect it to actually bring in fireflies. Finally, there were lots of fireflies; we built a conservation area in the rice fields.”

Ardika explained that fireflies are animal species that can only live in a stable and clean environment, far from pollution and contamination.

The arrival and longstanding presence of fireflies indicate that Taro Village is an area of natural beauty and abundance, not impacted by environmental degradation. 

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He added, “Fireflies live in rice fields and on the ground. If we use chemicals, it will automatically be difficult for fireflies to develop. If there are lots of fireflies, it means that nature is still natural; the nutrients and water are good.”

The best time to see the fireflies is in the early evening, just after sunset. However, a visit to the gardens during the day is just as magical as there are so many flowers and butterflies to enjoy year-round.

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Friday 5th of July 2024

This has always been the case - for decades already.

Monika Colmorgen

Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

I would like to know how to make a reservation and receive more information about your homestay. I will be in Bali mid November this year.

Thank you. Many blessings,



Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

Definitely will visit there now that I have this information. Thankyou for promoting other interesting parts of Bali.