Wow… how beautiful the countryside of Mengesta Village is. Terraced rice fields with organic rice plants, dry fields overgrown with lush trees, small familiar animals and clean surroundings make this village really convenient. Moreover, people are very friendly making the village atmosphere peaceful. One time visit to this village will definitely make you addicted to come again.
Having an excursion to destination situated at Wangaya Betan Hamlet, Mengesta Village, Penebel Subdistrict, Tabanan, about 10 km north of Tabanan City, will never make you bored. Conversely, you should prepare a fit stamina because you will have much promenade on the rice field bund, moor, river bank with many slopes and steep grades. Aside from absorbing, there will be many interesting and entertaining things encountered along the journey.
This ecotourism journey starts from the end of the village passing through paddy fields. Previously, you will be welcomed by villagers with a variety of Balinese arts and cultural attractions. There are Balinese women upholding gebogan (fruits and flowers arrangement), kids dance, while men play gamelan music with devotional spirits. You can watch the attraction, while cooling down your body by enjoying young coconut drink.
Furthermore, visitors can walk along the rice field while watching the activities of local farmers cultivating their farm traditionally. To enrich your experience, you will get the opportunity to feel how to plow, level the soil and transplanting rice seedling by moving forward and backward. Plowing and leveling soil drawn by two cows is certainly exciting. Once trying, you must be addictive because this activity is best-loved by travelers when making a trip to this village.
The next route is to walk on moor area to enjoy typical aura of local trees. On the terraced moor planted with local green grasses, you can observe local trees with fruits and its benefits will be explained by your tour guide. Among them, there are durian, coffee, cacao, passion fruit, coconut, pineapple, rose apple, guava, jackfruit, soursop, mangosten, longan, papaya, avocado, strawberry, vanilla and various types of bananas. And the most favored is the cacao because so far they only know the processed cacao.
You are also invited to look around the village atmosphere such as socializing with children in primary school and visiting pristine houses remaining to apply Asta Kosala-Kosali or Balinese geomancy. Here, you can learn Balinese or teach your own language to local community. If you like to have horseback riding, you can take advantage of the four-legged animal to look natural moor in Bali.
Interestingly, you can also try organic red rice tea while sitting on the edge of moor and looking at a broad panoramic view of rice fields and green fields. Furthermore, it is resumed with cooking together with household mothers to prepare fried rice, sambal and vegetable and then eat together. For a great memory in the moor, you will be able to taste boiled taro, sweet potatoes and bananas denoting the yield of garden belonging to local residents.
Coordinator of Mengesta Tourism Village, I Made Sudiksa, said that to explore the whole attraction of the tourism village took about three hours (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). Superiority of the tourism village was that visitors could see in person the local culture. Visitors getting interested in the nature tourist attractions consisted of group or individual guests with their family.
The trip is very favored by tourists from Europe and Australia. Unlike Asian tourists such as Chinese, Taiwanese, Hong Kong and Malaysian, they liked short program (two hours) just to see organic farming, local crops in the fields and horse riding by crossing the moor,” he explained.
According to him, the tourism village was born based on the aspiration of Mengesta villagers to develop organic farming technique because of fears that nature had changed extremely. Therefore, the people getting involved in the tourism village business were the Mengesta village community, chiefly the hamlet of Wangaya Betan. This activity is intended for nature preservation as well as for the efforts to improve the economy of local community, explained Sudiksa.
source : balitravelnews