On the southern shore of Lake Bratan lies the botanical park of the island. The history of the garden began in 1958. Today, it is a branch of the National Botanical Garden, founded by the Indonesian Scientific Institute and located on the island of Java.
The botanical garden serves four functions: exploration, inventory, and research of plants; preservation of existing plant collections; recreation, and education. The institution provides a range of scientific services and facilities to support plant research and conservation, including herbaria, seed bank, library, greenhouses, children's room, and a large plant database, all located within the garden's premises.
The garden is meticulously cared for by the staff. There are numerous pathways and trails equipped, allowing visitors to reach the most interesting plants, all of which are labeled. If you're not well-versed in botany and biology, you can take advantage of local guides who will tell you a lot of interesting facts about the plants growing in this garden and the creatures that inhabit it.
As of today, the garden covers an area of 157 hectares of land, with 650 species of trees and over 400 species of orchids. The orchid collection in this garden is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world, so enthusiasts of these flowers should definitely visit.
In addition to trees and plants, the park also maintains a natural ecosystem by its staff. Many birds and animals inhabit the garden, and curious visitors may encounter them. But don't worry, all the animals and birds are quite harmless, and some are even quite sociable.
It's best to visit the botanical garden for the entire day. Even during the hottest midday, you can find shelter in the shade of trees and there are plenty of activities not only for adults but also for children. Local residents love to come here on weekends and holidays.
There is a hotel in the park. If you feel like staying longer, you can spend the night there. There is also a café on the garden grounds. Thrill-seekers can fly over the treetops on specially stretched cables.
You can reach the Bali Botanical Garden by tourist bus as part of an excursion, with a guide, or by taxi.
The garden is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. In some cases, certain flower greenhouses may close as early as 4:00 PM, so it's advisable to arrive at the park earlier to have enough time to see everything of interest to you. If you arrive by your own transport, you'll need to pay for parking: 12,000 rupees for a car and 5,000 rupees for a bike.
The park is here.