For travelers accompanied by children (or those simply possessed of a childlike sense of wonder), the Taman Kupu Kupu (Balinese Butterfly Park) is an enchanting option for a day trip from Tabanan in the West of the island. Upon entering the net-covered gardens at Wanasari on the road to Penebel, visitors are immediately confronted with thousands of vibrantly colored and brilliantly patterned butterflies of various species, fluttering around you in a mesmerizing flurry.
Unlike more challenging excursions into Bali's natural world, the 3,500 square miles of Taman Kupu Kupu is less than 5 miles north of Tabanan. The largest park of its kind in Southeast Asia, it is a unique resource for researchers interested in preserving and breeding the many kinds of butterflies from Bali and all over Indonesia. Needless to say, it is also a promising destination for the casual spectator and amateur nature lover as well. Thankfully photography is allowed, enabling one to document the aesthetically stimulating sights on display.
A less taxing and more diverting foray into the wonders of Bali's natural landscape is difficult to imagine. Lovers of Lewis Carrol could hardly wish for a better real life illustration of Alice's Adventures to employ in the interest of converting the young into like-minded devotees. Quite apart from museums and cultural heritage sites, where the watchword for visitors is “don't touch,” the cheery admonition administered at Taman Kupu Kupu is “good luck trying not to touch.”
The park is open daily, from 8 a.m. To 5 pm, and the last visitors are admitted no later than 4 pm.