Pererenan Beach has New Icon: Gajah Mina

Pererenan Beach has New Icon: Gajah Mina

Pererenan Beach, located at Pererenan village, Mengwi, Badung spread along some 2 kilometers, was previously unkown to tourists exept a few surfing enthusiasts. Pererenan villages authorities working with the LPM have made some imporvement to the beach including errecting a Gajah Mina statue on the beach. The distinctive Gajah Mina statue is meant to serve

Pererenan Beach, located at Pererenan village, Mengwi, Badung spread along some 2 kilometers, was previously unkown to tourists exept a few surfing enthusiasts. Pererenan villages authorities working with the LPM have made some imporvement to the beach including errecting a Gajah Mina statue on the beach. The distinctive Gajah Mina statue is meant to serve as a tourist attraction, especially for foreign visitors. Gajah Mina is an elephant-headed fish from Hindu mythology that is often found in the adorment of temple coumpund walls. Chief of LPM Pererenan, Putu Wiyadnyana, said that tthey hope that the iconic sculpture will contribute to more tourists visiting the area. The construction of the statue that was finished a few months ago was funded by the 2016 village budget (APBDes). Since the new icon was unveiled, many travellers have come to take pictures here at sunset.

Like many other tourist attractions, the number of tourists who visit this beach that is located between Echo Beach and Seseh Beach, fluctuates depending ont the time of year. On public holidays, it is mostly domestic visitors who come to Pererenan Beach, while visitors from Australia, Europe and Asia visit when the waves are good for surfing. A number of leading brands have also hosted several internatinoal kite surfing competitions here. As is the case with neighbouring beaches, Pererenan beach is a popular destination for kite surfers. There are also two companies that offer horse back riding tours along the beach and in nearby rice paddy fields.

Local customary village authorities charge IDR 3,000 for cars and IDR 2,00 for motorcycles to park by the beach. The local LPM has plans to fix the road that leads to the beach and to have public toilets put in that will be decorated with mermaids statues. There are also plans to build stalls for vendors, enlarge the parking lot and create a venue for holding customary rituals that will be arranged by the customary village.

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The arrangement of the beach area has been ongoign intensively since 2015 and have yielded good results with approximately 90 to 150 people visiting the beach daily.

A number of other attractions in Pererenan village have also been worked on in order to support this area that is seeing more and more visitors. For instance, the local river has been restored a s a hbaitat for shrimp and a breeding site has been established to reintroduce the magpie robin. These efforts were undertaken by Pererenan Gumi Lestrai (PGL), a community eco-system preservation group.

Acting head of Pererenan village I Ketut Gede Sasmita, said that there are other community efforts in his village too. As farming is the dominant activity of this village, they are working on creating a running path through their paddy fields as a way to attract visitors.

Like the other coastal areas, they are also trying to maitain the profession of fishermen. There are 30 active fishermen at Pererenan village who are coalesced into the Windu Segara fishermen group. To accommodate the interests of fishermen, the village cooperates with a number of villas so that these fishermen can take part in offering services to the tourists who stay there as a supplement to their income. (eka)



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