Like previous holidays, Sangeh nature tourist object becomes an excellent destination to domestic travelers. Their presence on the long holiday weekend reached thousands of people. Moreover, from nine o’clock in the morning, dozens of travelers coming with motorcycles and cars looked to enter the tourist attraction located on Jalan Raya Sangeh, Abiansemal, Badung. “Until midday,
Like previous holidays, Sangeh nature tourist object becomes an excellent destination to domestic travelers. Their presence on the long holiday weekend reached thousands of people. Moreover, from nine o’clock in the morning, dozens of travelers coming with motorcycles and cars looked to enter the tourist attraction located on Jalan Raya Sangeh, Abiansemal, Badung. “Until midday, there have been 3,000 visitors. The visitors are still dominated by domestic travelers,” said Operations Manager of Sangeh nature tourism, Made Sumohon, on Friday (Apr. 7).
According to him, a number of buses carrying hundreds of domestic travelers fully occupied the parking area. They came from various regions such as Central Java, Surabaya, Semarang and some others. “Here, the coming visitors are still mostly domestic and local travelers and only few percent of them is foreigner. They are usually from America and Europe. However, the presence of road access to Bedugul also affects the increasing number of tourist visit,” he explained.
He admitted that arrangement of the Sangeh tourist attraction has been very nice with a spacious parking area. Revenue from the admission tickets is allocated for the maintenance of sanitation and care of the monkeys around Sangeh. “In the past, there had been unsafe impression because the monkeys often bit visitors. However, currently there is no longer such impression because a special officer is appointed to be responsible for visitor’s safety,” he said.
He explained that Sangeh has become a well known natural tourist attraction from the past. The destination relies on wildlife and the forest as the attraction to be visited. It has a total area of 13.969 hectares, in the north it borders with paddy fields, in the west with Yeh Penet River as well as in the south and east with Batusari hamlet. The forest is overgrown by around 6,443 nutmeg trees and approximately 27 other tree species such as quickstick, albizia, devil tree, banyan tree and there are also 22 species of shrubs such as fever nut and shoebutton ardisia spreading across the area of 10.8 hectares.
This forest is inhabited by animals including two types of mammals (monkeys and ferrets), eight bird species such as Java sparrow and turtledoves, three types of arthropods such as snakes and two kinds of amphibians. “Well, the gray and long-tailed macaque becomes the primary tourist attraction to visit Sangeh,” he said.
According to him, this attraction also has four temples, namely the Bukitsari located in westernmost of the forest, Melanting Temple amid the forest, Tirta Temple in front of the forest and Anyar Temple in front of the entrance to the forest. All these temples are venerated by Sangeh customary village, except for the Anyar Temple venerated by Batusari hamlet. To preserve wildlife and the forests, people build a cage for isolation if there are naughty or sick monkeys. There is also a laboratory to treat the sick monkeys. (BTN/kmb)