Thirty two kilometers north of Kintamani, a village with its well known volcano and lake view in south Bali, lies a small village of Tamblang. As you drive past the famous temple of Bukit Penulisan your eyes will be indulged with lush green vegetation of cloves, coffee and many other types of vegetation normally grown on a hilly place.
The village of Tamblang is under the jurisdiction of Kubutambahan Sub-district of Buleleng District, the largest district of Bali. The village lies just 19 kilometers east of Singaraja, the capital city of Buleleng. So, you can access Tamblang through Ubud-Kintamani or Denpasar-Singaraja route.
The population of the village is 6563 people occupying a total area of 74800 km2 comprising three different desa adats: Tamblang, Tangkid and Kayehan Pengalu. The neigbouring villages are Bila lying to the north where people are normally wet fields farmers. To the east is the village of Bulian, a village characterized by dry farming areas. To the south is the village of Tajun where farmers grow cloves and coffee. Finally to the west is the village is Rendetin, a village located right on top of Bukit Pucuk, Top Hills.
As a result, Tamblang is a perfect farming area where people produce abundant rice, different types of tropical fruits, vegetables and coconuts. The southeast and southwest of the village is covered with dry farm areas while the northern part is mainly paddy fields.
In the village, young boys are trained how to plough the fields at early age. Until mid 80’s it is compulsory of young boys to raise their own cows. Every morning before and after school these boys had to cut grass for their cows. In the afternoon they would bring the cows into the nearest river to wash and let them drink. That way the boys and cows built their relationship. When the cows were one year old they were ready to be trained as working cows to help farmers work on the farm.
Fruits are easily found in the village. During fruit seasons between December and March the local market is full of different kinds of fruits. You could have a very good bargain at that time to have mangoes, rambutans, durians, papayas, bananas and many others. In fact, farmers from the neighboring villages also sell their produce in the local market of Tamblang.
In the seventies fruits were ripe on the tress and often they fell off the tree. So, people did not need to buy fruits. They just needed to wake up early in the morning to search for and collect mangoes falling off at night due to the evening wind or flying bats trying to eat some of them.
Like many villages in Bali, the infrastructure of Tamblang is quite good through which people have their electric power supply and running water. They also have their own communication facilities like mobile telephone and eve internet connection. Until early 1980 most people collected their drinking water from the nearest stream or lit their houses using kerosene lamps. Nowadays, they no longer need to fetch their clean water for cooking and drinking.
It is true that in the past thirty years the village has undergone extensive development, just like any other villages in Bali, but Tamblang is still a traditional place to visit where you can see rice fields, the Tukad Aya River as well as Bukit Pucuk view - all providing a relief to passers by who spend their time in a big city like Denpasar.
So, when you travel from Singaraja to Kintamani, make sure that you stop in Tamblang to enjoy our tropical fruits and feel the warmth of the people and the environment.
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