Lodtunduh Village in Bali Revives Balinese Junglefowl Habitat to Boost Tourism

Lodtunduh Village
Lodtunduh Village (photo: beradadisini.com)

The renowned tourist destination, Lodtunduh Village in Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, is continuously enhancing its potential as a tourist hub. Collaborating with local traditions and authorities, efforts are underway to revitalize local culture and the village’s allure to attract more visitors. Among these efforts is the revival of the Balinese junglefowl, also known as the wild chicken.

In the past, Lodtunduh Village was home to the Balinese junglefowl, characterized by its captivating blackish-green plumage. However, due to ongoing development, these junglefowls have become increasingly rare in the area.

The Village Head of Lodtunduh, I Wayan Gunawan, revealed that the village still retains its forest area, now designated as the Alas Harum Tourist Village. Alas Harum serves as a site for cultivating vegetables, breeding fish, and preserving the habitat of the Balinese junglefowl.

“We are currently constructing a new stage in the Alas Arum area, designed to resemble the Balinese junglefowl, showcasing Lodtunduh as the focal point for the habitat of this species in Gianyar Regency,” stated Gunawan during an interview with detikBali on Sunday (31/3/2024).

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Gunawan emphasized that although the Balinese junglefowl still exists in the area, their numbers have significantly declined over time. However, concerted efforts are being made to reintroduce the Balinese junglefowl in Alas Arum, aimed at conserving and restoring its natural habitat.

“Our belief here is that the Balinese junglefowl represents the ancestral forces of our community. Therefore, we are committed to ensuring their preservation for future generations,” added Gunawan.

Apart from its natural attributes, the presence of junglefowl in Lodtunduh is also attributed to its pristine rivers and abundant fish population. While tourists flock to the Monkey Forest, Lodtunduh offers a unique opportunity for visitors to observe junglefowl in their natural habitat.

The Lodtunduh Tourist Village, centered around Pura Alas Arum, offers a diverse range of activities to cater to visitors’ preferences. From spacious yoga facilities to serene meditation spots, the village aims to provide a holistic experience for tourists seeking tranquility and cultural immersion.

Spanning 627 hectares, Lodtunduh Village comprises 11 administrative villages, including Silungan, Lodtunduh, Mawang, and Gelogor Pakraman Villages, along with 14 subak organizations. It serves not only as a tourist destination but also as a recreational space for residents, offering affordable leisure activities for families and individuals alike.

As development progresses, Lodtunduh is poised to become a prominent eco-tourism destination, offering a blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and recreational opportunities for visitors from near and far.