Tabanan is Bali's rice basket - the most fertile rice-growing area of Bali, with some of the best views to be found of terraced rice fields. There are hundreds of small altars to Dewi Sri, the Goddess of rice, dotting the emerald landscape. This is a great place to go for a morning run along the ridges and riverbeds. Visit the Subak Museum and you can learn all about how this staple crop is grown and the important religious and social role it plays in Balinese culture.
Not far away is the Pura Taman Ayun, one of Bali's most beautiful and well-designed temple complexes surrounded by a wide moat. The aroma of jasmine flowers seems to pervade the place. Visit during the temple anniversary ceremony and be treated to an endless display of traditional offerings and pageantry. Be sure to bring a sarong and sash if you want to enter the temple's split gates.