Desa Singapadu is belong to the administrative area of Kecamatan Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, 12 km away from Denpasar city, 27 km from Kuta and 37 km from Nusa Dua area. The status of Mas is at the level of " Desa " which means a unit of settlement autonomous in organization traditionally relating to the religious, social, and many aspects of traditional life. Normally a Desa is consist of many smaller unit of settlement which has it's own traditional organization called " Banjar ". Yet a Desa is not necessarily consist of many Banjar organizations, yet the most important requirements to be considered to be a level of Desa is ownership of at least 3 temples, cemetery and a meeting hall. In a very simplified way the Banjar can be translated into a village. That is the existence of Desa Singapadu which is by chance this level of settlement unit consist of many Banjars. By location Singapadu is only 2 km away from Batubulan town, and even today there is no clear border between them. When one drives to Ubud or Gianyar taking short cut to Batuan the road which passing Singapadu. Which atmosphere is still like Bali dozens of years ago with very big banyan tree in the middle of the Desa, although all houses are modern.
Interest of Sngapadu
In contrast with Batubulan which offers traditional entertainment such as Barong dance, Kecak Dance, and stone carving, Desa Singapadu offers mixed interests from gold and silver works, animal safaris, Barong dance and Kecak Dance.
Bali Bird Park and Reptile Park
Taman Burung is located on the border of Desa Singapadu and Desa Batubulan which is one of the biggest specialized animal safari in Indonesia, special in collecting various species of birds both local and from other countries. The area of Taman Burung covers two hectares with many aviaries which is constructed as close as possible with birds' original habitat both for terrestrial and on trees. There are hundred of bird species which are mostly endangered species such as the endemic Bali Starling bird, or known as Jalak Bali, Macaw from American continent, Cockatoo from Australia, African heron, the famous Tanzanian flamingo, Pelican, and many others. Local birds are Indonesian cockatoo with its shining feathers, Kasuari, black cockatoo, Hornbill, and Bird or Paradise with the most complete collection in the world which reaches 250 species of exotic birds. The park is not only bird with its' habitat that are interesting but also can be seen lizard such as the Komodo dragon with the background of water fall, lotus pond, water lily and others. Bird Park is very suitable for school children which is related to their subject of biology. The type of travelers visiting Bird Park are Local, Korea, Taiwanese, and Japanese. The location is very suitable to be inserted on an itinerary of sightseeing to Ubud. The Park also offers restaurant for snack, dinner or any meal arrangement for both individual or group.
Neighboring with Taman Burung or Bali Bird Park is the Taman Reptile or Reptile Park. Most of heir collection are various type of snakes from the most poisonous snakes such as cobra to very small and tremendously big Python, medium lizard and big such as the Komodo Dragon. This Reptile park is also very good place to bring the children to know each of the snake in good observation at one stop with Bird Park.
Bali Zoo Park
Bali Zoo Park offers various big and small animal, located close to the eastern border of Singapadu with Celuk, and adjacent with big gold and silver smith such as Singapadu Art Shop, Krisnayuna, and many others. The small road that connect Singapadu with Batuan are full of art shops or souvenir shops that line up on the right and left sides of the road and in the middle of left hand is strange there is a Zoo Park collecting Lion, Asian Tiger, Squirrels, Deer, Leopard, Panther, and many other animals. The animal lives in a cage, so travelers can observe it at close distance.
That are the main interest of Desa Singapadu beside indeed the traditional smith of gold and silver as meticulous as silver and gold smith at Desa Celuk. Most of the smith are working at home, only small number of them have showroom, unlike in Celuk. They work with their family receiving orders from big art shops or exporters or bring their product to the shops in Ubud, Kuta, Denpasar, Nusa Dua or any places that sell as retail or whole sales.
Traditional Music Groups
There are also association of music and dances such as Barong dance and Kecak dance at Singpadu, yet all of them are only perform on charter. The can present their dance at the village hall or at any place prepared by the hirer such as hotels, restaurant or other villages. A school of dance can be found also there, which educate the children many type of Balinese dance, especially from elementary school or early age. The school is a foundation managed by one of the famous Balinese music artist and teacher at Bali Art and Music Academy in Denpasar.
Arma Fine Art
Art Center Denpasar
Gold and Silver Art
Wooden Sculpture Mas
Ubud Art and Artists' Organization
Ubud and Batuan Unique Painting Style
Among various tour packages and tour options in Bali there are some tours which can be said always on the publications and interest a large part of travellers to Bali. Kintamani mountain tour sits at the first number as the most popular sightseeing tour, second is Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot tour, third is Uluwatu temple tour.
- Kintamani tour bring combination of watching barong dance, beautiful temple architecture, beautiful natural views, dance, carving, accessories and painting see description
- Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot temples are two historical heritages from 17th, Taman Ayun palace temple which is always found near palaces of Balinese king starting 18th century see description
- Uluwatu temple located on steep drop cliff on the southernmost tip of Bali island. see description