Spread Your Wings
Visiting a conservation park to see stunning butterflies up close and personal...
It was one of those weekend where our family wanted to do an impromptu exploration of a new destination. We were on the road already when we came across Kemenuh Butterfly Park on the internet. And since it is only 25 minutes away from Sanur, we immediately decided to visit the place – and once we got there, we were sure that we made the right decision.
The fact that the sky was pretty cloudy didn’t stop us from touring the park. Numerous colorful butterflies were flying beautifully among the bushes and flowers, as if welcoming us to their home. Without a doubt, the Kemenuh Butterfly Park is a fun destination for families.
Meet the Butterflies
Arriving at the park, visitors will be accompanied by a guide that will explain all about the butterflies that are being bred and their circle of life. But even before the tour begins, the magnificent view of the expansive rice fields that lie at the entrance of the 2,000-square- meter conservation will surely make everyone’s jaw drop.
The park is home to various kinds of butterfly, and every guest can see them up close as they are flying freely. Gus Bhaskara, the Marketing Manager of Kemenuh Butterfly Park who accompanied us, first explained about the Barong butterfly which is also the main icon of this place. “Kupu Barong has only five days to live once it is transformed into a butterfly,” he stated. “They are originally night creatures, so they can’t fully concentrate during the days.” That’s why, we could touch one of them and even put it on our hands without scaring it or making it fly away.
The park also has a special room named “Larva Breeding” where hundreds of Kupu Barong are being bred. Don’t be startled though, as there are a lot of caterpillars in this room. Kupu Barong’s wing can open up to 20 centimeters in size, and so the caterpillars are also extremely big.
After the caterpillars transform into cocoons, the farmers will put them in the pupa room. In this room, thousands of cocoons are hanging, each one is waiting to be a completely beautiful butterfly. In general, butterflies only live a maximum of 21 days. They spend their lives finding food or nectar by themselves, as well as reproducing, laying eggs and repeating that cycle of life all over again.
The Kemenuh Butterfly Park was officially opened in September 2016, born from the idea of a Balinese man named Witaranya. He had been dreaming of establishing a butterfly conservation park for around ten years. In 2016, he finally made his dream come true; opening a butterfly garden in Kemenuh, the village where he was born.
At this conservation park, he hopes visitors will not only to be able to see the butterflies, but also educate their children about the species’ real cycle of life. Furthermore, he wants to continue to preserve the beauty of local butterflies, especially the Kupu Barong.
Visitors can enter the park by paying Rp. 100,000/adults and Rp. 50,000/child. The park also provides tour packages that include a tour to Tegenungan Waterfalls and lunch with choices of traditional and international food from the restaurant.
The best time to come to the park is before noon to see all the butterflies. It is highly recommended to arrive in the morning because the butterflies are flying most actively from sunrise until 11 a.m.
Kemenuh Butterfly Park
Jalan Raya Kemenuh, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Gianyar
WHAT TO KNOW!
• Ask for a guide to have a clear explanation about the park.
• Be there by 9 a.m.
• They have a spacious parking lot, so don’t worry about getting there with a car.
• Prepare some mosquito repellent
• Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Sunday.
By Wiwin Wirwidya
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