Kayu Putih Giant Tree – Ancient Kapok Tree In Tabanan, Bali
Kayu Putih is the name of a giant Kapok tree in central Bali that’s believed to be one of Bali’s oldest and biggest trees. It’s a magnificent tree with a ‘fairy tale’ feel to it, like many other places in Bali.
On some websites it’s also known as the ‘Bayan Ancient Tree’ (Bayan is the neighborhood), and that nickname has probably confused some people into thinking it’s a Banyan tree, since Bali does have a lot of great Banyan trees!
I’m sure this tree will become a popular Instagram spot before too long, because it’s perfect for photos and not hard to reach from the touristy areas of Bali.
This travel guide will explain how to get there, and everything you need to know before you go!
Facts & History
The name Kayu Putih means ‘White Wood’ in Bahasa Indonesia and it comes from the color of the huge tree trunk.
Some people have called this a great Banyan tree, but I think it’s actually a giant Kapok tree (scientific name Ceiba pentandra), which is pretty rare in Bali. The Banyan confusion may come from people misreading the nickname ‘Bayan Ancient Tree’ in Instagram posts.
The local villagers say the tree is more than 50 meters tall and 700 years old, which would mean it was a baby back when some of Bali’s famous temples were being built.
This is a fascinating tree and probably one of my favorites in Southeast Asia. The photography potential is insane.
A small Balinese temple sits next to the Kayu Putih tree, but you don’t need to wear a sarong to walk around the outside.
There are so many great photo spots here and you really need a wide angle camera lens to do the tree justice because it’s just so massive.
We spent like an hour circling the tree and taking pictures. The trunk even has a little secret ‘window’ you can look through (pic below)!
FREE as of 2020.
There’s no entrance fee, but they have a donation box where you’re expected to give a small tip.
How To Get There
The Kayu Putih tree is located in the Bayan Banjar, in Bali’s Tabanan regency. It’s listed on Google Maps as ‘Bayan Ancient Tree.’
It’s a 1 hour drive north from Ubud or Canggu, and there’s a good road leading all the way to the tree.
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