The Palasari Dam is about 40 minutes drive (26 kilo meters) from where I live. Today, I took my family to visit this beautiful dam.
There are not many places to visit in my hometown, and Palasari was quite popular for people to visit for its serene view. We had visited a smaller dam few while ago, but it was closed due to the covid-19. So, I was not so keen on going to the dam, but since there were not so much thing to do during this time, so why don't enjoy the scenic drive anyway. If it closed, then we would go back.
From Negara, the town I live in West Bali, I drove to the west with my family to region called Melaya. Melaya is a region located by the sea, but we had to drive north to higher area on the hilly side. In the region where I live, north is where the hills and mountains located. South is where the sea.
It was a scenic drive through the villages, farms, and rice fields. Being in tropical country, most we saw were palm or coconut trees. Mind you, coconuts were quite precious commodity in our island.
It's not so much ascending road at the beginning, but as we drive further north, the road begin to go up and down. Being in rural areas, most roads were quite narrow, and hard to drive on. At one time, I had to deny what the google map suggested route because it gave me such a narrow road. And asked a passer by local who gave me another route to reach the dam.
At the end, we arrived at the gate to the dam area. It was great that we found out that the road to the the dam was not closed, unlike the other dam we visited before.
The weather was great and the sky looked blue with scattered white clouds as we drove through the road to get into the dam area. Then we saw this 100 hektares dam in our left. We kept on moving, crossing a narrow bridge, and then finally stopped at a place wehere we could enjoy the view of this dam. Built in 1986, the dam can hold about 8,000,000 m3 water that mostly used for farming.
I could see the forest beyond the lake in one side and rice teraces at another side in the distance. There were birds were flying on the water, and some above us as we walked thourgh the road. The air was cool and fresh. We're having a good time there.
We saw few people fishing by the dam. I had n't seen anybody with a fish, but they seemed to enjoy their time fishing. In fact there were not so many visitors coming to the dam. It must be due to the covid-19 situation.
We spent some time in the Palasari Dam enjoying the view and the fresh air before getting ready to drive home.