Elephant Park in Taro village has been always a great place for me to visit. Located about 50 kilometers north east of Denpasar, you can reach it in about one and half hour drive from major tourist place like Kuta or Nusa Dua. If you fancy riding elephant while enjoying the lush area of Bali villages, you should not miss this adventure.
Opened officially in year 2000, the park covered an area of 2 hectares in the middle of national forest. It has quite a facilities, such as information centre, and museum with a numerous collections of elephant memorabilia and the only Mammoth Skeleton in South Asia. You can also visit gift shop in one of the corner of the park that stand besides a 200-seat restaurant where you can watch the elephants.
There is a basket ball field where you can see the elephants shows off their intelligence by drawings or paintings (not a really nice picture, though). Close to this field is where you can have photos with them and next climb one of the elephant to start your ride accross Taro village. You can also hand feed the elephant or touch them as they are very gentle and obedient to their trainers. You will also see a big pond where the elephants play and bath in the water.
The company that operates this park and the elephant safari is Bali Adventure Tour owned by an Australian; Nigel Mason. They also do other things, the white water rafting in Ayung river which has grade 2 or 3; suitable for beginner. You can combine both activities white water rafting in the morning, and elephant ride in the afternoon. It is a great way to spend your holiday in Bali.