Karangasem Tours, The Magic of East Coast
Pickup time: 08.30am – 08.45am at Lobby, (Approx. 12 hours).
We will stop briefly at to see the Court of Justice (Kerta Gosa), and the Floating Pavilion (Bale Kambang), whose murals are decorated by the best examples of classical Balinese painting, before continuing the trip to Kusamba, the fishing village and salt maker village, and The Bat Cave (Goa Lawah) with thousands of undulating fruit bats covering every space available on its wall.
Afterwards we will proceed to Candidasa, a beach resort for Lunch at Local restaurant, and to Tenganan Pagringsingan Village, the aboriginal Balinese with thousand year traditions and rituals still well preserved until the present day.
Our tour to this easternmost region is not complete without visits to The Grand Palace (Puri Agung) Kanginan of Karangasem, which combines Balinese, Chinese and European elements; and Tirta Gangga (The Water of Ganges), the royal bathing pools fed by natural springs.
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👉 Kerta Gosa
Kerta Gosa was used a venue for the administration of justice by kings and priests during pre-colonial times. It is surrounded by a moat and is decorated with beautiful paintings on its ceilings, which depict tortures in hell and bliss in heaven.
The Bale Kambang (Floating Pavilion) stands behind the Kerta Gosa. Its painted ceilings depict the legend of the hero Sutasoma and his sacrifices, and of Pan and Men Brayut, known as the couple who had too many offspring.
👉 Goa Lawah Temple
Goa Lawah is the bat cave. This cave is crammed with thousands of bats which are unseen but certainly not unheard during the day. The cave is part of a temple that is said to lead all the way to Besakih but it’s unlikely that anyone would be interested in investigating.
👉 Candidasa Beach
Less than a km beyond the turn-off to Tenganan and about 13 km before Amplapura the road runs right down to the coast at Candidasa. It 1983 it was just a quiet little fishing village but two years later a dozen restaurants had sprung up and this was suddenly the new beach place in Bali. Fortunately it’s still a quiet, relaxed little resort, this isn’t Kuta.
Beyond Candidasa the road spirals up to the Pura Gamang pass from where there are fine views down to the coast.
Tenganan is a Bali Aga village, a centre of original Balinese prior to the Majapahit arrival. Unlike that other well knows Bali Aga centre, Trunyan, this is a friendly place and also much more interesting. Tenganan is walled village and consists basically of two rows of identical houses stretching up the gentle slope of the hill. They face each other across a grassy central area where the village public buildings are located. The Bali Aga are reputed to be exceptionally conservative and resistant to change but even here the modern age has not been totally held at bay.
👉 The Grand Palace (Puri Agung Karangasem)
The palace, Puri Agung Karangasem, is an imposing reminder of Karangasem’s period as a kingdom although it actually dates from the 20 th century. Take a look at the three-tiered gate and the beautiful sculptured panels on the outside of the main Building, which known as the Bale London because of the British Royal Crest on the furniture. Because Karangasem cooperated with Dutch during their take-over of the island the rajah of Karangasem was able to retain his old power, at least for a while.
👉 Tirta Gangga
Tirta Gangga is located about 6km from Amlapura. This water palace, built around 1947 by the King of Amlapura, was damaged in the 1963 eruption of Mount Agung and during the political events that wracked Indonesia around the same time. Nevertheless it’s still a place of Beauty and solitude and reminder of the power the old Balinese rajahs once had. There’s a swimming pool here as well as the ornamental ponds. Is a place of beauty and seclusion. The palace includes a complex of exotic pools and a swimming pool surrounded by the beautiful rice terraces.
👉 Kusamba Village
Kusamba village is the coastal village outside Klungkung the fishing village and salt maker village, and also it is one of the embarkation points to the islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. Nusa Penida Nusa Penida once was an exile for criminals and undesirables from Klungkung Kingdom. Now, this secluded island is well-known as a great place to surf and snorkeling.
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