Before Bali was conquered by the Dutch, Karangasem — a regency covering much of Eastern Bali — was a great kingdom centered on the royal city of Amlapura. In modern times, the crowds have shifted west toward Kuta and Denpasar, making Karangasem one of Bali’s most peaceful regions.
Candidasa, the jumping off point for exploring Karangasem, lies about 90 minutes from the airport. From there, it’s possible to visit the quiet beaches of Bali’s eastern coast or go diving in the waters just off the shores of Amed — considered to have some of the best dive sites in Bali.
Cultural attractions abound in the region as well. Amlapura is home to the former royal palace, Puri Agung Karangasem. Built during the 19th century, the palace combines Chinese, Balinese and European architectural influences. Also nearby is the water palace of Tirta Gangga, where you’ll walk amid the tiered fountains, stone sculptures and bathing pools of Karangasem’s royalty. Visitors with an interest in Bali’s temples will find the Mother Temple of Besakih in Karangasem as well
Tanah Lot Temple
Take the opportunity to enjoy a classic and timeless journey to discover the iconic beauty of the Sunset at Tanah Lot. To complete the experience, stops are made at the royal temple, Taman Ayun, and Alas Kedaton, Bali’s protected monkey sanctuary. A classic trip to watch the spectacular sunset at Tanah Lot, taking in some age-old temples as well as getting close to the residents of the Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest.Start the afternoon excursion with pick up at your hotel in South Bali at approximately 1:30pm, drive to the western shore of Bali where the Tanah Lot temple is located.Along the way, stops are made at Taman Ayun, which is the Mother Temple of Mengwi Kingdom. “Taman”, in English means “garden”, and “Ayun” or “Ayu” is “beautiful”; so Taman Ayun means a holy place that is surrounded by beautiful water garden.
Next stop is Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest. Enter the sacred protected lush jungle and walk across the pathway to arrive at the temple. Follow your guide’s direction when interacting with the residents. Then it’s on to Tanah Lot temple, arriving as the sun is about to set. Spend some time exploring the temple and learn about its role in Hinduism in Bali. If you are lucky, you will get to see the sun disappearing in the shimmering ocean. Be sure to capture the moments with your camera.
With a name that loosely translates to “something divine at the end of the land”, Uluwatu Temple has become a destination for travelers seeking incredible views of the Bali countryside. Perched on the edge of an ocean cliff, the temple overlooks some of the country’s famous surf breaks and is considered one of the six most important structures of its kind in Bali. Wander the well-kept grounds and take in the beautiful picturesque views, but do all you can to avoid the wild monkeys, as they can get aggressive quickly. Stay until sunset and enjoy one of the nightly traditional Kecak dance performances before heading back into town. Uluwatu Temple is about 45 minutes from Nusa Dua via a hilly pass through lush scenery dotted with luxury homes. It does cost a small fee to enter and sarongs are available for rental at the entrance.
Gunung Kawi is a temple and funerary complex with 10 or so rock cut shrines carved into the stone cliff face. My guide mentioned it was likely these stones were dedicated to ancient balinese royalty. If you notice closely there is an inscription on the north shrine which will translate to the king made these temples or something along those lines. Gunung Kawi is a Hindu Temple complex with old omission from the stone era located in Gianyar regency. Based on the inscription of Tengkulak A on 945 saka (Balinese calendar) that was released by Marakata King. Gunung Kawi Temple is the ancient omission complex is located at Pekerisan River called by Katyangan Amarawati. Pekerisan River is also named by Jalu according to the inscription chiseled on the above of the biggest temple door sound ‘Haji Lumahing Jalu’. The name of Gunung Kawi is the name given on the omission which is related to the temples complex because the temple on this area is like the symbol from the mount. There are 3 temples which so called the name as Gunung Kawi in Bali those are Gunung Kawi in Sebatu countryside, Gunung Kawi Temple in Keliki countryside and Gunung Kawi Temple in Babitra countryside. Do spend some time here and admire the serenity and enjoy walking around within the rice paddies without the hustle and bustle of other rice paddy locations such as tegalanang whereby you can only admire from a distance.
Tegallalang Rice Terrace
Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud is famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies involving the subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system), which according to history, was passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya in the eighth century. Tegallalang forms the three most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud’s shared region, with the others being in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan.
Tegallang alone has an outlook that spreads down before you and away to the rice terraces on the slopes across the valley. The high roadside location is cool and breezy and it is a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take photos. Painters and nature lovers also enjoy visiting this spot, and there are numerous art kiosks and cafes near the ledge offering their ware.
Taman Ujung Water Palace
Ujung Water Palace is a former palace in Karangasem Regency, Bali. Now, this palace also known as Ujung Park or Sukasada Park. It is located approximately 5 kilometres from Amlapura. In the Dutch East Indies era, this place known by the nameWaterpaleis. The palace three large pools. In the middle of the pool, there is the main building named Gili Bale, connected to the edge of the pool by bridge. Going up stairs and you will see the stunning surroundings. On the southeastern there is blue ocean of Taman Ujung beach. On the eastern emerges the exited architecture of Taman Ujung Water Palace. It is also possible to enjoy the view of Bisbis hill. The blend architecture of Europe and Balinese creates wonderful structuring. But the recent architecture of Taman Ujung Water Palace is not as the original as due to the eruption of Agung Mountain. In year 2000 Karangasem royal family (Puri Karangasem) and the government rebuilt this site without decreasing the original architecture.
Ulun Danu Temple
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, or Pura Bratan, is a major Shivaite and water temple on Bali, Indonesia. The temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul. Water temples serve the entire region in the outflow area; downstream there are many smaller water temples that are specific to each irrigation association. The name of Beratan Lake is inseparable with the Beratan Mount as Deity and Goddess as fertility source, prosperity to keep the prosperity in life and society life. In papyrus chronicle of the Mengwi, this temple is referred as the name of Parhyangan ri pinggiring danu Beratan (sanctum located in lakeside of Beratan Lake ). Ulun is come from Hulu word meaning head or power and in this case is intended by Ulun Danu Beratan means power of Beratan Lake that is Danu Goddess.
Penglipuran village is a traditional village which has their own character, belong to the district Kubu- Sub district Kubu amd Bangli regency. The beauty of the village and the surrounding act that penglipuran village is untouchable village by the modernization era. Supported by the fresh air by the height 700 meter above the sea level, give the comfortable for the villager and visitors. The village which is consists of one village and smaller village, administratively is very easy to adjust. The surrounded Penglipuran Village are Desa Khayan, Desa Gunaksa, Desa Kubu and Desa ceking. The village which is consists of one village and smaller village, administratively is very easy to adjust. The number of the village and the smaller village is the same. The name of the penglipuran village according to the mythology from the old people from Penglipuran village camed from “Pengeling Pura” (remember with the temple), it means that remember with the ancestor. This mythology is connected with the movement of their ancestor from Bayung Gede vilage at Kintamani Area to penglipuran village.
To respect their ancestor at bayung Gede that’s is why at Penglipuran Village as well built the same kind of the temple such as : Pura Bale Agung, Pura Puseh, Pura Dalem and Pura Dukuh. The four temple untul now is still respecting by the villagers. Their sense of belonging and their respecting to the ancestor is the meaning of the four temples they built.
Pura Goa Lawah
Goa Lawah is a unique Hindu temple set in front of the cliff rock hill called Bukit Tengah, set at Pesinggahan Village. Goa Lawah or Bat Cave is one of favorite places of interest in Bali and it is located near of hilly bank so it is called reef of Middle hill. Goa Lawah is a sacred cave containing thousands of fruits bats around. Goa Lawah Temple is a Bat Cave in Bali which is used as a Hindu temple for worshipping the Hindu gods. It features a complex built in a cave opening inhabited by hordes of bats. Located around 30 minutes drive north of Sanur on the east coast of Bali, Goa Lawah is a small cave which has hundeds, if not thousands of small bats living inside the cave. The local Balinese Hindus have built a Hindu shrine out the front of the cave which is used for praying. Also around the temple grounds are other shrines and a tall Hindu pagoda, a multi level tower.
Goa Lawah Bat cave is located on the main road that travels along the coastline of Bali. The Hindu temple is located directly opposite the seaside in area called Klungkung Bali.
To enter the Hindu temple you need to be dressed appropriately, covering your legs and shoulders. If you are wearing shorts you can rent a sarong and special Hindu sash which is wrapped around your waist.
You can walk up behind the main shrine area and can see the bats hanging from the roof of the cave and flying around. You are not allowed to walk up the steps to the main shrine unless you are a Hindu.
As this is a sacred place to the Balinese Hindus there are strict rules for visitors:
- All visitors must wear sarong and sash to respect Hindu worshippers and Balinese Culture
- Women on period (menstruation) are strictly forbidden to enter the temple.
- Do not climb on the steps of the temple shrines and entrance gate of the sacred cave.
- Do not walk in front of worshipers!
- Smoking is not permitted in the temple grounds.
Besakih Temple has been known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’ for over 1000 years and is perched 1000 metres high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung.This complex of Hindu temples is the largest, holiest and most important on the island and miraculously survived the catastrophic volcanic eruption of 1963. Today, it serves as a popular destination for visitors to Bali and as a place of prayer for local Hindu people.
Travelers can wander the stepped terraces and brick gateways of the 23 ancient temples that make up the complex and sit on several parallel ridges, some 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) up the side of this active volcano. The temples dedicated to the three main gods of Hinduism, Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma are surrounded by smaller structures housing temples to lesser gods or shrines to various Balinese castes
Ubud Monkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex in Ubud, Bali. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Monkey Forest Ubud) is not just a tourist attractions or important component in the spiritual and economic life of the local community, but also an important spot for research and conservation programs.
The special management and arrangement that have been done in this area encouraged researchers from various research institutions around the world to conduct a research, particularly on the monkey’s social interaction and behavior with their surrounding environment. n order to conserve the monkeys and forests, we engage you to keep the forests, wildlife, and the environment in good manner.
This forest area is sanctified by the local people community. There are some parts of the area that prohibited for the public to see or visit. For example, the sacred area or temple. The temple area is only accessible for whom willing to pray and wear proper Balinese praying dress.
Jati Luwih Green Field
Visit the spectacular rice terraces of Jatiluwih in the heart of the Tabanan Regency, also known as Bali’s ‘rice bowl’ – the most agriculturally productive region on the island.Jatiluwih rice terraces pretty much cover the region of the namesake upland village in West Bali, most famous for its landscapes that are both dramatic and truly exotic. The site is one of the island’s must-see natural panoramas on par with Mount Batur and the caldera of Kintamani. The cool highlands and the breathtaking scenery of this village at the foot of Mount Batukaru makes for wonderful photo opportunities, and serves as a soothing retreat away from the island’s crowded south. Located at about 700m above sea level in the Penebel district of the Tabanan regency, the journey up to these highlands from the main southern areas such as Kuta and Denpasar takes an approximate two-hour drive. Full-day tour itineraries usually include Jatiluwih as a main attraction alongside other prominent highlights within the region, such as Batukaru Temple and the Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest nearby, together with the picturesque Tanah Lot sea temple at the end of the day, just in time for the striking sunset backdrops and dinner shows.
Mount Batur volcano is one of the sacred mountain according to Hindu believe. Mount Batur is located in Batur village, Kintamani District, Bali, Indonesia. Mount Batur Bali is an active volcano that draws tourists in with both beauty and promise of Bali adventure Tours. We offers climb Mount Batur Bali to enjoy an unforgettable sunrise from the top of an active volcano. Spectacular scenery and the vibration of the sacred earth filling your mind and soul as u served by tasty morning breakfast cooked by the steam of the active volcano.
On the way home from the trek we will stop off at a Traditional Bali Coffee Processing or Bali Agrotourism, place to see various Tropical plantations and see how to make Balinese coffee in very traditional process, and we also get to sample of them as well as local herbal teas, coffees and the unusually processed Coffee Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world.
Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking
Join a Sunrise TREKKING for a lifetime experience to see the sunrise from the top of Bali’s active volcano Mt. Batur. Mount Batur Bali is one of the sacred mountain according to Hindu believe. Mount Batur is located in Batur village, Kintamani District, Bali, Indonesia.