Karangasem is located in the eastern part of Bali and is famous for being one of the most peaceful areas in Bali. Here you can find various tourist attractions from the historical one to the beautiful beaches it has. Karangasem is also the place of “The Mother Temple” or Pura Besakih. When you come here you can enjoy the scenery of Mount Agung up close. Where else can it be like this right? Here’s what you can find when you visit Karangasem:
Is the famous beach in the east part of Bali. If you are looking for a relaxing beach and close to cultural creatures places, then this is the one. It was a calm small fishing village, but now it has dozen of losmen, hotel and villa gather around the are, but don’t worry the calm and relaxing vibes remain. And this is the best place also to explore the oriental part of Bali.
Amed beach sure is an underwater playground if you’re a keen diver. The unveiled underwater beauty with a historical shipwreck, who wouldn’t want to dive here right? Other than famous among the divers, Amed beach is also known for its traditional salt farming in Purwakerti area. What you can miss when you’re visiting Amed Beach is the stunning sunrise! Make sure you get the chance to see it.
Puri Agung Karangasem
The Royal place of the Kingdom of Karangasem, Puri Agung Karangasem offers you a glimpse of the days when Rajas ruled Bali. The palace was built at the end of the 19th century, with several grand buildings and numerous separate Balinese, European ad Chinese architectural styles courtyards. Located in the centre of Amlapura, this place is mandatory for those of you who are into historical places.
Water Palace of Tirta Gangga
Tirta Gangga Royal Palace was built in 1946 during the reign of the late king of Karangasem Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem, located in the slope of the island’s higher mountain, Mount Agung. This place is known for its lavish water gardens featured hectares of pools, ponds and fountains surrounded by neatly cut lawns with stepping stones. The stepping stones will allow you to have a tour around the pond.
Taman Ujung Water Palace
Another water palace located in Karangasem is Taman Ujung Water Palace. It was a former palace of Karangasem Empire, this place is also known as Taman Ujung Sukasada. What you can find here are various large pools and historic architecture set with the Mount Agung view as the backdrop, which makes this place look amazing. The combination of Balinese and European architecture is a gem for you who enjoy such a view.
The Mother Temple of Besakih
Besakih Temple is often referred to as Bali’s mother temple and considered as the biggest and holiest of Bali’s temple. When you come here, huge stairs will leads you up to the many different temples that represent different status. Besakih Temple has 3 main temples which are dedicated to the Hindu trinity, there are Penataran Agung Temple (the largest one), Kiduling Kreteg Temple, and the last one is Batu Madeg Temple. Exploring Besakih Temple will take almost a whole day.
Lempuyang Luhur Temple
Different from Besakih Temple that known as the largest and holiest temple in Bali, the Lempuyang Luhur Temple is one of Bali’s oldest and most venerated one. The main temple lies at more than 1000 meters above sea level, on the peak of Mount Lempuyang. And with more than 1.700 steps will lead you up to the “Gates of Heaven”
Tenganan Cultural Village
If you’re looking for something authentic in Bali then coming to Tenganan is the right choice. Tenganan is one of the ancient villages in Bali. It reflects the cultural life and customs of The Bali Aga (pre-Hindu) in Bali. What makes it unique and attract the tourist is how the Bali Aga still holds onto the original traditions, ceremonies, and rules of ancient Balinese.
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