WHAT TO DO IN KARANGASEM EAST BALI
We are within the regency of Karangasem, close to the village of Candidasa. Here the local people follow a traditional lifestyle, whether it is cultivating rice, farming, fishing, weaving baskets and the famous double ikat textiles, or salt making. A fascinating mix of religion, royal culture, architectural splendour.
In old Bali, you will find the royal palaces of Klungkung and Karangasem. This is also where the last Raja of Karangasem built his water palaces: Tirtagangga, now a public bathing area; and Ujung, which conveys the extravagant sweep of the Raja’s kingly ambition.
East Bali is full of villages showcasing a way of life little changed over the centuries. None is more rooted in the past however, than the religious community of Tenganan. While most of Bali embraced and reinterpreted Hinduism over the centuries, Tenganan still believes in its own divine origin. In this tiny society, clothing has always been central to religious ritual and today, families still painstakingly fashion geringsing or double ikat cloth. It is only in Tenganan and Gujarat, India, that this rare textile is still produced, the warp and weft threads dyed before the fabric is woven.
Two of the island’s most important temples – Luhur Lempuyang and Besakih, the island’s mother temple – are also located in East Bali. Luhur Lempuyang is one of Bali’s sad kahyangan (six temples of the heavens), the six most venerated temples on an island rife with places of prayer and offering. Besakih is located high on the southwestern flanks of Mount Agung, Bali’s sacred mountain which rises majestically behind Amankila. The mountain itself can be climbed in a morning, the route dotted with shrines, temples and stone steps strewn with the handmade coconut-leaf wrappings used for fruit and flower offerings.
Standing some 3,142 metres above sea level, Mount Agung is the highest mountain on the island and its omnipresence dominates the region. Aside from specifically hosting Pura Besakih, the mountain is of great spiritual significance to the Balinese who regard it as a fragment of mythical Mount Meru and as the seat of the Gods. No visitor can fail to be impressed by the majesty of Agung.
Amed is mostly a quiet place with a stunning ocean view and is one of the best places that serve as a scuba divers' haven in Bali. Everywhere you go you will see crystal clear water which we can't get enough of...
Excursions can be arranged to several nearby Balinese villages famed for their crafts. In Sidemen, textiles from Bali and all over the archipelago can be purchased in an idyllic countryside setting. In Tenganan, there’s more on offer than the rare double ikat cloth. In Kamasan, just south of Klungkung, a distinctive style of Balinese art is produced. Kamasan-style painting makes use of figures resembling the puppets of wayang kulit, Bali’s shadow puppet theatre. In the village of Budakling at the foot of Mount Agung meanwhile, a number of goldsmiths and silversmiths have produced intricate temple crafts and containers for generations. Handicrafts and souvenirs can be found in the village of Candi Dasa, just minutes’ drive, and in recent years, a few shops selling exquisite jewellery have also opened in the area.
Home to more than 50 animal species including endangered specimens, the Bali Safari and Marine Park combines a Balinese cultural ambience with an African Savannah experience. Wander through the jungle in a Safari like jeep and have the opportunity to witness Sumatran elephants, Sumatran tigers, white tigers, leopards, komodo dragons, cheetah, hippos and many more intriguing creatures in their natural habitat. kids love it.
White Sand Beach
10 minutes from the villa, one of the best white sand beach in Bali clear turquoise water, clean white sand, still hidden from crowd, good for swimming, relaxing, snorkeling. Nice place to spend the day. Food is good and drinks are cold. This place is paradise!!