This tour to East Bali visits interesting and unique landmarks to this area.
An hour after departure, we arrive at the region of Klungkung and in particular Kertha Gosa. The Balinese style buildings were used as the hall of justice in the early 1900’s. The amazing drawings lining the ceiling were drawn as warnings to not commit crime. Next is a visit to Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave Temple which is still in use today.
Afterward travel to the Tirta Gangga Water Palace, still used today by regional royalty as a place for bathing and relaxation. The return journey passes through the volcanic area and Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali. Next visit to Tenganan Pegringsingan, The Baliaga village.
|Kertha Gosa, The Hall of Justice
Built in 1686 by Ida I Dewa Agung Jambe, the ruling sovereign of the Klungkung kingdom, the Gili Garden Kerta Gosa is one of the most attractive cultural heritage sites in Bali today. Kerta Gosa is an open-air building (bale) which was formally part of the Semarapura palace compound. Besides the beautiful architecture of the building, the uniqueness of Kerta Gosa lies in the ceilings of the bale which are covered with traditional paintings in Kamasan style. Kamasan is a village in Klungkung regency which has gained a name for its puppet paintings. Kamasan painting usually takes an epic such as the Ramayana or Mahabharata as the theme of the painting. The themes in the paintings show that the building functioned as the place for the royal family to hold religious ceremonies for the rites of passage (manusa yadnya) such as weddings and tooth-filing ceremonies. Kerta Gosa also functioned as the court during the Dutch occupation in Klungkung regency from 1908 to 1942.
|Goa Lawah, The Bat Cave Temple
Pura Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave temple, is located where the regencies of Klungkung and Karangasem meet. It is a spacious temple compound on the left side of the road if you are going north and right opposite it is a black sand beach with pristine water from where you can see Nusa Penida island on the horizon. The temple is one of the island’s nine special Sad Khayangan temples. Rsi Markandya, a priest from Java, found this holy place. This sacred place is designated to honor Dewa Maheswara, the god who rules in the southeast. Inside the innermost compound there is a Shiva shrine in the entrance of this temple that has been worshiped since around 1000 AD. There is also a bale decorated with the painting of Naga Basuki, the legendary giant snake believed to maintain the earth’s equilibrium. It is said that a prince of Mengwi once hid in the cave for protection and followed the cave’s tunnel system which emerged at Besakih temple located on the slopes of Gunung Agung. However, due to the number of bats in the cave which sometimes cover the cave’s mouth and because of the snake story no attempt to follow the tunnel has taken place since.
|Tenganan Pegringsingan, The Bali Aga Village
Tenganan Village is one of the ancient villages with a native Balinese. The walled village is laid out in three parts to suit different functions: dwelling, gardening and rice farming. The houses all sport the same design and are backed off by one central living and trading vein. Tenganan is famous for its Gringsing handmade weaved cloth, which possesses spiritual properties. The village has its own peculiar artistic traditions, the most spectacular of these being the Pandanus leaf duel (Geret Padan) where men fight each other with spiky leaves to the entrancing sounds of native selunding music. This village has a wide area of approximately 1,500 hectares. Houses and customs were retained as the original. This is because society of Tenganan has customary village rules are very powerful, which they call the awig-awig. In addition, the offspring is also maintained by matings between fellow villagers. Walled villages like fortress. Lawangan or village entrance in the four corners. Tenganan Pegringsingan people call the village of spatial concepts as Jaga Satru (guard from an enemy attack).
|Tirta Gangga, a Royal Water Garden
In the middle of rice fields and surrounded by jade green hills, Tirta Gangga nestles peacefully and timelessly. Tirta Gangga is a royal water garden belonging to the royal family of Karangasem. It is located in Ababi village, approximately 83km from Denpasar or 6km north of Amlapura, the capital of Karangasem regency. The watergarden was constructed in 1948 on the initiative of the King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. The architecture of this water garden is a mix of Balinese architecture style and Chinese style. Before the water garden was constructed, the spring was already there, which was used by the people to fulfill their basic needs for water but also it was believed to be sacred water to purify any bad energy around the area. Tirta means blessed water and Gangga is taken from the name of the mother river Ganges in India. The water from the spring of Tirtaganga is considered as holy water by the Hindus in Bali. The water is used for religious ceremonies in temples in the area until today.
|Taman Ujung Soekasada
Ujung Water Palace was built by the King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Djelantik, who holds Anak Agung Agung Ketut Karangasem Anglurah. This palace is a privately owned by Karangasem Royal. It was built in 1909 on the initiative of Anak Agung Anglurah. The architect was a Dutch van Den Hentz and a Chinese Loto Ang. This development also involves the undagi (Balinese architect). This palace is actually the development from Dirah Pool which has been built in 1901. The construction was completed in 1921.
Virgin Beach, A White Sandy Beach.
This beautiful white sandy beach is out last stop. You can have a romantic swim or relaxing massage on a sunbed by the beach or just an afternoon tea break. Spend about one hour here before we get back to hotel.
||From hotel to hotel is approximately 10 hours
||USD 60 / person (min 2 person, max 5 person)
||Entrance fees, Mineral Waters, a Comfortable All new Terios up to 10 hours rental fee, Driver, Gasoline, Vehicle insurance
||Food and Drinks, Gratuities (optional)
|What to Bring
||Recommended to bring sun screen, sunglasses, hat, camera, small money, changing clothes (just in case).
||Use the car over 10 hours, extra charge $ 5 /hour
||Tour departs from all major hotels in Kuta, Legian, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Seminyak
|Pick Up Time
||We pick you up at Hotel Lobby
Nusa Dua area 8:00
Kuta area 8:00
Seminyak area 8:00
Sanur area 8:00
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 – 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
||The schedule on this page is one standard course. If you extend hours, extra charge is needed.
This tour is offered by Adventurous Bali. You can freely change schedule on the way.
Please understand the transit time is changed by daily road condition.