The eastern part of Bali plays a significant role in the island’s history. One notable area is Karangasem, which was home to an ancient kingdom. And here’s the 5 best place when you visit Karangasem.
Candidasa bears some resemblance to the area in which Kuta Beach is located. It has a long road close to the beach on which there are hotels, bars and restaurants. While Kuta is a popular base for tourists in south Bali, Candidasa plays a similar role for those venturing to the east of the island.
Coming from the south part of the island, Candidasa is the first area of Karangasem regency that you will encounter.
North of Candidasa, just a few hundred meters from the main road, is a village known to be the home of the Bali Aga (native Balinese).
The people of Tenganan village are believed to be the direct descendants of the original inhabitants of Bali. They live strictly according to their ancestors’ traditions and anyone breaking the rules of the village faces banishment.
Tirta Gangga is a water park located 15 kilometers north of Karangasem’s capital of Amlapura.
Built in a lush area surrounded by green hills and terraced rice fields, Tirta Gangga boasts amazing scenery.
There was once a palace in the area, but it was destroyed in the 1963 eruption of Mount Agung.
The complex has a public pool open and its water is believed to contain magical power that can heal sickness and give everlasting youth to people who bathe in it on a full moon.
Ujung Water Palace
Officially named Taman Soekasada Ujung, the Ujung Water Palace is a big park in Ujung village – south of Amlapura – with two large ponds similar to those in Tirta Gangga.
In fact, the two sites were build at the request of the same person, the last king of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut, in the 1940s.
The best option is to set up a base in either Amed or Candidasa to enjoy all the amazing underwater recreation that the coast has to offer.
The main attraction in Tulamben is the wreck of US army supply ship “The Liberty” that sunk as a result of the eruption of Mount Agung.