East Bali is a large region with natural habitat ranging from lush forests and black sand beaches to barren gravel plains and an active volcano. The south coast is home to the popular seaside resort town of Candidasa and ferries to Lombok at Padang Bai. Mighty Mount Agung, Bali’s highest volcano, looms large over the whole of East Bali and hosts Bali’s holiest of temples, Pura Besakih. In the far east, Amed is an increasingly popular and ever charming stretch of coast. East Bali provides as much for visitors as any of Bali’s regions.
The climate is noticeably drier in low lying areas of East Bali than in the rest of the island, because it is in the lee of Mount Agung. On the slopes of Mount Agung (especially) and at Kintamani it gets distincly cold. Plan accordingly.
Motorbikes are widely available for rental in the popular coastal towns and are great for nipping around from bay to bay. Otherwise you are best off renting a car witha driver or driving yourself with our buddy in www.adimelali.com.
Road routes into East Bali were traditionally a little inconvenient but that changed greatly when the Sanur to Kusamba main route (officially Jalan Prof Dr Ida Bagus Mantra, but nobody calls it that) was opened in 2006. This not only cut drive times from South Bali in half, it also relieved pressure on the heavily used Gianyar to Klungkung road.
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From Sanur in South Bali to Kusamba (easy access from there to Klungkung, Padang Bai and Candidasa). Time approximately one hour.
From Ubud in Central Bali via Gianyar to Klungkung takes about 45 minutes and from there all points eastwards are easily accessed.
From Kintamani in North Bali to Klungkung via Bangli. Time approximately 1 hour.
From Kintamani in North Bali to Besakih and Mount Agung via Suter. Time approximately 45 minutes.
From Singaraja in North Bali via Tulamben to Amed. Time approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Karangasem is a regency (kabupaten) of Bali, Indonesia. It covers the east part of Bali, has an area of 839.54 km2 and a population of 369,320 (2002). Its regency seat is Amlapura. Karangasem was devastated when Mount Agung erupted in 1963, ultimately killing 1900 people. Karangasem formerly was a kingdom before Bali was conquered by the Dutch.
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The morning, between 9.00am and Noon, is the best time to visit the traditional market of Amlapura. Here you can find a great selection of traditional clothes, shirts, all kinds of drugstore goods. Beside this there is a great variety of spices, fruit and vegetables. What you don’t find are tourists and souvenirs. After this local market you can go to Puri Kanginan. This royal palace is renovated and worth a visit. The buildings are an eccentric combination of Chinese and European elements built in a traditional Balinese courtyard. Its main feature is a formal lake, in the middle of which is a pavilion.
Puri Agung Karangasem
The Karangasem Palace is located in the center of Amlapura, approximately 78 klm from Denpasar.Puri Agung Karangasem or Karangasem Palace was built in the 19th Century by Anak Agung Gede Jelantik, the first king of Karangasem Kingdom. This is now a popular tourist destination which is visited for its unique architecture, which is the combination of Balinese, Chinese and European architectures.
The Water Palace of Tirtagangga
Tirtagangga is located near Ababi village in the sub-district of Abang, Karangasem, about 6 km north of Amlapura, at a distance of 83 km from Denpasar. Back in 1948, the late Raja of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem, built a beautiful water garden near a natural spring. This spring wells up under a huge banyan tree at the foot of a stony hill on which the local community had built their village temple. The water gardens were constructed with a unique mix of Balinese and Chinese architecture. They cover an area of 1.2 hectares (about four acres).
The premises of the water garden consists of three complexes with ponds and dozens of sculptures. The first complex lies on the lowest level, with two large ponds and a water tower. The second complex at the middle level, is where the swimming pools are located. The third part consists of the main complex and comprises the country home of the former Raja. Nowadays this country home also houses a restaurant and four bungalow units, which are for rent.
It is interesting to note that building water gardens, including the designing and the labor work, was a favorite hobby of this Raja. Many of his visitors were surprised fo find him working among his laborers digging out the earth, often knee deep in mud.
The religious rites of the spring, the relatively cool climate of the area and the beauty of the scenery all inspired the Raja to build himself a private country house nearby this spring, with a recreational garden for his personal enjoyment and for that of his subjects. And he called it, Tirtagangga – derived from the words ‘Tirta’ (blessed water) and ‘Gangga’ (from ‘Ganges’, the holy river in India).
Ujung Water Palace, which the local people call Taman Soekasada Ujung, was built in 1919 but the launching of the complex was performed in 1912. The water palace was constructed by the late King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, who reigned in the Karangasem regency from 1909 to 1945.
Ujung Water Palace was majestically built to welcome and to serve important guests and Kings from neighboring regencies and was also used for the relaxation and pleasure of the King and the royal family. Taman Soekasada Ujung is located at Tumbu village in the Karangasem district. It is approximately 85 km from Denpasar and 5 km from Amlapura. Visitors who are interested in local crafts can find a selection of these in the local art and crafts shops. At the top of the highest level of this complex, can be found a great statue of “warak” (rhinoceros). Beneath the warak there is a Bull statue.
The original beauty of the Ujung Water Palace was almost completely destroyed by the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963. The remaining areas of the complex were further damaged by a great severe earthquake which happened in 1979. However, a restoration project has been taking place over the last several years to bring back the glory of the water palace. Although it is possibly not as wondrous as the original, a glimpse of the glorious past of the water palace can now be seen once again.
Candi Dasa is located at Samuh – Bugbug village and is about 65 km from Denpasar and 12 km from Amlapura. Candi Dasa, a small fishing village on the east coast of Bali in the province of Karangasem, has developed into a popular resort destination.
Near Candidasa, in the town of Amlapura, you can find a lovely white sandy beach called Pantai Pasir Putih. On the way to Amlapura, after the village of Bugbug you will enter the village of Perasi. Here you will find this very quiet beach which is located in a natural bay where nature is still unspoilt and where you can swim in blue crystal clear water.
Tenganan Pegeringsingan is situated in the Manggis district, approximately 65 km from Denpasar. It is near Candi Dasa and can be easily reached by public or private vehicles. The word Pegeringsingan was taken from the word “geringsing”. Geringsing is a traditional woven fabric that can only be found in Tenganan. Geringsing is said to be sacred as it is believed that it has a magical power to drive away the evil spirits or the black magic. Geringsing, derived from the word “gering” means ‘decease’ and “sing” means ‘no’.
Visitors facilities are available including food stalls, good toilets, arts & crafts shops and a large parking area. Restaurants and hotels are readily available in nearby Candi Dasa, which is only 3 km from the village.
just 30min North East from Amlapura, Amed offers an excellent site for training dives. It has a flat bottom lagoon for instruction and a coral reef only 5 minutes swim away. Amed Beach in East Bali is everything you dreamed it would be; a rare and special paradise of outstanding exotic beauty, vibrant culture and friendly people. Here you can finally find peace and quiet, enjoy great food and take advantage of comfortable and inexpensive accommodation.
The name of Tulamben was taken from the word “Batulambih” which means ‘many stones’. The many stones in this area was caused by the eruption of Mount Agung. The name changed over time into Batulamben and eventually was pronounced as Tulamben. The area has flourished into a tourist destination in recent years and is well worth a visit.
Jemeluk is situated at Purwakerti village in the Abang ditrict. It is about 100 km from Denpasar and 21 km from Amlapura. Based on the local folk tales the name of Jemeluk was derived from the word “menyeluk” or “seluk” which means gulf. This area is famous for it underwater sealife.