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About East Bali

The region of Karangasem, which forms most of East Bali,is dominated by the towering presence of Mt Agung, the islandís highest and most sacred volcano, which last erupted to terrible effect in 1963, this area of contrasts has much lower population density than southern Bali. Here you will discover some of the most beautiful and spectacular scenery in Bali, from lush green rice terraces to rugged escarpments rising almost vertically for hundreds of meters. Even though the region has become a popular tourist destination, it has managed to retain most of its traditional culture and beauty.

Candi Dasa
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. Here you will feel at home among the local people, far away from the hectic tourist areas of southern Bali. The local people can arrange everything for you, from local transport, trekking in the hills, fishing, diving or snorkeling. Candi Dasa is becoming more well known for diving. In the village there are several diving schools who can accompany you to beautiful diving spots in the bay of Candi Dasa. In the centre of the village there is a lovely lotus lagoon and there are also a number of fascinating temples for you to visit. Of particular interest is the Goddess of Fertility statue within the Candi Dasa temple. There are many hotels of all standards and prices, as well as a large variety of restaurants. Many interesting places are within a short distance of the village.  Candi Dasa is also well known for its shiny white sand. that contrast with the sparkling blue background of the Indian Ocean. Out in the distance you can see Lombok Island and Nusa Penida and the sparkling lights of the "Jukung" or traditional fishing boats will twinkle like swarms of fire flies out on the sea at night bringing a magical feel to the warm tropical nights.


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History of Candi Dasa
Previously, Candi Dasa was known as Teluk Kehen (Kehen Bay). But when this area was finally opened as an area for tourism, the name was changed to Candi Dasa. There is no certainty about the historical backgound of the name. However, it is assumed that the choice of this name is connected with the story of "lingga" inside the temple that sits on the top of Candi Dasa hills.

An old manuscript that was found in the temple mentions that Candi Dasa Temple was built in the 12th Century. There are remains called "lingga" inside the temple, which are believed to be the symbol of the God Siva. In this holy place hermits often received their highest solitude of "heaven" by uttering 10 letters called "Dasa Aksara" (10 = Dasa). Another story says that the name Candi Dasa was inspired by a statue near the lingga. It is a statue of Goddess Hariti that is surrounded by 10 children. It is believed that Goddess Hariti could give blessings of welfare and prosperity to the people who prayed there.

Places to Visit
Tenganan
Just 7 km from Candi Dasa is Tenganan, a Bali Aga village (the original Bali). This pleasant, tranquil place is worth a visit and the people are welcoming and good-natured. For decades visitors have been attracted to this Ďliving museumí, many of them drawn by the geringsing (double ikat), cloth woven by the women of Tenganan. After you have paid a small donation, you enter this village which is 500 meter long and 250 meter wide and surrounded by natural walls with only three gates. A walk through Tenganan is very interesting; you can see how the people live, some temples, and some typical local architecture.

The inhabitants of this village live according to their ancient traditions and ceremonies. They continue to practice traditional arts like making baskets and Lontar leaf books or calendars. In this village buffalos walk freely around and are ignored by the villagers. If you go to Tenganan, read about it beforehand or take a local guide from the village.

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Amlapura
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 donít 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.

Pantai Putih
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. It is an ideal spot to bask in the sun and bring your picnic basket with you or you can enjoy a drink or a light lunch at the warung.
 


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Tours from Candi Dasa
This excursion is best done starting from the east of Bali, for instance from a hotel in Candi Dasa. From Candi Dasa you first drive through Amlapura, one of the major cities of Bali, where you might stop to visit the Puri Kanginan Palace that was the home of the royal family of the Kings of Karangasem until 1966. It is beautiful group of buildings, and you can look through the windows into the sleeping room of the Raja or catch a glimpse of the set of furniture he received as a gift from the Queen of the Netherlands.

From Amlapura you drive north to Tirtta Gangga, which is a water garden with springs and ponds, and also a big pool where you can cool off with a swim.. On the way to Tirtta Gangga you travel along a vast expanse of rice terraces. The mountain sides are literally carved with rice fields as far as the eye can see.

If you are lucky you will also be able to see the majestic volcano Mount Agung, but most of the time it is hiding in the clouds. Take a walk in the gardens and enjoy the murmur of the springs and the lotus flowers in the ponds or just sit somewhere and take in the view of the rice terraces in the valley below and the sea in the far distance. It is a very lovely and tranquil area of Bali and in the early morning, Tirtta Gangga has an almost magical atmosphere.

From Tirtta Gangga you have to drive back to Amlapura and then go through Bebendem and Selat to Rendang where you can take the road to Besakih and up to the Pura Besakih temple. From the road you will have spectacular views of the south-east region of Bali. Pura Besakih is the most sacred of all Balinese temples. To be exact, it is actually a complex of approximately 30 sanctuaries. Most of them are open only to worshippers, but you can walk around them and look at the statues and the carvings in the split gates. Pura Besakih is built at the foot of Mount Agung and even though the mountain towers above Besakih it can only very rarely be seen through the clouds.

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Padangbai

Located on the tranquil east coast of Bali 13 Km drive from Candi Dasa is Padangbai set on an isolated bay named Padang, which has been used as a harbour gateway to Bali for as long as anyone can remember. The name of Padangbai was taken from this bay (Padang) and with the influence of the Dutch language, the name Padang Bay turned into Padangbai.  Padangbai is a perfect location for relaxation. The 3 beaches (the main beach, Blue Lagoon to the east and Pantai Kacil to the west) are white sand and great for swimming or snorkeling. Also a great spot  for snorkeling, fishing and diving as well as a cultural destination with one of the oldest temples in Bali. Accommodation starts from budget prices up to more luxurious hotels, as do the wide selection of eateries.

Over the last few years Bali has become better known as a fantastic diving destination and Padangbai is the only town on the east coast which has a harbour and from here, all the famous dive sites are easy to reach by boat. Padangbai is also the place where you can catch a ferry to Lombok.

When in Pandangbai, visit the Silayukti Temple. This complex is over 1,000 years old and there are daily authentic Balinese ceremonies taking place. If you are feeling more adventurous, it is very easy and inexpensive in Padangbai to rent a motorbike or car with or without a driver and you can explore the villages and fabulous scenery surrounding Padangbai.
 


Padangbai - East Bali


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Where to Eat in Padangbai

Where to Stay in Padangbai

Padangbai is a harbour where both small and large ships drop their anchors. The area developed as a tourist destination because of the attractions, such as white sandy beaches, the beautiful surrounding scenery and the amazing underwater panorama. The daily life of the traditional fishermen and the busy crowds in the harbour has also becomes another attraction.

The Panangbai area has also become well known to tourists for the sacred temples, Silayukti temple and Tanjung Sari temple. Silayukti was built by Empu Kuturan.  As well as these temples there is also the Penataran Agung Temple, that is located on the west side of Padangbai.
 

Places of Interest in Karangasem Region

Tulamben
The tourist destination of Tulamben village is situated in the district of  Kubu and is approximately 102 km from Denpasar and 25 km from Amlapura.  more...

Putung
Putung is located in Duda Timur village, in the Selat district, approximately 64 km from Denpasar and about 19 kms from Amlapura. more.....

Yeh Malet
Yeh Malet is another area worth a visit in Karangasem. It is situated at Antiga village, in the district of Manggis, which is about 33 km to the west of Amlapura. more...

Tirtagangga
Tirtagangga water garden was built in 1948 by the King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. The water garden was constructed in a very unique combination of Balinese and Chinese architectural styles. more...

Taman Soekasada
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.  more...

Sibetan
Sibetan village, which is famous for its "salak" or 'snake skin' fruit is located in Bebandem district, 83 km from Denpasar or 15 km from Amlapura.  more...

Tenganan
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.  more....

Puri Agung Karangasem
The Karangasem Palace is located in the center of Amlapura, approximately 78 klm from Denpasar. more.....

Bukit Jambul
The name of Bukit Jambul was firstly given by a tourist, during the Dutch invasion of Indonesia, who was inspired by the high hill standing on the south side of the main road connecting Klungkung regency and Besakih in the Karangasem regency. more....

Jemeluk
Jemeluk is situated at Purwakerti village in the Abang ditrict. It is about 100 km from Denpasar and 21 km from Amlapura.  more.....

Iseh
The area of Iseh is situated near Iseh village in the Sidemen district. The distance to Iseh is about 52 klms from Denpasar and can be easily reached by public or private vehicles. more...
 

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