East part of Bali
Kerta Gosa is a beautiful historical site situated in the hearth of Semarapura Town, about 40 km east side of Denpasar City. Originally Kerta Gosa is one of the historical building complex of the Klungkung (Gelgel) Palace that was erected at the end of the 17th century, but largely destroyed during the Dutch colonial conquest in 1908. The name of Kerta Gosa is taken from Sanskrit where Kerta means serene and meanwhile Gosa word is derive from Gosita that mean established or announced. Thus the meaning of Kerta Gosa is a kind of a building where the king announces Judicial Legislation, justice, punishment and so on.
There is also other building called Taman Gili or floating Hall (bale Kambang) which was a meeting hall of the kingdom. Both buildings interestingly the ceilings are decorated with old style of Kamasan paintings which telling about local genius of Balinese.
Bukit Jambul is a place of interest in Karangasem Regency, east part of Bali. Bukit Jambul word is derived from Bukit mean hill and Jambul mean crest so Bukit Jambul is crest of a hill. It is strategically located beside of the main road from Denpasar to Besakih Temple and it is one of the tourist destinations that visited on Besakih Tour. It is situated in the plateau area which is blessed with the beautiful panorama of rice terrace and green coconuts three unfolding to the sea.
Besakih Temple is the biggest Hindu temple in Bali which the local people call Mother temple. It is located in southwest side bevel of mount Agung, the holiest and highest mounts in Bali. The beautiful panorama of nature from the temple area to the ocean and cool area with the light breeze and unique temple buildings spread out in the temple complex creating the peaceful atmosphere.
The mother temple of Besakih celebrate its festival in every 6 months a year, five years, and the biggest “Eka Dasa Ludra” celebration take place in every 100 (Hundred) years.
Towering 3,142 metres above sea level, Mount Agung is the highest mountain on the island of Bali and the fifth highest in the whole of Indonesia.
At lower elevations the mountain is covered in lush forest, but this soon gives way to a desolate landscape of barren volcanic rock and ash scree. From the peak of Mount Agung the views are extraordinary in all directions, but perhaps most dramatic to the east where the sun rises above Mount Rinjani on Lombok.
Goa Lawah Temple ( Bat Cave temple)
Pura Goa Lawah (the Bat Cave Temple) is one of the island’s nine special Sad Kahyangan Temples, and as such it is the designated holy place to honor the God Maheswara who resides in this section of the island. It was built in the 11th century, name of “Goa Lawah” is literary means “Bats cave” which is inside of the temple exist cave and inhabited by thousands of bats. Folklore said that the caves proceed to the Bottom of Agung Mountain. The temple is considered as the beach temple where religious processions visit the temple every day. The Balinese do neutralizing ritual of negative things after cremation and purifying ceremony at the temple which will be followed by other ritual up on the mountains area. The successful priest who spread the Hinduism concept in Bali Dang Hyan Nirartha are believed ever did his meditation at this temple.
Candi Dasa is located at Samuh – Bugbug village and is about 65 km from Denpasar and 12 km from Amlapura. Candi Dasa is 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. There are many activities are possible, 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 center of the village there is a lovely lotus lagoon and there are also a number of fascinating temples to visit, the 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.
Puri Agung Karangasem or Karangasem Palace
Puri Agung Karangasem or Karangasem Palace was built in 19th Century by Anak Agung Gede Jelantik, the first king of Karangasem Kingdom. Located in the quiet city of Amlapura, approximately 80 kilometers from Denpasar. Karangasem Palace is one of ancient building in Bali.
Today the palaces are open to all visitors and for a nominal donation you are free to wander and revel in the faded grandeur of the kingdom. There are three palaces. The oldest, Puri Gede sits on two hectares and is surrounded by an imposing redbrick wall. Within this huge garden site, reminders of former glory. Courtyards unfold within courtyards, each divided by spectacular gates, symbolizing heaven, earth and hell. Some courtyards were open to the public, where the raja would give audience and hold performances of dance and music.
Adjoining, is the Puri Kangin, which is also accessible through Puri Gede. Across the road is Puri Agung, the palace that is most used today. As this palace is more recent, the architecture shows strong European influence and a large bale in the center of a green lake.
Taman Soekasada Ujung