SEE AND EXPLORE
Karangasem area in East Bali holds some true treasures. Here are some tips where to visit:
- Two fabulous water palaces, Tirtagangga and Taman Ujung feature beautiful ponds, pools and sculpted stone figures.
- The mother temple of Besakih is Bali´s largest and most revered temple since the 15th century. It is built about 1000 meters above sea level on the slopes of sacred Mount Agung.
- Gua Lawah, the famous Bat Cave temple is located in near Kusamba. Thousands of bats hang on the wall of cave, bringing good luck to the temple and the surrounding area, as locals believe.
- The capital of the Karangasem regency is Amlapura. It’s worth a stop to see the royal palaces, which remind of the time when Karangasem used to be a kingdom.
- Padang Bai is the port for the ferry service to Lombok. It’s a sleepy fishing village situated in a perfectly sheltered bay.
- Candidasa is a relaxed town on the southern coast of Karangasem. It is a good starting point for visiting places along the beautiful east coast of Bali.
- Tenganan is a village inhabited by Bali Aga, the original people of Bali, whose culture and traditions are unique.
- One of the best and most popular diving spots on Bali, the wreck of US Navy cargo ship USAT Liberty lies in Tulamben.
- About 10km south of Singaraja is the popular Gitgit waterfall. It's a large, powerful waterfall surrounded by tropical rainforest at the bottom of an impressive gorge.
ARTS & CRAFTS
The blending of the arts, culture and religion in Bali has given rise to a rich and prominent arts and craft industry. The island is known for it's handicrafts, such as carvings from stone and wood, sarongs, kites, baskets, traditional paintings and jewelry.
Bali silversmiths are concentrated in and around the village of Celuk in the south central part of the island. The gold and silver jewelry trade has permeated the people of Celuk so thoroughly that almost every home in the village has a small silver and gold production studio. Balinese silversmiths apply small sterling silver dots and wires that are bent into different shapes to a large base in a geometrical shape, such as an oval, square or rectangle.
Coarse sea salt is harvested from the evaporated distilled seawater that has been sun-dried inside vessels made from coconut tree logs. This unique traditional way of salt production has been practiced for many generations by smallholder salt-farmers along Amed's coastline. This salt is naturally infused with all the richness of pure sea salt essential minerals. it's excellent for all-round gourmet cooking. Purchase of this salt helps to keep alive the unique salt-making tradition on Balinese coastline and improves the salt-artisan farmer's livelihood.