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Karangasem, Bali

Apart from its exotic beaches, Karangasem is an area in Eastern Bali with a lot of things to offer for everyone, summer activities, romantic vacation, to challenging sports in the mountain. Located 64 Km away from Ngurah Rai International airport, Karangasem has more than just its panoramic views of the ocean or rice fields. In this area, you will find numerous historical tourists’ attraction like temples or monument. One of them is Pura Besakih. A complex of temples as the center of every sacred activities in Bali. Moreover, you may also see Mount Agung, the highest peak in Bali that is still considered active. On top of that, Karangasem also provide comfortable hotels and resorts with the ocean and the mountains as its background.

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Good service and very recommended for a trip

Johannes D.
on Padangbai – Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, Gili Meno, Lombok by Eka Jaya Fast Boat

One of the best experience I’ve ever did for island hopping. Gili-gili used to picked me up at the hotel which way so far from the harbor. The staffs were very friendly and accommodating. Need to check in first to get the boat pass. The trip was fun and they also gave the passengers some snacks and cold towels to freshen us up. So recommended!

Dian R.
on One Way Trip Padangbai - Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, Bangsal Lombok by Gili Gili Fastboat

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About Karangasem

Karangasem is a regency located on the east of Bali. Although it is not as popular as destinations in South Bali, this regency offers many natural beauties. With its capital city in Amlapura, Karangasem has two ports, namely Padang Bai and Tanah Ampo. Furthermore, it is about 2 hours (79.1 km) by car from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Besakih Temple is one of the most popular destinations in Karangasem. As the largest temple in Bali, Besakih Temple has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site proposals since 1995. In Karangasem Regency, you can also enjoy the beauty of Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali.

Top Things to Do in Karangasem

Its well-preserved natural beauties are the main draw of Karangasem. Whether you enjoy the beauty of the beach or climb the highest mountain in Bali, there are lots of fun things to do in Karangasem

Besakih Temple

Do not miss the opportunity to visit Besakih Temple. It is the largest and most important temples in Bali, which is believed to have existed since 1284. There are at least 70 ceremonies held every year in this temple. Located on the slopes of Mount Agung, the number of temples in the Besakih Temple complex is 23. During a visit to any temple, pay attention to your dress code. It would be more respectful if you wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders. Furthermore, visitors are required to wear a special sarong and fabric belts before entering the area of ​​Pura Besakih. 

Labuan Amuk Beach

Seeking for a tranquil beach in Bali? Labuan Amuk Beach is a perfect place to sit down, unwind, and soak it all in. You can do snorkelling and explore the beauty of the beach. For snorkelling, visitors will be accompanied by professional guides from BTR (Bali Tubing Rafting) and equipped with safety equipment and insurance protection. On top of that, the standard price of foods and beverages here is much cheaper compared to the southern beaches of Bali.

Sidemen Bali Swing

Taking pictures on a swing with a scene of the green hill has become a trend now. In Karangasem, you can find an excellent place to make it happen. Sidemen Bali Swing features an extreme attraction with views of the sacred Mount Agung and the river that divides the hills. Famed for its swing hung between coconut trees, soaring atop a hill, this ride will give you an adrenaline-boosting activity.

Tirta Gangga

This tourist spot was once a stopover for the King of Karangasem. Tirta Gangga boasts a pool filled with holy water. Its location on the slopes of Mount Agung also makes this 1.2-hectare site possess beautiful views and cool air. Tirta Gangga's structure was made of Padas, a natural stone that is often used by the Karangasem Kingdom. Furthermore, this site consists of three main buildings: ponds, statues, and gardens. The name Gangga itself is adopted from a famous river in India, the Ganges River. In Hindu culture, the Ganges River is a wellspring of life and prosperity for humans. Because its water comes from the ground, Tirta Gangga's water is considered holy water, which can be used to carry out traditional ceremonies.

Taman Soekasada Ujung

Also known as the Water Palace, Taman Soekasada Ujung is the former palace of King Karangasem. This palace was set in 1909 and designed by a Dutch architect, Van Den Hentz and a Chinese architect, Loto Ang. Taman Soekasada Ujung combines European and Balinese architecture. Inside this palace, you can find three big ponds. One of which is located in the south, and the remaining two are placed in the north.

Padang Bunga Kasna

Located in Temukus, Desa Besakih, Kecamatan Rendang, Karangasem, it is a garden loaded with beautiful white flowers. The locals call these white flowers, Kasna. The Kasna flower is a wild plant but has a wonderful colour and shape. However, if you intend to visit this tourist spot, choose a time before the day of Galungan, because this flower will be harvested for that Hindu sacred ceremony.

Top Culinary in Karangasem

After roaming around Karangasem, stop by these popular culinary destinations. Their delicious cuisine will satisfy your palate!

Amed Resto

At a glance, this restaurant may look humble. However, Amed Resto is one of the most favourite restaurants among tourists. This restaurant serves Asian and Western cuisine. It is open every day, starting from 08.00 to 19.30 WITA. Also, the view of the sea and the surrounding forest makes Amed Resto are worth visiting.

Garpu Restaurant

Garpu Restaurant is an eatery inside Candidasa Beach Resort and Spa, located exactly on Jalan Raya Sengkidu, Candidasa. This restaurant offers a wide choice of Asian and Western favourites. You can pamper your tummy with its tasty foods while enjoying panoramic views of the sea. You can visit this restaurant on Monday—Friday, from 07.00 to 23.00 WITA.

Lihat Sawah

During the day, this restaurant has a beautiful view of rice terraces. Then, during the night, it’s nicely brightened with lights. Located in Banjar Tabola, Sidemen, Lihat Sawah offers a diverse option of Asian, Middle Eastern, Thai, Italian and Western cuisine. It is open every day from 11.00 to 21.00 WITA.

Where to Stay in Karangasem

Karangasem provides many accommodation options to stay in. From luxury 5-star hotels, resorts to budget hotels, you can find the one that suits your needs. So, here are our recommendations for you

Candi Beach Resort and Spa

If you look for a romantic and calm atmosphere, Candi Beach Resort and Spa will be a good choice. This luxury resort also provides direct private access to the beach. The guest rooms are spacious and designed in a modern style, outfitted with 4-star amenities. On top of that, you can choose a room with a garden or ocean view.

Wapa di Ume Sidemen

This resort is popular as a romantic getaway. Featuring 5-star amenities and services, Wapa di Ume Sidemen also boasts an outdoor pool and lush garden.

Dewi Villa Padangbai

Dewi Villa Padangbai is a great option for budget travellers. This 3-star hotel has two choices of rooms, Standard and Executive Suite. Although it is classified as a budget hotel, its amenities are quite impressive. The guest rooms are spacious equipped with flat-screen TV, free toiletries, and free Wi-Fi.

Are you interested in exploring Karangasem Regency? To make your trip more comfortable and practical, use the Traveloka app. You can also use this app to find accommodations or buy admission tickets from some popular tourist attractions.

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