- Tenganan Village
A visit here lets you take a closer look into the old Balinese village life. One of the oldest villages on the island, Tenganan Pegringsingan, or Tenganan for short, is within only a 15-minute drive uphill north of the main Candidasa area. The Bali Aga (original Balinese) village is well-preserved and predates the arrival of the Majapahit kingdom to Bali. One of the most unique attractions here includes the namesake ancient textile produced here, namely the double-weave ikat cloth called Geringsing, which is believed to have mystical value. Another highlight is the Perang Pandan battles, which involves village boys coming of age engaging in friendly but bloody matches using woven thorny pandans as swords. The battles take place around a village temple anniversary, usually around the Gregorian months of June and July. Tenganan Village is located at Jalan Raya Nyuh Tebel, Tenganan Village,Karangasem.
- Tirta Gangga Water Park
Another royal water garden reminiscent of the palace of Karangasem is Tirta Gangga, built in 1946 during the reign of the late raja of Karangasem. The lavish water garden complex spans 1.2 hectares, featuring a collection of freshwater pools, ponds and functioning fountains surrounded by well manicured gardens. The garden is within an hour’s drive up north from the main Candidasa area, and offers a cool highland retreat for locals and visitors. Tirta Gangga Water Park is located at Jalan Abang, Ababi Village, Karangasem.
- Taman Ujung Water Palace
Taman Ujung Water Palace, locally referred to as Taman Sukasada Ujung, is a royal water garden that consists of various large pools and historic structures set against a backdrop of Mount Agung and the eastern shoreline. It showcases a combination of Balinese and European architecture throughout three large ponds that are connected by elegant dragon bridges and stone pathways. The physical features and superb setting with the forested hills to its north, and open sea to its south make it a favorite location for pre-weddings as well as photo enthusiasts. The park is open to the public, and usually sees more local crowds during the weekends.Taman Ujung Water Palace is located at Tumbu Village, Karangasem.
- Perasi Beach
Recently popularised as the ‘secret beach’ of east Bali, Pasir Putih, literally ‘white sand’, is indeed a great place to escape to if you’re looking for a remote setting and unique coastal features. This beach in the village of Perasi features a pristine stretch of white sand with faint streaks of black volcanic sediments near the cliffs, and the seascape includes the small rocky islet of Gili Biaha on the horizon. Following its rise to fame, several locally-run restaurants and cafes have sprung up along the coast, serving some light meals and refreshments. You can also book a fishing, snorkeling or sailing tour from the kiosks here.
- Kerta Gosa Hall of Justice
Kerta Gosa, locally referred to as ‘Taman Gili Kerta Gosa’, is one of Bali’s most important historical landmarks, and is located right in the center of Semarapura, the capital of Klungkung regency. This former courthouse is part of the royal complex of the Puri Semarapura palace, and is fully open to the public. A ticket booth is at the main entrance on the eastern side of the complex, and admission for adults is IDR 12,000. Inside, you will find two main structures – a grand hall or the namesake Bale Kerta Gosa with ceilings filled with Kamasan or wayang-style paintings, and the Bale Kambang ‘floating hall’.