The Hidden Life of East Bali
Explore the East of Bali which is rich in the historical and cultural legacy of the three kingdoms of Klunkung, Bangli and Karangasem
Kertha Gosa (Hall of Justice)
Kertha Gosa is located in the heart of Klungkung, the smallest of Bali’s nine regencies. Kertha Gosa means – “the place where the king meets with his ministries to discuss questions of justice.”
The Kertha Gosa Pavilion was built in the early 18th century with its first function being the court of law. Besides the beautiful architecture of the building, the uniqueness of Kertha Gosa lies in the ceilings of the pavilion which are covered with traditional paintings in Kamasan style. Each part of the ceiling tells a different story; there is one part that tells the story of karma and reincarnation and another part illustrates each phase of human life from birth until death.
This hill is on the way from Kertha Kosa to The Tirta Gangga Water Palace. It is part of Karangasem Regency and shows a harmonious combination of lush green hills, rice terraces, valleys, and a beautiful ocean panorama.
Tirta Gangga Water Palace
Tirta Gangga literally means water from the Ganges and it is a site of reverence for the Hindu Balinese. Tirta Gangga water palace is a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. The one hectare complex was built in 1946 by the late King of Karangsem but was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963. It has been lovingly re-built and restored and has an air of authentic royal magnificence.
Tengenan is well known for their Lontar books which are created from the palm leaf on which intricate drawings have been etched, usually depicting scenes from the Hindu epics. In Tengenan you can also see the process of weaving the “Kamben Gringsing” which is a double woven cloth using a difficult traditional technique where both the warp and weft threads are dyed before the fabric is woven.
If time allows, add a visit to see;
The traditional salt farmers on the black sand beaches of Kusambe village
The Goa Lawah or Bat Cave Temple which is a Hindu temple with a cave dwelt by thousand of bats Taman Ujung which was the water palace complex of the last king of the Karangasem kingdom
USD 175 per couple – includes all entrance fees, a selection of cold beverages and cool face towels (Additional guest at USD 35 per person / children below twelve at 50% / children below three free of charge) Suggested pick-up time at 8:30 AM; return to your hotel around 5 PM
Spacious car with experienced driver and licensed multilingual guide
Balinese Buffet lunch or similar included
Wi-Fi internet connection in the car