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15 Natural Things to Do in Amlapura Bali For God Sake

by Hindarko Luh Setyawanto

Karangasem is a regency in East Bali whose capital is Amlapura. The territory of Karangasem Regency was formerly the Kingdom of Karangasem founded in the 17th century. After the Dutch recognized the sovereignty of the Indonesian government, in 1950 the Kingdom of Karangasem merged with Indonesia and became Karangasem Regency.

It is not difficult to get to Karangasem. You just come through Ngurah Rai International Airport. From the airport you continue the journey by chartered car to Karangasem. The journey takes about 2 hours.

Karangasem has a variety of tourism, ranging from nature tourism, historical tours to cultural tourism. Unlike South Bali, East Bali is still relatively rarely visited by tourists. You can enjoy a more peaceful and comfortable holiday atmosphere. So guys, let’s find out the top things to do in Amlapura Bali Indonesia!

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1. Visiting Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple, located on the slopes of Mount Agung, is the largest temple complex in Bali. There are 22 temple buildings inside the complex of Besakih Temple. Of all the greatest is Penataran Agung Temple in which there are statues of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

Besakih Temple is the center of Balinese Hindu activity. Every year no less than 70 religious ceremonies are held here. The temple, whose age has reached hundreds of years, is built with the concept of balance between man, nature and God.

How to Get There

Besakih Temple is located in Besakih Village, Rendang, Karangasem Regency. The admission is Rp 15,000. Opening hours is 9 am-5pm. To enter the complex of Besakih Temple, tourists are required to wear a decent dress in honor of the temple. The tourists who dressed casually do not have to worry. The temple will lend scarves or sarong for free.

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2. Visiting Karangasem Great Palace

Karangasem Great Palace was built in the 19th century by the first king of Karangasem, Anak Agung Gede Jelantik. The palace has a blend of Balinese, European and Chinese architectural styles. You can see the touch of Bali on the relief of walls and statues; the European influence appears on the main building; and Chinese nuances exist in the form of windows, doors and ornament decoration.

Karangasem Great Palace is a king’s retreat palace as well as a place to entertain royal guests. In the center of the palace there is a pool that provides a cool and peaceful atmosphere. The building in the middle of the pool is called Balai Gili which is a meeting place.

How to Get There

Puri Agung Karangasem is located at Sultan Agung Street, Amlapura, Karangasem Regency. There is no admission but donations are welcomed. Opening hours is 9 am – 5 pm.

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3. Visiting Pasar Agung Temple

Pasar Agung Temple is located at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Agung. The temple faces east so it becomes one of the best places in Bali to see the sunrise. In addition, the temple is also a starting point for climbing Mount Agung.

The road to Pasar Agung Temple is uphill and winding. Make sure your vehicle is in top condition. From the parking lot you have to climb 300 steps to get to the temple. Its location, which is close to the top of the mountain, makes Pasar Agung Temple often shrouded in mist. The cool air and the beautiful scenery will make you love to linger here.

How to Get There

Pasar Agung Temple is located in Sebudi Village, Selat, Karangasem Regency. . There is no admission but donations are welcomed. Please note to wear polite dress
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4. Visiting Lempuyang Temple

Lempuyang temple is one of the oldest temples in Bali. The temple is located at an altitude of 1,175 meters above sea level. Because of its location, which is on the mountain and away from the settlement, Lempuyang Temple is rarely visited by tourists. It is suitable for you who do not like crowd.

Lempuyang Temple is a complex consisting of seven temples. The main temple is at the very top. You have to climb 1,700 steps to reach it, takes about 2 hours. One of the instagramable spots in Lempuyang Temple is “Gateway to Heaven” which fortunately is at the bottom.

How to Get There

Lempuyang Temple is located in Mount Lempuyang, Bunutan, Karangasem Regency. There is no admission, you only need to donate. Opening hours is 9 am – 5 pm. Please note to wear polite dress

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5. Visiting Tirta Gangga Park

Tirta Gangga Park was built by King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem, in 1946. The park, which has natural spring, was the place of the bathing of members of the royal family. With an area of about 1 hectare, the park is also decorated with several fish ponds, fountains, green plants, and a strong mystical atmosphere.

Visitors are allowed to swim in the swimming pool at Tirta Gangga Park, feel the fresh and cool water. But there is also a sacred pool because it was once a king’s bath. In addition, the surrounding community also uses water from Tirta Gangga Park for religious ceremonies.

How to Get There

Tirta Gangga Park is located in Ababi Village, Abang, Karangasem Regency. The admission is Rp 10,000 for domestic tourist and Rp 20,000 for foreign tourists. Opening hours is 6 am – 6 pm.

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6. Visiting Ujung Park

Ujung Park was built by King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem, in 1909. When Mount Agung erupted in 1963, Ujung Park suffered considerable damage. Finally, the government made renovations that were completed in 2004. But there are some parts of the park that are left as is to maintain its authenticity.

Ujung Park, which is located not far from the beach, consists of pools, lawns, flowers, and the king’s retreat palace which is in the middle of the pool. In the distance you can see the towering Mount Agung. What an amazing sight.

How to Get There

Ujung Park is located in Tumbu Village, Karangasem Regency. The admission is Rp 10,000 for domestic tourist and Rp 35,000 for foreign tourists. Opening hours is 8 am – 5 pm.

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7. Visiting Amed Beach

If you get bored with the bustling beach atmosphere, come to Amed Beach. This black sandy beach is still rarely visited by tourists. The clean beach, the calm waves, the blue sea and the great view of Mount Agung in the distance provide a peaceful and pleasant atmosphere.

Amed Beach has stunning underwater beauty. Its coral reefs are well maintained with small colorful fish. One of the famous diving spots on Amed Beach is the Japanese Shipwreck, World War II relic. To get there you can rent a fishing boat or arrange it with a local dive shop.

How to Get There

Amed Beach is located in Amed Village, Abang, Karangasem Regency. There is no admission, you only need to pay parking fee.

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8. Visiting Virgin Beach

As the name implies, Virgin Beach has an unspoiled beauty, untouched by the frenetic tourism industry. Here you can enjoy the beauty of clean white sand, turquoise sea, refreshing sea breeze and a not so crowded atmosphere. Walking along the 600-meter-long coastline will make you relax and forget the burden of mind.

To lounge in Virgin Beach you can rent chairs and umbrellas with affordable prices. There are also massage service, snorkeling equipment rental, body board rental and boat rental. If hungry you can eat in local food stalls.

How to Get There

Virgin Beach is located in Perasi Village, Karangasem Regency. The admission is Rp 3,000 for domestic tourist and Rp 10,000 for foreign tourist. Opening hours is 8 am – 6 pm.

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9. Visiting Tulamben Beach

Unlike other beaches in Bali, Tulamben Beach has no white or black sand. Instead there are black stones the size of a chicken egg to fist. Along the beach, large trees lined up to provide shade. The blue sea and the calm waves create a serene atmosphere.

Tulamben Beach is a diving attraction. Not far from the beach there are well-preserved coral reefs, adorned with small colorful fish. There are also ruins of USS Liberty warship that are home to fish and other marine biota. The ship was drowned by Japanese submarine during World War II.

How to Get There

Tulamben Beach is located in Tulamben Village, Kubu, Karangasem Regency. There is no admission, you only need to pay parking fee.

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10. Visiting Candidasa Beach

There are not many beaches in Bali that still have a quiet atmosphere, away from the noise of tourists. One of them is Candidasa Beach. This white sandy beach faces south with rows of coconut trees lining up behind abrasion protective concrete, adding to the beautiful view on the beach.

In the distance you can see the island of Lombok and Nusa Penida, fishing boats pit their luck in fish hunting. Accompanied by sea breeze, you can relax while enjoying seafood dishes at food stalls around the beach.

How to Get There

Candidasa Beach is located in Bugbug Village, Karangasem Regency. There is no admission, you only need to pay parking fee.

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11. Visiting Blue Lagoon Beach

As with other beaches in Bali, Blue Lagoon Beach has an amazing beauty. The white sand, the bluish-green sea, the calm waves and the refreshing sea breeze will leave you stunned. It’s really exciting hanging out at the café while enjoying the scenery of the beach.

In addition Blue Lagoon Beach also has a stunning underwater beauty. The clear sea allows you to see a variety of coral reefs and small colorful fish. There are dive shops around the beach that offer diving tours at affordable prices.

How to Get There

Blue Lagoon Beach is located in Padangbai Village, Manggis, Karangasem Regency. There is no admission, you only need to pay parking fee.

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12. Visiting Telaga Waja Waterfall

Bored with beach tourism, come to Telaga Waja Waterfall. The waterfall comes from Telaga Waja River which has a swift current. It is not difficult to get to the waterfall location, from the parking lot you only have to walk about 15 minutes.

In addition to roads, you can also go to Telaga Waja Falls through the river while rafting. Using a rubber boat, down the rippling Telaga Waja River, you will enjoy an exciting and memorable journey. There are many tour operators offering rafting packages on Telaga Waja River. Prices range from Rp 300,000 – Rp 500,000 / person.

How to Get There

Telaga Waja Waterfall is located in Rendang, Karangasem Regency. There is no admission, you only need to pay parking fee.

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13. Visiting Asah Hill

Asah Hill is an instagramable spot in Karangasem that must be visited. At Asah Hill you can see spectacular sunrise or sunset views. At the bottom of the hill, lay a vast blue sea, towering cliffs and rows of beaches adorned with green trees. You can also camp in Asah Hill to wait for the sunrise.

The road to Asah Hill is relatively good although not yet paved. Stay cautious while driving. If you want to eat while relaxing enjoy the view, there are food stalls around Bukit Asah.

How to Get There – Asah Hill is located in Bugbug Village, Karangasem Regency. The admission is only Rp 2,000.

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14. Visiting Jambul Hill

Jambul Hill is a stopover area for tourists who want to go to Besakih Temple. While resting for a while, they can enjoy the beautiful scenery on Jambul Hill. The terraced rice fields, rows of hills, the green of the trees and the cool weather of the mountains will relieve the fatigue that is felt during the journey.

Around Jambul Hill there are food stalls and restaurants serving a variety of menus such as chicken, beef, pork, etc. There is also a temple sacred by the surrounding community. For souvenirs you can buy snake fruits sold at street vendors.

How to Get There

Jambul Hill is located in Pesaban Village and Nongan Village, Rendang, Karangasem Regency. There is no admission, you only need to pay parking fee.

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15. Visiting Tenganan Village

Tenganan Village is a traditional village whose society still holds the tradition of their ancestors. The life of the people is governed by the customary law that prevailed since the 11th century. Uniquely, the people of Tenganan Village are prohibited from marrying outsiders.

The buildings in Tenganan Village have Balinese architecture. The people live as farmers. In addition they make woven fabrics, webbing, lontar palm paintings and sculptures for sale to tourists. Tenganan Village also organizes art events and traditional ceremonies that follow the Balinese customary calendar.

How to Get There

Tenganan Village is located in Karangasem Regency. There is no admission, instead you donate. Opening hours is 8 am – 5 pm.

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Ok guys, now you know the top things to do in Amlapura Bali Indonesia Indonesia. No doubt Karangasem has the best Places To Visit in Indonesia with its beautiful nature and culture. Let’s visit Karangasem Bali Indonesia..!

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