The hidden beauty of East Bali
Tour duration: 7 – 8 hrs
Min 2 pax required.
This tour uncovers the hidden beauties of East Bali where the Karangasem kingdom still lies today. Leaving our hotel in Padangbai at 08:30am our first stop will be one of the 9 most important Bali temples and guardian of the East – Pura Luhur Lempuyang. It consists of several temples, the highest one located at 1715m above sea level and some 1700 stairs leading to it. Luckily for you, we won’t climb but only a couple of dozen stairs that lead to the Lempuyang temple itself. Through its main gate you will have a picturesque view on Mount Agung.
Next stop will be the royal bath of Tirta Gangga. Built in 1946 this mix of maze, statues and ponds used to be the King’s summer house and today is a perfect place to just enjoy and relax for both locals and tourists. The direct translation of the name Tirta means blessed water and Gangga comes from Ganges, the holy river in India. At certain ceremony days people from nearby villages will come in colorful processions with offerings and the sounds of the gamelan music.
We will have lunch near the Tirta Gangga and afterwards we will head to Ujung water palace. This marvelous complex used to be a getaway place for the royal family to enjoy their days off.
Our last stop before returning to our resort in Padangbai will be the village of Tenganan. It is one of the last few places where the Balinese still hold on to their special traditions unlike any others. You will be able to walk through the village and experience the special ambience.