Tirtagangga, Candi Dasa, Bali Aga Village , Tenganan, Goa Lawa, Klungkungs Kerta Gosa
This trip will show you the most interesting spots in east Bali. The first stop is at the area of Tirtagganga, where you find wonderful views of rice fields and rice terraces. There is the possibility to visit the Royal Pools. Other stops will be the unique Bali Aga Village , the Bat Cave Temple and the former Court Hall of Klungkung.
Tirta Gangga is a small village at an altitude of 500 metres, seven kilometres northwest of Amlapura. Tirta Gangga means “water from the Ganges “, and the place is known for its ‘water palace’ and beautiful surroundings. In many peoples’ opinion this place is among the most beautiful areas of Bali. Lately Tirta Gangga has become increasingly popular as a base for the exploration of east Bali. Many visitors love to go hiking or biking in these lovely surroundings, or even hire a guide to take them to the top of Gunung Agung or other mountains nearby. The walk to Gunung Agungs’ top takes about 4 hours, including a one hour car ride to the starting point. The village is maybe most famous for its water palace built by the last king of Karangasem (see Amlapura): Raja Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut. Tirta Gangga was one of the kings’ favourite places to go for relaxation. A similar palace can be found in Ujung, five kilometres south of Amlapura. The palace in Tirta Gangga was built in 1947 and gets its water from a holy spring. The complex is composed of several pools. One of them is open for the local people and very popular with the children. Another one is open for tourists.
Bali Aga Village ( Tenganan Village )
Tenganan Pegeringsingan village is one of the old villages in Bali known as “Bali Aga”. The way of life is just like that of Kampung. The structure of its community and ritual system is unique. Various traditions such as religious art, the Daha Teruna Organisation, the construction style of the houses and the daily life are very interesting to observe. Tenganan Village is located 65 km east of Denpasar and is close to the Candidasa tourist resort.
Goa Lawah ( Bat Cave )
It is worth visiting for its strategic location at the sea shore. Because of its wonderful view the beach-parking looks highly attractive. Ritual ceremonies can be observed almost daily in the environment of Goa Lawah temple. The sight of bats hanging on the bank of a ragged cave and clinging to each other can get anyone excited.
Kertha Gosa (The Court Hall) and Taman Gili (The Floating Pavilion) were formerly parts of the Semarapura Palace of Klungkung Kingdom which was built in the 17th century. The main gate of the royal palace known as “Pemedal Agung” is still intact and can be found at the western part of the Court Hall and the Floating Pavilion. The three historical edifices are located in the very heart of Semarapura town, about 40 km east of Denpasar.
The location is close to a tourist route leading to Besakih Mother Temple , Goa Lawah, and Candi Dasa. The trip can be continued from the Court Hall and the Floating Pavilion to Kamasan village which is located 2 km from Semarapura town. The trip takes about 15 minutes by horse-cart (available at the east of the Court Hall). The village has been famous for a long time for its silver, gold and traditionally painted handicrafts.
On the east side, opposite the Court Hall, you will find numerous facilities like a parking area, a market, art shops, a telephone office, a money changer and more. On the northern side stands the Monument of Klungkung Battle and government offices.
In the old days the Court Hall functioned as royal assembly hall for the kings of Bali. After the Klungkung Kingdom was subdued during the Klungkung Battle (the last bloodshed on April 28, 1908), it was no longer used as royal assembly. It served as religious and traditional court until 1950 instead. Since then the edifice is equipped with 6 chairs and a square table decorated with tin carvings. Each chair has different arms: 2 chairs have dragon arms (one in use for the Brahmin priest as a priest of the court and the other one for the King), 2 other chairs have bull arms (for the two Kancas – a Kanca was a kind of clerk of the court – one was assigned as a clerk and the other as the accused summoner) and 1 chair with lion arms (for the Judge). The antiquities are conserved well.“Taman Gili” is well known as “Floating Pavilion” and surrounded by lotus ponds, representing an islet of splendour with an ocean around.
The King used this place to entertain prominent guests. The three edifices are very charming, not only because they are the historical remnants of the Klungkung Kingdom, but also because of their wonderful ornaments as the ceilings of both buildings (the Court Hall and the Floating Pavilion) are adorned in traditional paintings of Kamasan reflecting the philosophy of the Hindu Culture. The Floating Pavilion is built in traditional Balinese style and erected on a huge turtle statue. The statue is surrounded by a low wall which is lined with deity statues in the eastern part and demon statues in the western part narrating the story of Pemuteran Mandara Giri. The Dewa or deities used to stand in water for life blessing. It is a symbolisation of the stabilization of the earth with all lives on it. The site is frequently visited by foreign and Indonesian tourists.
Departure time from Siddhartha: 08:00 am
Return to Siddhartha: approx. 4:00 pm
Included: Guide, entrance fees, soft drinks
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