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Interesting Places in Bali Island

Kerta Gosa

The Klungkung Palace is a historical building complex situated in Semarapura, the capital of the Klungkung regency on Bali. The palace (puri) was erected at the end of the 17th century, but largely destroyed during the Dutch colonial conquest in 1908. Today the basic remains of the palace are the court of justice, the Kertha Gosa Pavilion , and the main gate that bears the date Saka 1622 (AD 1700). Within the old palace compound is also a floating pavilion, Bale Kambing, which was added in the 1940s. The descendants of the rajas that once ruled Klungkung today live in Puri Agung, a residence to the west of the old palace, which was built after 1929.

The city was known at that time for its arts, painting, dance and music. At the end of the 18th century, the Kertha Gosa Pavilion, the hall of justice, was erected in the north-eastern corner of the palace compound. It typified the Klungkung style of architecture and painting. Kertha Gosa was considered the supreme court of Bali, and cases on the island which could not be resolved were transferred to this site. Three Brahmana priests presided over the court and were known for their harsh and inhumane sentences. The convicts (as well as visitors today) were able to view the ceiling which depicted different punishments while they were awaiting sentencing. The paintings of Puri Kertha Gosa are one of the outstanding examples of the Kamasan (or Wayang) style.

Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot means "Land [sic: in the] Sea" in the Balinese language. Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.

Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th-century priest Nirartha . During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island's beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.

The Tanah Lot temple was built and has been a part of Balinese mythology  for centuries. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples were established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast. However, the temple had significant Hindu influence.

At the base of the rocky island, poisonous  sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. A giant snake purportedly protects the temple, which was created from Nirartha's scarf when he established the island.

The Trunyan Village

Trunyan is an original Balinese village located at the edge of  Lake Batur across Toya Bungkah village. This village can be accessed by boat in 15 minutes sailing from a small harbor at Buahan village,located about 4 kms from Penelokan village. Motor boats can take you across the lake to a village strangling on the brink between the past and future. Trunyan, due to its isolated position and the secretive nature of it’s people, has retained its pre-Hindu animist customs and a tradition of primitive ritual and ceremony unique to Bali.

The inhabitants call themselves the 'Bali Aga' or 'Original Balinese'. Here the dead are not cremated, but simply laid out in a ravine not far from the village at the mercy of the elements.

The strange phenomenon is that there is no odour from the dead bodies. The villagers attribute this to the scent of the perfumed 'menyan' tree from which Trunyan takes its name – Taru menyan. On the opposite shores of the lake the volcano looms high above the small village of Toya Bungkah, so named for its hot springs that flow into the cold lake waters. In recent years a narrow road has been constructed over the lava connecting this village with the outside world, and the hot springs have become a popular retreat.


Taman Ujung located next to the black sand beach of the coastal city of Ujung, is the water palace of the late King of Karangasem, who ruled in the first half of the 20th century.  The grounds were destroyed in the explosion of nearby  Mt. Agung in 1963 and further ruined by an earthquake in 1979.  The government and royal family have since restored Taman Ujung.  Wander into the rooms of the palace itself, or climb the terraces for a bird’s-eye view of the grounds.



Amed is a long coastal strip of fishing villages in East Bali.  Amed's inhabitants live from fishing, salt-making and tourism. The lack of tourism-based revenue, its remote nature and the generally harsh environment for farming, meant that this area was very much one of the poorer areas in Bali. The pace of life here is slow and the coastal scenery quite stunning making Amed the perfect place for a relaxed holiday in Bali. This is the most commonly used base for visitors wishing to dive the USS Liberty wreck at Tulamben. There are other good dive sites close at hand and a thriving dive industry has developed all the way along the coast here.



Tulamben is a small fishing village on the north-east coast of Bali. It is among the most popular dive sites on Bali since the wreck of the Liberty, a US Army Transport ship torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942 lies just off shore. During high-season, up to 100 divers descend to the wreck each day.

The wreck lies in shallow water and is considered appropriate for divers of all certification levels. The ship rests in 30 meters of water, is roughly 25 meters from shore and can be reached with a short swim from the beach. The highest point of the wreck tops out about 5 meters from the surface. The ship was torpedoed by the Japanese off the nearby Island of Lombok and the ship was towed to the beach at Tulamben for salvage operations. The 1963 eruption of Mt. Agung, which devastated much of the eastern side of Bali, drove the ship into the water just off shore, where it became encrusted with coral and a home to other sea life.

The best conditions for diving here are during October and November, when the weather is generally calm and during the start of southeast monsoon, which typically extends from May to July. In addition to a wide variety of corals and invertebrates on the wreck itself, large fish frequent the wreck in some seasons, most popularly Mola mola and whale sharks, as well as Black-tip reef sharks. Professional divers have praised local residents for minimizing local fishing activity.


Pemuteran is located in the North West coast of Bali, approximately 45 minutes drive from Lovina or 3 hours drive from the International Airport Ngurah Rai – Denpasar and about 15 minutes to Bali Barat National Park and Menjangan island diving site.

The village has two backdrops which are the wonderful sea with black sandy beaches and the beautiful  mountain scenery along North West coast of Bali with the energy of  the Balinese concept “Nyegara Gunung” (The energy of connection between mountain and sea).

Pemuteran is a perfect place for relaxing and taking time out from the daily busy activities and the area is also free from  aggressive sellers.

This peaceful place is ideal for natural excursional activities such as trekking at the National Park, Swimming, Snorkeling, Diving or explore the sacred big Temples surrounding the area such as Melanting, Kerta Kawat, Pulaki, Pabean and Pemuteran Temple.


The name of Jatiluwih comes from 2 Balinese words  jati + luwih. Jati means real, and luwih means beautiful or excellent. This name is given to the vast stretch of rice field dug in terraces on the slope of mount Batukaru. The rice terraces form a beautiful sight in all seasons, during the watering, or before planting the rice looks like a tremendous construction of nature. When the rice almost reaches harvest time, the color varies between green, and dark yellow. This mixture of color forms breathtaking views over such a wide scale.

The achingly picturesque area of Jatiluwih actually comprises not only rice fields but also forests, lakes, springs, temples and a huge natural mountain reserve scattered over a wide area around the slopes Mount Batukaru, a sacred landscape whose boundaries are defined by a cluster of temples supported by traditional villages and farmlands administered by age-old subak organizations ( the local water boards).

This site is among the most striking examples of terraced agriculture in the world and is arguably Bali’s oldest and most complex real-life model of the subak agricultural system which vividly reflects the intertwined, mutually beneficial relationship between the island’s traditional rice growing culture and its Bali Hindu spiritual belief system.


Munduk is a little eco-friendly village high up in the mountains with gorgeous views, numerous waterfalls and is a great place for hiking through clove, cocoa, coffee plantations and rice fields.

This beautiful village in north Bali was once a popular place for Dutch colonists to escape the heat from Singaraja so they built their rest houses here for visitors in 1903.

Once you're there don't go too fast or you'll miss it altogether !  It's a sleepy village with on both sides of the road some local shops, guest houses, occasionally temples and the remnants of Dutch houses.

Don't expect ATM's, Internet or Starbucks here and that's exactly what makes this village soooo charming...


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