JEWEL OF EAST COAST BALI

KERTAGOSA - GOALAWAH – TENGANAN – TIRTAGANGGA - 8 hours (L)

This day trip we are heading eastward to Klungkung to visit Kertagosa, a former 18th century royal court of justice, consisting of two pavilions with painted ceilings, the convicts were able to view the ceiling which depicted different punishments in the afterlife, the results of karma, while they were awaiting sentencing. The ceiling paintings of the Kerta Gosa are one of the outstanding examples of the Kamasan (or Wayang) a typical Klungkung style of architecture and painting.

 

Then ascending to Pura Goa Lawah one of nine directional temples in Bali, houses thousands of bats, it is called then Bat Cave Temple. The cave in the cliff face is packed, crammed and jammed full of bats. Ceremonies are regularly held here, hence it’s a good spot to observe Balinese Hindu rituals, be amazed to see how everyone can concentrate on praying in the midst of thousands of bats squeaking noise in the cave. Even the sound of squeaking bats at the cave like creating a mystical atmosphere and naturally, the same as when meditating in the forest. It is believed, that the cave leads all the way to the mother temple “Besakih”. Just south of the temple are a few simple huts on the black sand beach. Here, traditional fishing village of Kusamba makes salt from the seawater. Situated 5km from the main road further inland we will visit Tenganan, a symmetrically laid out Bali Aga village with a walled homes and unique crafts. Bali Aga was the original inhabitant of Bali, before the arrival of Hindu Javanese, retains its ancient pre-Hindu customs through a strong code of non-fraternization with outsiders, further enforced by the protection of its surrounding walls.

Tenganan is charming and has some very fascinating authentic and still holds to the original traditions, ceremonies and rules of ancient Balinese, and its unique village layout and architecture. It is known for its Gamelan selunding music and geringsing double ikat textile, where the belief in the magical power of the fabric is essential in bringing out the beauty of the ikat cloth.

After lunch, we continue our trip to Tirtagangga, The Water Palace, a lovely maze of pools and fountains surround by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. The one hectare complex was built from 1948 onwards by the late heir to the Kingdom 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. The centre piece of the palace is an eleven tiered fountain, and there are many beautiful carvings and statues adorning the gardens.

Costing involved:

  • Fullday transportation
  • Fullday guide fee
  • Refreshment (mineral water + cool towel)
  • Parking fee
  • Admission/ Donation Kertagosa, Goa Lawah, Tenganan, Tirtagangga, On Disposal
  • Lunch at Tirtagangga
  • Sarong + sash