East Bali Exploration
When you think of a tropical island, you might think that the whole region has the same landscape, but in Bali's instance, nothing could be further from the truth. The East Bali Highlights tour helps you explore a very specific part of this Indonesian island. During your tour, you'll see both the everyday and the extraordinary. From traditional architecture to mountains and temples, this is your chance to discover the best of Eastern Bali.
up to 30 days in advance
- Duration: 8 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 9:00 AM
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- Free cancellation up to 30 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English
Bali is famous for its beaches and surfing culture, but did you know that the region is also home to agriculture, mountains, and rainforests? Sample some of Eastern Bali on this fun and exciting tour! An expert guide will help you explore this part of the region through several different mini-adventures.
Adventure After Adventure
• First stop, the Balinese countryside in the village Penglipuran. You'll walk along the city's streets (which happen to be narrow), and will take in the rich and beautiful tradition of Balinese architecture — a visual feast that design buffs especially will appreciate.
• Next, you'll make your way up Mount Agung's western slopes. You will make your visit to Besakih — Bali's 'Mother Temple.' At 3,281 feet (1,000 m) above sea level, Pura Besakih actually consists of 23 related (yet independent) temples, making this more of a holy complex in the sky. Pura Penataran Agung (the largest temple) boasts six levels and a lovely courtyard. Please be especially respectful on this part of the tour, as this is a holy site for the Hindu religion.
• Having exercised your body and nourished your spirit, it is now time for some traditional sustenance. Your lunch break allows you to support the Balinese community when you dine at a local restaurant. You'll enjoy delicious food, and breathtaking views of Mount Agung and rice fields.
• Don't be afraid to eat a full lunch, because it's time to walk again! This time you're exploring Sidemen — known for traditional weaving, because this is a rural area, the landscape is largely unspoiled. Much of the land in use is dedicated to agriculture, which is why you'll have the privilege of visiting a fruit plantation to see salak fruit, also known as snake skin fruit. Yes, the outer skin of this fruit does live up to its secondary name, making it oddly beautiful. Apple-like in texture, but sweet and acidic in taste, this unusual fruit can range from dry to moist and is actually shaped like garlic cloves on the inside.
• Your tour is about to come to a lovely end when you reach Klungkung Palace, a small regency. Take special note when you visit Kerta Gosa, the former Royal Courts of Justice. This law building boasts a ceiling fresco of the battle between good and evil. If you're looking for a special souvenir, Klungkung is a superb place to purchase a traditional Balinese gong.
Your Only Concern is Having a Great Time
With five (5) amazing stops, you'll be glad that you fit Eastern Bali into your schedule. Get more during your time in Indonesia when you book the Eas Bali Highlights Tour, and to make your vacation even more enjoyable, let Anywhere manage all of your tours, accommodations, and transportation.
Attractions VisitedBesakih Temple
Besakih is known as the Mother of all Balinese temples. She sits 3280 feet (1,000 m) high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung, a soaring holy volcano that’s in the Jungutan area of the Karangasem Regency. The temple site is about 25 miles (40 km) from Amed, and 31 miles (50 km) from Ubud, where most visitors will stay. As the only Balinese temple open to Hindus of all castes, Besakih is famous for a variety of different ceremonies. This means you’ll see an astounding array of colorful offerings left by groups of devoted Hindu who make the trek to pay homage. With scenic views and impressive ancient architecture, it’s popular with both religious pilgrims and tourists year round.
Ujung Water Palace
This elegant complex of ponds and gardens combines Balinese and European design with fetching ocean views into an under appreciated gem that’s well worth visiting. A series of long ornate bridges and pathways intersecting the grounds, along with the mighty Mount Agung looming in the background, creates an extremely photogenic example of Balinese royal architecture. Ujung Water Palace is located in Karangasem Regency, along the coast of East Bali about 20 km from Denpasar.
What to Bring
Long sleeved shirt, Long pants, Hiking shoes, Hat or scarf, Insect repellent, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Camera.
Guided tour. Lunch at the local restaurant.
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