places to see

The water palace of Tirta Gangga is a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden with stone carvings and statues. The one hectare complex was lovingly built and restored and has an air of authentic royal magnificence. The centerpiece of the palace is an eleven tiered fountain and there are many beautiful carvings and statues adorning the gardens. It is located 20 minutes by car from the villa.

Pantai Pasir Putih is one of Bali’s most beautiful and unspoiled white sand beaches. It is located in Prasi village, 15 minutes by car from the villa. The beach is wedged between two cliffs that offer beautiful scenic views. There are many eateries along the beach that offer simple food and drinks and chairs. Crystal clear water, calm waves and a slowly sloping shoreline make this one of the nicest beaches Bali has to offer. It’s also a good spot for snorkeling and for enjoying the beautiful underwater life.

The Ujung Water Palace was built by the King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik in 1909, and was privately owned by Karangasem Royalty. Now, this palace is also known as Ujung Park or Sukasada Park. The 10 hectare park is located approximately 5 kilometres from Amlapura. There are three pools. In the middle of the largest pool, is the main building named Gili Bale, which is connected to the edge of the pool by a beautifully carved stone bridge.

The Mother Temple of Besakih, or Pura Besakih on the slopes of mount Agung, is the most important, the largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali. It was first  used as a place of worship in 1284 when the first Javanese conquerors settled in Bali. By the 15th century, Pura Besakih had become the state temple of the Gelgel dynasty. Each year there are at least seventy festivals held at the complex, which has been nominated as a world heritage site in 1995.

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