Candi Dasa: Explore The Far East Of Bali
Drive further east. Your first stop is Tirtagangga, surrounded by arguably the most beautiful rice fields of Bali. Its main attraction however, is the so called Water Palace, an open air pleasure garden built by the last raja's of Karangasem. It certainly proofs their near obsession with pools and fountains. Well-restored, it features a terraced area with numerous pools, water channels and fountains, set in a well-maintained garden with large stone statues, depicting traditional Balinese mythological figures. In the center of Karangasem, you can visit the beautifully restored city palace from the former East Bali raja's. Numerous elements refer to a time and age when God-Kings ruled much of Bali, some of which even conquered parts of Lombok. Before returning to your hotel, you will visit a remarkable village. Shielded from the rest of the world by a walled perimeter, the first settlers of Bali continue a life of adherence to strict and ancient traditions. Up to this day, the Bali Aga are master handlers of double ikat, an extremely difficult method of weaving. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.