Puri Agung Karangasem, once the royal palace of the kingdom of Karangasem, offers a glimpse into the splendour of the days when the Rajas ruled Bali. Located in the centre of Amlapura, it’s a fascinating stop for anyone interested in architecture or ... Read more about Puri Agung Karangasem .
Taman Sukasada Ujung, a grand water palace perched on a hill five kilometres south of Amlapura, is often dismissed as a second cousin to more popular Taman Tirta Gangga. Although not as elaborate as its more famous cousin — though they were both built by the same Raja — we think this palace overlooking the ocean has a bit of an edge on the serenity stakes. It’s much larger, has fewer ... Read more about Taman Sukasada Ujung .
Taman Tirta Gangga, a royal water palace, forms the heart of a small village surrounded by rice terraces seven kilometres north of Amlapura. The palace was built to preserve the sanctity of a natural spring considered holy by the Balinese and to provide a place of contemplation, relaxation and fun for visitors. The calming gardens are a great opportunity to take a breather from busy sightseeing ... Read more about Tirta Gangga .
If you’re up for a bit of a climb, the trek (well, there is a road for much of the way, but we’re calling it a trek!) to Pura Luhur Lempuyang offers fabulous views (weather allowing) and you get to tick off another of Bali’s directional ... Read more about Pura Luhur Lempuyang .
Bali Chocolate Factory is a beachside collection of unusual Hobbit-like buildings where a variety of chocolate and coconut products are produced. You'll need to pay a 10,000 rupiah entrance fee to the complex, for which you'll receive a bar of their coconut oil soap. A cafe serves up hot chocolate and you can also buy their range of products; we love their chocolate-covered goji berries and ... Read more about Bali Chocolate Factory .
Suck on a lemon, then a lime, then a lemon again, the lemon will seem much sweeter; take a slice of kencur, a root essential to Balinese cooking, bite down on it a little and it will leave your tongue anaesthetically numb; take slices of ginger and smear over sunburn for relief — it’s cool to the skin, though warming in the mouth; grate some turmeric and stuff it into your belly button to ... Read more about Cooking class at Bali Asli .
At Pura Linggayoni, a large penis-shaped rock pokes from behind a mass of temple umbrellas amid shrouds of yellow and white cloth. A coastal regeneration project began in Ujung in 2012 with the building of a stone break-wall. In December the following year, a project worker noticed a large phallic-shaped rock 10 metres out to sea. In Hindu philosophy, the phallic-shaped linga has the spiritual ... Read more about Pura Linggayoni .