There are fantastic Hindu temples all over Bali. Some are located within an hour or two from Amed. We suggest that you plan to visit at least one. Please ask our staff for recommendations. The same dress code applies as for attending a Balinese ceremony: sarongs for men and women and at least partially covered arms; short sleeves are fine.
Palaces of Amlapura
Visitors can walk around the old Puri Agung Karangasem Palace, which was once the seat of the King of Karangasem.
The ruins of the Taman Ujung Water Palace are conveniently located 3 km south of Amlapura.
There is also a western, a northern, a southern and an eastern palace (puri) as well as several others around Amapura, all still occupied by members of the royal family. Of these, only the Puri Kangin (the eastern palace) on the main road to the market is easily visited. This is worth a look, as it gives a vivid impression of how Balinese royals used to live. The palace buildings themselves are in fact an eccentric blend of Chinese and European details set in what is essentially a traditional Balinese compound with several pavilions and rooms surrounded by pools and connected by walkways. The main hall is called the “Bale London” and the furniture curiously bears the crest of the British royal family. One can even rent rooms here — the perfect accommodation for the aspiring aristocrat.
Pura Lempuyang (Temple of 1,000 Steps)
Temples in Bali are the meeting points of humans and gods and a resting place for the gods during their sojourn on the island. High on a mountain overlooking the sea and Mt. Agung, Bali’s famous volcano, sits one of the most sacred temples, Pura Lempuyang. It is a 1,700 step, two-hour climb to the summit.
There is also a temple at the bottom, close to the parking lot, with sweeping views of the volcano and ocean. Ceremony days are a good time to visit this temple, as the Balinese make the pilgrimage in their traditional Balinese ceremony costumes. It is spectacular to behold!
Tirtagangga Water Palace
Tirtagangga, meaning holy water of the Ganges in Balinese, is one of the world’s most beautiful water gardens. It was built in the 1940s by the late Raja Karangasem of Amlapura as his holiday retreat. Gushing springs flow from an ancient Banyan tree and form the reflecting and swimming pools that make up the Water Palace. Intricate fountains abound and the plants and flowers that grace the palace are exquisite.
The waters are renowned by island medicine men for their healing powers. It is said if you bathe in the waters on the full moon, you will be granted everlasting youth and healing of illness.
Bring your bathing suit and towel to this lovely respite if so inclined. You can swim in one of the pools for a small fee. There also is a wonderful restaurant to lunch at.
As east Bali’s major transport terminal, Amlapura is well connected to all parts of the island. It was known as Karangasem until 1963, when the mighty Agung volcano erupted with spectacular force and even more spectacular damage. Karangasem was “reborn” as Amlapura to rid itself of any unlucky association that could provoke a much-feared recurrence. Learn More >
The area is known for outstanding diving, snorkeling, hiking and a relaxed ambiance. The amazing natural beauty and warm and friendly people make Apa Kabar Villas an ideal location for those who wish to experience the authentic Bali, far from the tourist crowds. Learn More >
There are fantastic Hindu temples all over Bali. Some are located within an hour or two from Amed. We suggest that you plan to visit at least one. Please ask our staff for recommendations. The same dress code applies as for attending a Balinese ceremony: sarongs for men and women and at least partially covered arms; short sleeves are fine. Learn More >
Market and Factory
At this very colorful, local and pungent open-air market, you will primarily see Balinese people shopping for their daily food and household items. Stall after stall is filled with utilitarian objects, clothing, women making beautiful flower offerings, colorful and exotic Balinese ceremony items and all sorts of exotic foodstuff. Learn More >