The Watergarden Hotel is within 10minutes of the ancient Aga village of Tenganan, where life precedes the centuries old Hindu traditions … a time capsule.
Less than 30 minutes away are the royal water palaces of the former Rajahs and within an hour is the mother temple of Bali … Besakih … nestled at the cloud-shrouded foot of the island’s tallest and most revered mountain, Agung.
Eastern Bali covers the regency of Karangasam, one of the last realms of the kings. Candi Dasa, home to The Watergarden, is the romantic kingdom’s holiday capital, embracing the “real’ Bali.
A quick guide to the myriad of sights, sounds and sensations of this unspoiled and timeless land.
- Tenganan. Ancient pre- Hindu village just 3 Km from Candidasa famous for its natural culture, basket weaving and valuable intricate woven “Ikat” cloth.
- Besakih. The Mother Temple. A scenic drive which takes approximately 2 hours from The Watergarden.
- Klungkung. Once the centre of the most powerful Balinese Kingdom, Klungkung is famous for the finely detailed paintings portraying vivid scenes from heaven and hell on the walls and roof of the Court of Justice.
- Sidemen & Iseh. In addition to being one of the most naturally beautiful areas in Bali, these villages still produce Balinese woven cloth and “Kain Songket”, the rich silk cloth with gold threads.
- Amlapura. The regional capital of East Bali. A cool, clean town with a busy market. The Royal Palace, Puri Agung, is open to visitors. Nearest ATM.
- Tirtha Gangga. Water palace built by the last Raja, cool natural springs feed bathing pools and ornamental ponds.
- Ujung. Arguably themost beautiful Water Palace, opened in 1921 but completely destroyed after the eruption of Mt Agung in 1963. Some Statues survived but the Palace itself has been completely rebuilt and is a “MUST SEE” when visiting the secluded but spectacular East Coast.
- Amed. Primitive Fishing and salt-making village offering great snorkelling off the pebbly beach.
- Tulamben. Scuba Diving (wreck dive) and great snorkelling.
- Goa Lawah. The bat cave temple is home to thousands of bats.
- Padang Bai. only 13km from Candi Dasa and is a perfect location for diving, snorkelling and fishing, it also boasts one of the oldest temples in Bali, the Silayukti Temple which is over 1,000 years old it holds authentic Balinese ceremonies daily.
- Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan. these 2 islands stand next to each other just off the East Coast and can be seen as you drive north. Both are easily accessible by ferry, or charter your own boat for a relaxing day on their beautiful white sand beaches and snorkeling reefs.