Aside from enjoying the popular destinations, many travelers coming to the Island of the Gods also have something different to seek: hidden gems in Bali. It is not surprising because although there are already thousands of tourist attractions that are widely known, Bali still has some “secrets” that are waiting to be found, especially in the eastern part of the island. Are you ready to discover them all once you revisit Bali? Here are 6 secret spots in eastern part of Bali that you will love!
Imagine the sound of splashing waters among the quiet lush nature. A calming breeze touches your body while you’re bathing on the pristine pond. Those are what you will immediately get when you visit Kanto Lampo Waterfall. Located in Beng Village in Gianyar Regency, this waterfall is located close to the public settlement so you won’t have a hard time trekking to the site. This terraced waterfall with a height of approximately 15 meters does not have a heavy stream, yet it still presents an outstandingly calming atmosphere which is perfect for those who are looking for a serene holiday.
You’ve heard about beaches, luxury resorts, waterfalls, and rice terraces in Bali. But have you heard of an instagramable dam in Bali? Yes, it’s real, and it’s there in Semarapura Kelod Kangin area in Klungkung Regency. Due to its wide, short, and waterfall-like feature, this dam has become an exciting tourist attraction that is worth enjoying. Many local children often bathe and play in the dam area, adding a lively ambience to the site. If you’re not feeling like dipping in the pond, you can just admire the lush surroundings and you will immediately feel comfort and peace.
Being one of Bali’s most important temples, Goa Lawah Temple–which literally means Bat Cave–presents a complex built around a cave opening that is inhabited by a group of bats. Located in Klungkung Regency, this temple was built in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan, one of the early priests who spread the teachings of Hinduism on the island. If you’re visiting this place, not only can you adore the magnificent temple scenery, you can also see the outline of Nusa Penida Island. What an exciting experience!
Located in Padangbai Village - Karangasem Regency, this beach is rarely mentioned when people talk about best things to do in east Bali. This is mainly because unlike Kuta or Canggu, it is located far from the crowds. Moreover, it is isolated by the coral hills, which makes it unfavorable for casual visitors. However, for those who love to have some adventure, this place offers many wondrous things that are totally worth the journey. First: the fact that it’s secluded makes this beach a serene spot to chill with your private groups. Second: its immaculate nature vibe with stunning ocean scenery will never fail to amaze you. Don’t think twice about visiting Bias Tugel Beach. You will surely not regret it.
Candidasa Beach is an exciting beach with stunning scenery and relaxing vibes to lay around. It is located in Candidasa Village in Karangasem Regency and approximately 80 minutes away from Denpasar if you’re riding a car. It was once a fishing village built in the 12th century before it was then established as a tourist attraction in the 1970s. Many people choose to visit this beach not only because it looks beautiful, but also because it’s close to other attractions, such as Tirta Gangga Water Palace, Gili Tekopong Island, and many more. If you’re looking for a one-stop tourist attraction in East Bali that is totally worth staying in, this is it.
Also situated close to Candidasa Beach, here is Taman Ujung Royal Palace. Formerly known as Taman Soekasada, this site was once a resort park built in 1909 under the reign of the King of Karangasem. In 1963, this place was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Agung and abandoned until it was finally rebuilt and opened as a tourist attraction in 2003. Once you arrive at this place, you can adore the classical architecture design of the building and also the beautiful sacred pond beneath the palace. You can also witness the beautiful panorama presented from the highest area which is decorated with roofless large pillars. If you look to the southeast from that position, you can see the blue ocean on the Ujung Beach. Many things to do here, so make sure you don’t miss this place!
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