East Bali attractions

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Gunung Agung

Pura Besakih

Perched nearly 1000m up the side of Gunung Agung, this is Bali's most important Hindu temple. The site encompasses 23 separate but related temples, with the largest and most important being Pura Penataran Agung, bui…
Top Choice Palace in Klungkung (Semarapura)

Puri Agung Semarapura

Built when the Dewa Agung dynasty moved here in 1710, this palace compound was laid out as a large square, believed to be in the form of a mandala, with courtyards, gardens, pavilions and moats. Most of the original…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Bangli

Pura Kehen

The state temple of the Bangli kingdom, Pura Kehen is a miniature version of Pura Besakih, Bali's most important temple. It's terraced up the hillside, with a flight of steps leading to the beautifully decorated ent…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Tirta Gangga

Pura Lempuyang

One of the holiest temple complexes on the island (it and Pura Besakih are the most important in East Bali), this group of seven temples has a spectacular setting on the steep sloped of Gunung Lempuyang, 10km northe…
Top Choice Gardens in Tirta Gangga

Taman Tirta Gangga

This 1.2ha water palace serves as a fascinating reminder of the old Bali. Built for the last Raja of Karangasem in 1946, it was almost fully destroyed by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963, but has subsequen…
Historic Building in Klungkung (Semarapura)

Kertha Gosa

This open-sided pavilion in the northeastern corner of the Puri Agung Semarapura was effectively the supreme court of the Klungkung kingdom, where disputes and cases that could not be settled at village level were e…
Historic Building in Klungkung (Semarapura)

Bale Kambang

Located within the palace compound, the ceiling of this beautiful floating bale (open-sided pavilion) showcases rows of paintings dealing with various subjects. The first row is based on the astrological calendar, t…
Beach in Padangbai

Blue Lagoon Beach

On the far side of Padangbai's eastern headland, about a 500m walk from the town centre, is this small sandy beach. It has a couple of warungs and gentle, family-friendly surf.
Cave in Kusamba

Pura Goa Lawah

One of nine directional temples in Bali, this cave in a cliff face 3km east of Kusamba is full of bats and the complex is equally overcrowded with tour groups, both foreign and local. You'll probably want to exclaim…
Beach in Candidasa

Pantai Pasir Putih

The most popular 'secret' beach on Bali, Pantai Pasir Putih (White Sand Beach) lives up to its name. Once a mooring spot for local fishing boats, this long crescent of white sand backed by coconut palms is now a pop…