Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, beautiful religious traditions and idyllic villages of East Bali's Karangasem region on this private guided day trip. This intimate East Bali tour is a great way to escape the tourist hordes of the island's southern regions as you discover the centuries-old culture of this unique Indonesian island.
Start your private guided excursion with a pickup around 9am from your hotel. Check with your tour provider for exact schedule. Continue north into the island's vast interior, making your first stop at the village of Penglipuran, passing through the town's traditional Balinese entrance gate. Spend time with your guide exploring this idyllic town, listening as your guide explain's the area's unique architectural history.
Head next on a 2.5-hour drive to the Mother Temple of Besakih, the largest and most holy of all Hindu sites in Bali. This sublime religious center is situated 3,280 feet (1,000m) high on the slopes of Mount Agung, the tallest volcano on the island. Spend your time at the site wandering through its 23 different temples and many plazas spread across six different levels.
After your temple visit take a break for lunch at Mahagiri restaurant, an eatery perfectly located above the picturesque Balinese rice terraces with a view of distant Mount Agung. While you're digesting your lunch, continue to Sidemen, a rural area known for its weaving, to take a quick stroll. Your walk will provide views of the village's beautiful setting and its nearby salak farm, which cultivates the island's famous snake fruit.
Make your final visit of the day at Klungkung, offering a chance to explore a village market before venturing over to the Kerta Gosa, also known as the former Royal Courts of Justice. Check out the intricate paintings of the building's interior, designed using the Wayang style, depicting a battle between good and evil.
Finish your day trip with a drop-off back at your hotel.