The regency is named after the kingdom of Karangasem, established in the 18th century, which was Bali's most powerful well into the 19th century.The knight warriors from Karangasem conquered Western Lombok, which still has to this day an important Balinese minority. The Dutch subjected Karangasem after the Buleleng war (1846-1849). Karangasem has the most varied landscape of the island, it hosts Bali's mother temple,
the Pura Besakih temple. And has one of the most exotic beach resorts of Bali. Bali's highest mountain is Mt, Agung (3,142m). Throughout the Indonesian archipelago the mountain is the abode of the deified ancestors. The Balinese called it To Langkir, or the man of the mountain. To this native concept has been added a Hindu one. According to the Babad Pasek, the island of Bali was unstable until a chunk of the Mahameru, the Indian cosmic mountain, was cut off by the gods and transferred to Bali, complete with its pantheon of Hindu gods. As the island's main mountain, Mt, Agung is therefore host to Bali's highest gods and ancestors.
Mt, Agung has also contributed to the making of Karangasem's natural face. When it erupted in 1963, it obliterated many temples and villages; and killed several thousand people. Its raining ashes destroyed crops in Bali and throughout much of Eastern Java. Wide expanses of black ash and basaltic stones are now a common feature in the area from Goa Lawah to the West to Tianyar to the North.
The extent of the damage is clear enough around the Ujung palace. A mix of Balinese and early-century Dutch architecture, the palace was heavily damaged by the eruption and the 1976 earthquake. It is now virtually destroyed. More than thirty years after the eruption, many buildings have been restored. The eruption has left traces i.e. its ashes contribute to the fertility of the rice fields, while its lava gives some areas the look of a savannah landscape. The eruption also prepared Bali for the 1990s boom in tourism development. It provides land and the famous "batu Karangasem" stone used on the island's construction sites. Everyday, hundred of trucks descend from all over Bali to pick up the materials.
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HOTELS IN KARANGASEM
Mimpi Resort Tulamben
Location: Desa Tulamben, Kecamatan Kubu, Bali, Indonesia
Rating : Non Star
Mimpi Resort Tulamben is located on the idyllic northeastern coast of Bali and at the foot of Mt. Agung lies Bali's premier dive resort, the superb Mimpi Resort Tulamben with 13 Patio Rooms, 12 Deluxe Cottages and 4 Ocean View Cottages.
Dedicated to the serious dive enthusiast, (Mimpi's outdoor sho...
Puri Bagus Manggis
Location: Br. Manggis, Manggis, Bali, Indonesia
Rating : Three Star
Bali, the star jewel of the fabled Spice Islands, is a masterpiece of nature. Age old community rice farming blends carefully manicured terraced rice fields with the lush Tropical forest. Towering volcanic peaks afford spectacular views of the deep ravines.
Hotel Puri Bagus Manggis is located di...
Life in Amed
Location: Lian Village, Bunutan - Amed, Bali, Indonesia
Rating : Boutique Hotel
Welcome to the Life in Amed Boutique Hotel, our hotel is found in the Village of Lean in Amed in the region of Karangasem in East Bali. One of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas on the island, far from the crowds and tourism of Kuta, but only 3 hours from the airport.
A scenic route through rice...
Tirta Ayu Hotel and Restaurant
Location: Tirtagangga Water Palace, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
Rating : Non Star
Discover Baliís ultimate number one holiday destination the fabulous Tirta Ayu Hotel & restaurant, East Bali (which means lovely waters). Located within the beautiful, secure 22-acre grounds of Baliís most treasured Royal Water Palace at Tirtagangga and situated in the Karangasem Regency of East Bal...
Location: Tirtagangga Water Palace Villas Amlapura, Bali, Indonesia
Rating : Non Star
Villa Djamrud (Emerald Villa) and Villa Tirta Ayu (Villa of the Beautiful Spring) overlook the magnificent Water Palace spring fed pools and fountains. They are situated in Tirta Ayu, the home of the youngest son of the late Raja. Beyond the gardens are sculpted rice terrace fields in classic Bali s...