From Klungkung to Tirta Gangga

East of Bali: Goa Lawah - Tirta Gangga - Taman Gili (Klungkung) - Kusamba Salt Makers.
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  • Meet one of the last artisanal salt producers in Kusamba.
  • Stroll around the splendid Tirta Gangga water palace.
  • Admire the relics of Klungkung kingdom in Taman Gili.
  • Visit at your own rhythm and freely manage your time.
  • Private car with an experienced and very caring driver.
  • Lunch non-included: eat where you desire!
Full day trip by car with private driver

Follow Made, your private driver, to discover the main cultural treasures of the eastern Bali and meet one of the last artisanal salt producers of the island. Made will pick you up at 9 a.m. at your accommodation with his comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to drive you along the different steps of your day (each are distant from each other by a 5 to 20 minutes drive, except between Goa Lawah and Tirta Gangga where it takes about an hour away). You can count on his soft driving and his knowledge of the island to choose roads bordered with authentic villages and gorgeous landscapes.

You will first visit the symbolic Taman Gili, which holds the last relics of the splendid kingdom of Klungkung. You will then explore the surprising Goa Lawah with its thousands of bats, very appreciated by the Balinese. A few hundred meters away from there you will have the chance to meet one of the last artisanal salt producer in Kusamba, a small and authentic coastal village.

You will then enjoy strolling around in the gorgeous gardens of the radiant Tirta Gangga Water Palace.

You will be back at your accommodation late in the afternoon or early in the evening depending on its location, the traffic conditions and the time spent on each step.

Selamat Pagi!
(Indonesian way to say Hello)
My name is Made and I'll be
your driver on this tour.”

Native from Bali, Made lives with his wife and his two kids in Denpasar. He offers high quality services based on the respect and the thoughtful attention he pays to his clients. His obsession: to hand you down his knowledge on Bali and facilitate your travels making them more pleasant each time thanks to his soft driving and the many services he offers on board.

Foreign languages: English (fluent), French (elementary).

Vehicle and on-board services: Toyota Avanza with air conditioning, mobile phone charger, fresh water bottles, fresh towels, sarongs for the visits and tissues.

Goa Lawah

The legendary bats cave.

The legend goes that the god Naga Basuki – the giant snake protecting the balance of the earth according to the Hindus – is said to live in the cave of the Goa Lawah temple. It is said to eat the thousands of bats inhabiting the place. Besides, the cave is supposed to be connected to Besakih temple via an underground river. However nobody actually dared to enter to verify this fact.

Over 1000 years old, Goa Lawah is part of the 9 protective temples of Bali. You will have the chance to observe numerous believers who come to engage in private prayers at the cave’s entrance where hundreds of bats suspended to the cave walls are creating a rather special atmosphere.

Recommended visit duration: 30 minutes.

Tirta Gangga

An atypical palace in a charming setting.

Tirta Gangga is a truly not to be missed step of any travel in Bali. This “Water Palace” – built by the king of Amlapura in 1948 – is a splendid green haven of rare elegance and fineness.

You will inevitably enjoy strolling around its three carps and water lilies populated ponds, while admiring dozens of sculptures with expressive faces, finely-worked stone bridges and following the platforms as if you were walking on water!

You will also have the opportunity to refresh yourself next to the numerous water fountains and to relax in a pond that is dedicated to bathing.

Recommended visit duration: 45 to 60 minutes.

Taman Gili (Klungkung)

A symbolic place featuring splendid frescoes.

Taman Gili is a site steeped in history: erected in 1970, it holds the last relics of the past splendour of Klungkung kingdom. Its garden incorporates a courthouse (Kertha Gosa), a floating pavilion surrounded by a lily pond and a museum dedicated to its history.

The palace was mostly destroyed during the Dutch invasion in 1908, when the king of Klungkung chose the “puputan” – sort of suicidal confrontation – over a peace agreement.

While contemplating the relics of this blazing era, you will most certainly be astounded by the courthouse splendid roof frescoes, which illustrate for instance the punishments inflicted to the sinners.

Recommended visit duration: 45 to 60 minutes.

Kusamba Salt Makers

Discover an ancestral process.

Truly authentic jewel, Kusamba is a small coastal village where inhabitants still make a living from fishing and from the artisanal production of a renowned salt, famous for its crystal-clear whiteness and its exceptional taste.

Go to the encounter of one of the last producers and witness the astonishing transformation of seawater into really photogenic salt crystals. Upon arrival, he will happily have a break to explain you the production process and your driver will deal with translating the conversation.

If you feel like doing so, you could help this producer by buying one of his samples as a souvenir.

Recommended visit duration: 30 minutes.