Bali Indonesia : Klungkung Regency

This small district located on the south-eastern coast of Bali, it includes the islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan. The name "klungkung" means "beauty" or "happiness". The Padang Bai port is a stopping point on the busy inter-island trade route.

One of the natural highlights of the Klungkung area is the great Unda River which flows through and passing many scenic villages. The main tourists lures area the Kertha Gosa, the Hall of Justice, and the Bale Kambang, a floating pavilion. The Kertha Gosa was a place for the administration of traditional justice in pre-colonial times by a council consisting of the great king and his priests. It is decorated with beautiful paintings on its ceilings. The Bale Kambang ( floating pavilion) stands behind the Kertha Gosa. Its painted ceiling depict episodes from the story of the Buddhist king Sutasoma, who defeated his enemies through passive resistance, and of Pan and Men Brayut , known as the couple who had too many offspring.

Another beautiful royal temple in Klungkung is the Pura Taman Sari or Flower Garden Temple, consisting of a peaceful garden and moat around a main pagoda. The best time to visit Klungkung is every three day, when the Klungkung Market is in full swing. The market nestles behind a row of shops to the east of the Kerta Gosa, offers a full range of local delights, including handmade house-wares, baskets, fruits, flowers, and vegetables. The row of art shops on the main road in front of the market is well known to antique and collectors.

Kamasan village, the adjoining village, is a major artistic center, home of traditional Balinese painting - characterized with wayang style. A few kilometers east is Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave. Beyond Klungkung is the coastal village of Kusamba - one of the embarkation point to Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan .

Nusa Penida
Penida attracts a number of visitor for its seclusion, surf and snorkeling. Few facilities exist for tourists.

Nusa Lembongan.
This area is a paradise for those looking for white sandy beaches with crystal clear water and a laid-back atmosphere. This small island covered with coconut trees, mangrove forest, small farms and is surrounded by colorful coral reefs and sea life - making it an ideal location for snorkeling.

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