Exploring the East Coast of Candidasa
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Exploring the East Coast of Candidasa

The former fishing town of Candidasa is located on the bay of the east coast of Bali. This fishing village on Amuk Bay is tropical thanks to its pearly white palm beaches and green hills. In recent years, tourism has increased, with more and more hotels, resorts, bars, cafes, and restaurants being built here. Yet in the green and hilly landscape, there are still many small villages that traditionally represent Bali. The landscape and the bay have made it a tourist attraction for tourists who want to escape from the busier south of Bali. This region is also very suitable for diving or snorkelling.

There are two explanations from where the name Candidasa comes from. The first explanation is that the name is derived from an old Balinese word that stands for ‘ten temples’. The other explanation is that the name originally descends from Cilidasa, which means ‘ten children’. In the famous Puri Candidasa temple opposite the lagoon is the statue of the fertility goddess Hariti. The statue is located in a lower part of the temple and is surrounded by ten children. Balinese legend has it that Hariti was barren, but fell in love with a handsome god. She was determined to give him an heir. After a miracle happened, Hariti was fertile and gave birth to 10 children. The Balinese believe that making offerings in this temple will bring fertility. Childless couples often come to the temple for her help.

Pasir Putih Beach
Pasir Putih Beach has several nicknames such as Perasi beach, white sand beach, virgin beach, and hidden beach. Whatever the name of the beach might be, it is clear that it is a white sandy beach. Travellers looking for peace and relaxation visit this beach. It is the ideal destination and perfect for beach lovers looking for tropical relaxation. Visitors to Pasir Putih can enjoy a variety of water activities, such as swimming, snorkelling, and sunbathing, or indulge in a variety of dishes served with stunning views.


Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden
Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden is located in Tirtagangga, a small village in Candidasa. This water palace was built in 1948 with a unique combination of Balinese and Chinese styles by the last king of Karangasem. The king and his family used the water palace to rest and relax. The water palace consists of water features, fountains, statues, and flowers. The view here is beautiful. Because the water palace rests on a spring, the water is considered sacred: the spring rises in the ground near the sacred Rijasa tree and supplies the baths, ponds, and fountain with water. There are two holy baths. One was originally intended only for the king, and the other for the royal household. Nowadays, visitors can also swim in this holy water for a small fee.


Candidasa Lotus Lagoon
One of Candidasa’s local landmarks is the lotus lagoon. It offers a spectacular sight with its expansive water filled with pink and fuchsia lotuses and features a small garden island with statues in the centre. Across the street from the Candidasa Lotus Lagoon is the previously mentioned Pura Candidasa Temple, after which the Candidasa area is named. Halfway up its steps, this temple offers a better perspective of the entire lagoon including the sea and the iconic rocks. Visit this place as early as possible to catch a glimpse of perfectly-blooming lotuses and be enchanted by the refreshing scent.


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