KlungkungA magnificent Of Architecture
Klungkung is a Bali Regency located on the south Bali. Klungkung, meaning happiness or beauty is Balis smallest regency. It is situated on the south- eastern coast of Bali and includes the island of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The great Unda River flows through Klungkung and passes through many beautiful villages.
The natural beauty of Klungkung should not be missed. Fertile green rice fields and rolling hills mark the landscape of Klungkung. The Unda river has become a popular spot for its thrilling white-water rafting rides. A drive through Klungkung brings stunning views at every turns, with spectacular natural panoramas, alternating with unspoiled traditional villages where the way of life has remained unchanged for centuries. Many interesting old temples can be found in Klungkung, including the Pura Dasar Temple of the dynasty of Gelgel, and the beautiful, tranquil Taman Sari Temple. The regency of Klungkung also includes the islands of Nusa Penida and Lembongan, wonderful places for exploring the topical ecologist.
Klungkung town, called Semarapura is a bustling commercial centre and its market is the largest in Bali. A magnificent example of Klungkung architecture, the Kertha Gosa was used as a venue for the administration of justice by kings and priests during pre-colonial times. It is surrounded by a moat and its ceilings are decorated with beautiful paintings, which depict tortures in hell and happiness in heaven.
Another beautiful royal temple in Klungkung is the Pura Taman Sari, featuring a moat surrounded pagoda in a lush garden. Home of Balinese traditional paintings are derived from Balinese variations of the ancient Hindu epics Ramayana and the Mahabhrata. This style also been adapted for large version of the zodiac and lunar calendars. Kamasan paintings take their essential characteristics from the wayang tradition.
A few kilometers east is Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave; crowded with thousands of bats, which are unseen but certainly not unheard, during the day. The cave is part of the temple that is said to connect whit the underground tunnel which leads all the way to Besakih. Beyond Semarapura is the coastal village of Kusamba, one of the embarkation points to the islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. The journey by boat from Kusumba (or Sanur) to these island takes up to 90 minutes.