Adresse: Jl. Raya Tebola, Telaga Tawang, Sidemen, Kabupaten Karangasem
Characteristic villages lining green fields dotted with colourful flowers snooze, huddled between terraced rice paddies, watched over by Mount Agung. Welcome to Sidemen Valley, a hidden gem, ninety-minutes drive Northeast of Ubud, the last bastion of Balinese tradition which still jealously guards the authentic face of the island. Come just for a walk to discover tiny villages framed by rice paddies and farmlands, where you can see the people of the area engaged in age-old traditional activities. The more athletic travellers can try an excursion into the countryside to the peak of Mount Agung or hike around the coffee and cocoa plantations. Besides rafting along the Telaga Waja River, the more curious can take in some typical cultural activities, such as dance, traditional weaving, wood carving or even a yoga retreat. In this area, family hospitality is particularly appreciated, however there are also luxurious villas overlooking the rice paddies. Sidemen is an important centre for weaving. It is easy to stumble upon women with their hands nimbly dancing along wooden looms. Early in the morning, take a leap into the vivid colours and boisterous howls of the traditional local market of Sidemen with its indoor complex and external courtyard, yet still pouring out onto the main street. This is a real prize for photo buffs looking for unique shots.
Unusual Architecture for Meditation - Taman Ujung Water Palace
In 1909, the King of Karangasem ordered two architects to build a pool in the aquatic garden of Taman Ujung which would serve as a place of rest and meditation as well as a location to entertain the kingdom’s guests.