Ketewel – Bali you didn’t know about
We continue to acquaint you with the districts of Bali unknown to most tourists. Today we are heading to the east coast, to Ketewel. If you look at the map of the island, it is located on the right-hand side, above the oldest tourist district of Sanur.
There are only black sand beaches in Ketewel, they are long and one follows another uninterrupted – Gumicik, Manyar, Pabean, Pantai Pabean Ketewel. The ocean at some beaches is not always good for swimming, but it is powerful and beautiful in its true nature all the time. The charm of Ketewel beaches is that there are no sun loungers, trendy cafes or annoying souvenir sellers, but only fishing boats on the water. There are deserted and wild beaches where you can come across small local cafes called warung which sell fresh coconuts and drinks.
Renting a villa in the eastern part of Bali means, first of all, the feeling of complete unity with nature, silence and relaxation. A luxurious oceanfront villa with stylish interior, a large pool, a chef and a driver is an ideal option for a holiday with your family or a group of friends. You will enjoy the views of palm groves, rice fields and the island’s main volcano Agung in the distance. Bali was exactly like that 50 years ago and 100 years ago too and continues to retain its special atmosphere and people from all over the world come here to experience it. There are many tropical islands on the world map, but Bali is the only one.
The east of the island is not only about beaches and rice fields. We advise you to rent a car or use the services of a driver and set off to explore the local nature and culture.
Kanto Lampo, Tibumana and Pengibul Waterfalls are located in the district of Ketewel not far from each other, but each is beautiful in its own way. A trip to Air Terjun Tangkup – a winding canyon with waterfalls – will plunge you into a movie world lost in the jungle.
If you want to get acquainted with local culture and architecture, visit the residence of Balinese kings Taman Ujung and the sacred water garden Tirta Gangga. You can feel the atmosphere of Balinese sanctuaries in Lempuyang Temple located on the mountain. It is best to arrive there shortly after dawn and, if you are strong enough, climb up all the many stairs through the foggy jungle to the temple at the very top of the mountain.
If you are staying in Ketewel with children, do not miss Bali Doll House – a museum of dolls with a beautiful territory and Kebon Vintage Cars – a vintage cars museum. Of course, there is also Bali Bird Park.
What else is there near Ketewel that might be interesting?
- Organic salt harvesting in the farms near the village of Kusamba where the locals manually, without using any modern technology produce sea salt.
- Taman Nusa Cultural Park presents picturesque architecture and culture from all over Indonesia, some of which is represented in miniature.
- Bali Safari and Marine Park is the place to meet animals of Bali, an interesting experience for both children and adults.