One of the 9 Regencies/Municipality in Bali Province is Karangasem Regency. This regency situated in the eastern most point of Bali Island, which bordered at the east by Lombok Strait, at the west by Klungkung, Bangli and Buleleng Regencies, at the south by the Indonesian Ocean and at the north by the Java Sea. The capital of this regency is Amlapura.
Precisely, Karangasem Regency is located between 8º00’00” – 8º41’37,8″ south latitude and 115º35’9,8″ – 115º54’8,9″ east longitude. The total land surface of this regency is 83.954 Hectare, which is divided into 8 districts of Karangasem, Abang, Kubu, Bebandem, Sidemen, Selat, Rendang and Manggis. Karangasem Regency also covers 3 administrative villages, 68 traditional villages, 52 community groups, and 526 smaller community groups called ” Dusun”.
The population registration took place in 2003 reported that the total population of Karangasem Regency is approximately 388.320 people, consists of 193.518 men and 194.802 women. People of Karangasem make their living in various ways. Some of them are farmers, fishermen, traders, craftsmen, and even active in tourism field. People in majority are Hindu followers, who live in a very religious life, thus ritual activities can be seen almost everyday in this area.
Karangasem regency is an area with a tropical climate, which experiences 2 different seasons of dry season (April-October) and wet season (November-March). The largest rainfall is on October, which is in 166 days, with the average rainfall of 182 mm. Its plantations and animal are grouped in a tropical species. The distance between Karangasem Regency and the International Airport located in Denpasar is about 88 km (53 miles).
The two places are connected by a quite good street. Along the way from or to the Airport we will see a stunning panorama of East Bali with its hills and rice fields that arranged beautifully. As one of tourist destinations in Bali, Karangasem has so many potentials to support the development of its tourism industry. Its rich nature with mountains, hills, rivers, lush rice fields and lovely beaches abound with the unique daily life of the people and their culture make Karangasem worth to visit.
There are fifteen (15) tourist destinations developed in Karangasem, they are Bukit Jambul, Besakih, Telaga Waja, Iseh, Putung, Puri Agung Karangasem (Karangasem Palace), Tirtagangga, Jemeluk, Tulamben, Sibetan, Taman Ujung, Candidasa, Tenganan Pegeringsingan, Padangbai and Yeh Malet. Those tourist objects are spread in 3 tourism development areas of Candidasa, Ujung and Tulamben.