Kertha Gosa is located in the heart of Semarapura town and its name taken from Kertha (peace) and Gosa (announcement) together meaning courthouse. It is famous for the pavilion with its ceilings painted with scenes from the Bhima Swarga story in Balinese Klung klung style, an inferno showing the result of committing crimes such as sexual assault and thievery.
Its foundations first laid out in 1919, by ‘Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem’, Taman Ujung became officially open to the public and became known as a royal water garden complex. The site suffered near devastation by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963, and also weathered an earthquake in 1979. The beautiful pillars give the impression of a Greek temple. Years of restoration efforts has made way to its current splendor and in 2004 it became a government designated historical park.
Tirta Gangga literally means water from the Ganges and it is a site of some reverence for the Hindu Balinese. The king of Amlapura, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut built the water palace in 1947 and used it as one of his many weekend retreats. There are bathing spaces, pools and fountains, the water comes from natural spring water and is very cold. It is recommended to bring swim suits for a nice cool dip in the water to cleanse your mind and body.
The temple complex comprised of 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) carved into the cliff face. The 7-metres high niches cut into the sheer cliff face is said to have been carved by the legendary giant Kubo using its own finger nails. It is thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty. You will find hundreds of stairs going down that lead to the kings and queens graves carved on both sides of the Pakurisan river banks. Recommended for those who do not mind going up and down many stairs.
Goa Gajah means “Elephant Cave”, it is an ancient remain said to have been built in the 11th century. The cave mouth is designed as an imaginarily demon called Karla opening its mouth. Inside you can see Ganesha and Ringa statues. There is a men’s and female’s holy bathing area in the middle of the cave courtyard which was uncovered in 1954.
The carvings are located between the rice fields on the ravine of Pekerisan river. It is said to have been carved in the 14th century and its length stretches up to 25m. Like a scroll painting the figures shows in vivid touch the daily lives of the people and animals such as monkeys, horses and bears.
Puri Saren Agung (Ubud Palace) is a Sekawati Kingdom Palace with beautiful Balinese traditional houses, it is still used as a residence of the royal family and parts of the palace are available for tourists to see and used as an accommodation facility. The wonderful split gate in the entrance of the palace was built by I Gusti Lenpat, also they have a splendid lookout tower called the Bale Patot situated in the south west corner which is said to be used by the king.