The Beginnings of Balinese Royalty


The royal families of east Bali first emerged in the mid-1300s when rulers from Java’s Majapahit Empire asked a priest to help bring the Balinese into line. The priest sent his grandson who established a court on the east coast, known as the Karangasem kingdom. After his descendants moved their palace to Klungkung, the dynasty became regarded as the island’s highest royal authority.
However, in 1908 in a protest against Dutch colonisation, the royal family committed ‘puputan,’ a mass ritual suicide. The surviving members of the family were exiled and their palaces mostly destroyed. The Dutch invasions triggered an international uproar, which ironically, led to the island opening to tourism, contributing to the preservation of Bali’s culture and the return of the royal family.

Tour Itinerary
  • Tirta Gangga – a maze of pools, fountains and stone carvings in the remains of a water palace destroyed when Mount Agung erupted
  • Puri Agung Karangasem
  • Taman Ujung – an elegant water palace built by the Karangasem king
  • The Kertagosa Pavilion – the ancient courts of justice inside the ruins of the Palace of Klungkung
  • Sukawati traditional art market – woven baskets, paintings and crafts in colourful cloth

Terms & Conditions
  • Entry fees to all temples and sites are not included in the rate.
  • The rate is valid for maximum 6 people per car

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