Klungkung, The Home Of The Islands
Klungkung is a regency in Bali province, and become the smallest regency in Bali. The capital city is located in Semarapura. Klungkung is bounded with Bangli regency in North, Karangasem rgency in east, Gianyar regency in west and Indian Ocean in south.
Although the area is relatively small, Klungkung regency also covers two Nusa islands, which consist of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.
If we look at the size of its area, it is hardly believed that Klungkung was once a center of administration in Bali. When Bali reached its golden era under the reign of Dalem Batur Renggong around the 15th century, Bali’s adminsitration was centered in Gelgel Klungkung Only after the revolution of Patih Gusti Agung Maruti, the center of government was then moved to Klungkung during the reign of Dalem Dimade. At the first days of the Dutch colonization inBali, Klungkung was ruled by Tjokorda Istri Kania, a woman who was crowned to be the deputy of the king because the true royal heir was still a child.
As a center of administration, various genres of arts and handicrafts were well developed in Klungkung, inseparable from the cultural and religious life of the people.
There are some villages near Klungkung, and become part of Klungkung regency that mostly being visited by tourist for particular interest. For instance, The Tihingan village, it is very famous for the gamelan industry. the Budaga village known for ceremonial tools made from bronze and gold, while the Satria village is famous for its production of tedung handicrafts and costumes for the temple. In addition, the Kamasan village is known with its classical puppet paintings which are made based on themes from religious literature. This Kamasan village which is 4 kilometers to the south of the city of Klungkung, is also known for the production of the bokor and other silver tools generally used in a ceremonial process.
Beyond Klungkung is the coastal village of Kusamba. Kusamba is one of the embarkation points to the islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. The Journey from Kusamba or Sanur to these islands takes a couple of hours.
The most other visited destination in Klungkung territory is definitely coming from the Nusa Islands, which is Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
Other destination that worth to be visited is like, Klungkung Puputan Monument, Taman Sari Temple, Japan Cave, Kertagosa, Kusamba Beach, Suana, Karang Bolong, Lembongan, Atuh beach, Nyoman Gunarsa Museum, Budaga Village and more.