The Karangasem regency is one of the 9 regencies in Bali, located approximately 78 kilometres to the east from the capital city of Denpasar. The tourism development in Karangasem is based on culture, expanding from the soul essence of Balinese religion, Hindu Dharma, based on the Tri Hita Karana philosophy.
Karang asem consists of 15 tourism objects and tourism attractions located in 8 sub-districts, with numerous other potentials yet to be developed. In light of the regional otonomy and facing the tight competition within the tourism industry, the local government of Karangasem regency throught the Department of Tourism and Culture strive to continually develop the tourism potentials in the area. In an effort to attract new tourists to visit Karangasem, increasing the number of visitors, local or foreign visitors, and also to develop the average spending within these places of interest, the government of Karangasem has built supporting infrastructures and facilities such as roads, water system, electricity, telephone access and wide range of accomodations such as home stays, non-star rated hotels, restaurants and star rated hotels.
Karangasem was the center of one of the most important ancient kingdoms in Bali, and many beautiful old palaces of Tirta Gangga, including a stunning series of pools filled with fresh-water springs.
Bathing in the palace's water is believed can restore both body and soul. Karangasem is also home for several Bali Aga villages, the original inhabitants of Bali. In the village of Tenganan, life goes on as it has for centuries, with all modernity banned from the village. Here the inhabitants still produce a rare form of hand-woven clothes known as gringsing and believed to have a mystical power.
(Source : Bali Interactive CD-Rom "Bali, the Island of Peace" by Bali Tourism Authority, 2000)