With its history of rivalry among the various factions of its royal family, its is hardly surprising that Karangasem harbors numerous old palaces. The Puri Agung Kanginan palace features a blend of Balinese, Dutch and Chinese architecture, In Karangasem’s south are the ruins of the Taman Ujung pleasure palace. In the north, the Tirta Gangga water palace, the most intact of all, boasts a series of springfed pools which are welcomingly clear and a treat to bathe in after a long drive.