f you go to Bali, don’t forget to visit Candidasa beach. This beautiful beach located in the Bugbug, Karangasem district. Candidasa beach is a replica of the famous Kuta beach because the same – each has white sand. It is suitable for water sports such as swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling.
Candidasa is a tourist area that was developed starting in 1983. At first the name Candidasa is the name of a temple, the Pura Candidasa, located on a small hill and was built in the 12th century AD.
The white sandy beach is actually named the Gulf Kehen, but in its development as the enactment of the object and the beach is a tourist attraction, the coast of Gulf Kehen changed its name to the tourist area in accordance with the name Candidasa temple that is in the region.
Natural charm that was developed as a maritime tourism can be an option to perform various activities, such as sun bathing, canoeing, snorkeling, fishing, trekking through the hills, and are not less interesting is the presence of small islands can be reached by boat.This small islands holds the potential of panoramic underwater coral reefs and beautiful fish.
One story is the myth about the existence of a growing Candidasa temple and is believed by local people is a statue of Goddess Hariti located in a niche at the bottom of the cliff of the hill. It is said that Goddess Hariti narrated in the beginning was a Yaksa in Buddhism who love to eat the flesh of children. But after getting enlightenment teachings of Buddhism, the Goddess and then repent and turn to be protective and loving children.
Local people believe that the Goddess mother of Hariti means a lot to give gift of fertility and prosperity. Therefore, the place is much visited and utilized by the husband – wife is not blessed with offspring to request prayer dedicated to bringing offerings to the Goddess Hariti.