Tirta Gangga

Attraction Tirta Gangga Jalan Gunung Salak Denpasar Bali Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 11:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Family
Historic
Must see
Kids
2.00 USD

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Tirta Gangga is a former royal palace in eastern Bali, Indonesia, about 5 kilometres from Karangasem, near Abang. It is noted for its water palace, owned by Karangasem Royal.

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Why Tirta Gangga is special ?

Tirta Gangga literally means water from the Ganges and it is a site of some reverence for the Hindu Balinese. Strictly, the name refers to the water palace built in 1948 by the Raja of Karangasem, Anak Agung Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. It is, however, the name widely used to refer to the general area which includes the water palace and the lush rural areas around. Tirta Gangga water palace is a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. The one hectare complex was built in 1946 by the late King of Karangsem but was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963.[1] It has been lovingly re-built and restored and has an air of authentic royal magnificence.


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What to explore at Tirta Gangga?

The primary draw in this area for visitors is the Tirta Gangga water palace, a lovely maze of pools and fountains surround by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. The one hectare complex was built in 1946 by the late King of Karangsem but was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963. It has been lovingly re-built and restored and has an air of authentic royal magnificence. The centrepiece of the palace is an eleven tiered fountain, and there are many beautiful carvings and statues adorning the gardens. This is a great spot to unwind and it has a real atmosphere of old Bali. You can bathe in the pools for a small charge which is additional to the Rp 20,000 (foreigners) or Rp 10,000 (Indonesians) entrance fee.

The area around Tirta Gangga holds some stunning rice paddy terraces. Those postcard pictures of Bali rice terraces which you have all seen are usually from photographs taken here.

Lempuyang Temple (Pura Lempuyang Luhur) is about 10 km east of Tirtagangga on the slopes of Mount Lempuyang. This is one of the key nine directional temples on the island. Park in the car park and walk up the steps to the temple. The lower temple is always open but the upper temple (at the top of the dragon staircases) is often locked, so it is best to go with a Balinese driver who will usually be able to arrange for the temple priest to open it up for you. It's situated high up a mountain and there are magnificent sunset views at dusk.

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How to get to Tirta Gangga?

Tirta Gangga is a popular side trip from the nearby coastal resort towns of Amed and Candidasa. It is in fact right beside the main road between these two locations. The Water Palace is the main draw card where the gardens, the huge koi fish and the spring fed swimming pools are worth the stop. There are also about a dozen eateries located around the entry to the Water Palace. The quality is superb and the prices are cheaper than in the Tourist Traps. The hiking around Tirta Gangga is excellent. You can just take a short stroll on your own along any well beaten track into the rice paddies or, for the more serious hikers, a full-on climb of nearby Gunung Agung. Organised tours are widely offered.

Public buses run from nearby Karangasem town and Perama [1] buses can be chartered from Candidasa.

If you are driving yourself, Tirta Gangga is on the main east coast road just north of the town of Karangasem (Amlapura) and is fairly well signposted.

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Selling points

  • Two different worlds in one location
  • A must-see in East-Bali
  • A beautiful and tranquil place
  • Nice stroll and view
  • Best park in Bali
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  • There are some vendors selling foods and drink.
    Food
  • Pools are drained on Monday mornings, but are completely filled again by afternoon
    Equipment
  • It costs the Rp 20,000 (foreigners) or Rp 10,000 (Indonesians) entrance fee. If you want to swim, will be charged an additional fee of IDR 10.000 per person.
    Ticket and Pricing
  • Besides the many small warung stalls outside of the main site and around the parking area, Tirta Gangga also boasts accommodation facilities and a restaurant, as well as the Tirta Ayu Hotel & Restaurant – located just behind the main fountain.
    Service
  • There is a pool than allow you to swim; changing room and place for rinsing off is available.
    Service
  • If you swim, try to not make noise for some people treat this place as a pool.
    Experience

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The watertemple is very beatiful and tranqiul, but not very big. A tip is to buy bread at one of the shops outside the temple and feed the very large Koi Karpe that swim in the pools. Almost no hawkers outside the temple which is also a very big plus.

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Remember to bring your swim gear for some water fun!

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