In ancient time, Bali Island was ever divided into nine minor kingdoms, as one of the kingdom is Karangasem Kingdom - which it was established in the east end of the island, 17th century.
Bali Tirta Gangga Water Palace is one of popular heritage site of Karangasem Kingdom, which it become the most favorite place nowadays by the tourist for its greatness of building architecture.
- Tirta Gangga – The Stunning Water Palace in East Bali
- History of Tirta Gangga
- Explore The Water Palace and Feed The Beautiful Fishes
- Opening Hours and Best Time to Visit
- Entrance and Parking Fee
- Location of Tirta Gangga
Translate ke Bahasa Indonesia: Tirta Gangga, Taman Indah Peninggalan Kerajaan Karangasem
Tirta Gangga – The Stunning Water Palace in East Bali
Tirta Gangga Water Palace has a complex of 1.2 acres which stretches lengthwise from east to west in the foot of Agung Mount. Its three main attractions are great ponds with beautiful fishes, unique statues, and impressive green garden.
In the complex, there are three parts of area, which each one has distinctive building. At the very bottom area, there are ornament ponds with water fountain and beautiful fishes, which here is always favorite photography spot by the visitors.
The middle area there is a swimming pool with clear and cool water. Every visitor is expected to bring change of clothes and a towel if want to swim.
The higher part there is a banyan tree and a natural spring that flows to all pools in Tirta Gangga and to settlements and rice fields for around Amplapura.
History of Tirta Gangga
Tirta Gangga Water Palace was built in 1946 by Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem (the late king of Karangasem Kingdom. Its complex was almost destroyed in 1963 because of the eruption of Agung Mount.
Then, the destroyed area was rehabilitated in 1979, particularly on the water garden and others.
Name of Tirta Gangga comes word “Tirta” means “holy water” and “Gangga” means “name of a holy river in India”. According to mean above, Tirta Gangga is a water palace with holy spring and built as a form of respect for the Hindu People.
Explore The Water Palace and Feed The Beautiful Fishes
Most of the visitors come to Tirta Gangga Water Place for photography purpose, particularly in background of beautiful pool with the 10 meters-fountain tower and traditional statues which add into unique view.
The visitors may explore it all by walking through the footsteps that seem like floating on the pools. Water of the pool is as clear as crystal so the beautiful fishes may be seen from fast view.
Besides that, you can also spend a moment to feed the beautiful fishes around the pool. The food of the fishes can be got cheap at many stores outside the water palace.
The minor group of the big fishes will come to you when throwing food from the surface of the pool. This activity is very liked by the child visitors.
After that, you may swim in the great pool with clear water while enjoying fresh atmosphere in middle area of the water palace, the good way relieve stress and relax mind.
Opening Hours and Best Time to Visit
Tirta Gangga Water Palace is officially opened from 08.00 to 18.00. The busy time usually starts from 12.00 to 16.00 and the best time to visit is the early mornings (08.00 – 10.00 am) and the late afternoons (16.00 – 17.00).
Particularly for photography, you are recommended to visit early morning for a place with quieter situation and the freedom of taking photo in a good angle.
Entrance and Parking Fee
The last entrance fee of Tirta Gangga Water Palace is IDR 25.000 per person for domestic visitors and IDR 40.000 per person for foreigners. For inner car parking, the charges are charged IDR 2.000 per car. For swimming ticket, every visitor is charged additional fee at IDR 10.000 for domestic visitors and IDR 20,000 for foreigners.
After exploring the water palace, the visitors can stop a moment and have a lunch at a nearby restaurant that offers delicious cuisines.
Location of Tirta Gangga
Tirta Gangga Water Palace is located in Ababi Village, Abang District, Karangasem Regency. The trip approximately takes 2 hours 15 minutes from International Ngurah Rai Airport.
The map can be checked out below.
Some popular tourist spots near Tirta Gangga Water Palace are Lempuyang Temple, Taman Ujung Water Palace, Besakih, Goa Lawah, and Virgin Beach. You may combine a few of them into your day trip.