What is? - Tirta Gangga Water Palace
Tirta Gangga literally means water from the Ganges and it is a site of some reverance for the Hindu Balinese. Strictly, the name refers to the water palace built here from the late 1940’s to the 1950’s by Gusti Gede Djelantik, heir to the former Kingdom of Karangasem. It is widely used, though, to refer to the general area which includes the water palace and some particularly stunning rural areas around.
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 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. Organized tours are widely offered.
The primary draw in this area for visitors is the Tirta Gangga water palace, a lovely maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. The one-hectare complex was built from 1948 onwards by the late heir to the Kingdom 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 centerpiece 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.
The area around Tirta Gangga holds some stunning rice paddy terraces. Those postcard pictures of Bali rice terraces that you have all seen are usually from photographs taken here. You can also visit Taman Ujung tourist attractions which are not far from Tirta Gangga.
What to expect when visiting Tirta Gangga Water Palace
The first thing you’ll notice when you arrive at the Tirta Gangga Water Palace is two big ponds filled with decoravtive fish the size of an adult’s hand. The first pool, on the east side, is adorned with a row of statues. You may walk along the pond on solid rock that has been properly laid out as a walkway. This pool, on the other hand, is a popular photo location for visitors. You can take a selfie with the sculptures in the pool as a backdrop.
A park with a 10-meter-high water tower is not far from here. The water tower features steps that resemble a temple’s roof. The water in the Tirta Gangga pond comes from a sacred spring and is used in ancient ceremonies. There is a little bridge in the western pond that is frequently used as a photo backdrop.
On the west side, the pond is the largest. Paddling the canoe around the Tirta Gangga Water Palace is another way to experience the Tirta Gangga Water Palace. Yes, the pool’s size necessitates the use of a boat or djoekoeng for tourists seeking additional fun. There is also a public swimming pool that costs IDR 10,000 to enter. Following your photo shoot, enjoy the Tirta Gangga Water Palace’s swimming pool. For the Tirta Gangga admission charge, you only have to pay IDR 25,000. Remember to bring a towel and a change of clothes.
Tirta Gangga Water Palace in Karangasem Bali is a must to go place when you are in Bali next time. This place is one of so many historical places that you can visit when you are here.
At the Tirta Gangga Water Palace, tourists are made to feel at ease by the beauty of the environment and the uniqueness of the structure. The tranquil and peaceful atmosphere is ideal for recharging batteries after a long day of work. You can visit Tirta Gangga Water Palace in the morning or evening if you wish to shoot pictures. This water park will be packed with guests at noon.
After Tirta Gangga, you must go to Maha Gangga which is only 5 minutes away for another instagramable photo session, then finish the day with a beautiful lunch at Asli Bali restaurant, with Majestic Mount Agung View.
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