Bewitched by the magical beauty of Tirta Gangga Bali water palace

Tirtagangga Bali Water Palace is an old water palace of the Karangasem empire, one of the most popular attractions in eastern Bali.

Bewitching the beauty of Tirta Gangga Bali water palace

Tirta Gangga Bali Water Palace is located about 6 km north of Amlapura town, home to 1.2ha of swimming pools, ponds and fountains surrounded by tropical gardens. The landscape is breathtaking with lush rice fields, decorative gardens with swimming pools, fountains, stone carvings, stone walkways, fish ponds, and cool sidewalks.

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Tirtagangga literally means water from the Ganges River (the holy Ganges of India) and it is a spiritual site for the Hindus in Bali. 
The water palace was built here from the late 1940s to the 1950s by Gusti Gede Djelantik, heir to the former Kingdom of Karangasem. The center of the palace is an eleven-story fountain and there are many beautifully decorated carvings and statues among the gardens.
The gardens of Tirta Gangga Bali water palace were designed and built in 1948, it is like a fairy garden and tourists can walk among fountains, swim in some swimming pools or lang ladder around the quiet areas and explore the beauty of thousands of colorful Koi fish.
The largest pond is at the lowest level of Tirtagangga, where the water flows into the nearby rice fields. Visitors can wander the well-manicured floating beaches, explore the fountains to admire the dozens of statues scattered here. A dazzling view of the bright green rice fields visible from the highest point. Two bridges connect the sides of the pond, where there are ornate mythical dragon statues on either side.
There was a sad event in 1963, the eruption of volcano Agung destroyed almost the entire structure at Tirta Gangga Palace. The entire vegetation disappeared due to the influence of lava and hot ash in the earthquake. During a time during the eruption, Tirta Gangga Palace was abandoned. The villagers, along with the king's family, have come to a safer place. Fortunately, the palace was completely rebuilt after that with all efforts and still retains its inherent magnificence. 

Best time to visit Tirta Gangga water palace

Tirta Gangga is a popular Bali tourist destination  , so to avoid crowds it is recommended to go and visit in the early morning before 10am
Or later afternoons around 5pm just before it closes (6pm daily). Usually, at that time of day, it is not crowded.
The garden is not very large so if you want to enjoy and spend some time, you need about 30-40 minutes.

How to get to Tirta Gangga Bali water palace

Tirta Gangga is located in Ababi village, Karangasem dynasty, Bali, Indonesia, about 75km east of Denpasar city .
The complex is a cool refuge in the eastern highlands, located on the southeastern slope of the island's highest mountain, Mount Agung.
The easiest way for tourists to get to Tirta Gangga water palace is on the Perama train to and from the airport, Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, Amed, Tulamben, Padang Bach and Candidasa.
Self-driving is also accessible, although journeys from Kuta or Seminyak can take up to three hours and two hours from Ubud.

Admission fee to Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Visiting Tirta Gangga has an admission fee of IDR 30,000 per person. There is an additional cost of IDR 10,000 per person when swimming in a freshwater pool.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth located directly in front of the entrance in the parking area. 
And payment should be in cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), so please prepare small cash before you arrive here.
You can feed the fish in the area and feed them IDR 5,000 per bag, then take a memorable photo at Tirta Gangga to end your visit.
Tirta Gangga is open to visitors seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., all year round, with the exception of Nyepi (Silent Day).
Nyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia, is a day of silence, vegetarianism and meditation for Balinese people. The next day Nyepi is also celebrated as New Year's Day.

Things to do in Tirta Gangga Bali Water Palace

Amidst the sacredness of Tirta Gangga Water Palace, fountains and ponds, a stunning garden and tranquil atmosphere are definitely a truly delightful destination in Bali.
Visiting the fish pond: the vast pond with the abundant amount of Koi fish is definitely an interesting experience. Visitors will be able to feed the fish themselves.
The fresh water from Tirta Gangga Bali water palace is holy water. As a source of drinking water for the entire town of Amlapura. Water is also used for religious ceremonies in the temples inside the palace. Flowing into swimming pools, ponds and spilling rice fields in the surrounding area so swimming here is fun. The swimming pool allows you to enjoy a dip and swim in the fresh outdoor water beside beautiful sculptures, fountains, lush gardens. 
Meditation: Tirta Gangga Bali Water Palace is a perfect retreat for visitors looking for serenity. Right behind the main gate, visitors will be greeted by two beautiful dragon statues who guard the meditation area. The dragons will bring you negative energy and protect it from evil spirits.

Tirta Gangga Restaurant

There is a good selection of eateries at Tirta Gangga Bali water palace located around the entrance to Tirta Gangga and the price is lower than most other tourist areas.
A plethora of eateries are open all day with less at night, from traditional Indonesian warung dishes to the exclusive restaurant in the palace's campus market.
And Tirta Ayu is a favorite lunch stop inside the palace offering a breathtaking view from the water garden to the hill.
Guests can enjoy a delicious dish in Tirta Ayu restaurant after exploring the palace. One menu can choose from both local or Western dishes. The restaurant is famous for their excellent hospitality as well as food standards and quality. That's why it has become a tourist's favorite restaurant.
There are a number of tours in the area including time at Tirta Gangga Bali water palace as well as other Karangasem attractions such as (Gate of Heaven), Cansdidasa Beach, Kerta Gosa, Tukad Cepung Waterfall, Palace Ujung water and electricity and more ... that you can visit when you come here.

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