On this tour, you’ll see the three complexes that make up the mystical grounds of the Tirta Gangga Palace. Built in the 19th century, this historic palace blends Chinese and Balinese influences, in a series of pools, fountains, and statues that synthesize art and spirituality in one tranquil site.
- 4 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 9:00 AM
- Inquire for Transportation
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English
The tour begins with a pickup in private transportation, and drive around an hour to the temple. On the first level, you’ll wander past two ponds and a many-tiered water tower. The second complex has pools where visitors can bathe in the sacred waters. The water flows into the swimming pool through the mouth of a demon statue. From here, the water flows into a lower-level pool, and then into some fish ponds. For a small fee, you can feed the fish. Speaking of feeding, this tour includes a stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
Your guide will give you some interesting information on the history of the palace as you walk along the grounds. Tirtagangga was built by the last Indonesian king, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. He was deeply involved in the construction of the palace, going so far as to get his hands dirty while physically digging the space for the pools. Pilgrims visit this site for springtime ceremonies where traditional musicians play gongs and drums. Once you’ve had your fill of the site, you’ll meet back up with your driver for the return trip to your hotel.
A beautiful and unique water palace in eastern Bali, the name Tirta Gangga literally translates to “water from the Ganges” — the holiest river according to Hindu tradition. It is a place of reverence for Hindus and a former royal palace for the Raja of Karangasem. This maze of pools and fountains was originally built in 1948, nearly destroyed in 1963 by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung, and then lovingly rebuilt in 1963. It’s located in east Bali between the beaches of Amed and Candidasa, about two hours drive from Denpasar. The water park is the crown jewel of Karangasem Regency and one of the best-kept sights in the region.
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