Bali Backpacker's Guide

TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE – A Royal Bathing Complex in Bali

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS WATER PALACE?

BEAUTIFUL WATER PALACE 
It has beautiful landscape and wide area.
Beautiful statue, ornaments, rice terrace and mountain view.

AWESOME ENVIRONMENT & ATMOSPHERE
Beautiful garden, pools and clear water.
Fresh air and peaceful place.

POPULAR WATER CASTLE
You will visit the popular water castle in Bali.
Best place for family visit, especially if you have son.

NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Taman Soekasada Ujung.
You combine to visit those places.

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DESCRIPTION:

Tirta Gangga Water Palace  is a royal bathing complex which located near to mount Agung. It has nice garden, pools and good landscape. Around the area you will found so many statue and carp fish in the pools. At outside the area you will found rice terrace and mountain view.

Tirta Gangga belongs to royal family of Karangasem kingdom. It’s a royal bathing complex established on 1948 by King Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem Agung. On 1963-1964 mount Agung erupted, it broke the water palace by pumice stone and burried the pools with ash and sand. Then the restoration been made after the mount Agung stop erupting on 1964.

The water source or spring located in the higher ground, under a big banyan tree. You will found it’s locked gate because it’s considered as holy place and holy water for hindus ceremony. That’s why this place named as Tirta Gangga (Gangga water) because It’s pure water for ceremony in some temples around Karangasem regency. Tirta Gangga spring supply three bathing pools, next it supplied to water palace pools and carp fish pools.

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WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT IT?

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 6.00 PM.

*) Sometime it will be crowded on the weekend and on indonesian holiday.

**) Since September 23rd, 2017 this place closed due to Mt Agung activity. Please kindly check other sights.

TIRTA GANGGA Festival:
It’s a ceremony of the temple. It will held on:
30th April – 1st May 2016
xxx 2017

*) I don’t know why there is no info about this festival this year. I already ask to Bali government tourism board in Renon, Denpasar and they have no idea about this festival this year. They ask me to call Karangasem tourism board. But, no one pick up my call. I think no Gangga festival this year after i called and asked to Tirta Ayu hotel.

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HOW MUCH THE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 30K
Child : IDR .

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : FREE

SWIMMING FEE:
Adult : IDR 10K
Child : IDR 5K.

TIRTA GANGGA ENTRANCE FEE:

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SWIMMING POOLS FEE:

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WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Ababi, .
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Abang
Regency (Kabupaten): Karang Asem
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 70 km northeast of Denpasar or 2 hour.
About 58 km east of Ubud or 2 hour.
About 79 km northeast of Kuta beach or 2 hours and 20 minutes.
About 81 km northeast of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour and 15 minutes.

MAP:

HOW TO GET TO THE LOCATION?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no direct public transport to get there.

*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this water palace and use google maps as your navigator.

**) Make sure you choose the easy way, not the steep road.

***) After visited this water palace, we decide going back to Ubud via other road and use apps Maps.me because my phone battery dying and use my friend’s smartphone. But, maps.me choose the small and quiet road to Ubud. Sometime broken in some spots. It surprised me because the way without light in the night and we across quiet village and very very small bridge. I don’t recommend you to use maps.me application for the track from Tirta Gangga to Ubud. Maybe other destination is fine. But, special for this destination, i don’t recommend it.

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OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some shop outside of the water palace selling snacks and souvenirs.

*) In side of the area you will found one hotel & restaurant, Tirta Ayu hotel & restaurant.

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*) You will regret if your visit without swimming in here. The water so cold and clear like crystal, it will tempting you and refreshing for sure. You can feel how bathing and swimming like a king in the past time. 🙂

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*) Tirta Gangga has three pools that available for swimming. I choose the deep one because it’s not so crowded by local.

SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Tirta Gangga:

1. Taman Soekasada Ujung.
2. Amlapura royal palace.
3. Virgin beach.
4. Amed beach (snorkeling & diving for beginner).
5. Tulamben beach (dive spot).

You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 11 & 12 itinerary.

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