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TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE – A Royal Bathing Complex in East Bali

TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE

– All Details to Know About Tirta Gangga Water Palace –

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT TIRTA GANGGA?

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.

TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE

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WHAT IS TIRTA GANGGA?

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.

TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE

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WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT TIRTA GANGGA?

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 6.00 PM.

WEEKDAY:
Monday – Friday.

*) It will be crowded if your visit on weekend or Indonesian holiday.

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

***) Update info: Since February 10th, 2018 the local authority lowering Agung volcano level status to Level 3. Traveler able visit this water palace.

TIRTA GANGGA Festival:
It’s a ceremony of the temple. It will held on:

  • 30th April – 1st May 2016
  • 24th – 26th August 2017
  • 24th – 26th August 2018
  • 31st August – 1st September 2019

*) I don’t know why there is no info about 2018 festival. 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.

CEREMONY ON TIRTA GANGGA

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*) If you lucky you will see the local do the ceremony here. They wear a very nice dress and colorful. The girls bringing the ceremony things on their heads. I saw them in my third visit. 😉

HOW MUCH THE TIRTA GANGGA ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRY FEE:
Adult : IDR 30K
Child : IDR 30K

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

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : FREE
Car: FREE

TIRTA GANGGA ENTRANCE FEE:

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SWIMMING POOLS FEE:

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WHERE IS TIRTA GANGGA LOCATED?

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 OF TIRTA GANGGA:

HOW TO GET TO TIRTA GANGGA?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no direct public transport to get there. You have to take multiple public transport to reach this place.

From UBUD :
Please take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) at Ubud – Then, stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Amlapura, Karangasem at Batubulan – Then, stop at Karang Sokong Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Penarukan via Tulamben at Karang Sokong – Then, stop at Tirta Gangga.

  • Fee: IDR 20K + IDR 30K + IDR ?K
  • Timetable: No.

From KUTA :
Please to reach Kuta Central Parking first – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
Then take a Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Amlapura, Karangasem at Batubulan – Then, stop at Karang Sokong Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Penarukan via Tulamben at Karang Sokong – Then, stop at Tirta Gangga.

  • Fee: IDR 3,500 + IDR 30K + IDR ?K
  • Timetable: No.

From Ngurah Rai Airport :
Please to reach Ngurah Rai International Gate first – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
Then take a Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Amlapura, Karangasem at Batubulan – Then, stop at Karang Sokong Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Penarukan via Tulamben at Karang Sokong – Then, stop at Tirta Gangga.

  • Fee: IDR 3,500 + IDR 30K + IDR ?K
  • Timetable: No.

From North DENPASAR:
Please take a Bemo/Angkot at Ubung – Stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Amlapura, Karangasem at Batubulan – Then, stop at Karang Sokong Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Penarukan via Tulamben at Karang Sokong – Then, stop at Tirta Gangga.

  • Fee: IDR 15K + IDR 30K + IDR ?K
  • Timetable: No.

From South DENPASAR:
Please to reach Kuta Central Parking first – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
Then take a Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Amlapura, Karangasem at Batubulan – Then, stop at Karang Sokong Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Penarukan via Tulamben at Karang Sokong – Then, stop at Tirta Gangga.

  • Fee: IDR 3,500 + IDR 30K + IDR ?K
  • Timetable: No.

More information about Bali public transportation system:

– Trans Sarbagita Bus Stop/Shelter/Halte.
– Batubulan Micro/Mini Bus Station.
– Ubung Micro/Mini Bus Station.
– Karang Sokong Micro/Mini Bus Station.

*) It’s really not efficient trip using public transport in Bali. Waste your time, energy and money. There is no fixed price in Bali transportation system, except Trans Sarbagita. If the passenger full loaded you will get the price above, but if quiet (little) passenger you will pay more expensive. Seems they applied operational cost basis since the public transport not so popular today (quiet).

**) 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  Maps me apps because my phone battery dying and use my friend’s smartphone. But, maps me choose the narrow 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. Just use Google map!

TIRTA GANGGA FISH POND

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THE STATUE AT TIRTA GANGGA POOL

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*) There are so many statue in Tirta Gangga water palace. All those statues may categorize as animal, god, people and decoration statue.

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

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

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

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

GIANT LOTUS AT TIRTA GANGGA

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*) This is a very rare Lotus plant. The size bigger than common. Even it can hold a baby.

TIRTA GANGGA SWIMMING POOL

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*) You will regret if your visit without swimming in here. The water so cold, fresh 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. 🙂

TIRTA GANGGA DEEP SWIMMING POOL

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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 and children.

RICE TERRACES AROUND TIRTA GANGGA

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*) Tirta Gangga water palace/castle located in the Agung volcano’s foot. It has nice park and fresh air. It’s good place for relax, chilling and refresh your mind. You can also see the green rice field/terrace around the Tirta Gangga.

WATCH THE “TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE” FROM VIDEO:

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

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

1. Lempuyang Luhur temple.
2. Amlapura royal palace.
3. Taman Soekasada Ujung.
4. Amed beach (snorkeling & diving for beginner).
5. Tulamben beach (dive spot).
6. Virgin beach.
7.

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

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6 thoughts on “TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE – A Royal Bathing Complex in East Bali

  1. Polina

    I visited in low season and the place were not overcrowded. Nice garden with lots of sculptures, some of them look really ancient. I was impressed with a plant which has leaves same size as my body. Most interesting is the pool with lots of huge fishes.
    I didn’t try swimming in spring water ponds but it looks refreshing and energizing

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Oh, you missed a chance to be like a local king or princess. Swimming in their water palace should not be missed. Refreshing water.

      It was good if you visited Tirta Gangga in low season and not crowded. You can enjoyed more and relaxing here.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      You’re welcome.
      Well, i still working to make it complete, comprehensive and updated.
      Thank you for visit our travel blog.

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