Exploring the east of Bali, Indonesia Welcome to Water palace Tirta Gangga Karangasem.
Time for some exploring here on Bali. And this time we are exploring the east of Bali. Welcome to Karangasem, Bali. One of the nine regions that Bali is divided in. So pack your camera’s, food and enough water. And let TIAWOT be your #Balitourguide.
How do we get to Karangasem and how long will the ride be?
Well that totally depends in which region or area you are having your well-deserved holiday. For us it took almost three hours by motorcycle to get to Water Palace Tirta Gangga. But we stopped halfway to drink and eat. And we had to stop a couple of times to be certain that we were heading in the right direction. But #WaterPalaceTirtaGangga is really worth the trip and effort.
It’s funny though, in the Netherlands if we would take a road trip that took about three hours, well we would be in another country Hahahaha. But you cannot really compare the roads here on Bali to that from the Netherlands. Like the traffic is different and also the road in Bali isn’t flat and straight, here in Bali you have to be really careful when driving.
Welcome to Water Palace Tirta Gangga Karangasem also called Taman Air Tirta Gangga Karangasem.
When arriving here at Taman Air Tirta Gangga Karangasem, well you will have to parc your motorcycle or car. There are a lot of parking spaces near and around #TamanAirTirtaGangga. After your parked your vehicle, you will have to walk towards the entrance. You will be passing a couple of small warung (little local shops or food stalls) that sell food, drinks and fish food for inside Tirta Gangga.
We are lucky it was not that crowded because of the COVID-19 situation, but still you have to be careful. Wash your hands or sanitize by every entrance, put your mask on and keep on social distancing.
Entrance fee is for locals IDR 25.000 pp/ foreigners IDR 40.000 pp. And the opening hours are from 8am to 10pm. Keep in mind, because this is a religious place, please dress properly and respect the culture here on Bali. You are not at your own home.
What can you do when you enter Taman Air Tirta Gangga Karangasem?
Well first of all be mesmerized by the beauty called #TirtaGangga. Lots of water, of course, and a mix of nature. With the main attraction being the big water fountain, you won’t miss this.
You can follow the arrows and walk around this beautiful Water Palace. You will see all different kinds of statues, ornaments and a temple. If you want to have a quick bit or a refreshing drink, well there a couple of small warung inside where you can get this. There is also a bigger restaurant that’s part of an hotel called Tirta Ayu – Hotel Restaurant. So yeah you can even sleep here at Tirta Gangga Karangasem.
People, mainly locals, also come here to take stunning wedding pictures at Tirta Gangga. We saw a newlywed having a photo shoot at Water Palace Tirta Gangga Karangasem.
They also have some fun activities for the entire family, like a small playground for kids. You can make small boat ride, from one side of the pond to the other side. Also for additional cost you can also swim at Tirta Gangga, locals IDR 10.000 pp & foreigner IDR 20.000 pp. But this was closed off because of the COVID-19 regulations.
First impression of visiting this #mustseewheninBali Water Palace Tirta Gangga Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
The first thing we felt was that Tirta Gangga has that relaxing Zen vibe. You are surrounded by mother nature and you hear the water of the Water Fountain flowing. Just ecstatic to say the least.
Incredible how the Balinese people have put this all it together, it feels magical, and it looks magical. It’s like each part has their own story, each statue has its own name. But every comes together to give off that calming and blissful energy.
A definitely #mustgoinBali.
There is a world out there – On the road to Tirta Gangga you will have some beautiful view(s), just stop for a moment to enjoy the view. And in other areas on the way to Tirta Gangga you can feel the magical energy flowing by the wind. That’s truly Bali.
A quick history lesson of Taman Air Tirta Gangga Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
Tirta Gangga is a former royal palace in eastern Bali, Indonesia, about 5 kilometers from Karangasem, near Abang. Named after the sacred river Ganges in Hinduism, it is noted for the Karangasem royal water palace, bathing pools and its Patirthan temple. The one hectare complex was built in 1946 by the late King of Karangasem but was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963.
- Belief of Balinese Hinduism
Tirta Gangga is based on the beliefs in Balinese Hinduism, where river Ganges and its waters are considered sacred. Its waters are cherished for irrigation and agricultural abundance, recreation and economic activity. The Patirthan temple illustrates the historic significance of Tirta Gangga in the Balinese tradition as a pilgrimage and holy water site.
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Wow, that was quite the road trip, my butt was getting sleepy and my head was spinning because of our three hour road trip to Water palace Tirta Gangga. And now three hours heading back to our villa. Still worth it though, hahahaha
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