• Tirta Gangga Water Palace

    This beautifully renovated royal water palace is definitely worth a visit. If you have
    been touring around all day, you might even want to take a dip.

  • Rice fields of Bali

    Tirta Gangga is surrounded by stunning rice field landscapes. There are trails that take
    you through the fields and villages straight to the water palace.

  • Hard work

    In Bali they still apply the Hindu caste system, which means that you will often see
    women doing hard construction work.

  • Coconuts

    Bali is full of palm trees. Not only does it give you a tropical feeling, but the coconut
    is of importance for the Balinese, as it is used for various things

Feel like royalty in the Tirta Gangga water palace...


The water palace of Taman Tirta Gangga is located in the middle of rice paddies just north of Amlapura, the capital of the Karangasem Regency in East Bali. The Raja of Amlapura, King Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut built the water palace in 1947 and used it as one of his many weekend retreats.

 

tirta gangga water palace in bali
The water palace with its large bathing pools

 

Other water palaces that were built by the same raja are located in Ujung and Jangutan. All three pools were built in a style of royalty. However over the years these pools have suffered from the impact of several earthquakes.

The only palace which has been renovated many times is Tirta Gangga and today it's the best preserved water palace in Bali. Tirtagangga means 'Water from the Ganges', referring to the river Ganges in India.

 

tirta ganga water palace and gardens

 

The water palace is also home to a holy water source which is located right under the huge banyan tree which is easy to recognise once you enter the premises.

The availability of a holy water source is probably the reason why the Raja Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut built his palace right on this spot. Next to the banyan tree you'll find a small Balinese Hindu shrine where Balinese place offerings every day.

The Tirta Gangga park and the spring pools of the water palace are worth a visit. The garden is full with flowers and Balinese statues of which some represent Balinese demons and even pigs. You have to walk on tiles to cross the water and admire the tiered fountains up close.

 

monico at tirta ganga in bali


The best part of this attraction is that you can take a swim in one of the royal pools. In the back of the garden there's a big swimming pool and they have cabins where you can change.

We had a great time in the swimming pool, it was a really strange feeling to know that we were swimming in a pool which was used by royalty in the past.

The turquoise pool and the dark statues around the pool make it all very ancient looking but also classy. The water was freezing for the first few minutes, but it's still a terrific place to cool down from the heat of the day.

The best time to go is during the afternoons when the sun has heated these royal pools properly.

 

swimming at tirta gangga water palace in bali
A very refreshing swim with in the back the banyan tree with holy water source

If you don't feel like swimming you can always head over to the Tirta Ayu Hotel within the grounds of the water palace to relax and treat yourself to some refreshing drinks and enjoy the marvelous view.


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