Tirta Gangga Palace | The Royal Baths in Bali
Tirta Gangga Palace is a former royal palace located in East Bali, between Candidasa and Amed (30 minutes drive from Amed). From Seminyak to Tirta Gangga you need 2 hours 30 minutes drive. It is particularly known for its water palace. Try to visit the water gardens of this palace during our stay in Bali and spent a small part of the afternoon there.
Original: an accessible swimming pool within the royal palace Tirta Gangga!
As you walk around the aquatic garden, you will notice an entrance fee (IDR 15 000 /person or USD 1). It gives access to a small swimming pool whose water comes directly from Mount Agung. What an original experience to swim in this historic place!
Not knowing the existence of this “public swimming pool” before going to Tirta Gangga, we were a little frustrated not to take advantage of it. Only a few locals were peacefully splashing around in the pool… with a view of the aquatic garden. A king’s bath, the best!
Where is Tirta Gangga located?
Tirta Gangga is a village located in eastern Bali, near Mount Agung. Our stay in Bali was based on “star” trips from the villas or hotels we had rented. We visited the eastern part of the island for one day, going back and forth from Kuta. This day also included the visit of the temples of Besakih.
This place is also known by the English name of Tirta Gangga Water Palace. It is under this name that you will find it on Google Maps.
Very quiet place, and a very beautiful architecture. Allow 1 to 2 hours for the visit.
This region of the island is also famous for its beautiful rice fields.
History of Tirta Gangga Palace
Tirta Gangga Palace is a water palace built between 1946 and 1948 by the then ruler of Karangasem. Karangasem is a kubapaten (administrative subdivision in Indonesia) of Bali. It bears the name of an ancient kingdom of Bali. For information Indonesia has about 400 kubapaten, including 8 in Bali.
The springs of Tirta Gangga are considered sacred. The village bears this name because it refers to the sacred river of the Hindus: the Ganges. Indeed, in Hindu, Tirta Gangga means the “water of the Ganges”. This sovereign also appreciating the aquatic environment, therefore decided to build this palace by including some basins. As well as luxurious gardens, many statues, and fountains.
The palace was built on a plot of approximately 1 hectare. Unfortunately almost all of the palace was destroyed in 1963 during the eruption of the nearby Agung volcano. It was subsequently renovated and then opened for visits.
The walk in the gardens
When you are in the park you will immediately notice that water occupies an important place. And in particular the central element that immediately emerges from the decor: a magnificent 11-storey fountain. In addition to this sculpted fountain, the park is also planted with dozens of Balinese statues.
The different basins have some particularities. There are those in particular in which you can contemplate very beautiful aquatic flowers, or carp. We can thus discover water lilies and lotus flowers. There are also those with a slightly more playful aspect, such as this basin near the entrance to the park, on which flat stones are placed. It is then possible to walk on the basin, stepping over these stones.
Note that a pool is also intended for swimming. You can also meet locals there, and it is not forbidden to enjoy it either if you wish…
The gardens are open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the price it is around one euro per person… Note also that this park is not a temple, therefore is not a religious site. It therefore does not require the wearing of the sarong. Count an hour for the walk, because the gardens are still not very big.
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