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Where you can walk on water : Discovering the Tirta Gangga Water Palace in Bali

Steeped in rich history and ethereal beauty, Tirta Gangga Water Palace in Bali is a breathtaking gem that transports visitors to a realm of tranquility and grandeur and into the world of fairytales.



Tirta Gangga Water Palace Bali
Tirta Gangga Water Palace

With its shimmering pools, meticulously landscaped gardens, and enchanting statues, this majestic palace offers a truly unforgettable experience. I could just sit in the cafe at the entrence for hours watching this beautiful sight.


coffee at Tirta Gangga Bali
coffee at Tirta Gangga

In this blog post, we will delve into the opening hours and ticket prices, explore the location of the palace, and uncover the intriguing history that lies behind its walls.


Tirta Gangaa Water Palace Bali
Tirta Gangaa Water Palace

Opening Hours and Ticket Prices:


Tirta Gangga Water Palace is open for visitors from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily, allowing enough time to immerse oneself in its magical ambiance. I recommend you to go late afternoon, it is less crowded by then. The ticket price is 30,000 IDR ($2.50 USD), making it an accessible destination for both locals and tourists alike.


Location:


Situated in the eastern part of Bali, Tirta Gangga Water Palace can be found in the village of Ababi, in the Karangasem regency. It is located approximately 83 kilometers from Denpasar, the capital of Bali. It is  approximately 2 hours by car both from Denpasar and from Ubud as well. The palace is nestled amidst lush hills and rice terraces, providing travelers with a picturesque and serene setting.


History:


Tirta Gangga Water Palace is steeped in cultural significance, as it was built by the last king of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem, in 1948. I’ve always thought it was built much earlier. The name "Tirta Gangga" translates to "holy water pilgrimage", reflecting the sacredness and spiritual importance of the site.


Tirta Gangaa
Tirta Gangaa

Once a private retreat for the Karangasem royal family, the palace was largely destroyed by the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963. However, extensive renovations and restoration efforts have revived this architectural wonder to its former glory, allowing visitors to marvel at the seamless blend of Balinese and Chinese artistic influences.


Tirta Gangga Bali
Tirta Gangga

Exploring the Palace:


As you enter Tirta Gangga Water Palace, a sense of tranquility washes over you, carried by the gentle sound of flowing water- if it is not super crowded and you hear only the other tourists around you.

Intricately designed stepping stones create a path across the enormous pond, providing the illusion of walking on water. It is my favorite part, it’s really something special. Here, visitors can enjoy a truly regal experience as they traverse this breathtaking landscape.


walk on water in Tirta Gangga
walk on water in Tirta Gangga

The gardens surrounding the palace are meticulously maintained, offering a lush haven for relaxation and reflection. These gardens are adorned with statues, fountains, and koi ponds, further enhancing the enchanting atmosphere.


Tirta Gangga water palace
Tirta Gangga

The centerpiece of the palace is the towering tiered fountain, which majestically cascades into the central pool. This iconic sight is a favorite among photographers, capturing the essence of Tirta Gangga in a single frame.


Tirta Gangga
Trita Gangga

Feeding the fish is a delightful activity that visitors can enjoy at the palace. There are numerous large koi fish inhabiting the ponds, eagerly awaiting the arrival of fish food - although they are quite fat already. Don't forget to purchase some fish food at the entrance for a truly memorable experience - it wont cost more then 0.50 USD. Watching these magnificent creatures swarm beneath the surface creates a mesmerizing display of colors and movement.


tirta gangga bali
feeding fishes in Tirta Gangga

A visit to Tirta Gangga Water Palace in Bali is an awe-inspiring journey into the heart of Balinese culture and natural beauty. From its historical significance to its stunning architecture and serene gardens, this palace offers a glimpse into the royal heritage of Karangasem. Whether you walk along the magical stepping stones or feed the majestic koi fish, Tirta Gangga Water Palace immerses visitors in a world where time stands still and dreams come alive.


Tirta Gangga Water Palace


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Where you can walk on water : Discovering the Tirta Gangga Water Palace in Bali


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