Tirta Gangga Water Palace
Тirta Gangga, which translates from Sanskrit as "sacred water of the Ganges River," was built in 1948 by the last king of Karangasem.
After traveling to France and contemplating Versailles, the king decided to build something similar on his native land. The location was chosen deliberately: magnificent landscapes and the sacred water from the spring made this palace truly unique. By the way, it is believed that the sacred spring on which the palace stands has existed for about 200-300 years and originates from the great river.
The entire palace complex is situated on one hectare of land and consists of three levels:
- The lower level features pools with fish, a fountain, and sculptures.
- The middle level includes several bathing pools in the sacred spring.
- The upper level contains the king's residence and domestic buildings.
By the way, the bathing pools are open to all visitors (for a separate fee of 10,000 rupiahs), and according to legend, anyone who bathes in the sacred water of Tirta Gangga during a full moon will attain eternal youth and beauty.
Due to the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963, the palace was completely destroyed. Today, it has been restored and delights visitors with its beauty!
The entrance fee is 40,000 rupiahs, motorcycle parking is 3,000 rupiahs, and car parking is 5,000 rupiahs. Alternatively, you can explore all the attractions on the People's Map of Bali.
It's best to arrive early to enjoy the solitude and quietness of the complex. In the second half of the day, there are often a lot of tourists.
From my perspective, the palace is truly delightful! It has a pleasant and tranquil energy, making it a place where you want to linger. I believe it's worth including in your list of must-visit places in Bali.
If you're coming from afar, there's a very good Warung (small local restaurant) right next to the complex called Warung Rijasa. You can eat there affordably and deliciously.
They even offer free Wi-Fi!
At the entrance of the palace, be sure to buy some bread to feed the fish later on.