Raja Karangasem built his fantasy water palace in Tirta Gangga in 1948, and it is one of the most beautiful sights in eastern Bali. In that location and its surroundings there are fertile rice fields, ornamental gardens with swimming pools, fountains, stone carvings, fish ponds and spacious pavilions. This is one of the most striking royal palaces in Indonesia.
The Tirta Gangga Water Palace is one of the most famous sights in eastern Bali and is an important stop on every full day tour to east Bali. The entry fee is cheap and the water park here is rarely crowded, while manicured land and shaded pavilions are very pleasant to walk in.
Only 8 kilometers from Amlapura, this place is also a popular stopover location near Amed and Tulamben dive sites. The eastern Bali tour often pairs the Tirta Gangga Palace with other relics from the Karangasem kingdom such as the Taman Ujung Water Palace.
Over the past few years a number of restaurants and inns have made Tirta Gangga rice fields their place. Unlike when to the temple in Bali, sarongs are not necessary when visiting the Tirta Gangga Water Palace. Swimwear is needed to swim in the pool spring.
The name Tirta Gangga means “Water from the Ganges.” This place is open seven days a week throughout the year, with the exception of Nyepi Day (“Day of Silence” holiday). Large areas are rarely crowded, even on public holidays Indonesia is not very crowded. During the rainy season in Bali which is around October to March tourists have the best chance to get a clear sky in the morning.
East Bali is probably the least visited area in Bali and is still very pure and often still poorer than southern Bali. The Karangasem Kingdom which was founded in the 17th century was once one of the richest and most powerful kingdoms in Bali. Some time Hindu kings in Karangasem not only controlled the eastern region of Bali but also half of the island of Lombok which is located in the east.