Tirta Gangga is one of Bali’s cultural heritage sites and has captivating beauty.
This historic site is a relic of the Karangasem Kingdom. It has now turned into a popular tourist spot in Karangasem.
Many tourists, especially foreign tourists, throng the Tirta Gangga area, once used as a royal bath.
The unique architecture of the building is the main reason tourists visit Tirta Gangga.
Using a Bali tour package from the Travel Bureau, you can visit Tirta Gangga and several tourist attractions around it.
But before visiting, let’s first look at some exciting things about the following tourist destinations:
History of Tirta Gangga
Before it was built as Tirta Gangga, this location was a sacred spring or gust of water to the locals.
The water flows from under a large banyan tree that grows at the foot of the hill, close to a sacred community temple.
People in the community often use this spring for things like drinking, cooking, washing, and even purifying themselves.
Then in 1948, the King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem Agung, built a water palace at that location.
With an area of 1.2 hectares, this water palace consists of several interesting complexes.
The name Tirta Gangga comes from the name of the Ganges River in India, which is a holy river for Hindus.
The Water Palace Complex in this tourist spot was destroyed during the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963.
Still, the government of Bali was able to rebuild Tirta Gangga the way it was before the eruption.
About Tirta Gangga
The construction of this tourist attraction was originally a resting place for the Kings of Karangasem, so there are many gardens and water pools with beautiful views.
Green rice fields surround it. Because of this, this tourist spot becomes a place where people can rest and feel comfortable.
Tirta Gangga architecture looks unique because it mixes Balinese and Chinese architectural styles that are so distinctive.
You can see the uniqueness of this architecture in every complex in this tourist destination, such as in the ponds and gardens.
Most of the architectural designs of this tourist destination are the work of King Anak Agung, Anglurah Ketut Karangasem Agung, so the Balinese architectural style in this tourist attraction looks so distinctive and elegant, like a kingdom.
Tirta Gangga facilities for the royal family can still be seen and used very well. That way, you can feel the sensation of a Balinese royal vacation when visiting this Karangasem tourist destination.
Interesting Activities in Tirta Gangga
This tourist destination is a tourist spot in Bali, which is always crowded with tourists, especially foreign tourists, every day.
There are lots of exciting things that you can find when visiting this attraction. Here’s the interest things to do when you visiting Tirta Gangga:
Exploring the Beauty of the Garden
The vast Tirta Gangga is very interesting for you to visit, and it’s a shame if you miss it, primarily because of its unique architecture.
This tourist attraction complex is divided into three terraced areas, each with a different pond and ornate sculpture.
The bottom area consists of two large pools and a tall water tower, and several small fountains in the middle.
The pool contains large fish, and you can use it for water games such as swimming or playing boats.
Then in the upper area, there are small ponds with many living water plants of the lotus type.
This area also has a temple building for use as a place of worship by the surrounding community.
The last complex is a country house, or villa area of the King of Karangasem spends time resting.
The beauty of each complex in Tirta Gangga will make your holiday in Bali more memorable and enjoyable.
Swimming and Water Play
You can use almost every pool here for swimming, from small to large ones. Natural springs make the water in Tirta Gangga feel so refreshing when it touches the body.
In addition, the clear water lets you see the pool’s bottom, which is made of natural stone.
You can be comfortable swimming to and fro because the pool size is wide and there are quite a lot of them.
For children, there is also a reasonably shallow pool and a waterslide on one side of the special children’s pool.
In addition, the manager has also provided a buoy that you can rent to ensure safety during swimming.
Exploring By boat
Those who don’t want to get wet can still have fun playing in the water by riding the boat that the manager has provided.
With this boat, you can tour the largest pool area in this attraction through bridges such as those in Venice.
This traditional Balinese boat has a capacity of 3 to 5 people so you can use it with friends.
Together with residents who paddle the speed of the boat, you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful view from the ship.
While riding the boat, you can feed the big fish in the pond, so your trip will be more exciting.
The experience of riding a boat in the middle of the Tirta Gangga Pond can be a new and exciting experience for you to try.
Take Photos at Various Interesting Spots
This tourist attraction is also a popular Bali destination for those who like photography and are looking for instagramable places.
Almost every side of Tirta Gangga can be an exciting photo spot for you to make a photo background, like the gate.
One of the favorite spots in this tourist spot is a fish pond with decorative statues and stone steps in the middle.
From this place, you can also see the view of Mount Agung, which towers very clearly.
In addition, the garden area and statue decorations scattered in Tirta Gangga can be an excellent background for you to take pictures.
Visiting Tirta Gangga can get you many exciting photos to upload to social media during the holidays.
Tirta Gangga Entrance Ticket Price
To enter the Tirta Gangga area, you don’t need to pay an expensive fee because the rates are still very affordable.
Only by spending a little money can you freely walk around this tourist spot until you are satisfied. For more details, see the following table:
|Adult Tourist Admission Ticket||Rp25,000,00|
|Entrance Ticket for Children Age 5-12||Rp15.000,00|
The prices listed in the table are subject to change at any time, depending on the manager’s policy.
But the list above can determine how much it will cost and what to think about when going to Tirta Gangga.
Also, get the convenience of visiting various tourist attractions in Bali using Tour Packages from the Travel Bureau.
This package allows you to enjoy a variety of Balinese specialties or buy any Balinese souvenirs you want.
Location and Route To Tirta Gangga
Tirta Gangga is located on Jalan Raya Abang, in the Indigenous Village, Ababi, Abang, Karangasem Regency, which is close to Puri Agung Karangasem.
The distance is only about 7.2 km from Puri Agung Karangasem, with a travel time of approximately 15 minutes.
You can easily get to Tirta Gangga by using the navigation instructions from Google Maps, which will show you the best route.
You can also use the services of a driver from a Bali car rental or travel agency ready to take you directly to the location.
Tirta Gangga Operational Hours
You can visit this Tirta Gangga tourist area every day from 08.00 WITA to 17.00 WITA. During the day, this location usually crowds tourists after lunch until 15.00 WITA.
If you want to visit, try to come during the dry season to avoid rain or bad weather.
That way, you can enjoy the beauty of this tourist destination while playing in the water and taking pictures until you are satisfied without any disturbance.