Tirta Gangga Water Palace in Bali is a beautiful royal water garden that fascinates and captivates vagabonds from all over the world. It is a piece of paradise mirrored by Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem in 1948 (few sources say 1947). This royal water palace is nestled in a quiet corner of Karangasem regency in Bali, amidst lush green rice paddies. It is one of the brightest hidden gems in Bali, which makes it a must visit.
Keep on reading to know more about Tirta Gangga.
Tirta Gangga Water Palace Bali
Famous for its pond with enormous Koi fish and stepping stones, Tirta Gangga is slowly gaining popularity amongst tourists all over the world. However, there’s more to this royal water garden than just being pretty.
Tirta Gangga Water Palace, also known as Taman Tirta Gangga is divided into three different complexes. The lowest level has a water tower and two large ornamental ponds. The second complex or middle level has royal swimming pools and the third level or the main complex has the country home of the former Raja. Now it has been converted to a hotel and a restaurant.
The water in these swimming pools and ponds is sourced through Rejasa Water Springs and is considered holy by Balinese people. That’s the reason why the water palace is named after the Ganges in India.
Balinese culture is highly influenced by Hinduism. You’ll see recurring motifs from Mahabharata and Ramayana throughout the island. Tirta Gangga is an epitome of this deep-rooted culture.
Witness the Balinese grandeur in the form of this beautifully manicured royal water palace. Read the following section to know how you can easily reach Tirta Gangga.
How to Reach Tirta Gangga?
Tirta Gangga is located on the east side of Bali. It is about 65 kms away from Ubud and 82 kms from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
The best way to reach Tirta Gangga is from Ubud. It’ll take you around 2 hrs to reach Tirta Gangga from Ubud on your personal vehicle. You can also opt for public transport but that would consume a lot of time.
Gaurav and I hired a scooter (55,000 IDR per day) to go around the island. We went to the Lempuyang Temple first and then Tirta Gangga. It was only 30 mins away from there.
You can also hire a rental car with a driver if you don’t wish to drive. As it is a long drive from Ubud, you can also take a nap on the way.
The drive to Tirta Gangga is very beautiful. You’ll come across small villages, breath-taking landscape views, ancient temples and exotic beaches. Not to mention, Goa Lawah, a magnificent temple that contrasts with a Black Sand Beach right in front of it. We have written a detailed blog on our itinerary, An Indian’s Ultimate Guide to a Holiday in Bali. It has all the answers to the question, what to do in Ubud?
Tirta Gangga Map
Tirta Gangga Entrance Fee
Price per Person
Domestic Entrance Fee
Foreigner Entrance Fee
IDR 10.000 or INR 50
Swimming Pool Fee
Domestic – IDR 10.000
Foreigner – IDR 20.000 or INR 100
IDR 2.000 or INR 10
They usually charge the entrance fee and swimming pool fee cumulatively at the entrance. If you don’t wish to swim, then make sure that they know and you don’t have to pay extra.
Tirta Gangga Opening Hours
It opens from 07:00 AM to 18:00 PM
How to get a perfect picture at Tirta Gangga Water Palace?
There are many beautiful pictures of Tirta Gangga all over Instagram. Every inch of this water palace in Bali is exquisite. Although, our favourite has to be the koi fish pond and stepping stones. The school of koi fish around the stepping stones adds a wow element to the photograph.
To get a perfect picture at Tirta Gangga, you can buy some fish food from the shops outside the water palace. As soon as you drop the food in the pond, the fish will start gathering around the stepping stones. That’s when you can start clicking the pictures. Try different poses, sit or stand. Thank us later. 😊
You can also take inspiration from other’s photographs. Just search #tirtagangga on Instagram.
Tirta Gangga Dress Code
Visitors are allowed to wear anything they like at Tirta Gangga.
It isn’t a temple, so wearing sarongs isn’t compulsory.
Brightly coloured dresses look good in the pictures. 😊
Tirta Ayu Hotel
Tirta Ayu Hotel, surrounded by rice fields and holy spring water, is an exclusive property at Tirta Gangga Water Palace.
This is the place where the last Raja of Karangasem used to live with his family. Later the administration converted it into a hotel and a restaurant.
Guests staying at the hotel can enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the village while exploring the island in its full glory.
There are three kinds of room at Tirta Ayun, for which, you would have to shell out:
Type of Room
Price per night
IDR 2.50.000,00 or INR 12,500
IDR 1.750.000,00 or INR 8,750
IDR 1.500.000,00 or INR 7,500
The hotel also has a restaurant, known as Tirta Ayu restaurant, right inside the water palace. As per the reviews, it has a great location and above average food.
Mind that, Tirta Ayu Restaurant and Tirta Gangga Bar and Restaurant are different. Tirta Ayu is the one managed by the administration.
You can read Tirta Ayu Hotel reviews HERE.
Tirta Gangga Bar and Restaurant ( 3 stars out of 5 at Tripadvisor)
Tirta Gangga Bar and Restaurant offers a nice view of the water palace. They majorly serve Indonesian cuisine but also have some western dishes. As per the reviews at Tripadvisor, eating here is a mediocre experience.
You can read some detailed reviews HERE.
Places near Tirta Gangga Royal Water Palace
Tirta Gangga lies on the East side of Bali so most of the popular tourist spots are far away. This is a good thing!
You would be able to enjoy the island as it is without worrying about the crowd or commercialization. Spend you days midst peace and tranquillity.
Lempuyang Temple, the house of the iconic Gateway to Heaven, is only half an hour away from Tirta Gangga. Amed and Candidasa, the popular coastal resort towns, are also nearby.
If you are feeling a bit adventurous then you can also hike to the postcard-perfect rice paddies.
You can also visit the Virgin Beach if you enjoy snorkelling.
We hope you liked this blog post about Tirta Gangga. If you’re going to visit Bali anytime soon, you can also read our Blog: An Indian’s Guide to a Holiday in Bali. It has everything that you would need to know. Follow us on Instagram to see our amazing pictures from Bali.
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