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Tirta Gangga

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Jalan Raya Abang Desa Adat, Ababi, Kec. Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

IDR 50,000

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"Escape the crowds and make your way to Tirta Gangga early in the morning to experience the serene beauty of this stunning water palace, where you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and have the entire place to yourself before the tourist rush begins. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit, as there are hidden pools where you can take a refreshing dip and feel like royalty in this hidden gem of Bali."

If you want to take a tour in Bali that features a royal palace, then the Ubud Palace is a stunning sight - but what about Tirta Gangga, a former royal palace turned stunning open water garden sanctuary? 

Literally translating to "Blessed water of the Ganges" referring to Hinduism's holy river, Tirta Gangga was a huge complex built in 1946 but was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963. Now, it's a lovingly rebuilt sanctuary that's definitely worth a visit.

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Tirta Gangga consists of 3 levels, with a lovely maze of pools and fountains surrounded by lush gardens, fish ponds, stone carvings and statues. The interesting thing about the swimming pools is that the water is sourced from direct springs!

Why should you go to Tirta Gangga?

Not only does the palace hold a lot of history but for those who have a passion for photography, this is attraction is an absolute dream and must-do!

You can also dip in one of the pools for a refreshing swim!

How to get to Tirta Gangga?

Tirta Gangga  is located in the Ababi village eastern Bali, about 5 kilometers from Karangasem. It’s approximately 75km east of Denpasar and it takes +/- 2 hours by car.

It can be easily reached by car or scooter and it's the perfect location to combine with other tourist attractions in the area!

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Best time to visit Tirta Gangga:

It's best to visit in the early evening or early morning , as it can get crowded during the day ( many local school groups and tourists find their way down here.)

Beste spot to take a picture at Tirta Gangga:

Almost every twist and turn you make in this area presents yet another photo opportunity. But especially at the fish pond is where you will get the money shot!

Tips:

  • Don't forget to bring a towel, a bathing suit and maybe even a change of clothes!  
  • Bring an extra phone battery or charger because you will take many many pictures :)

Frequently asked questions

What is Tirta Gangga?

Tirta Gangga is a former royal water palace located in the eastern part of Bali, Indonesia.

What is the significance of Tirta Gangga?

Tirta Gangga is considered a sacred site by the Balinese people and is known for its holy spring water, which is believed to bring blessings and purification.

What are the main attractions in Tirta Gangga?

The main attractions at Tirta Gangga include the ornamental pools, fountains, stone carvings, lush gardens, and the iconic stepping stones across the water.

Can visitors swim in the pools at Tirta Gangga?

Yes, visitors are allowed to swim in the pools at Tirta Gangga, except for the main pond which is reserved for religious ceremonies.

Are there any rules or dress codes to follow while visiting Tirta Gangga?

While visiting Tirta Gangga, it is advised to dress modestly and maintain respectful behavior. Swimming attire should be worn only in designated pool areas.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Jalan Raya Abang Desa Adat, Ababi, Kec. Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

IDR 50,000

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