Tirta Gangga Water Palace
We love Tirta Gangga. It is one of my favorite Balinese temples, unique in design, and the streets in this area offer views of some really beautiful valleys and rice fields.
Tirta Gangga is the former royal palace of the Kingdom of Karangasem in the east of Bali. The one-hectare complex was built in 1946 by the late King of Karangasem, but was almost completely destroyed by the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963 and has since been rebuilt and restored.
A reservoir in the palace complex contains the spring water that is supplied by a pipe system from the nearby village of Amlapura. There is also an underground pipe system that leads to the upper swimming pool, where it emerges through the mouth of a demon at the corner of the swimming pool. From here, the water flows over subordinate pools, fish ponds, and fountains.
One of the unique features of this beautiful temple complex is the stepping stones over the fish pond. The ticket counter sells fish food, which can be used to lure the koi up to the edge of the steps over the main fish pond for spectacular photos.
It is fullest between 12 noon and 3 p.m. and there is an additional IDR 10,000 fee if you want to swim in the pool.
Entry fee: IDR 30,000
Location: Jl Raya Abang Desa Adat, Karangasem
Opening times: Mon-Sun 7 a.m. to 6 p.m