TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE – A Royal Bathing Complex in East Bali

TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE

– All Details to Know About Tirta Gangga Water Palace –

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT TIRTA GANGGA?

BEAUTIFUL WATER PALACE 
It has beautiful landscape and wide area.
Beautiful statue, ornaments, rice terrace and mountain view.

AWESOME ENVIRONMENT & ATMOSPHERE
Beautiful garden, pools and clear water.
Fresh air and peaceful place.

POPULAR WATER CASTLE
You will visit the popular water castle in Bali.
Best place for family visit, especially if you have son.

NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Taman Soekasada Ujung.
You combine to visit those places.

TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace

WHAT IS TIRTA GANGGA?

DESCRIPTION:

Tirta Gangga Water Palace  is a royal bathing complex which located near to mount Agung. It has nice garden, pools and good landscape. Around the area you will found so many statue and carp fish in the pools. At outside the area you will found rice terrace and mountain view.

Tirta Gangga belongs to royal family of Karangasem kingdom. It’s a royal bathing complex established on 1948 by King Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem Agung. On 1963-1964 mount Agung erupted, it broke the water palace by pumice stone and burried the pools with ash and sand. Then the restoration been made after the mount Agung stop erupting on 1964.

The water source or spring located in the higher ground, under a big banyan tree. You will found it’s locked gate because it’s considered as holy place and holy water for hindus ceremony. That’s why this place named as Tirta Gangga (Gangga water) because It’s pure water for ceremony in some temples around Karangasem regency. Tirta Gangga spring supply three bathing pools, next it supplied to water palace pools and carp fish pools.

TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace

WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT TIRTA GANGGA?

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 6.00 PM.

WEEKDAY:
Monday – Friday.

*) It will be crowded if your visit on weekend or Indonesian holiday.

**) Since September 23rd, 2017 this place closed due to Mt Agung activity. Please kindly check other sights.

***) Update info: Since February 10th, 2018 the local authority lowering Agung volcano level status to Level 3. Traveler able visit this water palace.

TIRTA GANGGA FESTIVAL:
It’s a ceremony of the temple. It will held on:

  • 30th April – 1st May 2016
  • 24th – 26th August 2017
  • 24th – 26th August 2018
  • 31st August – 1st September 2019
  • 28th – 30th August 2020

*) Tirta Gangga festival is the biggest festival in here.

CEREMONY ON TIRTA GANGGA

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace ceremony

*) If you lucky you will see the local do the ceremony here. They wear a very nice dress and colorful. The girls bringing the ceremony things on their heads. I saw them in my third visit. 😉

TIRTA GANGGA BRIDGE

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace bridge

HOW MUCH THE TIRTA GANGGA ENTRANCE FEE?

INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 30K
Child : IDR 30K

UPDATE INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 50K
Child : IDR 15K

*) The entrance fee lifted up since September 2020.

**) Child: 6-12 years old.

LOCAL VISITOR ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 25K
Child : IDR 15K

TIRTA GANGGA ENTRANCE FEE:

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace entrance fee

UPDATE TIRTA GANGGA ENTRANCE FEE:

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TIRTA GANGGA ENTRANCE FEE TICKET:

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UPDATE ENTRY TICKET:

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UPDATED TIRTA GANGGA ENTRANCE FEE:

International:Entrance Fee
AdultIDR 50K
ChildIDR 15K
Local (Domestic):
AdultIDR 25K
ChildIDR 15K

OTHER FEE:

SWIMMING FEE:
Adult : IDR 10K
Child : IDR 5K.

UPDATE SWIMMING FEE:
Pool A : IDR 20K
Pool B: IDR 10K.
Kid pool : IDR 5K.

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : FREE
Car: FREE

PRE-WEDDING FEE:
Pre-wedding photo : IDR 500K
Pre-wedding video : IDR 1M
Drone : IDR 500K
Drone video shoot: IDR 1M

SWIMMING POOLS FEE:

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UPDATE SWIMMING FEE:

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WHERE IS TIRTA GANGGA LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Ababi, .
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Abang
Regency (Kabupaten): Karangasem
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 70 km northeast of Denpasar or 2 hour.
About 58 km east of Ubud or 2 hour.
About 79 km northeast of Kuta beach or 2 hours and 20 minutes.
About 81 km northeast of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour and 15 minutes.

MAP OF TIRTA GANGGA:

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace map

*) If you drive a scooter you can just click the map above. It’s your driving guideline.

HOW TO GET TO TIRTA GANGGA?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no direct public transport to get there. You have to take multiple public transport to reach this place.

From UBUD :
Please take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) at Ubud – Then, stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Amlapura, Karangasem at Batubulan – Then, stop at Karang Sokong Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Penarukan via Tulamben at Karang Sokong – Then, stop at Tirta Gangga.

  • Fee: IDR 20K + IDR 30K + IDR 15K
  • Timetable: No.

From KUTA :
Please to reach Kuta Central Parking first – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
Then take a Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Amlapura, Karangasem at Batubulan – Then, stop at Karang Sokong Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Penarukan via Tulamben at Karang Sokong – Then, stop at Tirta Gangga.

  • Fee: IDR 3,500 + IDR 30K + IDR 15K
  • Timetable: No.

From Ngurah Rai Airport :
Please to reach Ngurah Rai International Domestic Gate first – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
Then take a Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Amlapura, Karangasem at Batubulan – Then, stop at Karang Sokong Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Penarukan via Tulamben at Karang Sokong – Then, stop at Tirta Gangga.

  • Fee: IDR 3,500 + IDR 30K + IDR 15K
  • Timetable: No.

From North DENPASAR:
Please take a Bemo/Angkot at Ubung – Stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Amlapura, Karangasem at Batubulan – Then, stop at Karang Sokong Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Penarukan via Tulamben at Karang Sokong – Then, stop at Tirta Gangga.

  • Fee: IDR 15K + IDR 30K + IDR 15K
  • Timetable: No.

From South DENPASAR:
Please to reach Kuta Central Parking first – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
Then take a Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Amlapura, Karangasem at Batubulan – Then, stop at Karang Sokong Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) to Penarukan via Tulamben at Karang Sokong – Then, stop at Tirta Gangga.

  • Fee: IDR 3,500 + IDR 30K + IDR 15K
  • Timetable: No.

More information about Bali public transportation system:

– Trans Sarbagita Bus Stop/Shelter/Halte.
– Batubulan Micro/Mini Bus Station.
– Ubung Micro/Mini Bus Station.
– Karang Sokong Micro/Mini Bus Station.

*) It’s really not efficient trip using public transport in Bali. Waste your time, energy and money. There is no fixed price in Bali transportation system, except Trans Sarbagita. If the passenger full loaded you will get the price above, but if quiet (little) passenger you will pay more expensive. Seems they applied operational cost basis since the public transport not so popular today (quiet).

**) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this water palace and use google maps as your navigator.

***) Make sure you choose the easy way, not the steep road.

****) After visited this water palace, we decide going back to Ubud via other road and use  Maps me apps because my phone battery dying and use my friend’s smartphone. But, maps me choose the narrow and quiet road to Ubud. Sometime broken in some spots. It surprised me because the way without light in the night and we across quiet village and very very small bridge. I don’t recommend you to use maps me application for the track from Tirta Gangga to Ubud. Maybe other destination is fine. But, special for this destination, i don’t recommend it. Just use Google map!

TIRTA GANGGA FISH POND

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace fish pond

THE STATUE AT TIRTA GANGGA POOL

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace statue

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace peacock bird statue

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace lembu bull statue

*) There are so many statue in Tirta Gangga water palace. All those statues may categorized as animal, god, people and decoration statue.

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

*) Use a Telkomsel SIM card for relative better internet service.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet.

*) Better bring your own pocket tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some shop outside of the water palace selling snacks and souvenirs.

*) In side of the area you will find one hotel & restaurant, Tirta Ayu hotel & restaurant.

GIANT LOTUS AT TIRTA GANGGA

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace giant lotus

*) This is a very rare Lotus plant. The size bigger than common. Even it can hold a baby.

TIRTA GANGGA SWIMMING POOL

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace swimming pool

*) You will regret if your visit without swimming in here. The water so cold, fresh and clear like crystal, it will tempting you and refreshing for sure. 

TIRTA GANGGA DEEP SWIMMING POOL

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace swimming pool

*) Tirta Gangga has three pools that available for swimming. I choose the deep one because it’s not so crowded by local and children.

RICE TERRACES AROUND TIRTA GANGGA

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace swimming pool

*) You can also see the green rice field (terrace) around Tirta Gangga.

TIRTA GANGGA ROYAL BATHING POOL

east bali karangasem royal bathing tirta gangga water palace

*) Tirta Gangga water palace/castle located in the Mt Agung’s foot. It has nice park and fresh air. It’s good place for relax, chilling and refresh your mind. You can also bathing, swimming and feel like a Karangasem royal family in past time. 🙂

PROS AND CONS:

PROS:
1. Beautiful garden and huge water park.
2. Karangasem royal bathing water palace.
3. Fresh air and refreshing water.
4. Big fishes pond (children friendly).
5. Instagramable spot.

CONS:
1. Crowded on weekend and tourist season.
2. No public transport to here.
3. No informative/educational signs.
4. Some visitor said it’s overrated price for a water castle.
5. Expensive restaurant and not tasty food.

UPDATE STATUS OF TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE:

OPEN FOR ANY VISITOR/TOURIST

*) Since March 22nd, 2020 Tirta Gangga water palace has been closed according to government instruction to avoid Corona virus spreads.

**) Since July 9th, 2020 (Bali New Normal) period, Tirta Gangga Royal bathing has been officially open for tourist.

SOME ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Tirta Gangga water palace:

1. Lempuyang Luhur temple.
2. Amlapura royal palace.
3. Taman Soekasada Ujung park.
4. Amed beach (snorkeling & diving for beginner).
5. Tulamben beach (dive spot).
6. Virgin beach.
7.

 

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6 thoughts on “TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE – A Royal Bathing Complex in East Bali

  1. Polina

    I visited in low season and the place were not overcrowded. Nice garden with lots of sculptures, some of them look really ancient. I was impressed with a plant which has leaves same size as my body. Most interesting is the pool with lots of huge fishes.
    I didn’t try swimming in spring water ponds but it looks refreshing and energizing

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Oh, you missed a chance to be like a local king or princess. Swimming in their water palace should not be missed. Refreshing water.

      It was good if you visited Tirta Gangga in low season and not crowded. You can enjoyed more and relaxing here.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      You’re welcome.
      Well, i still working to make it complete, comprehensive and updated.
      Thank you for visit our travel blog.

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