Tirta Gangga Water Palace Tours

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Tirta Gangga Water Palace
The king of Karangasem built his fantasy water palace at Tirta Gangga in 1948, and it’s one of east Bali’s most beautiful sights. Lush rice paddies back three levels of ornamental gardens with swimming pools, fountains, stone carvings, stepping stones, fish ponds, and airy pavilions. It is one of Indonesia’s most striking royal palaces.
 
The Basics
Tirta Gangga water palace is one of east Bali’s most famous sights and an essential stop on any east Bali day tour. The entrance fee is inexpensive and the water garden is rarely crowded, while the manicured grounds and shady pavilions are delightful to walk in.
 
Just 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Amlapura, it’s also a short hop from the diving meccas of Amed and Tulamben, and a popular stop en route to Amed. Bali tours often pair Tirta Gangga palace with other relics of the Karangasem kingdom, such as Ujung Water Palace.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Over recent years, a strip of restaurants and guesthouses has made the rice fields of Tirta Gangga a destination in their own right.
  • Unlike Balinese temples, sarongs are not required to visit Tirta Gangga Water Palace.
  • Bring your swimwear to enjoy a dip in the spring-fed swimming pools.
 
How to Get There
The easiest way for tourists to reach Tirta Gangga Water Palace is on the Perama shuttle, which runs to and from the airport, Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, Amed, Tulamben, Padangbai, and Candidasa. Self-driving is also possible, although as the journey from Kuta can take up to three hours, a door-to-door Bali tour or even a private tour is easier for most.
 
When to Get There
Tirta Gangga's name means "water of the Ganges." It is open seven days a week, year-round, with the exception of Nyepi (the “Day of Silence” holiday). The spacious grounds are rarely crowded, even on Indonesian public holidays. During Bali’s rainy season (roughly October till March), you stand the best chance of clear skies earlier in the day.
 
The Kings of Karangasem
East Bali is perhaps the least visited area of Bali and remains substantially unspoiled and often very poor. Yet the kingdom of Karangasem, established in the 17th century, was once one of Bali’s richest and most powerful kingdoms. At many times, Karangasem's Hindu kings ruled not only swathes of eastern Bali but also half of the island of Lombok, next door.
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Royal Karangasem Heritage Tour: Puri Agung Karangasem, Sebetan Village and Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Learn about the royal history of Bali’s Karangasem kingdom during this 8-hour visit to some of its most important shrines and palaces. Head to East Bali, where you’ll explore the kingdom’s Karangasem Palace, along with the fountains of the Tirta Gangga Water Palace, the heritage building of Sukasada Park, and the agricultural haven of Sebetan Village. During your trip you’ll have a chance to learn new insights into Balinese architecture and enjoy incredible scenery as well. Your day trip visit to Bali’s Karagasem kingdom includes entrance fees, a guide and round-trip transport from your hotel.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: East Bali Highlights

Explore the eastern side of Bali with a private guide on a full-day tour that takes in the natural beauty and cultural riches of the island. Your knowledgeable local guide shows you highlights including Tirta Gangga Water Palace, the seaside town of Candidasa and the traditional village of Tenganan, home of the Bali Aga people, the island's original inhabitants. Get away from the crowds and admire rolling emerald hills, lush rice paddies, stunning architecture and ancient traditions. Includes lunch, a comfortable private vehicle and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Full-Day Fascinating East Bali Tour

See the highlights of East Bali on this full-day tour from Ubud. Start with a visit to Kerta Gosa, aka the Hall of Justice, located in the Klungkung Regency. After a look at the exquisite ceiling murals, you'll continue on through the fishing village of Kusamba and follow a coastal route to the bat caves of Pura Goa Lawah. After lunch, marvel at the sacred water palace of Taman Tirta Gangga. You have the option to upgrade for a private tour with commentary by your own personal guide.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Eastern Bali Day Trip

Explore the Hindu temples, ancient villages and unique landscapes of east Bali on this private day trip to Karangasem Regency. Your personal guide offers insight into daily life in the villages of Tenganan and Kusamba. Tour highlights include major points of interest such as the bat cave at Goa Lawah Temple, Karangasem Palace (Puri Agung Karangasem), Sukasada Park (Ujung Water Palace) and Tirtagangga Water Palace. Enjoy lunch in Candidasa and private transport from your South Bali hotel.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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East Bali Discovery Tour by VW Safari

Go sightseeing in East Bali aboard a Volkswagen Type 181, a military-style safari vehicle that provides a unique excursion. Get behind the wheel or take the passenger seat in this classic convertible VW, and ride in a caravan led by an informative guide. You’ll follow back roads through remote villages and ever-changing landscapes, stopping at attractions such as Pura Kehen, Mt Agung, Tirta Gangga and the black-sand beaches near Ujung and Candidasa villages. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the Lombok Strait.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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