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“beautiful Palace/temple where you can swim” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tirta Gangga

Tirta Gangga
Jl. Abang-Amlapura, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Karangasem
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The former royal palace of Tirtagangga (which means water of the Ganges, Hinduism's holy river) features tiered fountains, gardens, and stone sculptures of mythical creatures spouting water into bathing pools. Just outside the palace grounds, the views of the lush rice paddies of northeastern Bali are stunning.
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“beautiful Palace/temple where you can swim”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The whole palace is beautiful and wonderful to explore. We had a guide who we paid of course but he was packed with information about the palace which made us look at things a different way. He spoke very good english and even perfected the aussie accent which was hilarious and he does other accents too! Once you have walked around you can swim in a huge pool where the king used to swim. If your up that way its worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
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“Disappointing...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Looks good in a distance, but the quality of the restoration is very disappointing and it looks fake.

Visited September 2012
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“Lovely days outing.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Well worth a look. you do not need a "guide" when you get there. bring fish food for the plenty of fish in the ponds. Great photo opportunites and views. Worth the drive, very cheap to get in!

Visited January 2013
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“magnificent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We went to the water palace on our trip to candidasa. It is actually about 30 minutes drive from there and is a must see if you are on the east coast. Big fish in the ponds, beautiful stone work and gardens. We also had lunch at a lovely little warung whilst there, all for AUD$8 for 4 people!

Visited January 2013
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“Ancient and Majestic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

The water palace was magnificent and beautiful. If you are into history and archeology, i believe this site would give you that 'majestic' and 'ancient' air that you could imagine how the kings and his entourage were bathing in this sacred place. The fountain was also maintained very well. You can also swim in the pool, but there are black fishes swimming with you so I think the cleanliness of the pool is very doubtful.
I visited this place during the day of Tirta Gangga Festival. The place was all packed with tourists who traveled by buses and very noisy. Exactly the wrong time to visit. I imagine I would have more time to observe the place while it's quiet. There were nothing special about the festival.
I took time to buy some crackers for IDR 2K at the front stalls and feed the huge koi fishes. They ate the crackers ravenously and would then follow you anywhere you go in the water pond. How cute!
Overall, Tirta Gangga is a nice historical place to visit for less than 3 hours and no really need to go back.

Visited December 2012
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