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Review of Tirta Gangga

Tirta Gangga
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Private Tour: East Bali Highlights
Ranked #3 of 71 things to do in Karangasem
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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.
Reviewed September 4, 2017

...place you have to visit during each travel you plan...adventure you embrace.

When on Bali if for some reason you have to visit only one landmark it simply has to be Tirta Gangga. It may be not so dramatic as Tanah Lot or Uluwatu it may be not so picturesque as Ulun Danu Bratan or Besakih...but it captures essential spirit of Balinese culture and attitude.

Do not make mistake and visit this temple just as one way-point on your endless race to thick all the boxes which make your travel worth spending your time and money...do not race...do not hurry. Savour the moments spent in Tirta Gangga...make the happening of the visit to this jewel on Bali.

My proposition for you is to travel to the north east of the island (since you are probably going to be located in the south of the island) enjoy a day on Blue Lagoon beach or Tias Bugel beach and spend a night in Candidasa. Black beaches and many good restaurants where you can dine as an emperor.

Tomorrow in the morning...be a early bird. Take your car and be the first or at least among the first to be in Tirta Gangga...to open the festival of light and water...to feel the cold mist on your face and to dip and cleanse your body in the holly water.

Embrace every moment and enjoy in tranquility and spirituality of the place. Although not religious object in the first place (Tirta Gangga was built as a royal palace) it carries certain understated loftiness which you can feel no matter under which God you bow.

In morning blue light with low clouds as a warm blanket around you capture your small piece of heaven before the crowds destroy the essence of this place.

You do not have to know the history behind it...you do not have to connect to the religious points of the place...you just have to see it to believe and feel something sublime wrapped in the confluence of elements.

5  Thank oBIMBIo
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Reviewed September 4, 2017

On entering the site, the first thing you will notice is a pond where rows of guardian figures holding cudgels are neatly arranged. The polygonal stepping stones will allow you to tour on the pond. Afternoon is a perfect time to visit!

Thank sethlestath
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Reviewed September 1, 2017 via mobile

This water palace was absolutely beautiful! It was a very good size and we were able to walk over the place for amazing views from every angle! My only complaint was that it was very very crowded. Definitely a well known tourist attraction. The water stones with the fish were cool but because there were so many people, I was sometimes worried I was going to fall into the water!

Thank clreichert24
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Reviewed August 31, 2017

Tirta Gangga is a water palace in Karangasem. We travelled there, from Ubud to see this place. There is a parking space nearby for vehicles. Within the compound, there are pools of water fountains and statues with large colourful fishes swiming in the pools which are fascinating both to children and adults. There is also a temple within the complex. There are stepping stones over the fish pond on which you can try to walk, but becareful not to fell in the pond. For such activities,keep your passport safe. Bring a bottle of water, sunblock, and a hat along. For me, this temple is a must visit, and a trip here is worth it.

Thank melkeet
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Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

I was keen to visit Tirta Gangga on our hobeymoon as it looked so beautiful in all of the photographs. The gardens are, indeed, colourful and relaxing and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk exploring them. Certain sections can get quite busy, for example the pond with the stepping stones as everyone wants to feed the fish that are huge. You can buy food to do this on the stalls before you come in. You do not need a guide to walk around here so do not be fooled by those outside offering this service. The gardens are beautiful and there is lots of space to walk around and even sit so you don't feel as if you are constantly surrounded by others. The restaurant here is fine to get a drink and snack although there are possibly better places just a short drive away (check TripAdvisor!) Although the view is pleasant here for a drink and a sit. The statues in the gardens are great and the bridges do become popular picture spots so snap quickly if you get the chance!

Thank Sheep_green
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