Karangasem, a region in the eastern Bali, has a lot to offer for the tourists. Quiet and peaceful with many historical places to discover. One of them is Tirta Gangga water palace. Tirta Gangga is a heritage of Karangasem kingdom. It is located in Amlapura village. It was used by royals of Karangasem in the past for bathing.
We walk from the parking area and passing through several local sellers. They sell souvenirs and fish food. The fish food is cheap. We buy some for fish feeding inside the water palace. This is one of my husband’s ( Silviu ) favorite thing to do.
The view of Tirta Gangga Water Palace from the entrance
We enjoy the stunning view from the entrance. On the right side, there is a Balinese-style fountain surrounded by small statues. The water stream down from a lotus shape top. It is believed as holy water. The locals use it for the religious ceremony.
We explore the main pool by stepping on the polygonal-shaped rocks. The guardian-like statues are placed around the pool. This is the sweet spot to take a selfie. It is better to come in the morning to avoid the line and have the background for ourselves.
Silviu is standing on a main pool rock in Tirta Gangga Water Palace
The close-up of a lovely statue around the pool of Tirta Gangga
The pool is full of colorful goldfishes. It is so lovely watching them swimming in the clear water. We throw some fish food and they immediately swim closer. They rush to eat and sometimes creating small splashes. The fishes are big and active.
We can also find the fishes on the other pool. This big pool is located on the left side of the entrance. There is an old stone bridge with beautiful dragon carving on the side. We save some of the food to feed the fishes on this side too.
I am feeding the fishes in Tirta Gangga water palace
A lovely stone bridge with dragon craving in Tirta Gangga
The colorful goldfishes in the pool of Tirta Gangga
The bathing pool is located slightly higher than the fountain pool. We need to pay extra fee for bathing. The pool is made of stone. There are two depth levels so it can be used for adult and children. The water is fresh and cold. I kinda regret not to do a further research about this so we are not prepared to bring the bathing stuffs. I bet it will be a nice experience, bathing like royals do in the past.
We continue to the upper level and find another beautiful gate. The gate is photogenic and we can’t resist to take some pictures here. We find more old style statues here. We sit here for a while and listening to the sound of nature.
The view of the bathing pool in Tirta Gangga
The beautiful gate with dragon craving in Tirta Gangga
A photogenic corner in the upper level of Tirta Gangga
Overall, I can say that Tirta Gangga is an interesting place to visit. Bathing, fish feeding, taking pictures and appreciating historical architecture can be a fun leisure activity for everyone. The sound of water stream is soothing too. Plus, bathing in the Balinese heritage pool sounds cool, right?
Ps; if you are looking for another place nearby to visit on the same day, you can go to Tenganan Pegringsingan village