In the middle of rice fields and surrounded by jade green hills, Tirta Gangga nestles peacefully and timelessly. Tirta Gangga is a royal water garden of the Karangasem royal family consisting a fabled maze of spine-tingling, cold bathing pools and basin, spouts, tiered pagoda fountain, stone carvings and lush gardens showcasing a blend of Chinese and Balinese architecture.
The water garden was constructed in 1948 on the initiative of the King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. Before the water garden was constructed, the spring was already there, which was used by the people to fulfill their basic needs for water but also it was believed to be sacred water to purify any negative energy around the area.
The grounds of the Water Palace offer a bouquet of opportunities for photography, sketching or painting if you are so inclined. It’s lovely views towards the sea and Mount Agung is enhanced with ornamental pools with renovated old statuary. An eleven-tiered fountain and Chinese-style arched bridge decorate one of the main ponds.
Just outside of the water palace are the picturesque rice paddies, which beckon you to rumble through them and explore their magic. What a languorous setting in which to become energized! Tirta Gangga inspires relaxation.