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Tirta Gangga

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Tirta Gangga

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The Water Palace

Tirta Gangga is a village in East Bali.

Get in

Tirta Gangga is easily reached from Candidasa and Amed by car in about 20 minutes. Public buses run from nearby Karangasem town and Perama [3]] buses can be chartered from Candidasa.

Get around

This is a great area of Bali in which to walk with many small roads and paths to explore.


The primary draw to Tirta Gangga for visitors is the water palace, a lovely maze of pools and fountains surround by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. The complex was built in 1948 by the late King of Karangsem and is just over 1 hectare in size. You can bath in the pools for a small charge.

The area around Tirta Gangga holds some stunning rice paddy terraces. Those postcard pictures of Bali rice terraces which you have all seen are usually from photographs taken here.

White dragon temple at Lempuyang

Lempuyang Temple (Pura Lempuyang Luhur) is about 10 km north of Tirtagangga on the slopes of Mount Lempuyang. This is one of the key nine directional temples on the island. Park in the car park and walk up the steps to the temple. The lower temple is always open but the upper temple (at the top of the dragon staircases) is often locked, so it is best to go with a Balinese driver who will usually be able to arrange for the temple priest to open it up for you. It's situated high up a mountain and there are magnificent sunset views at dusk.


This is a great trekking area with some of the best walks in Bali to suit all levels of fitness. Guides can be arranged easily at the water palace or from your hotel. The areas around Selat and Sideman (off the main Karangasem to Rendang road) are especially good. A good stating point for trekking information and for finding a knowledgeable guide is the Genta Bali restaurant at the water palace.

The how, why and where of climbing Mount Agung is covered in that article.

Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Take photos. Almost every twist and turn you make in this area presents yet another photo opportunity. The terraced rice paddies and other landscapes are especially attractive but do not neglect the water palace itself.



Good Karma is a great value, long-established restaurant above the main car park of the water palace.

The Tirta Ayu inside the water palace is a good quality restaurant with a superb aspect looking out over the pools and gardens.



There are several budget accomodation options alongside the main road both south and north of Tita Gangga. Look for the signs.

  • Cabe Bali, Temega village (about 1.5 km south of the water palace), +62 363 22045, [1]. Delightful bungalows in a very rural Balinese setting. Great gardens and a public swimming pool. German owned and managed. from Rp 700,000.
  • The Villas at Tirtagangga, Tirtagangga, +62 363 21383, [2]. Three different private villas adjoining the Water Palace. The largest of them, Villa Tirta Ayu, incorporates the former King of Karangasem's personal chambers. from US$ 120 to US$ 400.

Get out

The popular coastal resort towns of Candidasa and Amed are easily reached in about 20 minutes from here.

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