Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden
Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden
The Tirta Gangga royal water garden was constructed in 1946 during the reign of the late raja of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. Located in the regency of Karangasem to the east, Tirta Gangga underwent major renovations after being badly damaged from the super heated volcanic ash during the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963. Tirta Gangga is situated 75km from Denpasar in the village of Ababi and is located on the south-eastern slope of Bali’s highest mount, Mount Agung. The climate is cool and refreshing due to the location high up on the mountain.
Today, the beautiful water gardens are owned and maintained by the royal Karangasem family. Within the 1.2 hectare grounds, you will discover ornate fountains, ponds, pools with stepping stones, tropical gardens and manicured green lawns.
Upon entering Tirta Gangga, you will discover a magnificent pond with rows of guardian statues holding cudgels, a short think stick used as a weapon. Visitors can tour the ponds by crossing over stepping stones which are laid out in a perfect order. This provides visitors with close up views of the huge golden carp which frequent the shallow ponds.
At the rear of the first pond is a 10 metre high fountain also with the same guardian statues at the bottom. It is an amazing sight of gushing water cascading down the 11 levels of the massive fountain. Higher up the gardens, you will come across fresh water springs. The water from these springs is used as holy water by the locals for religious ceremonies, as well as being used for drinking water, cooking and washing with.
As visitors progress further into the gardens complex, you will come across two crystal clear pools. Here you can bath in the pools and visitors are encouraged to do just that. It is suitable for all ages and the sandstone floor has been carved out to varying depths depending on the age of the swimmer. It is a beautiful soothing and cooling experience. On the south side, there is the second pool where golden carp and a variety of other large fish can be observed swimming around. No swimming is permitted in this section, and two beautiful bridges connect the two pools displaying intricate Balinese dragon statues on both sides.
There are a range of warung stalls and restaurants featuring international cuisines, cold drinks and ice cold beers and cocktails. Visitors can also dine alfresco and enjoy the magnificent scenery of pools, fountains and beautiful water gardens. Don’t forget your camera, there is a so much to capture in one of Bali’s most unique areas.
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