A former royal palace in eastern Bali is Tirta Gangga which is located about 5 km from Karangasem near Abang. The fame of the palace is the contribution of its water palace owned by Karangasem Royal. It was designed and constructed in 1948 by the last Raja of Karangasem. The water gardens are the most important contribution of the king and the island people were surprised to see the Raja working with the labourers to help the construction of the garden. The prime feature of the gardens of the water palace is the atypical blend of Balinese and Chinese architecture.
Highlights: The grounds of the water garden are made of three separate complexes and each has ponds and beautiful sculptures. The lowest complex possesses two large ponds and a water tower while the second complex consists of water pools. The last or the third one has the main complex which is the home of the former Raja. Now, there are restaurants and four bungalow units for rent in this complex.
You can see an underground pipe system that goes to the upper swimming pool. It emerges out through the mouth of a demon statue and flows into a lower level pool. From there, it flows into some ponds and into the rice fields that are creating the border of the gardens. The water is always considered holy and used for religious purposes also. There are some ceremonies held during spring led by the local temple priests.
Timings: It will be open from 08:00 am to 11:00 pm on all days.
Location: Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia. It is located about 6 km away from the town of Amalpura and at a distance of 83 km from Denpasar.