WHAT IS TIRTAGANGGA

Tirtagangga royal watergarden is composed mainly by water, plants and sculptures. It is situated in the middle of rice fields around the natural springs of Rejasa, approximately 7 km. (5 miles) north of Amlapura, the main town of east Bali, Indonesia.

Tirtagangga is a well-known cultural object of Bali. It belongs to the Royal family of Karangasem.

 

AIM

Apart from his personal interest, my grandfather built Tirtagangga for 2 main reasons:

- To ensure and improve the holiness of a holy place;

- To create a place of contemplation, rest and joy for every one, the local people as well as the domestic and foreign visitors.

These are still and will always be the purposes of the garden.

 

THE COMPLEX

The area of the watergarden is about 1.2 ha (3 acres), consisting of three levels of ground stretching from east to west. On the highest northern Swah level there are the spring under the Banyan tree, the upper swimming pool and two decorative ponds, one with four fountains reminiscent of Versailles, and the other with Victoria lotuses.

The first thing one sees when entering the garden is the elegant eleven-tiered Nawa Sanga fountain which rises from the middle of the complex. This fountain together with the two ponds forms the middle Bwah level.

The larger lowest Bhur level, on the left side of the straight foot path running from the entrance to the west, is occupied by the big South pond with the long Demon island in the middle.

HOLY WATER

The water from one of the natural springs of Tirtagangga has always been regarded as holy. It is used for religious ceremonies in the temples in the area until today. Tirta means blessed water, gangga came from Ganges, the holy river in India. The holy water is required for ceremonies of the temples in the surrounding as far as Tirtagangga can be reached by foot.

At certain celebration days the people from the villages around will come in colourful processions with offerings, umbrellas, flags and other attributes. Led by their temple priest they hold ceremonies around the spring under the sounds of hymns and the music of the beleganjur.

The springs have a huge output of pure water. The water is first led to a reservoir where it is divided in two parts. One third provides drinking water for the town Amlapura. The remainder goes into the upper swimming pool through an underground pipe. The overflow of water goes into the lower swimming pool, the other ponds and finally to the rice fields.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Tirtagangga is open daily from approx. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. the whole year. Also in weekends and during public holidays.

Entrance ticket can be bought at the office in front of the garden.

When the office is close, please find and buy your ticket from the guard inside the garden.

For security reasons, please obtain and keep your ticket with you all the time during visit.

The entrance fee per person is Rp 30.000 (depend on the currency approx. 2 US$ or EUR) for foreign and Rp 15.000 for domestic visitor.

Babies and children up to 3 years are free of charge.

For group discount, please inform at the office.

To swim inside the garden, an additional fee of Rp 10.000 for adult or Rp. 5.000 for child will be charged.

Unless proven to promote Tirtagangga, the fee for photo/videoshoot (prewedding, drone shooting etc.) is Rp 500.000 (approx. 35 US$ or EUR) per day.

The distance from Denpasar to Tirtagangga is approx. 70 km, from Kuta approx. 80 km and from Ubud approx. 60 km. The driving time depends very much on the traffic stream, it can vary form 1 to 3 hours.

There is no dress code to visit Tirtagangga. Everyone should feel free and comfortable in one΄s own choice. Also for swimming, all swimsuits (bikini, burkini etc.) are accepted. Except to enter the Balinese temple within the garden, one is kindly requested to dress properly, preferably with a selendang (shawl, scarf) around one΄s middle.

The duration of stay depends very much on the purpose of visit. If you only want a quick impression, a visit of 1 hour may be enough. If you want to stroll, enjoy the garden, picnic, making pictures, swim etc. you can easily spend a half day. You may need a whole day or even more if you want to relax, reflect, pray, meditate and other spiritual retreat which Tirtagangga is very suitable for. A longer stay is well combined with experiencing the beautiful nature (landscape, rice fields, hills) in the surrounding.

 

MORE INFORMATION

For more information, mail to info@tirtagangga.com