THE TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE
Villa Sidemen offers a wide range of outdoor activities which gives you the opportunity to do what you are genuinely interested in and create a truly memorable holiday. We are located in a strategic location, close to several attractions like Kertagosa, Candidasa, Tirta Gangga, Kintamani, Balis best rafting, Padangbai and much more. One of the sights of interest to foreign visitors is Tirta Gangga, about 1 hour from us.
Tirta Gangga literally means water from the Ganges, Hinduism's holy river in India, so it is a site of some reverence for the Hindu Balinese. Strictly, the name refers to the water palace built here in 1948 by the King of Karangasem. It is, however, widely used to refer to the general area which includes the water palace and the lush rural areas around.
The Tirta Gangga Water Palace is a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. The one hectare complex was built in 1946 by the late King of Karangsem but was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963. It has been lovingly re-built and restored and has an air of authentic royal magnificence. The center piece of the palace is an eleven tiered fountain and there are many beautiful carvings and statues adorning the gardens.
The area around Tirta Gangga is noted for its rice paddy terraces. Lempuyang temple ( Pura Lempuyang Luhur, needs a full day to visit, 1700 steps...) lies about 10 km east of Tirtagangga on the slopes of Mount Lempuyang and is one of the key nine directional temples on the island.
Taman Ujung is also south-east of Karangasem and is another water palace built by the predecessor of the King who constructed Tirta Gangga. Taman Ujung was built in 1909 as a relaxation and recreation palace by the then King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik. It was largely destroyed by the eruption of Mount Agung 1963, damaged again by an earthquake in 1979 and has not been restored on the same scale as Tirta Gangga.
Here is a video from the Water Palace: https://youtu.be/u_K4yyDvsSo