Taman Tirta Gangga. Yep, I’ve checked the spelling.
Just out of Amplura, this is the work of Amplura’s water loving Rajah who had a go (apparently this was his second shot- the first was at Taman Ujung) at building the water palace of his dreams. The triple Pisces in me gets that.
Completed in 1948, it was damaged by the eruption of nearby Gunung Agung in 1963, and then by less natural causes, just a couple of years later as a result of “political unrest”.
This place has koi and lotus blossoms and water lillies and gargoyles and bridges and is a water temple fantasy. A little piece of paradise.
There are also 2 pools. One of which resembles a pond. Way too many children swimming there for me to ever be tempted. The French had it right when they call a pool “la piscine”.
The 11 tiered fountain is pretty cool (see my photo), the hawkers outside are not. As with all holy or temple areas in Bali, there are no hawkers inside the grounds.
You’ll need about 5000Rp per person to enter the grounds- more if you intend to (gulp) swim. Make sure you have lots of little notes as you’ll also need 2000Rp for parking.
Amlapura is the capital of Karangasem regency, and the main transport hub on the East Coast. If coming by car from Denpasar or the resorts around Kuta and Legian allow about 3 hours. It is, however, only a short hop from Candidasa.
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