During our stay in 1992 we visited the incredible Royal Water palace or Taman Tirtagangga.
Tirta Gangga is a former royal palace in eastern Bali, about 5 kilometres from Karangasem. Named after the sacred river Ganges in Hinduism, it is noted for the Karangasem royal water palace, bathing pools, a Patirthan temple, its cultural and religious significance.
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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 centrepiece 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.
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