Taman Tirta Gangga Park Bali

Tirta Gangga tourism object, was once a water park of the Karangasem Kingdom in eastern Bali. Tirta Gangga tourism object is located in Karangasem regency, Bali.

Taman Tirta Gangga

The name of the Tirta Gangga tourist object, comes from the word Tirta which means Holy Water and Gangga which means the name of the river in India.

Built in 1946 by the king of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem Agung. The Tirta Gangga Park complex was previously destroyed by the Gunung Agung eruption in 1963. The Karangasem district government rebuilt this park and is intended for tourist areas.

The location of the Tirta Gangga Park, is in the middle of rice fields. The water in this park comes from the Rejasa spring. Rejasa spring has a very large amount of water, clear and soothing. One third of the Rejasa spring supply is flowed to people’s homes in the City of Amlapura (the capital of Karangasem) and two-thirds are used to fill ponds and the output from pond water is directly used for agriculture.

The area of Tirta Gangga Park is 1.2 hectares, which extends and extends from east to west. There are three levels of buildings in the Tirta Gangga Park. In the highest building there is a spring under the banyan tree. The second level building, there is a swimming pool and the lowest building there is an ornamental pond with a fountain.

When entering the Tirta Gangga Park, the first thing to find was the expanse of a pool of water and there was one temple that towered to the right. Inside the pool of water you will see a group of ornamental fishes clearly visible at the bottom of the pond. The water in this park is very clear and cool. The water in Tirta Gangga Park by the surrounding community is considered as holy water. It used in religious ceremonies by residents in the area around Tirta Gangga Park.


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Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

Its Located Penebel, Tabanan Regency. Jatiluwih offers a beautiful view of contoured rice terraces irrigated using an impressive communal water system. That’s way UNESCO protect it as a heritage site. It has nice climate because of its location 700 m above sea level.

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

Driving to this site offer you the widest rice terrace in Bali. Here you can do walk through rice field and find best spot for taking pictures. Best time to visit this place during dry season between May – September. Have heavy rain during raining season.

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Goa Lawah Bat Cave Temple

Pura Goa Lawah “Bat Cave Temple” is a Balinese Hindu temple or “Pura” located in the village of Pesinggahan, Klungkung Regency, Bali. Pura Goa Lawah is noted for built around a cave opening which is inhabited by bats, hence its name, the Goa Lawah or “Bat Cave”.

Goa Lawah Bat Cave Temple

The large complex of Pura Goa Lawah is located on the north side of Jalan Raya Goa Lawah main road, on the beach of Goa Lawah. Pura Goa Lawah is sometimes included among the Sad Kahyangan Jagad, or the “six sanctuaries of the world”, the six holiest places of worship on Bali. According to Balinese beliefs, they are the pivotal points of the island and are meant to provide spiritual balance to Bali. The number of these most sacred sanctuaries always adds up six, but depending on the region, the specific temples that are listed may vary.

Pura Goa Lawah was established in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan. He was one of the early priests who introduced Hinduism on Bali.  The temple complex may start as the center of meditation for priests. When the Dutch attacked the Klungkung kingdom of 1849 in the War of Kusamba, the temple was one of the key points during the war.  The conflict in the War of Kusamba was between the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army led by Andreas Victor Michiels
and the Klungkung kingdom led by Dewa Agung Istri Kanya.

The temple decoration evolves as time progress. In the early 20th-century, porcelain ceramic plates attached into the shrines and gates of Pura Goa Lawah are common. This treatment can still be found in other old temples in Bali such as Pura Kehen. Today, the porcelain ceramic plates decoration on the shrines and gates has been reduced.

The compound of Pura Goa Lawah is built over a hilly outcrop. It is divided into three areas: the outer sanctum of the temple (jaba pisan or nistaning mandala), the middle sanctum (jaba tengah or madya mandala), and the inner main sanctum (jero or utamaning mandala). The entrance to the temple complex is marked with a candi bentar gate.
A bale kulkul (pavilion to keep a drum) is placed to the west of this entrance. Within the first courtyard of the temple, the outer sanctum or the jaba pisan, there are three pavilions (bale) located in three corners of the temple complex.
One of the pavilions is the bale gong, where the gamelan set is kept for musical performance. Access to the middle sanctum or jaba tengah is located to the west of the outer sanctum.

Three paduraksa portals mark the entrance to the innermost sanctum of the temple (jero).  The inner main sanctum consists of three meru towers, one of which is dedicated to Shiva. Several smaller shrines are nested into a cave, where hordes of nectar bats rest. The entrance to the mouth of the cave is marked with the candi bentar gates.
Other shrines is a bale pavilion adorned with motifs of Naga Basuki flanking its steps. Naga Basuki is a primordial dragon who is believed to keep the balance of the cosmos.

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