The water palace of Tirtagangga was built in 1948 by Raja Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. This palace has been shaped in the form of a beautiful water garden and it is located near a natural spring.
The scenery of the area is fantastic with great views and the climate is relatively cool. These facts, together with the religious rites of the spring, inspired the Raja to build himself a private country house nearby this spring set amidst a beautiful recreational garden. He called it Tirtagangga – derived from the words ‘Tirta’ (blessed water) and ‘Gangga’ (from ‘Ganges’, the holy river in India).
The water of Tirtagangga has always been regarded as holy and is regularly used for religious temple ceremonies. With important celebration days Tirtagangga is the destination of colourful processions with offerings, umbrellas, flags and other tributes.