In the past Tirta Gangga tourist attraction is a water park of Karangasem Kingdom that located in the east part of Bali. Now Tirta Gangga Water Park in Karangasem serves as a tourist attraction in the East part of Bali. The majority of tourists who spend their vacation to the Tirta Gangga water park are foreign tourist.
Besides Tirta Gangga tourist attraction, Karangasem Regency also has an interesting tourist attraction to visit, such as Candidasa, Sukasada Ujung Water Palace, Amed Beach, and Tulamben it is black sand beach which is a favorite place for tourists to dive.
There are three main things which exist in Tirta Gangga, Karangasem, there are gardens, ponds, and sculptures. The location of Tirta Gangga Park in Karangasem is located in the middle of rice field and water in this park comes from Rejasa springs. This park is still owned by Karangasem Kingdom. The extensive of this Tirta Gangga area is about 1,2 hectares which extends and stretches from east to west. There are three levels of the building in Tirta Gangga Park. In the highest building there is a spring under a banyan tree. The second level of the building, there is a swimming pool and the building at the bottom there is a decorative pond with a fountain.
The name of Tirta Gangga tourist attraction is divided into two words there are Tirta and Gangga. Tirta means Holy Water and Gangga means the name of river in India. Tirta Gangga Water Park in Karangasem was built in 1946 by the king of Karangasem, his name is Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem Agung. Previously Tirta Gangga park complex was destroyed by the eruption of Agung Mount in 1963. The government of Karangasem Regency rebuild this park and intended for tourist area. Tirta Gangga is royal water park belongs to Karangasem Kingdom. Tirta Gangga Waper Park is located in Ababi Village it is about 83 kilometers from Denpasar or 6 kilometers from Amlapura, the capital city of Karangasem Regency.
This water park was built in 1948 on the initiative of the King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. The architecture of this water park is a combine of Balinese and Chinese architecture styles. Before built into a water park, water sources have been there before, which is used by the community to fulfill their basic needs for water but it is also believed as holy water to purify any bad energy around the area. Tirta means holy water and taken from the name of Gangga River in India. Water from Tirta Gangga springs considered as holy water by Hindus People in Bali. This water is used for religious ceremonies in temples in that area until now. These springs are required for ceremony which organized by temples around Tirta Gangga which can be reached by foot.
This water source produces pure water that is very large. One of third this water flow used to provide drinking water for Amlapura City. Some flowed into the top of the swimming pool through underground pipes, while others get into the lower pool and to irrigate the fields that surround this water park. This place is great for freeing themselves from the hot weather because the weather in this area is quite hot.