Tirta Gangga in Bali

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Our first stop on day 2 in Bali was Tirta Gangga: a water palace on the east side of Bali. Since there’s so much of the island to see, we stuck to sights in the same area for each day. While this water palace was relatively small, it was so so pretty. I’ll be honest, before going, I didn’t really do much research. I just knew that I wanted to go to the east side of the island since it’s doable for a day trip (it was about 2 hours from Ubud). But once I got there, I definitely recognized the little steps in the water and all the koi fish. It was beautiful!

Tirta Gangga in Bali was pretty crowded, but it was definitely not as bad as a few of the other places we went. In fact, the only crowded area was the stone steps in the water; the other areas were very peaceful. Obviously I had to get my photo with the fish, so I did it off to the side as opposed to on the steps like everyone else did. Like I said, it was super crowded on the steps – all because people wanted to get their Instagram shot. Ha!

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Feeding the fish was actually super cool and a lot of fun. I loved it. I felt so connected with the fish and it was just surreal to be at this water palace across the world doing the same thing other people have been doing for so many years. There was also this pretty lily pad pond that I loved. It was so nice because we pretty much had this to ourselves while everyone got their Insta pics. This water palace was so pretty, but it did not prepare us for the next water palace we went to. More on that later this week!

Have you ever been to a water palace?

Photos by Ryan Carpenter.