On a clear day, the island of Lombok is visible with the ever dominant Gunung Rinjani providing a stunning backdrop to the palace itself.
From the carpark, a path leads past several warungs and Dhangin Taman Inn towards the ticket booth where a fee of 10,000 rupiah is charged. Upon entering through the gateway to the site, you are immediately greeted by the extensive tropical gardens and two large, shallow ponds that allow you to explore them by climbing across the stepping stones and over a bridge.
Stone statues are situated all throughout the water palace with bulls, horses and pigs featuring prominently but the best are the painted statues of Balinese Barong and Rangda situated at the far side of the grounds.
A series of decorative water channels also have a functional purpose, ensuring the water levels of the various ponds are kept at the correct height. In the western corner of the grounds are two ponds where swimming is permitted. Both ponds are crystal clear and you will more than likely see local people taking a dip. Often there is no fee charged for swimming in these ponds, but this probably depends on visitor numbers. Expect to pay 5,000 rupiah if there is someone monitoring swimming activities.
Most visitors arrive at the site between 11am and 2pm and stop for lunch in one of the surrounding cafes. At these times, it is impossible to take photos of the water palace without another visitor being in the photo. If possible, arrive outside of these times.
Last updated on 27th June, 2011.