Bali: Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Hi, all!

I recently visited Bali for 4 days and had one of the best vacations ever! I went to Bali with my brother and met up with Fi there, exploring many places that are on Trip Advisor’s recommended places. Why did we go to touristic places? Because it was the first time for me and my brother to visit Bali.

On our first day, we went to visit Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. It is a shivaite water temple located in the mountains that cover Central Bali. It was located by Lake Bratan, around 2 hours from Kuta. We were on our way, driving, from Kuta to Singaraja. Not wanting to waste time, we decided to visit this temple and, truth to be told, we were impressed ❤

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

The parking lot wasn’t as crowded as we thought it would be (maybe because it was a Tuesday afternoon?). The air was quite chilly, compared to the hot and humid beach area. We had to pay Rp 20.000 (around 1.50 USD) for the entrance fee.

Near the ticketing booth
Near the ticketing booth

Entering the site, we were greeted by a large park. The walkways encircle the grass lands, while different types of bushes and flowers line these grass lands. There were a few high trees as well. Smaller temples had been built around the big, high trees, and these temples were scattered at the park.

Trees in the park
Trees in the park

The main temple itself was another complex inside the park. They were marked two tall monuments that acted as an entrance. Inside, we will be greeted by different blocks/buildings/places that are part of the main temple itself.

The tall monument as the entrance gate towards the main temple
The tall monument as the entrance gate towards the main temple
Flowers inside the complex
Flowers inside the complex
A beautiful part of the temple complex
A beautiful part of the temple complex
Close-up: traditional Balinese door
Close-up: traditional Balinese door

We continued towards the lake and saw the main temple. It was located on a mini island around 2 meters from the land. One has to either walk through the shallow waters or row a boat to reach the main temple. One of its characteristics are the tall roofs of the main temple.

The main temple from one of the walkways decorated with flowers
The main temple from one of the walkways decorated with flowers
The island for offerings
The island for offerings

Around the main temple, there was also another small island for offerings to the Gods, another temple on land, and also a walkway towards a villa complex beside the temple.

On our way back, we saw this beautiful deer alone in its fenced habitat
On our way back, we saw this beautiful deer alone in its fenced habitat

We’ll be back with more reports regarding our Bali trip.

xx

san

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
Jl. Bedugul – Singaraja,
Candikuning, Baturiti
Kabupaten Tabanan,
Bali, Indonesia 82191

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