Ulun Danu Batur Temple, Kintamani

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#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in Bangli
Photograph the many-tiered roofs of Ulun Danu Batur Temple, one of the most significant temples in Bali. This temple is part of a complex of some 285 shrines and pavilions. From these shrines, you can look across Lake Batur towards the volcano of the same name. The structures once sat at the foot of the volcano, which destroyed all but one 11-tiered building in 1926. After the eruption, the complex was rebuilt in its present location on the rim of Mount Batur's vast caldera--a crater-like basin formed by volcanic activity. Bring your own sarong--which must be worn around the grounds--to avoid paying an exorbitant price for a rental. Plan a Kintamani trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Our driver took us to this quiet and serene temple in Kintamani. It was quiet - as in no other tourists other than us. The temple staff is unfriendly though and they tried to quote us twice as much fo...  more »
  • In the vicinity of Lake Batur is this temple. It is not hard to find as it is located on the main road. Entrance fee but at a price of loaned sarong and a guide to the temple. the temple consists of a number of sites that make up the place "cased-usually after the rectangle. From the back of the temple there is a sweep panorama on the surrounding hills with mountain/volcano Batur
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  • This was one of the most enjoyable temple experiences on the lake.Very beautiful with animal sculptures around the temple as well.  more »
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  • Like any monument or tourist attraction expect to pay a small fee wherever you are. From reading previous reviews which refer to the temple as a "tourist trap" is a slight exaggeration if you ask me. On arrival you will pay 35,000 IDR per person to enter, which is equivalent to around 2 euros. On my visit, I was not asked to wear a sarong and I entered with my partner for a small price of around 5 euros total. We strolled around the temple grounds and took advantage of the slightly cooler breeze. Yes, there is nothing here besides the temple and the grounds but this is not a theme park you are not paying for any form of entertainment here, you are simply paying entry to the grounds and to view the temple and it's beautiful backdrop against the lake. I'd recommend going early morning when it is quiet. There are clean toilets, pleasant seating areas and a small restaurant. Maybe avoid if you aren't happy spending small change for entry.
  • Horrible experience! This is a tourist trap and a proper scam. like in the previous reviews - the entrance ticket is 35k after which immediately you are directed to buy sarong (not a choice, the ladies are extremely aggressive and I almost lost it). I had my own sarong, but they still made me wear some piece of clothe insisting that this is for showing "respect". They wanted to charge 50k for "rental" of that filthy thing. OUTRAGEOUS! on top of that, most of the temple grounds are closed for tourists and accessible only for praying... It really spoilt my afternoon. Horrible place.
  • Generally a nice place to walk around, but if you'd like to step inside remember to bring your own sarong.
  • Remember to keep your own saroong, if you plan to visit any Hindu temples in Bali or you have to buy/rent it .. a bit expensive price ...Bali people are very friendly and helpfull..can not be considered as a tourist trap.. they make a decent living..but do not seems to be criminal minded .. enjoy the place and the people..
  • I too confirm that it is a tourist trap. There is nothing worth to see inside the temple. The entrance is IDR 35K. There is no view of any lake from inside the temple as few have mentioned in their reviews. Lake beauty can be enjoyed from outside without paying any fee. Waste of time and money to see this temple.

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Where to stay in Kintamani

As most visitors choose to stay in other parts of Bali and make day trips to Kintimani, you won't find a huge range of accommodations in the area. Options consist mainly of small guesthouses and bungalows, with only a handful of hotels. Because of their proximity to the start of the trail up Mount Batur, the villages of Toya Bungkah and Kedisan--on the shores of Lake Batur--have the best range of places to stay.
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