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Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Tabanan

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See an ancient Hindu temple at Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. Built in 1663 on the shores of Lake Bratan with manmade islands stretching out into the lake, the water temple cuts a figure against the surrounding mountainous landscape and hallowed waters. Admire the delicate interiors of the temple buildings, and place an offering to the Balinese water, lake, and river goddess Dewi Danu, who is particularly esteemed here because of the importance of Lake Bratan as a source of irrigation in the area. Before you leave, take time to appreciate the fertility and natural abundance of the area by having a freshly cooked local meal at the on-site restaurant. Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Tabanan Edition.
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  • This place is expensive to get into and once you are there it is overcrowded and nothing like the pictures you see on the internet. The savings grace for this place is the beautiful rock with the hole...  more »
  • We travelled 2 hours from Ubud. IDR for scenic beautify is bit on higher side. The temple is a lovely location  being located between  the lake and in the mountains. Unfortunately tourists are ot allo...  more »
  • The place is has a different aura. Temples built in midst of the lakes give the place an ethereal touch. Since it is located at height, you won't suffer from heat and humidity.  more »
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  • Beautiful, but 50,000rp to get in! Way too expensive. Same with the food-almost 100,000 for one person for lunch! The temple itself is beautiful but they charge too much. It's also really busy - lots of tourists
  • One of many nice temples in Bali. Not sure there is anything here to differentiate it from the others. We didn't have to pay an entrance fee, though I think we were there on a special day. There is a restaurant which seemed like a convenient place to eat, thought we didn't try it. Being at a higher altitude, it tends to be cooler than the coast.
  • This picturesque landmark and significant temple sits on the western side of Beratan Lake, up in Bali’s central highlands. During high tide, the smooth reflective surface of Beratan surrounds most of the temple’s base, creating a unique floating illusion, while the mountain range provides the temple with its hazy, dreamy backdrop. The striking scenery and cool atmosphere of these uplands have made the temple site a favourite sightseeing and recreational spot for visitors. Ulun Danu Beratan temple’s piodalan takes place every ‘Kliwon Julungwangi’ Tuesday on the Balinese pawukon. On any other regular day, the large flowering lakeside gardens and shrines offer an enjoyable time with many photographic opportunities. Recreational activities include short boat trips around the lake, leisurely rides for two on duck paddleboats, and other water sports. Read More...
  • As a live museum this temple has beautiful vicinity scenery, daily ritual is live, ulun danu beratan is island icon. There is no wheel chair access !
  • Iconic water temple, Lake Bratan, featured in Indonesian 50 thousand rupiah note, Buddha stupa One of the most famous and iconic temple, and most visited place in Bali for decades. The Ulun Danu Bratan temple is build on a tiding lakeside, in some seasons, the lake rises to cover most of the grounds, and creating an image of a floating temple. The temple has two structures, the smaller was holy and inaccessible most of the time. The famous temple was tall, resembling Mount Meru, the axis mundi in Balinese cosmology. The temple is best pictured early in the morning at 7 am or in the afternoon after 5pm. In midday, the large compound is full of the hoi polloi and selfie sticks, impossible to make a good picture. The complex also has a landed pura, an old one with detailed carvings but not accessible for tourists. A Buddha stupa is another feature of the place, near a deer place. The large part of the place is a well maintained flower garden, a buffet restaurant, exotic animal display for phototaking and water sports. You can rent a speed boat to the other part of the lake, which is Bedugul Wana Villas. De Danau resto across the street is the best available place to eat in the area. Or Mentari, which has buffet money for lunch. Going further north Lake Bratan is the twin lakes Buyan and Tamblingan, Munduk waterfall, Puncak Bagus café (best spot to see the twin lakes in one panorama), Ngiring Ngewedang resto, Brahma Vihara Arama (Theravadin Buddhist Temple).