Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Bali. An incredible temple complex on the shores of Lake Beratan. Situated in highlands of the mountainous Bedugul, the region is a favourite holiday retreat for the Balinese and also attracts many overseas visitors as well.

Awesome scenery, a charm of beauty that is able to make anyone who saw him feel hypnotized and fell in love. Mountain weather, approximately 1,500 meters above sea level, the air is crisp and cool.

The stunningly clear lake is calm and almost perfectly still, save for the soft breeze that occasionally sweeps across, creating tiny ripples upon its surface. A thin mist rises from the lake and hangs in the air, surrounding the temple, giving it a somewhat surreal appearance.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, literally ‘the source temple of Lake Bratan’, is easily the island’s most iconic sanctuary sharing the scenic qualities with the seaside temples of Uluwatu Temple and Tanah Lot Temple. The smooth reflective surface of the lake surrounding most of the temple’s base creates a unique floating impression, while the mountain range of the Bedugul region encircling the lake provides the temple with a scenic backdrop.

The temple was built in the 17th century in worship of the main Hindu trinity, Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva, as well as the lake goddess, Dewi Danu. The sight and cool atmosphere of the Bali uplands have made the lake and this temple a favourite sightseeing and recreational spot as well as a frequently photographed site.

The history of the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan can be traced back to the rise of the Mengwi kingdom. The ‘floating’ temple complex is comprised of four groups of shrines, including the prominent Lingga Petak shrine to its east. There are four gates facing each of the four points of the compass.

The second group is located in the west and pays homage to another temple in the hill of Puncak Mangu and is regarded as the symbol of soil fertility. The ‘puncak’ or hilltop of Mangu is northeast of Lake Beratan.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

Entering the temple gates, instantly noticeable are the typical Balinese architectural features and the tiered shrines. Inside the complex, the three main shrines are dedicated to the worship of god Vishnu which boasts 11 tiers, god Brahma with seven 7 tiers and Shiva with three tiers.

As the temple complex occupies a rather low lying side of the lake, the floating effect is thus featured when the lake’s water levels rise. This is the time for the most perfect photo opportunities.

Besides a silent witness and historical site of the golden days of the Mengwi kingdom, this temple complex is also home to a megalithic artifact in the form of a sarcophagus and stone tablet. This has led to the assumption that it was a consecrated site before the Hindu temple was built.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Ceremony

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple’s anniversary ceremony or Piodalan takes place every Kliwon Julungwangi Tuesday on the Pawukon Balinese calendar cycle which occurs every 210 days. Also a grander Piodalan Agung takes place every 420 days. However, on any other regular day the serene lake views and cool uplands are an experience itself.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

What to See in Pura Ulun Danu Bratan ?

Entering the manicured gardens of the complex, to your right you’ll see a magnificent banyan tree, and to your left, seemingly out-of-place in this predominantly Hindu complex, a Buddhist stupa. Robed Buddha statues encircle the shrine, and these are often used as a backdrop for wedding photos. Look behind, and up on the hill a large mosque looms, reminding us of this multicultural nation’s ability to (mostly) live peacefully with religious diversity.

The inner sanctums of the four Hindu temples that form the major part of the complex are not accessible to non-worshippers, however the merus (tiered shrines) and ceremonies can be viewed from the temple gates. A sign requests visitors to “dress neatly and properly” — in Bali this means that a sarong and sash are required. This is ignored by the majority of visitors, but please don’t let that include you.

The most photographed part of the temple, the 11-tiered and three-tiered meru atop a small island reflected in the lake, can be seen as you pass the candi bentar (split gate) to the lake’s edge. Note that during the drier months, the lake often recedes and the island is no longer surrounded by water. Here you’ll have to fight the busloads of domestic tourists waving their 50,000 bills to get the classic clichéd “money-shot”.

Amid the beautiful flowers and tropical foliage, the surrounding gardens are punctuated with kitsch animal and plant cement statues including lions, owls, corncobs and fish, and a rather too-small fenced compound contains a couple of barking deer.

Along with garish paddle ducks and speedboats whizzing past, the otherwise beautiful and peaceful spot has a bit of a local funfair atmosphere, seemingly at odds with its spiritual significance. Nevertheless, it’s still one of Bali’s most picturesque spots to spend an hour — the location is stunning and when the mist rolls in, the mood becomes just a little more special.

What to Do in Pura Ulun Danu Bratan ?

Once you are inside the temple’s grounds, take your time, walk around and take in the beauty. The main things to do at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple are exploring by foot and even by little swan paddle boats if you’re in the mood for a paddle.

Fishing is popular along the lake’s edge too. Did not see anything getting caught but all the fishermen and fisherkids seemed in their element. You can even rent fishing gear there if your keen to drop a line in.

Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Opening Hours

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple are open for public from 08:00 am to 06:00 pm and the best time to visit this Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is in the morning 09.00 am to 02.00 pm

How to Get to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple ?

The Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is easily accessible and lies on the main road passing through Bedugul highlands. If you are coming from Kuta or Seminyak, you will need 2 hours 15 minutes drive. Also with travel distance around 60 kilometers.

However, if you are coming from Ubud area, it will take least travel distance around 46 kilometers with 1 hour 40 minutes drive. That’s not accounting for the traffic that clogs up the small single lane road on weekends and the high season.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Entrance Fee

Visits to the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple are subject to an entrance fee of 30,000 rupiah for adults and 15,000 rupiah for children (10,000 for domestic tourists). Parking is 5,000 rupiah for a car, and 2,000 rupiah for a motorbike.

No on-site guides are available, so if you’d like more information, we recomende We recommend taking a tour of Northern to discover some of the best hidden gems!. A number of Bali tour company travel to the area, meaning you can take it all in one fell swoop. And below are the list of tours which included of Ulun Danu Bratan Temple:

1. Ulun Danu Bratan Temple and Tanah Lot Sunset Tour

bedugul tour

This is one of the best day trip in Bali. That take you to Bedugul is a mountain lake resort area in Bali, located in the centre-north region of the island near Lake Bratan on the road between Denpasar and Singaraja the area covers the villages of Bedugul itself, Candikuning, Pancasari, Pacung and Wanagiri Hidden Hill. In the area there is three crater lakes Lake Bratan, Lake Buyan, and Lake Tamblingan. And major sites in Bedugul are the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. Read More...

2. Ulun Danu Bratan and North Bali Tour

north bali tour

Take you on journeys to experience and discover some of the highlights of Bali’s north region, as well as the uncrowded and lesser-traveled northern coastline. A day trip to north Bali covered the popular Instagrammable Wanagiri Hidden Hill, black-sand beach of Lovina, magnificent water temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, enjoy the array of fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, in Candi Kuning, marvel incredible hidden waterfalls of Munduk, Banjar hot water spring, views the breathtaking twin lakes of Buyan and Tamblingan lake, and much more. Read More...

Places to visit around Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

The area around Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is often just referred to as simply Bedugul, though this area has a great variety of attractions, tourism here remains aimed at the local rather than the international market and the choice of accommodation and restaurants reflects this.

Here are the list of the places must be in your list during your trip to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple:

1. Bali Handara Gate

bali handara gate

Bali Handara Gate as famous Instagramable spot in Bali. Make a wonderful picture in front of Handara Gate with the breathtaking view of green scenery and gigantic-exotic traditional Balinese gate as your backdrop. Pamper your eyes with the amazing green surrounding, beautiful scenery, and the amazing background of smoky green hills between the gates that creates a perfect picture. Read More...

2. Wanagiri Hidden Hill

wanagiri hidden hill

Wanagiri Hidden Hill is popping up on everyone's Instagram feed lately!. It has many unique spots that can be used by you who want to find exciting content to upload to Instagram. There’s a human-sized bird’s nest, wooden teacups, the bow of a boat, wooden stars, tree houses, an Indonesian interpretation of the Eiffel Tower with a giant swing overlooking the water below, and much more. All of these platforms face directly to Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan surrounded by shady forests. Read More...

3. Munduk Waterfall

Munduk Waterfall

Munduk Waterfall is probably the most famous waterfall in north Bali. The flow of water and the height from which that water drops is impressive. Located within lush and forested central-northern highland region in the village Munduk, Banjar District, Buleleng regency. There two waterfalls in Munduk village, that is Munduk & Melanting Waterfall. However, people used to call both Munduk Waterfall. Read More...

    Address: Danau Beratan, Desa Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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