PURA ULUN DANU TEMPLE
The iconic 17th-century Hindu temple above goes by the name of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. The floating temple sits on Lake Bratan in Bedugul, Bali.
Most year-round you will find the lake is calm and impeccably still; crisp misty mornings make it a perfect time to visit. Reflections off the lake, along with the scenic mountainous area surrounding Bedugul, create a floating impression of this glorious temple. There is no surprise that this lake was named one of the 20 Most Beautiful Lakes in the world.
Part of its name stems from the lake goddess Dewi Danu, marking the significance of this lake as one of the primary water sources in central Bali. Ulun Danu itself translates to “head of the lake”. The most photographed part to this spiritual place is the 11 tiered meru, which sits atop of Lake Bratan. Surprisingly, the temple is not in its original position. As a consequence of several eruptions from Mount Batur, the temple has been shifted and rebuilt along with the village of Bedugul.
Inside the temple complex, you will find beautiful waterside gardens and cement statues of lions, owls, and fish. It comprises four groups of shrines, including the prominent Lingga Petak shrine to its east.
Those who want more than scenery and a different view of Pura Ulun Danu may hire traditional jukung outriggers to tour the lake. Also, the other side of Bratan Lake offers various water sports such as parasailing and jet-ski rides.
Best time to visit Bedugul, Bali
Bali starts to get busy with tourism between mid-June and mid-August. However, in my opinion, April to May are the best months to visit, as it is still dry season and you will avoid the busy crowds.
The floating temple in Bedugul is in the mountainous region of Bali, so the mornings are slightly colder than the coastal areas, and are hit with more rainfall. With this in mind, be prepared to have a jacket with you for those crispy fresh mornings.
The temple is open daily between 8 am and 8:00 pm.
Location of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
The Balinese temple voted ‘Most beautiful Lakes in the World’ is in the area of Bedugul, which is on the northern side of the tropical island of Bali.
Getting to the floating temple
As a result of sitting pretty central on the island, it only takes roughly an hour to drive from Denpasar.
There are two ways of getting to Pura Ulun Danu that I recommend:
- ToursByLocals Guide – These guys can arrange a local guide for you, so you know that your money is going back to the community.
- Bus – There is a bus you can grab from Denpasar, which takes you to Bedugul. It isn’t that frequent, so you will need to find out the schedule before heading to the bus stop.