Bali Backpacker's Guide

ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE (Pura Ulun Danu Bratan)

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS TEMPLE?

AWESOME LOCATION
The temple located on a lake.
It will looks like isolated temple surrounded by water.

AWESOME VIEW
It’s Bali scenic temple.
Beautiful lake and hills view.

POPULAR TEMPLE 
You are going to visit the main temple in Bali.
Probably the most visited temple in Bali.

NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Strawberry plantation and Eka Karya Botanical garden.
You can combine to visit those places.

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DESCRIPTION:

Ulun Danu Bratan temple  is a complex temple which located in the near Bratan lake in Bedugul tourism area, Tabanan, Bali. It was established on the natural lake.

Ulun Danu consist of two words, Ulun and Danu. Ulun means high place. Danu means lake. So, Ulun Danu means a lake on the highland. 

It was established before 1634 as written in the palm inscription “Babad Mengwi”. The founder was King  I Gusti Agung Putu, King of Mengwi kingdom. It was for praying to Goddess of fertility and refer to Shiva’s wife. Then it develop to fair balinese irrigation system (Subak) to supply the water to rice field and plantation around and below the lake.

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HOW MUCH THE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 50K
Child : IDR 25K

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : Free
Car       : IDR ??

ULUN DANU BRATAN ENTRANCE FEE:

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WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT IT?

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 6.00 PM.

*) It will be crowded if your visit on weekend or in the same time of student visit.

**) This place often raining and dark clouds. Better you bring your poncho or waterproof jacket or umbrella maybe.

CEREMONY (Piodalan) or Hindus special day on Ulun Danu temple:

16-24 March  2017, Piodalan
21  March 2017, Selasa Kliwon Julungwangi ceremony.
17 October 2017, Selasa Kliwon Julungwangi ceremony.

*) You can see hindus people praying and the sequence of ceremony it self. Awesome culture & ceremony.

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*) The roof made from a kind of palm peat, we named it as ‘Ijuk’. It’s black and so thick and natural. Then combined with colorful decoration. Looks so beautiful, right?

WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Candi Kuning
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Baturiti
Regency (Kabupaten): Tabanan
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 54 km north of Denpasar or 1 hour and 45 minutes.
About 45 km northwest of Ubud or 1 hour and 30 minutes.
About 59 km north of Kuta beach or 2 hours.
About 60 km north of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour and 15 minutes.

MAP:

HOW TO GET TO THE LOCATION?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no direct public transport to get there.

From DENPASAR :
please to reach Ubung bus station – Then, find minibus from Denpasar to Bedugul,
Stop in Bedugul bus station – Then, take a walk to the Ulun Danu Bratan temple .

*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this temple and use google map as your navigator.

**) On long weekend the road will be crowded and traffic jam. Google will choose the quiet road which is a small village road. Well, a little disappointed actually because you have to lowering your speed and the traffic jam happened only for the cars. Scooter still can access the road. Better you keep ride on the main road.

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OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some shop outside of temple selling foods, snacks and souvenirs.

BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN THE ULUN DANU BRATAN AREA:

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*) I surprised when found budhist temple on the hindus temple area. Then, i search on Google it was established in the same time of hindus temple.

**) I realize maybe it was influenced of Majapahit kingdom (Java) which popular religion is Shiva-Buddhist. It’s syncretism between Shivaism and Buddhism. But, today is separated religion. Hindus people praying on Ulun Danu hindus temple and buddhist people visit and pray in here for sometime.

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A BUDDHIST NUN WATCHING THE BUDHIST TEMPLE:

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*) How come the government archaeological and conservation board lets this heritage building without treatment? There are so many grass and algae on this temple. I never found like this in Java and Yogyakarta. What a shame!

SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visit Ulun Danu temple:

1. “Eka Karya” botanical garden.
2. Buyan & Tamblingan Lake view point.
3. Sekumpul waterfall + Fiji waterfall.
4. Sekumpul restaurant (Cacao, Spices & Cheap Luwak coffee).

You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 5 itinerary.

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4 thoughts on “ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE (Pura Ulun Danu Bratan)

  1. Berta

    The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is both a famous picturesque landmark and a significant temple complex located on the western side of the Beratan Lake in Bedugul, central Bali.

  2. arya

    Pura ulundanu bratan is a temple with great view. Best moment for coming usually will ended by take picture with ulundanu temple background is look like float on the lake bratan. The cool air and beautiful garden make all touris are visit feel fresh. This pleace good for left a stressing. Mostly denpasar citizen are bussy in work culture come to bedugul and bratan on weekend. So on weekend this tourist destination always crowded.

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