An iconic image of Bali, depicted on the 50,000Rp note, this important Hindu-Buddhist temple was founded in the 17th century. It is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of the waters, and is built on small islands. Pilgrimages and ceremonies are held here to ensure that there is a supply of water for farmers all over Bali as part of the Unesco-recognised subak system. Incredibly popular, you’ll dodge selfie sticks as you search out your own quiet corner.
Challenge yourself on an elaborate ropes course high in Bali’s tallest trees as you enjoy views of the lush jungle setting. Discover Bali’s unique culture at Candi Kuning, a traditional wet market, and marvel in the beauty at Ulun Danu, the famous “Goddess of the Lake” Water Temple.
Lake Beratan is the second largest lake in Bali, and is the source of irrigation for rice fields and plantations across the entire Bedugul Village. The mountain on which it sits is often referred to as “the holy mountain” as the weather is cool and the soil rich and fertile. In early times, Lake Beratan was the largest lake in Bali, until a devastating earthquake occurred, dividing the lake into three sections: Beratan, Buyan and Tamblingan. The name Beratan comes from the word Brata, which means to conduct one’s self to fill the 9 primary needs in life. The word is used in the term “Tapa Brata,” which is to meditate and be united with nature.
The temple was built in 1633 and consists of a complex of temples spread out over several islands. The temple is actually half Hindu and half Buddhist, with a central altar for ceremonies. The main temple, the Pura Teratai Bang, has a characteristic 7-tier tower, while the island also features a temple with 11 roofs. Take a close look at the construction of Ulun Danu Bratan; it seems as if the sacred building floats on the water.
How to get there:
Located at an elevation of 1200 metres, the temple is surrounded by mountains and has a mild climate. It is often quite foggy at this altitude, lending an additional air of mystery to Ulun Danu. The temple is less than an hour drive from Ubud, a ride along the hills of the volcano to Bratan Lake and the temple. But the trip is hardly a hardship: the landscape is dotted with rice paddies, lakes, picturesque villages – all set in the fertile green area around the mountain lake.
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