Temple of the Goddess of Lakes

Imagine the most beautiful temple. Now imagine this temple reflected on the surface of most tranquil lake surrounded by lush green mountains. That breathtaking imaginary scenery is likely what inspired people, more than 350 years ago, to build Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali (aka Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple) on Lake Beratan, which is surrounded by mount Beratan and mount Catur.

Dedicated to the Goddess of Lakes, Bratan temple can seem either floating or not floating depending on the water level in Bratan lake. This temple is featured on the 50,000 indonesian rupiah note, which is also ulun danu bratan temple entrance fee.

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple Timings: open from 7AM to 7PM everyday. 

Adhering to Balinese Religious Architectural Principles, Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bedugul Bali is designed as an open air place of worship within enclosed walls. The gold-painted doors of the main temple gateway are reserved for the use of priests on important occasions. The main 11-storey building is dedicated to Shiva. Also, enshrined in this temple is Buddha’s statue. You will want to take your time walking around multiple gardens, and soak in the beauty all around you. There are a lot of good restaurants near ulun danu bratan temple but we resorted to doing some fun activities around the area before going out for lunch.

Bratan temple is located near the center of Bali island. As with most travel in bali, we recommend a private driver to get to Bratan temple. The ride is about 1.5 hours from Ubud, and 2.5 hours from Seminyak. From Munduk, which is where we stayed, it’s about a 40 mins ride to Bratan temple. The road (JI. Raya Wanagiri) to Bratan temple from Munduk overlooks beautiful twin lakes: Lake Tamblingan and Danau Bayun. There are a lot of fun activities along this road you can spend some time exploring. Further west on this road is The View Munduk Restaurant with an extraordinary views of surrounding hills from its elevated vantage point. The View features traditional Indonesian and Balinese dishes, and breathtaking panoramic views.

As an escape from the heat and chaos of south, we highly recommend central Bali, which is largely ignored by most travellers. The central highlands region boasts volcano-fed hot springs, rice terraces, most scenic temples, not to mention the fresh air and cooler temperatures.

sampai jumpa 👋