Pura Ulun Danu Bratan or Pura Bratan is a water temple of Hinduism in Bali (Indonesia). This temple complex is located on the shores of the volcanic lake Bratan (near Bedugul). This is a water temple that affects the entire area. Elsewhere there are smaller water temples dedicated to each subak (irrigation association / you might think of as the typical Bali ‘cooperative’). This temple is also a famous virtual live check-in place that many tourists come from everywhere. So, how to visit and what to see at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple in Bali Indonesia? Let’s explore the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple Bali (Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Bali), one of the most impressive floating temples in Bali to check it out!
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The story of the water temples in Bali
Water is very important to the Balinese people. So, they call their Hindu belief is Gama Tirta, which means the belief system of water. The Balinese are very concerned about the problem of their irrigation system because it affects their agriculture, irrigation and cultivation. For each main source of water for a given area, there will be a pura tirta (water temple) was built up.
Pura Ulun Danu Batur (on Lake Batur) is the leading temple in the above system. This temple is an important centerpiece for both practical and spiritual reasons. Rainfall falls into Lake Batur and minerals from there provide for the island’s entire ecosystem. Hence it becomes the most important water temple. The second important temple to mention is Pura Ulun Danu Bratan on Lake Bratan, which is the temple I mentioned in this article. This is not the most important temple but one of the most beautiful temples on the island.
Built in 1633, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple was used to offer water to the water goddess Dewi Danu. Lake Bratan is of great importance as the main water source of irrigation in the central area of Bali. The 11-story Meru Tower in the complex was built dedicated for God Shiva and his spouse Parvati. The statue of Buddha is also kept in this temple. This temple is also known as the Bali temple on the lake because it appears to float when the Bratan lake rising.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is located in a beautiful location, right on the banks of the crater – the lake. Lake Bratan is called the Holy Mountain Lake due to the fertility of this area. Located 1200m above sea level, it has a cold tropical climate. This is one of the most enchanting temples in Bali. There is a park surrounding the temple, with statues and flowers. The temple was built over the water to create a very beautiful landscape.
Visiting here, you will find a few stalls along the temple, food, toilet and a parking lot. If you’re going to Bali with kids, there is a small children’s playground and also some nice spots to sit in the temple courtyard.
How to get to Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali?
Address: Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82191, Indonesia
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is located in the small village of Bedugul. This is also the perfect place to explore the lake areas and the mountains surrounding, the temple located on the edge of the beautiful Lake Bratan.
From Ubud, to getting here will take about 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic situation in Bali. Depending on where you stay, you can visit the temple with a day trip from Ubud or Kuta with a tour (day trip) …
There is public transportation to take you to Lake Bratan from Denpasar or Lovina. There is also a shuttle bus that runs between the south beaches and Lovina. It takes 45 minutes to reach Pura Ulun Danu Temple from Lovina. From Ubud, it takes a 1.5 hour drive and it is about 2 hours from Kuta. You can also rent a scooter, take a taxi. I booked a day tour to combine to visit many places quickly.
When is the best time to visit Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple in Bali Indonesia?
Opening hours: Daily, from 9am to 8pm.
Entrance fee: 50,000 IDR ($3.42) for adult and 25,000 IDR ($1.71)/child. The tickets can be bought at the ticket counter in the parking lot which located right in front of the entrance gate of the temple.
If you are lucky enough to visit in the festival, you will be able to attend a real party. This is one of the many festivals held at the temple.
If not, you will still have a great time admiring the beauty of this Hindu temple unlike the others.
The temple is beautiful or not depends on the time when you come here. The main reason for the famous of the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is that it floats on the lake. If you visit the temple at a time of low tide, it obviously won’t float.
Where to stay when visit the temple?
For the convenience of visiting the temple, you can stay at a number of hotels and resorts scattered along Lake Bratan. Bedugul is currently a mountain resort, so you can easily find high-end hotels and resorts here. However, the room rates here can be expensive or not convenient to visit other places, so you just book the hotel in the center for convenience. The areas can be stay is Ubud or Jimbaran, Kuta … Then you book a day trip or rent a private car to visit the temple.
What to see in Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple?
At the temple, you can walk around the campus, breath the fresh air, learn more about Hinduism religion, the gods, beliefs, Bali culture, walk around to see the temple, take virtual live photos… Also you can explore the temple and the surrouding areas by sailing on the lake.
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