Lake Bratan’s temple, called Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and also known as the Floating Temple, is one of the most beautiful temples in Bali. It is also underrated compared to Tanah Lot and Pura Luhur Uluwatu temples.
This temple is also the favourite of many local tourists but not as well known with foreigners, therefore relatively still unknown, it is a true gem to discover.
History and facts
This Hindu temple was built in the 17th century in honor of the famous trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is also used to worship the lake goddess called Dewi Danu. The history dates back to the Mengwi kingdom of that time.
One of our top temples to visit in Bali but still relatively unknown to foreign tourists, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan has its own charmed with its interesting thatched roof layered with reminiscence of pagoda structure and located just at the edge of the temple, allowing chance of reflections of its grandeur.
When is the best time to go
If you are lucky and here during one of the many festivals held here at the temple, you will be in for a real treat. If not, you will still have a good time marveling at the beauty of this Hindu temple that is unlike the others.
The entrance fees is 50,000 IDR (as of 2016)
Daily 9 am to 8 pm
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Get in and get around
There are public transports that take you here to Lake Bratan from Denpasar or Lovina. There is also shuttle buses between the southern beaches and Lovina, it takes 45 minutes to get to the Pura Ulun Danu temple from Lovina. From Ubud, it will take a 1.5 hours drive and from Kuta, a long 2 hours drive.
Taman rekreasi Bedugul (Bedugul Recreation Park) nearby here has a lot to offer for water sports.
There are also many souvenir shops here that are different from the usuals you can find shopping in Kuta or Seminyak.
Don’t forget to check out the tiny temple at the western end.