Pura Ulun Danu Temple at Lake Bratan, Bali

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.

Pura Ulun Danu Temple at Lake Bratan, Bali, Indonesia

Pura Ulun Danu Temple at Lake Bratan, Bali. Photo by whyyan


Where is it

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is located at Lake Bratan in Bedugul Highlands of Bali. The lake is also worth a visit to take in the breathtaking views.


Why visit

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.

Festival at Pura Ulun Danu Temple at Lake Bratan, Bali, Indonesia

Festival at Pura Ulun Danu Temple at Lake Bratan, Bali. Photo by alex hanoko


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.


Fees

The entrance fees is 50,000 IDR (as of 2016)


Opening Times

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.


Nearby tourist attractions

Dolphin watching at Lovina.
Jatiluwih rice terraces.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bedugul, Bali, Indonesia

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bedugul, Bali. Photo by alex hanoko


Travel Tips

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.

Related articles:
Uluwatu Temple, Bali
Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali
Top 10 Temples to Visit in Bali
Bedugul, Bali: Mountains, Lakes and Treks




Author: Rachel

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