Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
This roadside market is touristy, but among the eager vendors of tat, you'll find locals shopping for fruit, veg, herbs, spices and...
Bali Botanic Garden
This garden is a showplace. Established in 1959 as a branch of the national botanic gardens at Bogor, near Jakarta, it covers more than...
Bali Treetop Adventure Park
Within the Bali Botanic Garden, you can cavort like a bird or a squirrel at the Bali Treetop Adventure Park. Winches, ropes, nets and...
Just north of the market, this bakery produces fine versions of its namesake, as well as croissants and other treats.
off Jl Raya Denpasar-Singaraja · interesting places nearby
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan information
This very important Hindu-Buddhist temple was founded in the 17th century. It is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of the waters, and is actually 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.
The tableau includes classical Hindu thatch-roofed meru (multi-tiered shrines) reflected in the water and silhouetted against the often cloudy mountain backdrop. It's an iconic image of Bali.
Sadly, there's a bit of a sideshow atmosphere: animals are squashed into small cages and punters stop to caress snakes or hold huge bats, while the parking lot is lined with souvenir stalls.