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...
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Bali Botanical Gardens
This garden is a showplace. Established in 1959 as a branch of the national botanical gardens at Bogor, near Jakarta, it covers more...
Just north of the market, this growing bakery produces fine versions of its namesake, as well as croissants and other treats all day.
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, which means it is completely surrounded by the lake. Pilgrimages and ceremonies are held here to ensure that there is a supply of water for farmers all over Bali.
The tableau includes classical Hindu thatch-roofed meru (multi-tiered shrines) reflected in the water and silhouetted against the often cloudy mountain backdrop. A large banyan tree shades the entrance, and you walk through manicured gardens and past an impressive Buddhist stupa to reach the lakeside.
There's a bit of a sideshow atmosphere, however. Animals in small cages and opportunities to caress a snake or hold a huge bat amuse the punters.