Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

sights / Religious

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan information

Prices
adult/child 15,000/10,000Rp, parking 5000Rp
Opening hours
tickets 7am-5pm, site 24hr
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Lonely Planet review

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.