Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

sights / Religious

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan information

Candikuning , Indonesia
off Jl Raya Denpasar-Singaraja
adult/child 30,000/15,000Rp, parking 5000Rp
Opening hours
tickets 7am-5pm, site 24hr
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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.