One of Bali’s most scenic temples is Ulun Danu Bratan located by the side of a lake in the cool hills of Bedugul.
Originally built in 1633 by the ruler of Mengwi Kingdom,Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is positioned on a small islet inside a lake that is a major water source for most of Bali. The temple is characterised by walled compounds housing several distinctive shrines, one of which towers above the rest with 11 tiers. It is dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of the lake who is the saviour of all living things and responsible for regulating the flow of water to sustain local crops. Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is an important site of worship for Bali’s agricultural community, especially rice farmers.
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is located in an area known as Bedugul. At 1200 metres above sea level, it offers a welcome relief from the heat of South Bali. When visiting Lake Bratan to see the temple and enjoy a range of fun water sports, day-trip usually stop off at the nearby Bali Botanical Garden. Covering a vast expanse of forest, this popular conservation site features Bali’s largest collection of orchids, medicinal plants, ferns, bamboos and trees. There is also a traditional market in the area that sells fresh fruit and vegetables, including locally grown strawberries.