One of Bali’s most picturesque sites is Ulun Danu Temple, a multi-tiered Hindu shrine located on the misty shores of Lake Beratan some 1240m above sea level.
Built in the early 17th century as a place of worship dedicated to the river goddess Dewi Danu, Ulun Danu Temple remains an important site for followers of the island’s Hindu faith. Encompassed by a green garden, the temple lies at the edge of Lake Beratan, which is the main source of irrigation of all of Central Bali.
Much of the cool mountainous landscape around the lake is agricultural and a wide variety of vegetables are grown in the area. As water is a precious natural resource, ceremonies at Ulun Danu Temple are always considered auspicious occasions for the local farming community. Prayers are expressed seeking the ultimate blessing of a sufficient supply of water to help in the cultivation of fertile crops.
The best time to visit Ulun Danu Temple is in the morning to avoid the tourist crowds. Apart from being an iconic site of cultural interest, the adjacent lake lends itself to an array of water-based activities. Guided boat excursions, jet skiing and even fishing are all available for a token fee.