Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, or the Lake Bratan Temple, is a significant Buddhist Hindu temple located on the shores of Lake Bratan (or Danau Bratan) in the Bedugul region. Constructed in 1633 by the King of Mengwi, the temple has been a focal point of the area for centuries, and is now a popular tourist destination. The temple is known for its unusual architectural design, as well as the surrounding beauty of Lake Bratan, one of the area’s three crater lakes.
- The Temple – Lake Bratan Temple is a major water temple in the Bedugul region, the other temple being Pura Ulun Danu Batur, located close to Mount Batur. The temple is known for its unusual architectural design, and appears to be floating on the water of the lake. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of the Lake, Dewi Danu, and the Balinese believe that worshipping her ensures adequate water and plentiful crops. The inner sanctum of the temple is not accessible to non-Hindu visitors, but inside are the eleven stories of pelinggih meru dedicated to Shiva and Parvathi.
- The Gardens and Surrounds – Lake Bratan Temple is set inside manicured gardens that can be explored without limit by any temple visitor. The gardens aren’t extensive, and with careful planning, you’ll be able to see everything within an hour while seeing the temple structures. As the temple is a Buddhist Hindu sacred site, visitors will notice a Buddhist stupa located in the gardens, close to the banyan tree by the entrance. For those wishing to further explore the temple there is also fertility shrine, known as Linga Petak located on the lake itself, accessible via canoe.
- Lake Bratan – Lake Bratan Temple might be one of Bali’s most photographed and recognisable temples, after Tanah Lot, but it is often the surrounding lake that captivates visitors. Lake Bratan, a crater lake created some 30,000 years ago in a volcanic eruption, is one of three crater lakes in the Bedugul area. It is the most serviced one for tourist development, and it is even possible to participate in watersports on the lake through the Taman Rekreasi Bedugul company on the lake’s south side.
- Candikuning Village – Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is located in the village of Candikuning in the Bedugul area, a central tourist area for the region. A trip to Lake Bratan Temple wouldn’t be complete without a look around the Candikuning village, which is home to a number of attractions. These include the Bedugul Traditional Market, where visitors can find the region’s bountiful produce on sale along with handicrafts and exotic spices, and the Bali Botanical Garden, one of only four official botanical gardens in Indonesia. The village is relatively small, and easy to navigate on foot.
- Appropriate Dress – To visit Pura Ulun Danu Bratan all visitors will need to be wearing appropriate dress. This means there can be no clothing worn that is too short, overly revealing or particularly tight. These rules apply to both men and women.
- Climate – The climate in the Bedugul area is much colder than the rest of Bali due to its height above sea level. Bring some form of warm weather clothing like a jumper or scarf, particularly if you’re prone to the flu.
- Nearby Attractions – The Bedugul area is very interesting and, despite being one of Bali’s less visited locations, is full of attractions and activities for visitors. These include the Munduk local waterfall, and the beautiful rice terraces of Jatiluwih.
- Car/Motorcycle: Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the Bedugal area. This is around 50 kilometres north of Denpasar via the main north to south road. It is possible to drive yourself, but a map will be required. It is also possible to hire a driver and car to take you.
- Tour: Another popular method of exploring Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and the surrounding areas is to go on a tour. These tours allow you to book before you arrive in Bali, and are often more reliable than the ground bookings. There are a variety of tours on offer, including a Best of Bali tour over 9 days.
- The same King of Mengwi that constructed Pura Ulun Danu Bratan also later built Pura Taman Ayun, Bali’s other famed water temple.
- Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is featured on one side of the Indonesian Rupiah Rp. 50,000 note.