Ulun Danu Temple - a beautiful spiritual destination in Bali Indonesia

Ulun Danu Indonesia Temple located in the highlands of the Bedugul Regency Bali mountain is a beautiful destination you should visit.

Introduction to Ulun Danu Temple Indonesia

The Ulun Danu Indonesia Temple located on Lake Beratan of the highlands is a beautiful spiritual destination. In the mild weather of the mountains at an altitude of about 1,500 meters above sea level, the air here is always fresh and cool. The surface of the lake is stunningly clear and almost completely still, the passing breeze from time to time creating small ripples on the surface. A thin mist rose from the lake and hung in the air, surrounding the temple, giving a surreal look. 

Ulun Danu Indonesia Temple was built to adore the goddess Danu. Danu in Polish means lake, while goddess Danu is the queen of water, lake and river. The temple complex includes four sacred towers. Linga Pura three levels high, and is the place of worship Shiva. The Pura Puncak Mangu is 11 steps high, and was built to dedicate itself to Vishnu. PuraTeratai Bang is the main temple, and Pura Dalem Purwa was built to worship Sang Hyang Widhi. This last temple is also a place for those who pray for fertility, prosperity and happiness.
The style of the tower is based on Trimurti's beliefs; three holy colors to represent the three gods: Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. The first color is red, for Lord Brahma, the Creator. Second, the black color, symbol of lord Vishnu, balance and preservation of the universe. Finally, white goes to Shiva, the destroyer.
The area around the temple is said to be a place of worship and has been a center for religious ceremonies since the Stone Age. To the left of the temple is a coffin as well as a stone slab dating back to about 500 BC. The existence of the temple was recorded as early as 1556. In 1633, it was rebuilt by the King of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu, with a blend of Hindu and Buddhist architectural styles. . Even though it dates back to a long time, the temple is clean and in good condition, preserved by the local community. Ulun Danu Indonesia Temple is one of the symbols of Bali island, and is inscribed on the 50,000 rupiah note.
Lake Beratan is the second largest lake on the island of Bali and is the source of irrigation for rice fields and plantations across the entire village of Bedugul. The lake mountain is often referred to as the Holy Mountain because of the cool weather and rich and fertile soil. In the early days, Lake Beratan was the largest lake in Bali, until a terrible earthquake broke the lake into three parts: Beratan, Buyan and Tambledan. The name Beratan comes from the word Brata, which means doing it yourself to meet 9 main needs in life. This word is used in the term Mute Tapa Brata, meaning meditation and union with nature.

How to travel to Ulun Danu Temple?

The Bedugul area is a favorite weekend and vacation getaway for many people from all over the island of Bali and the fresh climate and mountainous landscape are a welcome change from the hotter coastal areas.

How to move

Bedugul is located right in the heart of Bali and the main road crosses Bali's south (coming from Ubud) with Bali's northern region (Singaraja and Lovina).
The distance is about 54 km north of Denpasar or 1 hour 45 minutes, 45 km northwest of Ubud area or 1 hour 30 minutes, 59 km north or 2 hours from Kuta beach, and 60 km about north of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hours 15 minutes.
It takes 90 minutes or more to get to Ulun Danu Indonesia Temple from Ubud and more than two hours to get here from Kuta, Seminyak or Legian. That is not taking into account the amount of traffic that clog the single small road on weekends and high season.
There is no public transaction to Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, so it's a good idea to hire a driver or drive with a driver and tour northern Bali.

Entrance fees

Visiting Ulun Danu Indonesia Temple incurs an entrance fee of IDR 50,000 per person for adults and IDR 25,000 per person for children. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter in the parking lot located right in front of the entrance to the temple. And the payment should be in cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), so you need to prepare small cash before you come here.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is open to visitors daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, however for worship purposes it is open 24 hours daily.

Dress Rules

Temples are an integral part of the culture of locals and as a foreigner you get a fascinating insight into the local lifestyle. However, visitors should keep in mind that temples are sacred places of worship and therefore respect should be shown at all times. Before you go to the Ulun Danu Indonesia temple area , you need to wear discreet clothes, wear a sarong when visiting this temple without seeing bare knees and shoulders.
Remember that the temple is a respectable space for the Balinese people, your visit to the temple will surely bring you the happiness and enlightenment you seek.

Time to visit

The best time to visit Ulun Danu Indonesia Temple is from 9am to 2pm to avoid the fog in the afternoon. When fog falls, it will cover the beautiful views of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and Lake Beratan Bedugul.
However, if you want to get a great photo, the best time to visit the temple is at dawn during the rainy season, which runs from October to April.
This Indonesian tourist destination is perfect for a day trip as there are other attractions that you can visit after completing your tour of the Ulun Danu temple.

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