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ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE (Pura Ulun Danu Bratan)

ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE

– All Details to Know About Ulun Danu Bratan Temple –

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE?

AWESOME LOCATION
The temple located on a lake.
It feel like a peaceful, isolated & floating temple.

AWESOME VIEW & ATMOSPHERE
It’s Bali most scenic temple.
Beautiful lake, nice hills view & refreshing air.

POPULAR TEMPLE 
You are going to visit the main temple in Bali.
Probably the most visited & iconic temple in Bali.

NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Jatiluwih rice terrace and Eka Karya Botanical garden.
You can combine to visit those places.

ULUN DANU BERATAN TEMPLE

WHAT IS ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE?

DESCRIPTION:

Ulun Danu Bratan temple  is a complex temple which located in the near Bratan lake in Bedugul tourism area, Tabanan, Bali. It was established on the natural lake. Ulun Danu consist of two words, Ulun and Danu. Ulun means high place. Danu means lake. So, Ulun Danu means a lake on the highland. 

It was established before 1634 as written in the palm inscription “Babad Mengwi”. The founder was King  I Gusti Agung Putu, King of Mengwi kingdom. It was for praying to Goddess of fertility and refer to Shiva’s wife. Then it develop to fair balinese irrigation system (Subak) to supply the water to rice field and plantation around and below the lake.

ULUN DANU TEMPLE IN THE SILENT MORNING

A PEACEFUL AND BEAUTY PLACE

*) In the early morning after sunrise exactly, it’s truly quiet and peaceful temple. It less visitor and you can see there is no wind and no wave on the water. It’s reflecting shadow of the temple & the mountain so beautifully.

HOW MUCH THE ULUN DANU BERATAN TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 50K
Child : IDR 25K

NEW ENTRANCE FEE PER 2020:
Adult : IDR 75K
Child : IDR 50K

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : IDR 3K
Car       : IDR 5K

ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE:

WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ULUN DANU BERATAN TEMPLE?

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 6.00 PM.

*) This place often raining and dark clouds. Better you bring your poncho or waterproof jacket or umbrella maybe.

WEEKDAY:
Monday – Friday.

*) It will be crowded if your visit on weekend or Indonesian holiday or in the same time of student visit.

SUNRISE TIME:
6.15 AM – 6.20 AM.

*) The color gradation start on 5.45 AM.

**) You need to bring warm jacket if you want to catch sunrise in here. It’s really cold in the early morning.

ULUN DANU TEMPLE SUNRISE

CEREMONY (Piodalan) or Hindus special day:

2017:
16-24 March  2017, Piodalan Ageng.
21  March 2017, Selasa Kliwon Julungwangi ceremony.
17 October 2017, Selasa Kliwon Julungwangi ceremony.

2018:
12-18 May 2018, Piodalan Ageng.
15  May 2018, Selasa Kliwon Julungwangi ceremony.
11 December 2018, Selasa Kliwon Julungwangi ceremony.

2019:
6-12 July 2019, Piodalan Ageng.
9 July 2019, Anggara Kliwon Julungwangi ceremony.

2020:
29 August – 4 September 2020, Piodalan Ageng.
4  February 2020, Anggara Kliwon Julungwangi ceremony.
1 September 2020, Anggara Kliwon Julungwangi ceremony.

*) You can see hindus people praying and the sequence of ceremony it self. Awesome culture & ceremony.

ULUN DANU TEMPLE CEREMONY

UPDATE STATUS OF ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE:

OPEN FOR ANY VISITOR/TOURIST

*) Since March 22nd, 2020 Ulun Danu Bratan temple has been closed according to government instruction to avoid Corona spreads.

**) Ulun Danu Bratan temple still open for pilgrims who want to pray here, but it applied with some term and condition. Tourist can not enter the temple.

***) Since July 20th, 2020 Ulun Danu Beratan temple has been opened with New Normal protocol.

WHERE IS ULUN DANU BERATAN TEMPLE LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Candi Kuning
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Baturiti
Regency (Kabupaten): Tabanan
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 54 km north of Denpasar or 1 hour and 45 minutes.
About 45 km northwest of Ubud or 1 hour and 30 minutes.
About 59 km north of Kuta beach or 2 hours.
About 60 km north of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour and 15 minutes.

MAP OF ULUN DANU BERATAN TEMPLE:

HOW TO GET TO ULUN DANU BERATAN TEMPLE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no direct public transport to get there. You have to take multiple public transport to reach this place.

From UBUD :
No public transport to reach this place.

From DENPASAR :
Please to reach Ubung Mini/Micro Bus Station first.
Then take a Mini/Micro Bus to Bedugul at Ubung – Stop at Ulun Danu Beratan temple.

  • Fee: IDR 30K
  • Timetable: No.

From KUTA :
Please to reach Kuta Central Parking first – Then, find Mini/Micro Bus or Angkot/Bemo.
Then take a Mini/Micro Bus at Kuta Central Parking  – Stop at Tegal Sari Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take an Angkot/Bemo at Tegal Sari – Stop at Ubung Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take a Mini/Micro Bus to Bedugul at Ubung – Stop at Ulun Danu Beratan temple.

  • Fee: IDR 15K + IDR 15K + IDR 30K
  • Timetable: No.

From Ngurah Rai Airport :
Please to reach Ngurah Rai International Domestic Gate first – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
Then take a Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop at Kuta Central Parking.
Then take a Mini/Micro Bus at Kuta Central Parking  – Stop at Tegal Sari Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take an Angkot/Bemo at Tegal Sari – Stop at Ubung Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take a Mini/Micro Bus to Bedugul at Ubung – Stop at Ulun Danu Beratan temple.

  • Fee: IDR 3,500 + IDR 15K + IDR 15K + IDR 30K
  • Timetable: No.

More information about Bali public transportation system:

– Trans Sarbagita Bus Stop/Shelter/Halte.
– Ubung Micro/Mini Bus Station.
– Tegal Sari Micro/Mini Bus Station.

*) It’s really not efficient trip using public transport in Bali. Waste your time, energy and money. There is no fixed price in Bali transportation system, except Trans Sarbagita. If the passenger full loaded you will get the price above, but if quiet (little) passenger you will pay more expensive. Seems they applied operational cost basis since the public transport not so popular today (quiet).

**) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this place and use google map as your navigator.

***) On long weekend the road will be crowded and traffic jam. Google will choose the quiet road which is a small village road. Well, a little disappointed actually because you have to lowering your speed and the traffic jam happened only for the cars. Scooter still can access the road. Better you keep ride on the main road.

****) You can not use Go-jek or Grab transport because the distance so far and it’s hard for them to find other passenger on the way back.

ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE

*) I love this picture, seems it like a frame of the temple. A natural frame.;-)

MULTI LEVEL ROOF

*) The roof of the temple made from a kind of palm peat, we named it as ‘Ijuk’. It’s a black color and it arranged so thick and stacked up. It’s so natural for sure. Then it combined with nice colorful decoration. Looks so beautiful, right?

HOW IS ULUN DANU BERATAN TEMPLE DRESS CODE?

PRAYING DRESS CODE:
There is a dress code for Balinese people who want to pray in holy temple. They need wearing a sarong with scarf wear on the waist. It’s a typical dress for prayer/pilgrims in whole Bali island.

VISITOR/TRAVELER DRESS CODE:
For visitor/tourist/traveler you don’t need to wear sarong and scarf.

*) If traveler or tourist want to visit the holy area, you need to wear a prayer dress.

ULUN DANU BERATAN TEMPLE DRESS CODE

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

*) Use Telkomsel SIM card for relative better service compare to other telecom operator.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet.

*) Better bring your own tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some shops are inside & outside of temple area selling foods, snacks and souvenirs.

BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN ULUN DANU BRATAN AREA:

*) I surprised when found budhist temple on the hindus temple area. Then, i search on Google it was established in the same time of hindus temple.

**) I realize maybe it was influenced of Majapahit kingdom (Java) which popular religion is Shiva-Buddhist. It’s syncretism between Shivaism and Buddhism. But, today is separated religion. Hindus people praying on Ulun Danu hindus temple and buddhist people visit and pray in here for sometime.

ELEPHANT STATUE

MEDITATION POSE STATUE

BUDDHA STATUE

A BUDDHIST NUN WATCHING A BUDHIST TEMPLE:

*) How the government archaeological and conservation board lets this heritage building without treatment? There are so many grass and algae on this temple. I never found like this in Java and Yogyakarta. What a shame!

ULUN DANU PEACEFUL TEMPLE

BALI ICONIC TEMPLE

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ULUN DANU PEACEFUL SUNRISE

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*) I fall in love to this temple when i visited for the sunrise time. It’s truly quiet and peaceful place. Not much visitor,  only me and some professional photographer who want to catch the sunrise moment in here.

SOME ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visit Ulun Danu Beratan temple:

1. “Eka Karya” botanical garden.
2. Bali Handara Iconic Gate.
3. Jatiluwih rice terrace.
4. Buyan lake camping ground.
5. Wanagiri Selfie Pucak photo spots.
6. Wanagiri Twin Lake view photo spots.
7. Wanagiri Hidden Hills.
8. Banyumala waterfall.
9. Golden Valley waterfall.
10. Eco Cafe 1.
11. Melanting waterfall
12. Munduk waterfall.
13. Sekumpul waterfall + Fiji waterfall.
14. Sekumpul restaurant (Cacao, Spices & Cheap Luwak coffee).

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE (Pura Ulun Danu Bratan)

  1. Berta

    The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is both a famous picturesque landmark and a significant temple complex located on the western side of the Beratan Lake in Bedugul, central Bali.

  2. arya

    Pura ulundanu bratan is a temple with great view. Best moment for coming usually will ended by take picture with ulundanu temple background is look like float on the lake bratan. The cool air and beautiful garden make all touris are visit feel fresh. This pleace good for left a stressing. Mostly denpasar citizen are bussy in work culture come to bedugul and bratan on weekend. So on weekend this tourist destination always crowded.

  3. Tata

    When I can get boring from hot weather and beach life on a Bali, I went to Bratan lake and feel like move to spring area with cool and fresh weather!

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Well, it’s true.
      It also happened on me.
      Stay for long time in Bali sometime i bored with the beach.
      So, i looking for the spring, waterfall, cool and fresh air.
      For me Ulun Danu sunrise moment is the best time when visit this temple.
      Less visitor, quiet and peaceful.
      Also beautiful sunrise and panorama.
      Don’t forget to bring warm jacket. 😉

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