Featured on the 50,000Rp note, Ulun Danu Bratan temple is unquestionable when it comes to its panoramic view. It sits on the bank of lake Bratan that feature floating effect as the water level rises. With its reflection on the clean water, Ulun Danu Bratan gets double in beauty.
Perfect location makes Ulun Danu Bratan a popular picturesque destination for local weekenders. Situated in the middle part of Bali, Bedugul area to be precise, this temple connects the island’s northern and southern parts. It also enjoys cool weather as it is nestled on a caldera of a dead volcano.
Once you pass a giant Bayan tree, you’ll enter a gate leading to the main area of the temple. It’s a Balinese stupa with tiered roof that will interest you as you get inside the complex. And once you walk farther to the lake, beautifully tended flower garden stretches along the way to the lake bank.
Ulun Danu complex consists of four shrines that spread over different directions. There is Lingga Petal temple on the east while on the northern side, Puncak Mangu temple sits at the edge of the lake. And the rest occupy the west area.
We can walk down to each shrine in dry season, but during wet season, you need boat to get there. Stop at each spot, so you can adore the uniqueness of the temples while viewing the spectacular mountain forming a natural fortress around the lake.
Where is It?
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is located in Pecatu Village, Kuta South district. It’s 25 km away from Kuta downtown and is better accessed by private or travel car. Taking public transportation is possible as long as you arranged the ride in advance with taxi as the most convenient one.
Uluwatu is open daily from 9 AM – 6 PM but it is available all day and night for worship purpose. There are sarong and sash for rent at the entrance if you are not traditionally dressed. You’ll usually find local guides offering service around the gateway but it’s basically not necessary to hire one though it can be helpful.