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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Kec. Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82191, Indonesia

Opening Hours

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

IDR 75,000

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5.00/5 - (3 Votes)
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Ngurah
Local tour guide
"Avoid visiting Ulun Danu Beratan Temple on weekends or public holidays to beat the crowds and enjoy a more serene experience. Don't forget to explore the beautiful gardens surrounding the temple, as they offer stunning photo opportunities and a peaceful atmosphere."

What is Ulun Danu Beratan Temple?

Nestled on the shores of Lake Beratan and cradled by the verdant peaks of the Bedugul mountain range, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, or Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, is more than just a picturesque landmark—it's a revered sanctuary that captures the essence of Balinese culture and spirituality. As you arrive, you can't help but be struck by the temple's reflection in the calm waters, creating a symphony of architectural marvel with nature.

This iconic temple complex is made up of multiple shrines dedicated to gods and goddesses in the Balinese Hindu pantheon, and it's characterized by its classical Hindu thatch-roofed meru (pagodas). Its serene setting makes it one of the most photographed and tranquil places on the island, and is a perfect example of Bali's harmonious Tri Hita Karana philosophy, where humans, gods, and nature exist in balance.

History of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

The chronicles of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple date back to the 17th century when it was constructed by the King of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu. It's said that this site was chosen because it's where the powerful Lake Beratan provides essential irrigation to the surrounding fields through a complex subak system—a traditional Balinese method of water management.

Historically, water temples like Ulun Danu Beratan are not merely places of worship. They are fundamental to the agricultural calendar, ensuring the prosperity and balance of the region through the ceremonies and rituals performed here. Revered and maintained with utmost care by generations, the temple has undergone several renovations over its lifetime to preserve its splendor for future generations, including one in the late 20th century following the volcanic activity in the region.

 If you’re interested in the history & culture of this amazing temple, it’s definitely something you should do on one of your Bali tours.

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Why is Ulun Danu Beratan Temple Important?

The importance of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple should never be understated. It represents a critical aspect of Balinese philosophy—harmony between man, nature, and the spirit world. Often times when I talk to other locals, we marvel at how the temple symbolizes the balance in our lives, intertwined with the island's water management and agricultural sustenance.

Moreover, it's a key part of the island's subak system, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The temple doubles as a focal point for ceremonies and festivals which bind the community, and it's a physical testament to the Balinese Hindu belief in Tri Hita Karana: God, Nature, and Humankind living harmoniously together.

The deity of the lake, Ida Batari Dewi Ulun Danu, is worshipped here—a clear indication of the temple's spirituality as she's believed to control the waters, and thus the life of the land. This detail further elevates its importance as the surrounding region's fertility and the inhabitants' well-being are intrinsically tied to her blessings.

Things to do & see at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

When you visit Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, prepare to immerse yourself in a realm of divine beauty and serene spirituality. Join me as we discover the ornate gates and stroll through the meticulously maintained gardens, with every step revealing aspects of Balinese mythology and architectural finesse.

You can explore the different shrines dedicated to Shiva and his consort Parvathi, and the Buddhist stupa on the grounds that reflect the island's religious syncretism. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture the moment as the mist rolls in and envelopes the temple—a sight that seems to bring mythology to life.

Engage in local customs by participating in a water ceremony, or simply sit by the lakeside and let the tranquility wash over you. If you're up for it, hire a traditional jukung (canoe) and paddle out onto the lake for a different vantage point of the temple—trust me, it’s a view that will leave you in awe.

Finally, if your timing is just right, you might be lucky enough to witness a Balinese celebration or ceremony, which is an experience you'll carry with you long after you've left the shores of Lake Beratan. Just remember, while it’s a feast for the eyes and can feel like a step back in time, it’s also a living place of worship, so always approach such experiences with respect and reverence.

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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple offers visitors a peaceful and spiritual experience in a stunning natural setting. Whether you are a spiritual seeker, a nature lover, or simply looking to immerse yourself in Balinese culture, a visit to this iconic temple is a must during your time in Bali.

Frequently asked questions

What is Ulun Danu Beratan Temple?

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is a beautiful Hindu temple located on the shores of Lake Beratan in Bali, Indonesia.

What is the significance of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple?

The temple is dedicated to the goddess of the lake, Dewi Danu, and is an important place of worship for the Balinese people.

What are the main attractions of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple?

The temple's stunning lakefront location, serene surroundings, and unique architectural design are the main attractions for visitors.

Can visitors enter the temple?

While visitors are not allowed to enter the main temple complex, they can explore the temple grounds and enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Are there any other attractions near Ulun Danu Beratan Temple?

Yes, nearby attractions include the Bali Botanic Garden, Bedugul Market, and the iconic Handara Gate.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Kec. Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82191, Indonesia

Opening Hours

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

IDR 75,000

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