Pura Ulun Danu on Lake Bratan

For my 4th day of intensive tourism on the island of Bali.... this time I have a driver from Seminyak, because the drop point today is more than 2h30 (55 km) away.

We are heading towards Lake Bratan located in the north of the island. Object of the visit: the famous Ulundanu temple which is on the edge of the lake. 

World famous image, that is to say my impatience to see this site with my own eyes.

The city is behind us... here, the traffic is a little more fluid

Sometimes you get stuck in a traffic jam due to a cremation ceremony...
All that remains is to wait and move forward to the rhythm of the procession

  Taman Ayun Temple

The Pura Taman Ayun Temple was built in 1634 and completely restored in 1937. It was the largest temple in the kingdom of Mengwi until its fall in 1891. It is dedicated to the deities of the mountains and forests.

... and there are certain rules to observe...

  • Bali Taman Ayun Temple
  • Bali Taman Ayun Temple
  • Bali Taman Ayun Temple
  • Bali Taman Ayun Temple
  • Bali Taman Ayun Temple
  • Bali Taman Ayun Temple
  • Bali Taman Ayun Temple

A small stopover in this temple located about twenty kilometers from our starting point....


We leave this temple behind and continue on our way to Lake Bratan

  Lake Bratan, Pura Unlun Danu Bratan

The superb Ulun Danu Bratan temple is located on a peninsula on the banks of the Bratan. This sacred volcanic lake plays a vital role in the irrigation of the region and for the south of the island. The religious complex is dedicated to the water goddess Dewi Danu.

The religious complex, built in 1633, consists of several temples on different islets. It is used as a place of Hindu worship on the one hand and as a place of Buddhist worship on the other, with the altar as the centre of all ceremonies. A closer look at the structure of the religious buildings gives the impression that the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple floats above the waters of Lake Bratan. The main temple, Pura Teratai Bang, has an imposing "Meru" with seven roofs, and on another small island stands a "Meru" with eleven roofs. Thanks to its architecture, Ulun Danu Bratan is a very popular temple and after the Tanah Lot, it is the most photographed temple in Bali.

The temple is located at an altitude of 1200 meters and surrounded by mountains, the temperature is very pleasant. The fact that there is often fog at this altitude, makes Ulun Danu a very mysterious atmosphere. The temple is less than an hour from the city of Ubud. To reach Lake Bratan and reach the temple, you have to take a bus up the slopes of the volcano, which is far from being a chore since the road, dotted with rice fields, deep lakes and picturesque villages, is captivating. The very fertile region around the mountain lake is a superb deep green.

I couldn't have come at a better time: I arrive in the middle of a ceremony for which I have no idea why.
Cremation? Birth? Wedding?

Anyway, it is the opportunity to take some typical photos, because it must be recognized, as beautiful as the location of this small temple so particular, 

So... this ceremony is just in time for me, so to speak.

  Near Lake Bratan...

I leave the small temple and its magnificent lake...

As I had spotted a small popular market when I arrived in the area, I wanted to take a few pictures: We find the same fruits as in Thailand... the same flowers, very pleasant salesmen always wearing a bright and spontaneous smile!

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D1 - The Tanah Lot temple

1st Day (Morning): When I had spent my first moments of research on Bali on the net, I came across the TANAH LOT. I discovered some pictures of this temple built in the sea, accessible only at low tide. Needless to say, I was eager when I arrived in Bali to discover it and walk around.

D2 - Ubud

Day 2 (Morning): I had decided for my second outing to go for a walk on the Ubud side.
I fill up the motorbike, 17,000 ruphia ! impressive figures with a string of zeros at the end... and say that it's only 3 liters!
Well, come on, my headphones aimed in the ears, the headphones on top, and let's go for about two hours of driving...

D2 - Tagallalang

Day 2 (afternoon): After 2 hours on the road and almost 2 hours visiting this small village, I had a good, fresh Bintang. For the second part of the day, I decide to take a taxi driver to take me to the rice fields a little higher. I find one a priori nice and smiling (not hard to find, they are almost all nice), and ask him to take me first to a restaurant to eat a local "Nasigoreng"... he must know a place...

D3 - Uluwatu Cliffs

Day 3: To return a little towards the sea, my third day is devoted to visiting the breathtaking cliffs of Uluwatu. There too, I had seen some impressive photos here and there and I wanted to see this exceptional site... The distance not being enormous at most about twenty kilometers from my hotel in Seminyak, I leave for another day of discoveries...
It's sunny, it's hot... come on, let's go!

D4 - Pura Ulun Danu at Bratan Lake

Day 4 (Morning): To reach Lake Bratan, I left my motorbike in the hotel parking lot and it is with a private driver that I go to the shore of this lake constantly covered with threatening clouds at about 1000m altitude.
After 2h30 of travel, we reach the Beratan temple which is beautifully located by the lake.
There are, of course, countless tourists: I am one of them!

D4 - Jatiluwih

Day 4 (Afternoon): I had enjoyed the rice fields of Tagalalang 2 days earlier, but the tourist merry-go-round had left me a little hungry. Of course the colours and views were magnificent... I was heading for my 4th day, to Jatiluwih... another impressive site of terraced rice fields, absolutely magnificent.

D5 - Nusa Dua & Kuta

Day 5: I'm getting a little tired. All these days of movement, in addition to the heat and humidity, make me decide to take an easy walk to Nusa Dua, a complex of luxury hotels located on the East Coast, which I reach in less than an hour.

D6 - Golf at Tanah Lot

Day 6: Back to Thanah Lot where I will take a walk on the golf course next door. Walking on a golf course is always very pleasant, but today, I find myself on a golf course like no other!

Bali by Night

A few steps on the sidewalks of Seminyak and Kutaen early in the evening... nice bars, small shopping malls open late, smiling encounters

lundi 30 septembre 2013