One of the key temples in Bali, the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is not to be missed on your holiday and here’s a look at what to expect.
Planning a Visit
This temple is in Bedugul on the banks of Beratan Lake in the central part of the island. Travel enthusiasts and families based at a Sunset Road hotel including properties such as HARRIS Hotel & Residence Sunset Road Bali can enjoy excursions here. It’s usually open from 7:00am to 7:00pm though get there early to avoid any crowds.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple dates to the 17th century, built in honour of three Hindu deities, namely Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva as well as Dewi Danu, the water goddess. It’s believed this sacred site brings prosperity and fertility to the region as it lies on Lake Beratan which is central Bali’s primary irrigation source.
Set amidst idyllic mountain backdrops, the complex showcases traditional Balinese architecture and design. It’s also referred to as the “floating temple” since the waters around the base give an impression of it floating. There are three-tiered shrines each dedicated to Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva, while there’s a Buddhist stupa nearby too.
Things to Do
Apart from taking in and photographing the beauty of the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, visitors can look forward to other activities as well. The lake is a popular place for boat rides and on its other side, water sports are on offer too. Fishing gear and bait can also be hired, while a playground for kids will keep the little ones occupied.