What you need to know before going to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
Ulun Danu Bratan, also known at The Temple in the lake, is located a little north of the middle of Bali 56 km from Denpasar on the main road towards Singaraja. The common way to go here, it to rent a private driver in a minivan, which most resorts and hotels can help you book. Expect a price between Rp 500.000 and 600.000 if you are traveling from one of the southern tourist districts like Nusa Dua or Seminyak.
If you are staying in the closer areas of Bratan, a motorbike is properly your easiest way of transportation.
There is plenty to see near the lake; Bali Botanical Gardens, Munduk and Sekumpul Waterfalls and trekking in the beautiful mountains is just some of the things you should do, combined with a Ulun Danu Bratan Temple.
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The temple is open every day from 7 AM to 5 PM. There is plenty of parking spaces and the entry fee IDR 30.000 per foreigner. Tell your driver to wait in the car park. Parking is IDR 5.000 for a car and 2.000 for a motorbike.
If you would like to go fishing, there are several spots along the lakeside, close to the temple, where you can rent fishing gear and bait. You can also get a ride on the lake in one of all the local jukung outriggers.
The compound is quite small, and you will not spend the entire day here. For most tourists 2 hours will be enough for a visit to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. Maybe even less.
The temple dates back to around 500 BC, as some of the artifacts, a stone sarcophagus, and stone boards, comes from the megalithic period. The temple layout present time is from the 17th century.
If you are arriving when the water in the lake is low, it can be a bit hard to recognize the floating images you might have seen online. But as the water level rises during the seasons, the significant illusion reveals of a Temple in the lake.
Ulun Danu Bratan is worth a visit on a day trip to the northern areas of Bali. But you need to make other stops on you way, as you are not going to spend the entire day up here. The temple is gorgeous. Have a look at their website www.ulundanuberatanbali.com to see which events you might want to join.
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