A Journey to the Lake Temple of Fertility-Ulun Danu with Private Bali Driver
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Today I will take you to visit one of the Famous Temple in Bali, Called Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, located Candi Kuning, Tabanan Regency. I am am Made, I will be your private Bali driver for today. Its take about 1,5-2 hours drive from Bali Ngurah Rai Airport, I take you drive via Seminyak where along the road is full of Shop, restaurant, antique stuff, if you want make stop, I am happy for that, just tell me wherever or whenever you want stop for photo. From Seminyak, I drive via Kerobokan, Sempidi, and pass same rice fields and drive uphill via Sembung and Baturiti, then we will reached at The Temple. Its located on highland of Bali, make this spot is cold and breezing, average temperature 20c, for me is cold, but for you is very comfortable I think.
What is Ulun Danu Temple?
Ulun Danu is small temple if compare with Besakih, or Mengwi Temple, its stand in the middle of of Beratan Lake, its very iconic. Its only has a unique location, but Its also has a good Philosophy, this Temple symbolize fertility, in which the Mother of the Lake, flow the water to the downstream and keep the island away from drought.
This is very highly respectable by the Balinese Hindu, and attract a thousand of tourists every month.
every year, The Temple is visited by group of people including farmers and fisherman, who want get Tirta or Sacred holly water that they believe could bring blessing for their life.
Besides Lake Beratan, there are also two others lake in Bedugul area, that flow water to river downstream, called Buyan & Tamblingan Lake.
Once we entering Ulun Danu Temple, you will feel calming atmosphere as the breezy air welcomes us, the green yard of the Temple, coupled with the lake and misty sky as the background, will make us feel peaceful and calm.
In front of the Lake, we see sarcophagus and stone board from megalithic era 500BC. It was estimated that temple has been used as location for a kind of ritual since that time.
The Temple was built before 1556 and then rebuilt by King of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu with blend of Hindu and Buddha Architecture, as reflected in Buddhist statue.
There are 4 parts of the sacred building in the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple – Bedugul Bali complex. In the first part, there is the Lingga Temple Plot which is located in the middle of the lake. This temple has 3 meru (levels on the roof of the building) and is a place of worship for Lord Shiva.
In the second part, there is the Pucak Mangu Temple, whose location also juts into the middle of the lake but is behind the Lingga Petak Temple. The Penataran Temple of Pucak Mangun has 11 meru and is a place of worship for Lord Vishnu.
The third part is the Teratai Bang Temple, which is the widest part of the temples within the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple complex. In front of the gate entering the Bang Pata Teratai there are three stones.
The last part is the Dalem Purwa Temple which functions as a place of request for prosperity, fertility and prosperity.
Attraction of Ulun Danu Temple Beratan Bedugul
Not only as a place to hold religious ceremonies, Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is also a major tourist attraction in the Bedugul area of Bali. The main attraction why tourists come to visit Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is of course because there is a part of the temple that is floating on the lake, namely Pura Lingga Petak which has 3 Meru and the Mangu Peak Penataran Temple which has 11 meru.
If you visit Ulun Danu Beratan Temple during the rainy season or when the lake surface is high enough, the two parts of the temple will be seen surrounded by lake water. But if you come during the dry season when the lake water is receding, the beautiful scenery becomes normal, because the two temples do not appear to be in the middle of the lake but only on the edge of the lake.
The beauty of the temple in the middle of the lake becomes the face of Bali tourism, even Indonesia. If there are photos, banners, wallpapers or anything that has the theme of Balinese tourism and even Indonesia, this is the view of Pura Ulun Danu Beratan which is usually used. Even the beautiful scenery is one of the pictures in the pieces of 50 thousand rupiah banknotes.
The location of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple which is located on a plateau and at the edge of the lake makes this tourist spot very cool. Ulun Danu Temple complex area Beratan Candikuning Bedugul is also very beautiful, with many flowers growing everywhere, green grass and lots of thick leafy trees. Plus the cool and cool and foggy atmosphere at certain hours makes the tourists very comfortable to linger in this famous religious tourist spot in Bali.
In addition, often the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is used as a place of worship or carrying out religious rituals of Hindus, where tourists can see local people who usually wear distinctive white clothes, carry out their religious activities. This is also a major attraction for those who want to witness the various processions directly in a very beautiful place.
The beauty of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is an attraction for photographers to take beautiful pictures. The bride and groom usually do pre-wedding photos at the main tourist attraction in Bedugul Bali.
Near the Temple, there is speed boat rental spot for visitor, so you can ride the around the lake, see the hill and Mount and admire the beauty of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple from the middle of the lake, but it can also be done in various other locations on the banks of Lake Beratan, such as one in Bedugul Beautiful Peak, located a few hundred meters south of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple.
In addition to speedboats, there are also those that provide various water sports such as parasailing, jet skiing, canoes, water bikes and various other water sports. Water sport activities on Lake Beratan can be an alternative when you are bored of doing watersport activities on the beach, such as in the center of Bali Water sport in Tanjung Benoa.
What else you can see if you take trip to Ulun Danu Temple?
- Taman Ayun Temple.
Drive from Kuta take about 1-1,5 hours, we can visit one of the most beautiful ornament Temple, called Pura Taman Ayun Mengwi dating from 1634. The Temple surround by pond and nice garden, Its consist of 3 level, outer, middle and inner part. At the outer yard, we can see the hall meeting as a place to prepare ceremony and also there is small kitchen for cooking. In the middle of the hall, we have like cockfight arena where we will have a blood sacrifice ceremony by holding cockfight. On the middle yard we have Bale Kulkul; high building with wooden bell, it function to call the villager during the festival or for other purpose like call for meeting or for cleaning Temple. Inner yard is the holiest part where we have many shrine and pagoda, its open during the festival. The visitor may walk around the path and prepare camera for get the best photo shoot.
- Spices Garden.
On the way up to Ulun Danu, we may stop for coffee break at Luwus and Baturiti area, we will take you walk into the spices plantation such as coffee tree, cocoa tree, clove, local fruits, ginger, tea, lemon grass and other plantation can see here, witness how the local farmer making coffee in traditional way, rousted by fire wood then pounding roasted coffee with hand. One of the most expensive coffee from Luwak animal, its call Bali gold coffee as the price is very expensive. We can try some Bali coffee, tea, ginger for free and afterward they will offer what they have from the garden as the souvenir for you.