This high land destination is located just outside of the small town of Bedugul. A beautiful temple is sited on the soars of lake Bratan and casts a neat reflection it’s still watered. Ulun Danu Temple takes on an ephemeral quality at dawn, five hundred meters from the fruit and the vegetable market Bedugul, and actually projecting into the lake, is the Hindhu / Buddhist temple of Pura Ulun Danu. It’s very picturesque, with a large banyan tree at the entrance, attractive gardens, and one courtyard isolated on a tiny island in the lake. Ulun Danu Temple founded in the 17th century is dedicated to the goddess of the waters.
It is the focus of the ceremonies and pilgrimages to ensure the supply of water. Ulun Danu has a classical Hindhu thatched-roof merus (multi-roofed shrine) and an adjoining Buddhist stupa. This very important Hindu-Buddhist temple was founded in the 17th century. It is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of the waters, and is actually built on small islands, which means it is completely surrounded by the lake. Both pilgrimages and ceremonies are held here to ensure that there is a supply of water for farmers all over Bali.
The temple is truly beautiful, with classical Hindu thatch-roofed Meru (multi-roofed shrines) reflected in the water and silhouetted against the often cloudy mountain backdrop – one of the commonest photographic images of Bali. A large banyan tree shades the entrance; walk through manicured gardens and past an impressive Buddhist Stupa to reach the lakeside. An unfortunate aspect is the small animal zoo, left of the main entrance, where tourists are encouraged to be photographed alongside snakes, bats, and iguanas, all of which appear to be kept in less than humane conditions.