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Ulun Danu Temple

Join local worshipers, and photographers from all over the world, at one of Bali’s most scenic water temples.

Rising from the shore of Lake Bratan, and spectacularly backdropped by one of Bali’s highest peaks, is Ulun Danu Temple. A fascinating window into Balinese history, culture and spirituality, this stunning temple and its surrounding landscape are a photographer’s dream.

Ulun Danu Temple is a water temple; the name means “the beginning of the lake.” It is a directional temple, which means, according to Hinduism, its function is to guard Bali from evil spirits.

When you enter you will first see a stupa, or burial mound. Then, on the shore of the lake, the Pura Teratai Bang, or main temple, with its dark, tiered roof and surrounding garden.

Explore the four temples within the complex, each devoted to a different god or goddess. The Lingga Petak Temple is devoted to the Lord of Siva; Penataran Pucak Manggu Temple to the God of Vishnu; Terate Bang Temple to the Brahma God; and Dalem Purwa Temple to the Danu Goddess. Two types of ceremonies are performed here; the twice yearly temple ceremony, and the Pakelem ceremony, which is performed as needed.

Because it is 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level, this part of Bali is cooler, so pack a jacket. Walk along the shore and enjoy the expansive views. The lake itself is open to the public. Rent a boat and float out to the middle to capture some incredible photographs, or join the locals and drop a line for some fishing.

Ulun Danu Temple is located in the Bedugul area, 31 miles (50 kilometers) north of Denpasar. Bemos (mini-buses) service the Bedugul area. To get to the temple, rent a car or a motorcycle, take a tour with a local operator, or hire a driver and guide. If you are feeling fit, rent a bike and explore the area on two wheels. Allow anywhere from an hour to half a day to relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

There are plenty of fun ways to get a feel for Ulun Danu Temple. Here is a list of our favorites:

Check out our Bedugul things to do page to discover even more activities while you're here.


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CLV Hotel & Villa

CLV Hotel & Villa

Jl. Cemara, Candi Kuning, Bedugul, Baturiti, Bali
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Baturiti, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ulun Danu Temple, Bali Botanic Garden, and Bali Treetop Adventure Park. Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.

    Puri Candikuning
    Puri Candikuning

    Puri Candikuning

    Jalan Candikuning KM 52, Tabanan, Baturiti, Bali
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Baturiti, this golf resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ulun Danu Temple, Bali Botanic Garden, and Bali Treetop Adventure Park. Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

      ZEN Rooms Cemara Bedugul $31
      ZEN Rooms Cemara Bedugul

      ZEN Rooms Cemara Bedugul

      Jalan Cemara, Candi Kuning, Bedugul, Located in CLV Hotel and Villa, Baturiti
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Baturiti, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ulun Danu Temple, Bali Botanic Garden, and Bali Treetop Adventure Park. Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.

        dong losog camping lodge and resto $12
        dong losog camping lodge and resto

        dong losog camping lodge and resto

        Jl. Raya Bedugul, Baturiti, Bali
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Baturiti, this lodge is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ulun Danu Temple, Bali Treetop Adventure Park, and Bali Botanic Garden. Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

          Campingplus
          Campingplus

          Campingplus

          Jl. Raya Bedugul, Baturiti, Bali
             
            1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the mountains, this campground is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ulun Danu Temple, Bali Botanic Garden, and Bali Treetop Adventure Park. Munduk Waterfall and Gitgit Waterfall are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            Warung Rekreasi Bedugul
            Warung Rekreasi Bedugul

            Warung Rekreasi Bedugul

            Jalan Raya Bedugul, Opposite Fruit, Market, Bedugul, Baturiti, Bali
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Baturiti, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bali Botanic Garden, Ulun Danu Temple, and Bali Treetop Adventure Park. Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

              Bedugul Lake View Residence A1 $105
              Bedugul Lake View Residence A1

              Bedugul Lake View Residence A1

              Baturiti, Bali
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in a rural location, this romantic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bali Botanic Garden, Ulun Danu Temple, and Bali Treetop Adventure Park. Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

                OYO 1166 Hotel Melati 2 $10
                OYO 1166 Hotel Melati 2

                OYO 1166 Hotel Melati 2

                Jl. Raya Bedugul No.99, Candikuning, Baturiti, Baturiti, Bali
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Baturiti, this hostel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Ulun Danu Temple and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club and Bali Botanic Garden. Bali Treetop Adventure Park is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.