The journey from Denpasar, direct to Lake Beratan takes about 2 hours. Being 50 km away, this is part of the day trip that you should plan. You can stop on the way for lunch if you choose to. On average, a day’s cost for taxi/tour hires are around 450,000 IDR to 600,000 IDR depending on your bargaining skills and should be arranged a day before. The price usually covers petrol and parking fees but some drivers may ask you to pay the fees instead. Pura Ulun Danu is located at Lake Beratan at Bedegul. Usually, naming these 3 will get nods of understanding from the taxi driver. This location is touristy.
About 100 meters after the entrance and ticketing area, there is a lot of gardens to enjoy the flora in the location. You can take your time around these parts on your way out.
Entrance fee is 30,000 IDR. (USD3) per person.
This is the compound before you go to the lake to view the main attraction. “Guided tours” may cost you. So just keep to yourselves.
There are a lot of tourists and depending on the season, you may feel a bit crowded. Pura Ulun Danu is a temple built in 1663 for the water god Dewi Danu. This temple is very unique as it is built on the water. Lake Beratan is the main source of irrigation to Bali hence its importance. The 11 stories of pelinggih meru are dedicated to Shiva and there is also a Buddha statue in this temple. The location of Lake Bratan is 1200m above sea level the altitude does make it cooler here. There is a slight chill in the breeze.
This is a very special temple. I was not impressed easily by temples in Bali but this one is rated among the top destinations in Bali.
The Bali rain was coming and going and in between, I managed to take photos of the rain. Each burst of pitter patter last about 5 to 10 minutes. You can walk around in the rain if you are daring enough. It will not drench you.
The other compound is filled with flowers and other statues.
Lake Beratan is beautiful. The weather here is cooler and more comfortable. The uniqueness of this location is the temple on water. The lake is large and surrounded by mountains. There is a charter service for boat rides in the lake.
You may spend some time here. It is a long journey and an hour should be good in this place. There are some who just touch and go at this location. In Bali, take your time.
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