Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is a popular attraction for photographers and tourists located in Bali. Ulun Danu Bratan is known for its unique temple structure which is found on a small bed of grass floating on the lake high up in the mountains. The best part about this temple is that you can rent out an Indonesian style paddle boat and glide along the lake surrounding the temple.
How to get to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is located roughy 1 hour and 20 minutes from Canggu. We drove ourselves on our scooter so that we could be there early enough to watch the sunrise. If you’re unable to drive yourself you can book with one of the many tour agencies that do customized tours.
Where to stay in Bali
There are plenty of popular areas to stay in Bali. For people looking for a base or villa to rent for a while, Canggu is the perfect spot with cafes and restaurants right near the beach. If you’re on holiday for a short amount of time and looking for a hotel, then Kuta or Seminyak is great for clubs, bars and cheap shopping. While in Bali we stayed at Riyuri Guesthouse in Canggu. They have beautiful rooms in a great location so we definitely recommend checking them out!
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Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Opening Hours
On google the opening hours for this temple says it opens at 8am, however when we got there at 6:30am we found that they were already letting people in. Most were photographers hoping to catch the perfect sunrise shot. At this time in the morning there aren’t many people blocking your shot or out on the paddle boats but as the day goes on, buses full of people start to arrive.
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple entrance fee / extra costs
The entry fee cost 50k IDR per person. For 100k IDR you can also rent out a paddle boat and paddle yourself around the temple for 30 minutes. You can paddle yourself which gives you the freedom of taking your time to get the perfect photo. Alternatively you can get someone else to paddle it for you if you just want to admire the temple.
What to expect
When we arrived we were a little underwhelmed. We had seen so many gorgeous photos of this water temple and were expecting it to be a lot bigger. However when we rented the paddle boats, the sun started to shine through and our impression of the temple completely changed.
If you’re there at the right time it really is an incredible spot to watch the sunrise. You’ll see magical sun flares over the mountain and undisturbed water that reflects the sky like a mirror. Renting out a paddle boat is a must as it adds a whole new magical feeling to viewing the temple. You are able to glide across the still surface of the lake while being surrounded by nature. With some luck with the weather and timing you’ll be able to pull off picturesque photos like the ones below.
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