Ulundanu Temple


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Located :
It is located in at Bedugul Village, Baturiti District, Tabanan Regency, 1240 meters above the sea level. It is about 62 km from Denpasar and can be reached by motorcycle as the roads are fairly good

Description :
This high land destination is located just outside of the small town of Bedugul. A beautiful temple is sited on the soars of Beratan Lake and casts a neat reflection it its still waters. The temple takes on an ephemeral quality at dawn. Five hundreds meters from the Fruit and Vegetable Market Bedugul, and actually projecting into the lake, is the Hindhu / Buddhist Temple of Ulundanu Temple. 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. The 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 the water. Ulundanu has 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.

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How to get to Ulundanu Temple :
1. 2 hours from Denpasar
2. 1 ½ hours from Tabanan
3. 1 hour from Singaraja

What you can see around Ulundanu Temple :
1. Beratan Lake it is the second largest lake in Bali. Filling the crater of the inactive volcano Mount Catur, Bratan Lake sits at over 1,200 meters above sea level. The important temple of Pura Ulun Danu solemnly guards the lake. The resort area of Bedugul offers excellent views of the lake, as well as a number of water activities.
2. Bali Botanical Garden is unique in Bali as a place for botanical research, survey, conservation, recreation and education. It provides a place where you can relax in beautiful and peaceful surrounding while learning about the function of plants in the daily lives of Balinese as well as some interesting rainforest plantation and birdlife.
3. Jatiluwih, one of the most picturesque areas lies about 20 kilometers north of Tabanan, in Bali’s western region. Situated majestically in the hills 850 meters above sea level, Jatiluwih means “really beautiful”. An appropriate name indeed with expansive views across terraced rice paddies, undulating hills and valleys. Arrive at lunchtime and enjoy a meal in the restaurant while soaking up the view, cool climate and fresh air. It is stretch from the foothill of the volcano of Batukaru to the south coast.
4. Pura Luhur Batukaru, on the slopes of the second highest mountain Batukaru was the state temple when Tabanan was an independent kingdom. The temple is one of the six axial temples sacred to all Hindu Balinese. The temple was renovated in 1991, and the grounds have been planted with the most modern civic landscaping, thus robbing it of much of its former mysterious quality.

The activities around Ulundanu Temple :
1. Do you like challenges? Bali Treetop Adventure Park is one of the best choices for you landscape picnic areas, Come to Bali Treetop Adventure Park with your partner, family, and friends to enjoy the challenging game here. It can arouse your adrenalin but still fun. Bali Treetop Adventure Park is a fun activity set in an open air environment for group and family in Bali.

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