Bratan Temple Bali (Pura Ulun Danau Bratan) is located on the shores of Bratan Lake in the Bedugul domain 1240 meters above sea level. A one-way trip from Kuta takes about 2 hours.
Bratan Temple was built by the King of Mengwi in 1633, who also built the water temple Taman Ayun. It is dedicated to the Goddess of Water Dewi Anu to ensure a successful harvest season with bountiful crops.
You will enjoy the complete Area around Bratan Temple as it is simply amazing, well maintained and one of the most visited cultural highlights in Bali. Pura Ulun Danau Bratan area offers you stunning postcard picture views and it’s the perfect place for long strolls and water sport activities. At Bratan Lake Temple Complex, all gods of the Triad (Trimurti) are honored (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva). A banyan tree shades the temple entrance and leads you through a wonderful garden. Pura Ulun Danua Bratan contains four different temples, referred to by the mentioned Gods.
- Lingga Petak Temple – Siwa, the destroyer
- Puncak Mangu Temple (Pura Pucak Mangu Temple – Bhatara Hyang Danawa or Wisnu, the protector and preserver
- Teratai Bang Temple (Pura Teratai Bang) – Brahma, the creator of the universe
- Dalem Purwa Temple (Palebahan Pura Dalem Purwa) – Bhatara Hyang Danawa or Laksmi Goddess.
Penataran Temple clearly gets the most attention, it’s situated on a peninsula that juts out into the lake. Its 11 roofed Meru (pagoda shaped shrines with a maximum amount of 13 roofs) can be seen on almost every Bratan Lake postcard.
Tip 1: Bratan Temple is a Must Visit for every age. Kids can romp around, paddleboats can be rented and the scenery is simply magnificent.
Tip 2: Don’t forget to bring your jacket, it can get very cool up there!
Tip 3: Plan to stay there for a minimum of 1 ½ hours, it is worth it!