Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, also known as Pura Ulun Danu or ‘The Floating Temple’ in Bali, is a popular tourist attraction. The temple is used for ceremonies dedicated to the Balinese water and river Goddess Dewi Danu. It is surrounded by lush green mountains which give off a calm, tranquil presence. Many visitors flock from regions such as Ubud, Canggu, Seminyak and Denpasar to view this picturesque beauty. Its uniqueness is why tourists love it, as it stands out from the rest of the temples in Bali because some of it is actually floating on water.
Read on for a quick guide on how to get there, entrance fees and what to expect.
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How to get to Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is located on the shores of Lake Bratan within Bedugul. It has well connected roads which could easily be accessible by yourself via scooter. Getting there by taxi from regions such as Ubud, Canggu or Seminyak will cost you around 400,000 IDR and will take around 1.5 – 2 hours journey in moderate traffic.
If you plan on visiting straight from Denpasar the journey will take you around 2 hours and cost you somewhere around 500 IDR.
Opening times & Fees
Opening times: 08:00 – 18:00
Entrance: 50,000 IDR
Car Parking: 5,000 IDR
Scooter Parking: 2,000 IDR
We would strongly recommend arriving in the morning as later in the afternoon it will get busy. The advantage of this is that you can enjoy the early rising sun and stroll the grounds more peacefully without a herd of tourists. The coaches filled with hordes of people usually arrive in the late morning and early afternoon.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple has plenty of parking spaces available for scooters, cars and coaches. A welcoming bonus is that they also have ATMs situated near the parking area, just in case you forget to bring cash. You might need extra cash too if you’re desperate for the toilet, as using the toilet comes with a small fee.
Things to do at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
If soaking in the enticing views and architecture isn’t enough, you’re in luck. You can rent a traditional Indonesia rowing boat, known as a ‘Jukung’ or ‘Cadik’ to enjoy the surroundings from a different perspective. If tradition isn’t your thing, then try a touristy swan boat. To top it off, you can even hire a drive on a speed boat! We hope you have used that ATM from earlier as this can set you back around 150,000 IDR for a 15 – 20 min ride. However, you can’t put a price on fun.
Where to eat
Whether leisurely walking around or getting the adrenaline pumping has made you hungry, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple offers a restaurant and cafe. Refresh yourself and charge your batteries before heading out and doing other things in the area such as waterfall trekking.
Best time to visit
Dry season: May – September
Wet season: October – April
Peak season: July – August
Visit during the dry season as being in the North of Bali, the weather can turn quite quickly, it would also ruin other options to hike some waterfalls as it would be too dangerous. We visited early June and the weather was great. In addition to this, we would also suggest visiting just outside the peak season for fewer crowds and cheaper accommodation.
Places to stay
We personally stayed at Geriya Siena and would highly recommend it. It’s the perfect spot to base yourself in and around Munduk. Other accommodation we have heard good things about are listed below, based on your budget.
- Beat the horde of tourist and arrive early
- Spice things up and rent a local boat to get up close and personal with the temple. This also makes a great Instagram photo!
- It can get cloudy around the temple in the morning, this happened to us, wait 10-15 minutes and hopefully the clouds disappear and the sunshine will come through
Other things to do in North Bali
Staying around North Bali and have more time to burn? Check out our 8 Things Not to Miss in North Bali blog for some great ideas.