- LAKE Beratan encapsulated by cool air and peaceful atmosphere is perched on the highland of Bedugul, Tabanan
- Plentiful spots can be found at the Ulundanu Beratan Temple area to pamper selfie lovers
With a little exploration, this tourist attraction in Tabanan offers many unique and wonderful selfie spots. So, take the time to look closely at all of it like a temple in the middle of an exotic-looking lake. Explore the lakeside garden area and enjoy the stunning views of the lake against the backdrop of the blue mountain.
About the Temple and Location
The Ulundanu Beratan Temple tourist area is located at Candikuning Village, Baturiti, and Tabanan. Geographically, it is halfway between North Bali and South Bali. Geographically, this temple is located approximately 1200 meters above sea level and surrounded by beautiful mountainous nature.
Meanwhile, the closest tourist attraction around this area is the Candikuning agro market, near the intersection to the Bedugul Botanical Gardens as well as the selfie spot at the entrance gates of Bali Handara.
Ulundanu Beratan Temple is a favorite among domestic and foreign tourists because of the beauty of the temple and its landscape. When the lake water level is normal or stagnant, this temple will looks floating and separated from the main building of the temple complex.
Within the Ulundanu Beratan Temple complex, there are five temples and one Buddhist stupa. The five temples are Penataran Agung Temple (worship of Tri Purusha Shiva), Dalem Purwa Temple (worship of Goddess Durga), Taman Beiji Temple (place to ask for holy water and purify ceremonial paraphernalia), 11-tiered Meru Shrine Temple (worship of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Danu) and 3-tiered Lingga Petak Temple (in the middle of Lake Beratan) and Prajapati Temple (functioning as Goddess Durga’s abode).
This iconic temple has become the mascot of Bali tourism. In other words, as soon as people see the picture of this temple, they will immediately be able to recognize or associate it with the Bali destination.
Historically, this temple was built by I Gusti Agung Putu of the Mengwi kingdom in 1556 Saka (1634 AD) and there are four satakan or traditional community groups from the customary villages around the temple, namely the Satakan Candi Kuning covering (5 customary villages), Satakan Bangah (3), Satakan Antapan (4) and Satakan Baturiti (6).
The area around the temple complex is believed to have been used as a place of worship and a center for religious activities since the megalithic era. To the left of the temple there is a sarcophagus and slate which is thought to date from around 500 BC. The existence of the temple itself has been recorded since 1556. Then, it was rebuilt in 1633.
The following are some additional facts or point of interests at Ulundanu Beratan Temple tourist destination:
- There is a tropical garden that collects various flower plants typical of the highlands such as those in the Bedugul area
- A clump of yellow bamboo that can be used for ceremonial purposes is located in the middle of a lake which is separated from the mainland of the temple. This bamboo can be used as a background for taking selfie from the side yard of a temple on the mainland
- Stone Flood Monument, a pyramid-shaped stone monument built to commemorate the disaster of the same name in the Bedugul area that occurred in 2016.
- The temple in the middle of the lake is also immortalized on the back side of the Republic of Indonesia’s banknote with a denomination of IDR 50,000
- There are water duck or jukung boat rentals that can be used for fishing or enjoying the sensation of sailing on the outskirts of Lake Beratan
- Photo services with tame animals such as owls, albino pythons, chameleons and others
- Equipped with a restaurant, playground, and swings to relax for a while after walking around and observing up close some of the uniqueness and charms of the Ulundanu Beratan Temple object