The most beautiful temple of Bali


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Whenever I thought of Bali, this temple floated in front of my eyes. This temple is symbolic of this volacanic island. Not only the travel companies advertise Bali with this temple but the Balinese government is obsessed with this landmark too. This is proven by the fact that their 50000 currency note displays this beautiful structure. No doubt, this is the most beautiful temple of Bali.
However I had hardly seen it's pictures in my Indian friends albums. No doubt Instagram is overflowing with this temple, but I guess Indian travel agents deliverately skip this place. The reason is very simple. It's too far from the city center.
This temple, with which I was most fascinated and was a mandate on our list, is known as Pura Ulun Danu Beratan. Since we were staying in Ubud, it was really far and off route from rest of the sightseeing places. But I made myself clear to my navigator ie the husband that in no way I am missing this temple.
We started really early in the morning, 5 30 to be precise. It took around 2 hours on bike to reach there. The temple is situated on the volcanic Beratan lake in the Bedugul region. It's a hilly area and hence the temperature is significantly lower than the plains. In the morning, we were shivering during the bike ride.
The entry was quite expensive as compared to the other temples. However, later on I found out that the entry fees to the Tanah Lot Temple is the most expensive entry fee.
The temple has a huge complex. Since we visited Bali on the Gulangan Festival day, everything was more beautiful. All the people were dressed up in beautiful traditional attire with trays of offerings for God. Also all the streets were adorned with huge hanging garland type of decorations which looked very pretty. As soon as we entered, we found everyone was busy for the festivities. Maybe that's why I did not have to wear a sarong! We made our way to the most beautiful part of the temple: the floating temple complex..the shrine beside the lake.
Pura in Balinese means temple. And the word Ulun Danu Beratan means the source of the Lake Beratan. (Danu=Lake). The smooth surface of the lake provides a beautiful reflection of the temple. The mountains in the backdrop and the blue sky and the beautiful gardens all around makes it a postcard like place.
The temple was built in the 17th century for the worship of mainly Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma and also Devi Danu ie the Goddess of the lake. Its history can be traced to the Mengwi kingdom. This is the most beautiful temple of Bali...indeed.
Entry fees: 50,000 IDR per person ie 250 INR
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7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful temple! Thank you for always sharing your trips!

    XO, Jessi
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  2. Very beautiful glimpse from Bali !!

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  3. Indeed a very beautiful temple.. Glad that you made it despite being so far from where you stayed.

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  4. nice clicks. I am yet to visit this temple

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  5. I am glad you enjoyed it dear...
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  6. Great details, dear. The word 'Pura' is also common in India but with a different meaning. The pictures are amazing and you're looking pretty as always... :-)

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