Bali Day Tour – Taman Ayun and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
The beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia, is not just all about the beaches, villas and bars. If the white and black sand beaches of Bali are not beautiful enough, there are also countless of ancient temples and volcanic mountains to explore. During my trip to Bali, I went on a day tour to two famous temples of Bali – Taman Ayun Temple and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple.
A car hire from your accommodation or local drivers for 10 hours(enough to travel from Kuta to these two temples and back) will normally costs around IDR 550,000 – IDR650,000. Alternatively, you can consider booking Bali World Heritage Sites Tour from Voyagin which is fully customisable and also includes an experienced and licensed guide who is fluent in English.
The day starts early at 10am, after having breakfast at my accommodation, the driver I hired arrived and picked us up. First stop of the day is Taman Ayun Temple, an hour’s drive from Kuta(where I stayed).
Taman Ayun Temple aka Pura Taman Ayun
There is an entrance fee of IDR 20,000 for the temple. Tickets are sold at the ticketing booth and the iconic temple itself is just a short walk away from the entrance.
One of the most attractive temples in Bali, Taman Ayun Temple was built in the 1600s and survived till 1891 despite being conquered by neighbouring kingdoms. It is made up of a series of balinese temples of different heights and surrounded by a moat.
We walked around the perimeter of the temple, stopping often to take photos.
Visitors have no access to the central part of this serene temple as it is not only surrounded by the moat, but also a low wall.
At the back of the temple is a garden with water features, which one can explore. The temple premises are fairly small, and there is not much to see besides the temple itself.
After exploring the Taman Ayun for an hour, we headed for lunch, at a restaurant along the way from Pura Taman Ayun to Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. Lunch was at Pacung Restaurant which serves local Indonesian cusine. The restaurant seems like THE place for tour guides to bring tourists to as there were not many locals dining there. Buffet price is IDR120,000 and the price of the ala carte menu ranges from IDR40,000 to IDR70,000.
For the buffet, the spread isn’t that great, and the food was average. But what was worth mentioning was the spectacular view that the restaurant offered. The restaurant has a breathtaking view of the layered rice terraces of Bali and we could even spot Mt. Batur from there.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple aka Pura Ulun Danu Beratan
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is just a short drive away from Pacung Restaurant, and an hour from Taman Ayun Temple. The entrance fee into the temple is IDR 50,000 per person and for those that forget to bring their umbrella (or just need one for Instagram), there is a lady outside that rents them at IDR 10,000.
The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is a picturesque water temple located on the western shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul. Built in 1600s, the temple was used for the offerings ceremony to a Balinese Water goddess due to Lake Bratan’s importance as a main source of irrigation in Bali.
This beautiful temple is easily of the Bali’s most scenic sanctuaries due to its panoramic view – the mountain ranges of the Bedugul region surrounding the lake gives the temple a beautiful backdrop.
The temple grounds are extensive, but can get a little crowded and busy due to its popularity. An hour or 2 is more than enough time to spend taking photos and appreciating the beautiful landscape of Lake Bratan.
Both temples I visited on this day were beautiful in their own way. Marveling at these wonderous ancient architectures was also a welcome change from the usual beaches and villas that Bali has become so well known for! That is all for my Bali day tour to Taman Ayun and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, I’ll definitely be back in the near future to explore the other temples of Bali! Happy travelling!