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All reviews ulun danu lake and mountains beautiful place speed boat above sea level strawberries entrance fee must visit place dry season sunny day worth the trip walk around take pictures long drive tanah lot nice view tourists
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

Ulun Danu is a beautiful place about 2hrs drive from Ubud. Leave early to avoid crowds. The site has religious importance. There is a temple built by lake Bratan which is one of the most serene lakes I have ever seen.
Many photos have been taken of this site and also it is somewhat the face of bali.
You can go boating in the lake either in slow paddle boats or speed boats which take you all around since its spread in a large area.
Most photos will show you a temple which looks like its surrounded by water but what you really see is much different. The lake only surrounds the temple from 3 sides and the 4th side is small portion of the grassland extending into the lake.
Take a walk right from the entrance to the end of the bank where a jetty rushes into the water. There are cute little benches by the water which make it all the more romantic.
Its said that the weather at Ulun Danu is very unpredictable and I would like to confirm that. We got to the lake when it was sunny and within the hour there were clouds touching the lake and in minutes it was pouring. So be prepared for this..
There is also a beatifully kept botanical garden where you can relax.
If you have hired a car the driver will invariably take you to a restaurant serving buffet lunch, please avoid that.. The food is cold, open and looks old! Look for other options! However if on a budget this could fit.
Carry rain gear and also a sarong sometimes women are not allowed in due to their clothes..
The drive to the lake is picture perfect, also stop at the strawberry farms on the way..

Date of experience: December 2011
11  Thank wandering-thots
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Reviewed 20 December 2011

This is a photogenic temple - on a small island in a beautiful mountian lake.

The larger part of the temple is on the shore. The grounds are clean and beautifully gardened like an upscale park. This is because it is a park. Balinese come here for their holidays (yes, Virginia, your Balinese busboy and waiter take holidays just like like you do) because the mountains are cool and the scenery is beautiful.)

But it is also a very active site of pilgrimage. Villages form here to Tanah Lot come to this, the source of the water that sustains their rice fields. Your odds of seeing a ceremony are quite good. Toward the end of the ceremony you may see everyone leave the part of th temple where they have brought offerings and prayed to stand on the quay. a small group of men dressed in white will get into a canoe and paddle toward the center of the lake while everyone watches. the mood is quite festive. In the center of the lake, they will attach weights ot the sacrificial animal and give it to the Dewi Danu, goddess of the lake.

Very pleasant temple to visit, clean, photogenic, and while you can purchase a sarong or a meal, you won't be coerced, plagued and pressured the way you will at others of the more popular temples.

Extremely accessible for strollers, wheelchairs.

Date of experience: December 2011
5  Thank 10,027
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

Probably one of the most beautiful places in Bali, up in the mountains, cold fresh breeze is a relaxing place, Muslims and Hindus worship together in this area, strawberry fields on the way up will visit again yes lovely place to visit.

Date of experience: January 2011
3  Thank elytenrc
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

This is one of the most famous Temples in Bali, and is actually featured on the 50,000 IDR note.

The Temple grounds are extensive, and immaculate, and include a number of whimsical animal statues that are sure to be a hit with children of all ages. The Temple itself is spectacular and makes an incredible impression as it juts out into the lake.

The admission and parking fees for this site were reasonable. I was not pestered here by aggressive merchandise hawkers or private tour guides looking for a fee. Visitors should keep in mind this is one of the most popular tourists spots on the island, so do expect some crowds!

I visited this Temple along with the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, the Pura Taman Ayun Temple, and Tanah Lot when I hired a private tour guide and driver for the day from Sanur. It was a truly outstanding day!

This Temple is a "Must see!" if you're in Bali.

Date of experience: October 2011
6  Thank Barry-of-Toronto
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Reviewed 7 December 2011

Is a place magical, surroundings like a heavenly place interesting place, look to hear for the story of the Eels, one of the trees remind us of the movie Avatar, lovely place to visit liked by a lot of locals and families,

Date of experience: January 2011
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