Danau Bratan Travel Guide

Set in North Central Bali at over 4,000 feet above sea level, Lake Bratan is the second biggest lake on the Indonesian island. Its cool water is considered to be sacred and, along with two smaller lakes, fills the crater of Mt Catur, a sleeping volcano.

On the western shore of Danau Bratan stands the unique Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple which guards the lake and is a well-liked postcard object. It is enclosed by a large flower garden and dedicated to the lake goddess Dewi Danu, who provides the irrigation of the rice paddies. The sanctuaries are placed directly at the waterfront and appear to drift in the water, making this a most remarkable sight.

A refreshing retreat from Bali’s hot and humid regions, the resort area of Bedugul presents spectacular panoramas of the lake as well as various water activities, including water-skiing, parasailing and banana-boat rides. Bedugul is well prepared to cater for tourists, featuring several hotels and restaurants to choose from.

A few Japanese caves across Danau Bratan were dug during WWII. While in the area, you can also hike to the magnificent shrines which are scattered around the lakeshore and surrounding wooded hills, or visit the lovely water temple of Pura Ulun Danu Batur.

Getting There & Away

Bedugul is located 30 miles north of Denpasar and 40 miles from Bali’s international airport, on the main road from Singaraja to Lovina on the north coast of the island. Bali’s airport receives flights from international destinations around the globe.