SEE: Taman Ayun – LUNCH: Pacung Restaurant – SEE: Bratan Lake, Bedugul – TEA: Pan Pacific Nirvana Bali Resort – SEE: Tanah Lots – DINNER: Naughty Nuri’s Warung – SHOP: Kuta
We started our day traveling northward to visit the royal family temple of the Mengwi Empire – Pura Taman Ayun, which is also known as ‘Garden Temple in the Water’. As suggested by its name, Taman Ayun literally means ‘the temple in a beautiful garden’. The temple has been recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Upon entrance, we were greeted by a lush green landscape garden with a water fountain.
On the way to Bratan Lake, we made a pit stop at Pacung Restaurant for a quick lunch.
The restaurant served very typical Balinese buffet lunch with food spread like fried rice, satays, fried noddles, soup, white rice, fruit and desserts etc. The price was about Rp 95,000 (S$12) per person. Food was nothing to shout about but the scenic view of paddy terraces was pretty impressive.
Located at 1,200m above sea level, here we arrived at Lake Bratan, the second largest lake in Bali. With the altitude, the weather here is pretty cooling and comfortable.
At the edge of this volcanic lake sits an old temple called Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, which was built back in 1663 in honour of the Goddess of the Lake, Dewi Danu.
If Uluwatu temple is impressive because of its amazing cliff view overlooking the Indian Ocean, then the Bratan temple is stunning because it is located at the beautiful lake with Mount Bratan and Mount Catur as the backdrop. It is definitely one of the most picturesque temples in Bali!