Bali Trip Day 3 (Part 1) – Taman Ayun, Pacung Restaurant & Bratan Lake

DAY 3

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

Taman Ayun

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.

Taman Ayun 8 copyVisitors busy posing for their best shots.

Taman Ayun 7 copyThere is an Art Centre in the temple with many beautiful artworks available for sale.

Taman Ayun 2Surrounded by a narrow, man-made moat, the holy courtyard can be admired by glancing over the wall.

Taman Ayun 3The merus or multi-roofed shrines make a lovely background for great photography opportunity!

Taman Ayun 4After a short stay of about 30 minutes at this beautiful, laid-back and peaceful temple, we continued our journey to Bratan Lake.

Pacung Restaurant

On the way to Bratan Lake, we made a pit stop at Pacung Restaurant for a quick lunch.

2. Lunch at Pacung copyThe 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.

1. Lunch at Pacung copy

Bratan Lake

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.

4. Bratan Lake copyWe made our way straight to the lake after passing through a landscape garden filled with various flowers and statues.

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.

3. Bratan Lake copyThis temple is very unique as it seems as if it is floating on the water. Don’t be fooled, it is actually constructed on a small island surrounded by the lake.

Bedugul 1 copyIf 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!

Bedugul 3 copy

Bedugul 4You can even have a boat ride across the lake to enjoy the beauty of this place.

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