Bedugul Tourist Attractions
By road: from Denpasar it is 49 km (30 mi.) north on the Singaraja road. Bedugul is 30 km (19 mi.) from Singaraja.Bus: good services (several times daily) from Denpasar-Ubung and Singaraja.Bemo: on main road; usually necessary to change before Bedugul.High in the hills, in a region of unspoiled natural beauty, is the village of Bedugul, within easy reach of which are a number of very rewarding sights. Although there are no features of particular interest in the village itself, it is a good base from which to visit Lake Bratan or explore the beauties of the Botanic Gardens. Situated just to the south of Lake Bratan, it offers a variety of accommodation in different categories.
There are a number of attractions within a short distance of Bedugul.
Lake Bratan occupies the crater of an extinct volcano and is surrounded by magnificent scenery, with Gunung Bratan (2020 m (6628 ft)) as the most prominent feature.The area round the lake is well equipped to cater for visitors, with facilities for various water sports (motorboats, water-skiing, bathing) and a good restaurant.
Pura Ulun Danu
On the west side of Lake Bratan, on a small island near the village of Candi Kuning, can be found the beautiful lake temple of Pura Ulun Danu. The unusual feature of this temple, to the left of the entrance to the first courtyard, is a Buddhist stupa with figures of Buddha meditating in the lotus position in niches on the square base. The stupa reflects the adoption of Buddhist beliefs by Balinese Hindus.The Hindu temple itself (best seen in the morning against the imposing backdrop of Gunung Bratan) has a three-tiered meru dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of the sea and of lakes. Another meru with eleven tiers is believed to be dedicated to Dewa Pucak Manu.
Kebun Raya Botanic Gardens
Above Lake Bratan extend the Kebun Raya Botanic Gardens, which cover an area of around 130 hectares (325 acres). They are beautifully laid out, with trees, shrubs and plants from many parts of Asia. There is also a herbarium with specimens of tropical flowers. From various points in the gardens there are fine views of Lake Bratan and the surrounding hills.
11 km (7 mi.) north of Bedugul on a road which runs through the hill village of Wanagiri a side road goes off to the village of Asah Munduk, on the shores of Lake Tamblingan, which lies in a fascinating tropical landscape. On the shores of the lake is the temple of Pura Gubug Tamblingan, the ancestral temple of the Rajas of Buleleng.
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