Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bali Trip : Day 3 Bratan Lake & Tanah Lot

Today was the most amazing day throughout our 5 days in Bali because it the day we visited Bali most famous Tanah Lot and also Pura Ulun Danu. There are many Pura aka temple in Bali and you might not being to cramp them all in your itinerary, however, Tanah Lot must not be miss and same goes to Pura Ulun Danu at Bratan Lake.

Read more on our Day 3 visiting the temple with spectacular natural view.

According to my well-planned itinerary, we will be heading to Pura Ulun Danu at the Bratan Lake. The entrance fees cost 10, 000 rupiah per person. Is recommended to come here early in the morning to experience the cool air. I regretted not bring a jacket with me.

While we were there, we saw many locals wearing their best clothes at the temple for some kind of celebration. We suspect it might be a wedding, although the bride was nowhere to be seen. There were also some men fishing by the lake as well.
Pura Ulun Danu at Bratan Lake

Pura Ulun Danu @ Bratan Lake
Apart from the Bratan Lake, there is a spacious and well manicured lawn for us to have a walk around. They have some animal statue around for some interesting photoshoot.

Pura Ulun Danu at Bratan Lake
After an hour of non-stop photo snapping, we reluctantly leave the nice weather behind us. We make a stop while passing by the near by market place. We bought some snacks and T-shirts here.

We then head to Pancung Saranam for our lunch. It was recommended by Mr. Agoes, for its affordable price and nice view overlooking the paddy field. There was an ongoing buffet lunch, but the frugal us decided to order small dishes and drinks to save on the cost. The a small amount of 121,000 rupiah, we managed to get the opportunity to explore the Saranam Resort and get some nice photo of the view from the terrace.
Lunch at Pancung Saranam
After lunch, we head to Pura Taman Ayun. The entrance fee is 3,000 rupiah per person. This is a relatively small temple that you can finish looking around in less than 30 minutes. Is recommended to skip this visit if you are tight on schedule. While we were there, it was raining and we have to wait for it to stop in order to take some pictures.
Pura Taman Ayun
Our last destination was our highlight of the day. Tanah Lot! Once we paid the entrance fee, we have to pass by a street of stalls and shops selling souvenirs before we reach the temple. I got to say the goods here are much cheaper compare to the similar stuff we found in Kuta. Thus, this is a great place to shop. We have our prerequisite burger here and bought a Buddha painting for my dad for 180,000 rupiah. If you have been contemplating whether to try the corn in Bali, do not try it. Is really lousy compare to what we get in Malaysia. Save your money to try other delicacies instead.
Street market at Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot is famous for its sunset view, thus you will see majority of the crowd came here during the evening. Mr. B spent a long time trying to capture the best angle of the Tanah Lot situated in the middle of the sea. During the tide was about 1 to 2 feet high at that moment. I did not make it across to avoid risking myself being wash away by the strong current. The sunset quite early here, and by 6.45pm it was all dark and we departed back to our hotel. We bid our goodbye to Mr. Agoes as today was his last day of service for us. We will definitely recommend him to our friends who intend to visit Bali in the future.

Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot