So what was to be a trip to have an impressive view of the lake and mountains of Batur region, result in an even more exciting and memorable visit to the temple, due to the celebration of the Kuningan day that marks the day when the ancestors return to heaven after visiting the earth during Galungan celebration that lasts for ten days.
Visiting the Pura Ulun Danu Batur (also known as Pura Batur) during this celebration result in a memorable experience, with thousands of pilgrims arriving during all day, dressing the Balinese traditional clothes and bringing offerings like rice, fruits, cakes, money, meat, fish, flowers and incense that leave a trace of a sweet smell in the air.
From the original Pura Ulun Danu Batur, dedicated to the goddess of lakes and rivers, only one temple survive after one of the eruptions of the Batur volcano that also destroyed the village, forcing the population to move away from the lakeside and rebuild the temple there.
The stay in Batur area left a bitter taste on my memory, but the opportunity to visit Pura Ulun Danu Batur, the second most important temple in Bali, during the celebration of the Kuningan Hindu festival, was a gift from the “gods”!!!
How to visit Pura Ulun Danu Batur:
At Penelokan you can get a bemo… the price until the temple is 20.000 Rp, too much for just 5 kilometers, but think that the drivers were taking advantage of the festival, as the local people were paying the same.
Ticket to visit the Pura Ulun Danu Batur is 35.000 Rp… and you get a bottle of water for free!
Both men and women must wear a sarong.
Nearby there are many food stalls and eateries.