Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan Lake Temple In Munduk, Bali
The photogenic Tamblingan Lake Temple in Munduk village is one of rural Bali’s best hidden gems.
Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan is an ancient 10th century temple built in the middle of a volcanic caldera, and it’s a fantastic place to explore and take pictures.This travel guide will explain how to get there, and everything you need to know before you go!
Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan Lake Temple
The Tamblingan Lake Temple sits on the shore of lake Danau Tamblingan, and during the rainy season when the water levels are high, the temple actually looks like it’s floating on the lake!
A lot of Balinese couples come here to do their prewedding photos, and it’s easy to see why. The moss covered rooftops on the gates look epic, and the quiet lake is a perfect backdrop.
I was born too late to experience ‘the old Bali’ but I imagine this is what it felt like. No crowds, no selfie sticks, no malls; just peace and quiet — nature, culture, and history.
If you want to continue the adventure, you can do jungle treks in the untouched rain forest surrounding the lake. The elevation here is around 4,000 feet (1,200 meters), so the cool air is nice for trekking or camping.
The entry fee is 10k IDR (~$1) as of 2020.
This ticket allows you to see both the lake and the temple.
You can also pay extra to do guided jungle treks and canoe rides around the lake at Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan.
How To Get There
The Tamblingan Lake Temple is located in Munduk, on the north side of Bali island.
It’s about 1.5 to 2 hours drive from the touristy areas of south Bali, like Ubud, Canggu, or Kuta.
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