Photo: Gorgeous scenery at Lake Bratan.

Danau Bratan and Danau Buyan

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Bookending the Bedugul region, the sibling crater lakes of Danau Bratan and Danau Buyan, along with Buyan’s smaller twin -- Danau Tamblingan, usually reached via nearby Munduk -- sit within the caldera of the extinct Bedugul volcano. The area around the serene lakes is wonderfully relaxing, and the cool mountain air makes them ideal for trekking and camping.

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The two lakes cover roughly the same area, just shy of four square kilometres each, however Danau Bratan is considerably shallower at approximately 22 metres deep while Danau Buyan is closer in depth to its twin, at 87 metres. All three lakes form an important part of Bali’s subak irrigation system, quenching the thirsty crops and plantations all over Bali.

A stunning moment on Danau Bratan. Photo taken in or around Danau Bratan and Danau Buyan, Bedugul, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

A stunning moment on Danau Bratan. Photo: Sally Arnold

Most visitors come to the area to briefly visit Pura Ulun Danau Bratan, on the western shore of Danau Bratan, however it’s worth spending a bit more time to explore further afield. Aside from the famous temple, Danau Bratan is overshadowed by Gunung Catur, with a height of 2,096 metres, the fourth-highest mountain in Bali. A challenging trek to the summit leads to Pura Pucak Mangu. We haven’t climbed here yet, but reports are it’s a lot less touristed than other climbs in Bali. A guided trek to the summit return is 600,000 rupiah for up to four people and will take about four to five hours. A more interesting trek continues from Gunung Catur to Pura Tinggan in Palaga. This route with a guide will set you back 800,000 rupiah for up to four people, and takes six to seven hours. You will need to arrange transport to meet you at the end (around 500,000 rupiah). Contact local guide Udin on (0852) ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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