Day Seven: Danau Bratan
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January 5th, 2010 – by: knowledgebee
Although the distance was rather short it took us nearly an hour and a half to reach our destination due to the small roads and the flux of holiday traffic. Before stopping at the temple we made a quick detour to see Bedugul's market which had an impressive amount of tropical fruits from Bali and beyond. I found some Thai imported logans and bought more than I could handle since half the batch ended up rotting in our hotel's mini fridge which was insufficiently cool. The vendors were very friendly and they let us try many of the fruits if we asked. It was interesting to see this market place which was filled with "Muslim" warungs and many Muslims were the religious minority in Bali.
We found Pura Ulun to be truly beautiful and surrounded by a majestic setting. We took a few photos and walk around a bit but there wasn't much to see or enter as most of the temple was closed off to visitors. It was possible to cross over and visit the water temple but the thick mound of mud quickly deterred us from doing so. There was a gigantic bayan tree that is suppose to be over 300 years old, it was huge but I'm not sure it was 300 years big but I'm no arborist.
We decided to by pass on the Bedugul botanical garden since Zaid had no interest in it and Norman mentioned that it wasn't much of a sight. In hindsight I wished I would have gone to check it out and make my own judgments since I haven't seen a botanical garden that I didn't fancy.
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