Bedugul Botanic Garden, Lake Beratan & Mengwi Royal Temple
Bali Botanic Garden in Bedugul highland is unique as a place for botanical research,
conservation, education and recreation. It provides a pleasant site where you can
relax in beautiful and peaceful surroundings while learning the use of plants in the
daily lives of Balinese people. It houses plenty varieties of tropical rainforest plants
including orchids, ferns, begonia, cacti, medical plants, Bali ceremonial plants,
aquatic plants and herbarium.
Being the largest botanic garden in Indonesia, it sits
on 1250 mtr above sea level covering an area of 157 hectares. Having a temperature
of 20-25 centigrade in day time with humidity 70-90% makes this garden always
worth visiting. Next stop at the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple which is both a famous
picturesque landmark and a significant temple complex located on the western
shore of Beratan Lake.
The smooth reflective surface of the lake surrounding most of
the temple’s base creates a unique floating impression, while the mountain range of
the Bedugul region encircling the lake provides this 17th century temple with a
scenic backdrop. The journey proceeds to Taman Ayun Royal Temple, which was
built in 1634 by King of Mengwi, best-known for its storied roof of the shrine “Meru”.
The temple is surrounded by wide moat and a series of garden terrace leads to its
center. It’s containing both the royal family ancestral shrines and the meru shrines to
the major Deity.