Monkeys are almost everywhere in Bali. Sometimes you may meet them on the street close to the tiny jungle, in Pura (Balinese temple), or in a special place dedicated for them, such as the Monkey Forest in Ubud.
Don’t think that they are all friendly! Or that you can stroke them as if you are caressing your pet, don’t you dare do it! Since they live in the open nature, it means that they are likely wild.
How about feeding them?
This kind of question you can ask your driver. Normally, most of them know where or when you are allowed to do that. If they say no, you better keep your generosity until later when you find a safe place to express it.
I met some monkeys on the way to Pura Ulun Danu. The jolly face of my husband when he first saw this ‘smart, fast, a bit cunning’ creature, made our driver stop his car for a time and allowed us to feed the cute little monkeys that were looking for some brunch.
Where can you get the bananas? Don’t worry about it. At the safe places, you will find a bevy of banana sellers with quite competitive prices. Here, use your practical knowledge in bargaining.
After being so generous to some groups of monkeys, we decided to continue our journey to Pura Ulun Danu. As I mentioned before, Pura is a Balinese Temple that is specifically built to worship a god or a goddess, to pray, and to do any other religious things.
Pura Ulun Danu
Pura Ulun Danu itself is dedicated to Balinese water, lake, and river goddess — Dewi Danu (‘Dewi’ means ‘goddess’ and Danu is the name of the goddess). Until nowadays, this complex of temples has been actively used by Balinese for some ceremonies.
Beside the religious activities, Pura Ulun Danu has become one of the most visited and most iconic landmarks in Bali. Thanks to its stunning design of the temples, perfect surroundings, and also promotions from our government from printing Pura Ulun Danu’s picture on our previous banknotes (50.000 IDR).
Now, don’t forget to bring your jacket. As this Pura is located on the northern part of Bali, which is likely colder than the southern part, and also not so far from the mountains. It would be a wise decision to take your jacket with you.
According to what our driver said, when the tide is low, people can walk to the Lingga Petak temple (the most popular temple among the visitors). Yet, when the tide is high, the temple looks like it is floating on the river. With a mist in the background, I bet you will have a really amazing photo.
Pura Ulun Danu consists of six temples such as Penataran Agung, Dalem Prajapati, Dalem Purwa, Lingga Petak, Taman Beji and one Buddhist stupa. For more information, click this site: http://ulundanuberatan.com/
The Twin Lakes
Our last destination for that day was a lake. Let me correct myself — two lakes. The twin lakes that are situated within striking distance from Pura Ulun Danu — Lake Buyan and Tamblingan. They are twins because they are so close to each other—only separated by a rainforest-covered hill, but connected to each other through the narrow canal.
As we all know, Indonesia has a wealth of volcanoes. People might think that these are just horrible things to be proud of, but we can’t just deny that volcanoes have become part of our life. Volcanoes fertilize our soil, create new species of fruits or vegetables, and form dazzling lakes like these twin lakes.
Not only you can be charmed by its amazing view but, if you who really love to hike, you can hire a local guide to explore these lakes and hills. Don’t imagine using a boat in these lakes like in any other lakes. For the sake of serenity, and for keeping this area from contamination, locals prefer to use traditional boats made from wood, which we usually call ‘Perahu’ (boat).
Personally, I haven’t tried the boat. First, I never believe anything that floats on the water (not even a luxury cruise ship), and second, I didn’t have enough time because I needed to rush to the car to continue my journey to other parts of Bali!