Set in the cliffs of southern Bali is Pura Luhur Uluwatu, which is also known as Uluwatu Temple. Ulu in Balinese means heart, and Watu means stone. It is one of the most popular temples in Bali, with hundreds of people flocking to the temple every day catch the sunset over the Indian Ocean and watch the Kecak Dance performance.
Built in the 11th century, it is one of nine directional temples of Bali that are meant to protect from evil spirits. The temple is perched on the edge of a staggeringly steep cliff approximately 100m over the ocean. The grounds of the temple are phenomenal with steep cliffs and the Indian Ocean on one side, and a thick forest full of monkeys on the other. At 6pm every day you can watch a Kecak Dance Performance, which is the best cultural fire dance show on the island.
Unfortunately, we were visiting Uluwatu Temple on our last day in Bali, and we couldn’t stay for the sunset or the Kecak Dance because we had to get to the airport. But the temple was still amazing! The views were spectacular and there were endless trails to explore around the grounds. If you like, you can hire a local guide to give you a tour around the temple and help you understand more about it’s history and culture. Guides are also a great help to keep away the monkeys. There are heaps of monkeys around the temple who are all very confident and naughty and like to try and steal anything they can when you’re not looking. Make sure you keep a tight hold of all cameras, sunglasses and phones, and keep anything loose in a zipped up bag, because they have no problems getting right into your pockets!
Uluwatu Temple is open from 9am to 6pm for visitors, but open 24 hours for worship purposes. Entrance to the temple is 50,000 Rp and sarongs are available to wear at the front of the temple. Access to the inner temple is for Hindu worshipers only.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple
Jl. Raya Uluwatu
Southern part of Bali
Pecatu 80361, Indonesia
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