Uluwatu Temple (Indonesian: Pura Luhur Uluwatu) is one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars. Known as Balinese sea temple (Indonesian: Pura Segara), the temple is built at the edge of a 70 meters high cliff projecting into the sea.
Uluwatu temple shared a magnificent sunset backdrop and makes this temple one of must visit place for your things to do in Uluwatu check list. Uluwatu temple also getting in the top list places to go for sunset delights in Bali with direct views overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean and daily sunset kecak dance performance.
A small forest lies at the front and hundreds of monkeys dwell here. They are believed to guard the temple from bad influences. The serpentine pathway to the temple is fortified by concrete walls on the cliff side. It takes about an hour to get from one end to another as there are several fenced points along the way to stop. The views from the bottom of the water surging up against rocks and the ocean horizon are remarkable.
Inside tips about Uluwatu Temple:
- Every six months according to the Balinese calendar cycle, Temple anniversary (Piodalan ceremony) celebrations are held at the temple.
- Precautionary signs warn visitors of the monkeys grabbing attractive items such as sunglasses and cameras. However, they can be calmer when approached with peanuts or bananas, lending an opportunity to retake stolen possessions.
- Visitors must wear a sarong and a sash, as well as appropriate clothes common for temple visits. They can be hired here. The best time to visit is just before sunset.
- A Kecak dance is performed everyday at the adjacent cliff-top stage at 18:00 to 19:00. Visitors are charged a nominal fee. What makes it the most favorite venue to watch a Kecak dance is the sunset background of the performance.
Opening Hours : 09:00 – 18:00. As a place of worship however, it is open 24 hours daily.
Pura Uluwatu is located in Pecatu Village, Kuta sub-district, Badung regency, about 25km south of Kuta . Follow this link for direction: Google Map – Uluwatu Temple.