Bali is an island with a lot of temples, but there are nine main temples built in certain spots and directions that are meant to ward off evil spirits from the sea. Uluwatu Temple, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is one of those main nine temples that is located near beach in Pecatu.
In contrast to Tanah Lot Temple which is located on a massive offshore rock in the middle of the sea, Uluwatu Temple is famous for its location on high cliff top, and it still becomes a place of worship for locals with their unique customs that do not change much since the first time this sea temple was built.
However, since this temple is famous among tourists, Uluwatu temple also becomes a place of attraction and often holds dance shows for tourists.
Located near Uluwatu Beach in Pecatu, Badung Regency, Uluwatu Temple faces the sea directly on top of a high cliff. The temple was built in 11th century and always becomes one of the centers of worship and religious activities in South Bali. The temple can be reached by car for 2 to 3 hours from Denpasar and Kuta, and only a couple of minutes if you stay at any resort or villa in Uluwatu area.
What to See at Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple is famous for its majestic view; its location presents excellent view to the rolling waves of Indian Ocean, and sunset becomes super impressive when you see it from the right spot of this temple. While access to this temple is quite tiring because you must climb your way to the temple, the view that welcomes you is worthy of the trip. There are rolling waves, cliff, forest and monkeys.
Groups of monkeys are not afraid of humans and they will not refuse banana or peanuts, but always follow your guide suggestions to not wearing hats, glasses or carrying something in your hand, because these will prompt the monkeys to grab and take away your things. However, guides always know how to goad the monkeys to return your belongings.
Kecak Dance are something you cannot miss in this temple, especially the energetic Kecak Dance that is danced by group of men. The show usually starts at 6 PM, but of you just buy tickets 30 minutes before, you cannot grab the best seat that faces the sunset. Watching beautiful dance with the sea, temple and sunset as the backdrop is something you cannot miss at Uluwatu Temple.
This is only one of the locations to visit in Bali. There are so many other exciting areas to visit in Bali that you should attempt to discover. If you want to improve your understanding of Indonesian, India and African fauna, Bali Safari Park Gianyar is a excellent option for all visitors.