COME SEE Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Indonesia.
ULUWATU TEMPLE: THE GUIDE
LOCAL NAME: Pura Luhur Uluwatu
REGION: Badung Peninsula, Bali
ACCESSIBILITY: Open all year round | 9am to 7pm for guests and 24hrs for worship purpose
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Dry season | March to September for a clear sunset
LOCATION: 1.30 hrs from Canggu | 1 hr from Seminyak | Open in Google maps
WALKING DISTANCE: Entrance right beside car park | 5 min walk down to cliff edge
TIME REQUIRED: 1 – 1.5 hrs
TOURIST RATING: Very well known tourist attraction
COST: Entrance fee 30,000 Rp | $2.50 AUD
ULUWATU TEMPLE: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Zade Grilloni
Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s biggest tourist attractions. It is an admirable, sacred place with very picturesque views. Situated 70m above sea level perched on a beautiful cliff, Uluwatu Temple is renowned for its beauty and is one of six temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars. Which is also why this place gets packed fanny to fanny every sunset.
Ulu meaning “land’s end” and watu meaning “the rock” in Balinese is exactly what Uluwatu embodies. The temple for sunset is a well known destination for top ‘Instagrammable’ spots around Bali. To enter any Temples in Bali both men and women must be covered up, so if you didn’t come prepared, the temple provides sarongs at the entrance.
Uluwatu Temple is also home to many wild monkeys. They are believed to guard the temple from bad influences and while they look super cute and you just want to cuddle them.. they can apparently be quite vicious and bite. Some people even suggest avoiding eye-contact! You’ve been warned folks.
When we walked down to the cliffs edge, we headed west along the many paths and found a cozy spot to catch the sky show.
After the sunset there is a Kecak Fire Dance put on daily by around 75 male dancers in the temples amphitheater. Tickets range from 70,000 to 100,000 Rp depending on low and peak seasons. It was too crowded for our liking so we chose to skip out on the sunset dance and start heading back to Canggu.