Uluwatu temple officially known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu. “Luhur” means “something of divine origin” while “Uluwatu” can be broken into “ulu” which means “land’s end” and “watu” means “rock”. Nonetheless, merely mentioning Uluwatu will get you here in no time. Uluwatu temple is one of Sad Kahyangan Temple in Bali (six big groups of Bali Temples), located in Pecatu Village, sub district of South Kuta and Badung regency or about 25 km southerly part of Denpasar town.
This is the most spectacular temple on the island of Bali because this temple is set on the cliff bank in south part of Bali Peninsula. It is situated on the coral reef sordid to sea about 80 meters above the sea level. The inner sanctum of the pura is perched majestically on the edge of a step cliff that towers above the legendary surf breaks of southern Bali.
The views are best enjoyed on two different vantage points on both northern and southern portions of the area. In Uluwatu temple area there is also a small dry forest which is mostly called by Alas Kekeran (interdict forest) which is belong to the temple and dwelt by a lot of monkeys and other animal.
We try not to mention much about the monkeys here. Precautionary signs have been put at a few places to remind about their aggressiveness. It is better if we didn’t wear any jewelry or any shiny accessories. At sunset, Kecak dance performance is held here everyday. And, it goes without saying that sunset viewing at Uluwatu is one of the must-do in Bali.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is regarded as one of the six most important temples in Bali (along with Pura Besakih, of course!). Its location on the south westernmost precinct of this magical island guards the Balinese from the evil spirit of the ocean.
There is a minimal entrance fee to enter. I’m not particularly sure about the need to have a “local guide” to explore the temple just like in Pura Besakih. Sarongs are available for rental at the entrance. And the view is out of this world.
About 45 minutes from Nusa Dua, or 1 hour 15 minutes from Kuta or Tuban area (also depend on the traffic). From Nusa Dua, the hilly road will pass through Pecatu, famous for its uncompleted monument and luxury homes. If you are from Kuta, similar hill climbing road through Kedodongan and Jimbaran Hills (and Bay) will bring you here.
If you interested to visit this destination, as well as the other destinations around Nusa Dua area, you can book our full day tour for approximately 8 to 10 hours trip – only for $45. To book the tour you can just simply fill the below booking form.
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