Located in Uluwatu, the Balinese Hindu sea temple is known for its magnificent location, at a steep cliff about 70 meters above sea level. It is considered one of six holiest places of worship in Bali. According to Balinese beliefs, this place is meant to provide spiritual balance to Bali. The temple is said to have existed earlier, the structure was significantly expanded by a Javanese sage, Emptu Kuturan in the 11th century.
Uluwatu Temple is definitely one of the must-visit places to understand the culture of Bali. Here you will also get a delightful view of the sunset, with the beautiful waves of the Indian Ocean. Also, you can witness the traditional Kecak dance performance based on the Ramayana, is performed daily in Uluwatu Temple at 6 pm daily on cliff-side. Behind the shrine in one of the courtyards, you will find a Brahmin statue facing the Indian Ocean, considered as a representation of Dhang Hyang Dwijendra. In the entrance, there are beautiful carvings. One of Uluwatu’s heritage is the 10th –century relics is a one-piece winged stone gate leading to the inside courtyard of the temple.
The intrinsic beauty of the temple will surely impress you, the spectacular cliff-top setting at the edge of a plateau 250 feet above the waves of the Indian Ocean. The view you get from the bottom is breath-taking, the water surging up against the rocks and the ocean horizon is beautiful.
The temple is surrounded by a small forest where hundreds of monkey dwell. It is believed that the temple is guarded by the monkeys against the negative influence. Precautionary signs warn you against the monkeys grabbing attractive items such as sunglasses and cameras.
Visitors must wear appropriate cloth and wear a sarong and a sash which can be hired at the temple entrance. The best time to visit this place is just before the sunset.
You must hire a taxi as getting public transport is really difficult here. The temple is open daily from 9 am until 6 pm. The exact location is Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Pecatu, Badung, Bali.