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Uluwatu Temple, Bali
Known as Pura Luhu Uluwatu temple and is one of the most spectacular temple in the entire island of Bali
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Pura Luhu Uluwatu key directional temple, Bali
About Uluwatu Temple, Bali
Uluwatu Temple locally known as Pura Luhu Uluwatu temple and is one of the key directional temples and the most spectacular temple in the entire island of Bali.
Temple is located on the prime location of cliffside which makes it a key attraction for the visitors. Temple is built of the cliff on the beachside, 70 meters above the sea level.
The temple has a unique antique architecture. The main attraction is temple roof which is made with palm-frond black roof stacked into the black.
The Uluwatu Temple is originally known as the Pura Luhu Uluwatu in which Luhur means “something of divine origin” and ulu the “land’s end” and watu means “rock”. Which truly defines the temple and its surrounding uniquely and beautifully.
Below is the list of things you would need to know about the Uluwatu Temple before visiting Bali.
According to the inscriptions mentioned at Uluwatu Temple was instigated by Mpu Kunturan, a Majapahit monk who also participated in establishing several other important temples in Bali like Pura Sakenan Temple in Denpasar. According to the Archaeological Survey of India, the temple was built in the 10th century by analysing the foundation stones of the temples which came into existence 1000 years ago.
Dhang Hyang Dwijendra, a holy priest from the eastern Java chose the Uluwatu Temple to be his spiritual journey’s final worshipping place. According to the Balinese Hindu devotees believe that he reached the highest spiritual point of oneness with God. People also believe the same monk was the architect fo the Uluwatu Temple and several other temples in Bali, Lombok as well as in Sumbawa.
Until 1983, Uluwatu Temple was hardly accessible for the public. In 1999 the temple was struck by lightning strike which set some parts of the temple on fire. After that temple has had some restorations since it was first built.
Uluwatu Temple Highlights & Attractions
The temple has two entrance of split gates with leaves and flowers carving on it. In front of each gate has a sculpture shaped like Indian god Ganesha.
A 10th-century heritage, one-piece winged stone gate inside the courtyard of Pura Uluwatu temple. Which is not commonly found on the island.
Behind the main shrine of the courtyard of the Uluwatu Temple lies a Monk Statue Facing the Indian Ocen, considered as the statue of monk Dhang Hyang Dwjendra.
Temple has all the basic facilities like toilet, food stalls, parking area, souvenir shop are available at the entrance gate of the temple.
Temple Opening Hours & Dress Code
Opening hours of Uluwatu Temple for visitors is from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM in local standard time. And for worship purpose, the temple is open for 24 hours daily.
To see the clear sunset from the temple try to come between the months of March to September. During the rainy season which starts from October to February, there are possibilities of having some rain in the evening.
As we know when you visit of any temples in Bali, both men and women should wear a sarong, scarf or sash tied around the waist. Sarong and sash are provided in Uluwatu Temple, and you can use that for free, as long as you visit the temple.
Uluwatu Temple Entrance Fee
Uluwatu Temple entrance fee is 15,000 IDR (71/- ₹ INR) for domestic tourists & children and 30,000 IDR (142/- ₹ INR) for the Foreigners. The ticket can be bought from the ticket counters located at the main gate of the temple.
All payments to buy the ticket should be cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), It si advisable to bring cash along before you come here. Visitors must wear a sarong and a sash, as well as appropriate clothes common for temple visits. But its included.
Uluwatu Temple Ceremony and Festival
According to locals in every six months, temple anniversary & big celebrations are held at the temple. The temple’s keeper, the royal family of Jro Kuta from Denpasar, sponsor the event.
There hasn’t been any significant erosion on the shoreline underneath the temple’s towering cliff. Believers regard it as a manifestation of the divine power that protects Uluwatu Temple or Pura Luhur Uluwatu.
How to reach
Uluwatu Temple is located in the southern tip of Bali, exactly in Pecatu Village, Kuta South District of Badung, Bali, Indonesia.
It is at the southernmost of Bali at a place known to tourist as Bukit Peninsula. About 25km south of Kuta and it usually takes around one hour to get to and from there.
Uluwatu Temple sits about 45 minutes from the Denpasar airport and Kuta area by road.
you can also reach the Uluwatu Temple with a private cab anywhere from the island.
Uluwatu Kecak Dance a Traditional Balinese Dance Form
Uluwatu Kecak Dance is the traditional Balinese dance form and one of the key attraction of the Uluwatu Temple, that you won’t chance to miss at any cost.
These performances are mainly focused on the tourist only. To showcase the Balinese culture and tradition to travellers. The Kecak dance show starts around 6 PM onwards at the open stage of Uluwatu Temple till the sunset.
A group of around 75 male dancers descend onto the stage with extended arms and shaking hands up in the air while chanting their fast-paced choruses repetitively.
The prelude opens with the five episodes taken from the Ramayana and describes the tale of the Ramayana through the dance.
Entrance fee of the Kecak Dance in Uluwatu is 100,000 IDR (523/- ₹ INR) per person that can be purchased in advance and from the counters too.
Arriving early for the dance is advisable as space has limited space or seatings.
Sea Temple Creates The Most Amazing Silhouette At Sunset.
Uluwatu Temple dates back to the 11th century and is situated at land’s end to protect from evil spirits.
Made from black coral rock, the tiered shape of the sea temple has a dramatic contrast against its precarious location and creates the most amazing silhouette at sunset.
Despite its age, the temple has well-preserved stone carvings and has undergone several restorations to preserve its history and unique location.
But really, this site is all about the view. Sunset is best admired from two vantage points to the north and south of the temple.
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