When you are planning to visit Bali, then your visit is incomplete without visiting temples over there. After all, Bali is an island of a thousand temples. You can find temples at every corner of Bali.
Most Pura (“temple” in Sanskrit) share a common architecture, being larger or smaller versions of the previous one you saw. Certainly, You cannot miss Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple among these temples.
This is one of Bali’s nine key directional temples and one of the most spectacular ones in the entire island, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 meters above sea level.
The name Luhur means “something of divine origin” and ulu the “land’s end” and watu the “rock” in the old language. Obviously the name itself had aptly described what this special temple is all about.
- History of Uluwatu temple
- How to reach
- Entrance fee of Uluwatu Temple
- Timing Of Visit
- What you should wear
- Beauty of Uluwatu Temple
- Ceremonies and Festival
- Around Uluwatu Temple
- Frequently asked questions
1. History of Uluwatu Temple
Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple is one of a few significant sanctuaries to the spirits of the ocean along the south shoreline of Bali. Engravings marked during the rule of King Marakata date the sanctuary to in any event 1025.
Subsequently, history specialists state that In the eleventh century, the Javanese minister Empu Kuturan first settled a sanctuary here.
The sanctuary was added to by Nirartha, another Javanese cleric who is known for the seafront sanctuaries at Tanah Lot, Rambut Siwi, and Pura Sakenan. Nirartha withdrew to Uluwatu for his last days when he accomplished moksha (opportunity from natural wants).
2. 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 spot to which travelers call as Bukit Peninsula. About 25km south of Kuta and it ordinarily takes around one hour to get to and from that point.
Denpasar has an air terminal. Subsequently, till Denpasar, you can take a flight. Uluwatu Temple sits around a short way from the Denpasar air terminal and Kuta zone by the street.
The most ideal approach to see the west coast is with your own vehicle or by contracting a taxi. The cost of this is about Rp150,000 (750 INR) single direction.
However, keep track of your destination as cabbies lose their way. Beware they can charge you anything.
Note that the cops regularly set up traps close Pecatu Indah for bike riding people groups. While you pay a fine for a ‘free’ jaw lash, capless local people wiz by snickering.
Open bemo to Ulu Watu are rare and quit running by mid evening. A portion of the dull blue bemo from Kuta serve Jimbaran and Ulu Watu – it’s ideal to get one west of Tuban (on Jl Raya Kuta, outside the Supernova strip mall) or Jimbaran (on Jl UluWatu).
You may see offerings in Kuta or Sanur to see the sunset or the Kecak dance at the temple. These cost from about 80,000Rp(400 INR) and sometimes include a side trip to a beach or to Jimbaran.
3. Entrance fee of Uluwatu Temple
You need to pay some entrance fee while visiting Uluwatu temple. The admission charges are 25000RP to 30000 RP . Extra cost of 1000RP for parking.
You can buy a ticket at the ticket counter which is located just in front of the main gate of the temple. And the payment should be cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), so please prepare small cash before you come here.
4. Timing of Visit
You can visit the temple from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm every day. However, for worship purposes, it is open for 24 hours.
March to September is the best time to visit and enjoy the sunset over here. Try to avoid evening time during the rainy season as it rains at that time.
5. What you Should Wear
When you visit any temple in Bali you need to wear a sarong, scarf, or sash tied around the waist. Hence try to include that in your packing.
Don’t worry if you forget it. You can get Sarong and sash in Uluwatu Temple, and you can use that for free, as long as you visit the temple.
6. Beauty of Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple is possibly Bali’s most visually spectacular shrine. Its name literally translates as “the one on the top.”
You enter through an unordinary angled door flanked by sculptures of Ganesha. The two passageways to the sanctuary territory are part entryways with leaves and blossom carvings. Also, before every one of them is two or three figures molded like a human body with an elephant head.
The most beautiful thing however is the carvings of Bali’s fanciful Zoological garden inside the dividers of coral blocks. In any case, just Hindu admirers can enter the little internal sanctuary.
The real attraction is the location – for a good angle, especially at sunset, walk around the clifftop to the left (south) of the temple.
The temple is an architectural wonder in black coral rock, and despite its age and exposure to the elements, features well-preserved stone carvings.
This is also purportedly the dwelling place of almighty deity Bhatana Ruda, the god of the elements and cosmic forces.
You can enjoy the walet birds floating and darting in the breeze and perching on the sacred temple. Their nests are an important ingredient in Chinese birds’ nest soup.
7. Ceremonies and Festival
A big temple anniversary celebration every six months is a crowd-puller at the Uluwatu temple every six months. According to the Balinese 210-day Pawukon cycle, this ceremony has great importance.
Above all the temple’s keeper, the royal family of Jro Kuta from Denpasar, are patrons for the event.
Kecak dance is probably the best known of the dances in Bali. The Kecak has a ‘choir’ of men who provide the ‘chak-a-chak-a-chak’ accompaniment, imitating a troupe of monkeys.
Kecak moves tell a story from the Ramayana, one of the incomparable Hindu heavenly books, about Prince Rama and his Princess Sita.
The evil Rawana, King of Lanka, draws Rama away with a brilliant deer (Lanka’s similarly underhanded executive, who has mysteriously changed himself into a deer).
At that point, when the princess is distant from everyone else, he jumps and steals her away to his hideaway. Hanuman, the white monkey-god, discloses to Princess Sita that Rama is attempting to protect her and gives her Rama’s ring.
At the point when Rama shows up, he is met by the malevolent ruler’s malicious child, Megananda, who shoots a bolt that mysteriously transforms into a snake and ties Rama up. Luckily, he can call upon a Garuda who encourages him to escape.
At long last, Sugriwa, the ruler of the monkeys, accompanies his monkey armed force and, after an incredible fight, great prevails upon insidiousness, and Rama and Sita get back.
Tickets or extra charge of Kecak Dance Uluwatu is IDR 100,000(500 INR) for every individual can be bought ahead of time, and showing up sooner than expected is exhorted, and the stage has constrained space or seating.
We prescribe getting to the stage right on time before 5 PM to get the best seats. You would then be able to watch the fire hit the dance floor with a dazzling background of the dusk.
8. Around Uluwatu Temple
This temple is not only religiously significant but you can enjoy beaches and surf breaks around it. Above all the waves here are great and fast which makes it one of the best places for surfers to hang out and show their skills. In other words, it’s a paradise for surfers.
Uluwatu is all about the views. Balangan, an idyllic white sand beach fringed by cliffs, is relatively quiet and is spared the annoying trinket hawkers and too many tourists.
A few cafes sit near the tree line, and the water here is safe for swimming, as the waves break over the reef 200m (656 ft.) from the shore
Bingin beach is pockmarked with rock and reef, forming intriguing tide pools at low tide.
Impossibles beach is another great setting for a seaside walk at low tide but is more well-known as a prime surf break.
Above all Padang Padang is archetypically enchanting, being nestled into a pocket of lava rocks; the beach entrance is through a cave crevice. This area is great at low tide for children.
All in all Uluwatu temple is the most visited temple , both religiously and for scenic beauty. above all the place is accessible and you can get a good amount of hotels and dine in places.
10. Frequently asked questions
Ques 1. What is Uluwatu Temple?
Ans 1.The temple is one of the sad kahyangan and is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Rudra
Ques 2. Where is uluwatu Temple?
Ans 2.The temple (pura in Balinesh) is built at the edge (ulu) of a 70-meter-high (230 ft) cliff or rock (watu) projecting into the sea.
Ques 3.Why is it called Monkey Temple?
Ans 3. The temple is inhabited by monkeys who are notorious for snatching visitors’ belongings, such as flip-flops, cameras, and sunglasses.
Ques 4.When is Kecak Dance Performed?
Ans 4 Kecak dance performance based on the Ramayana is performed daily in Uluwatu temple at every 6pm on the cliff-side.
Ques 5.Where will i get good food there?
Ans 5. The best thing at this temple is its food . Have food over there. If you don’t like then you have multiple places to have food . It have lot of good restaurants.