In fact, it is not just a temple. Uluwatu is one of 6 largest Hindu temple complexes in Bali. It is located in Pecatu, about 25 km South of Denpasar, in the South-West of the Bukit Peninsula. The complex is situated on the edge of a cliff at the altitude of about 90 meters above sea level. It was founded in the 11th century by the Balinese holy man Mpu Kuturana.
The complex includes 3 temples. The gate of each of them is decorated with intricate carvings made by local craftsmen. There are statues of God Ganeshi at the main entrance. This God protects from evil spirits and demons, which inhabit in abundance the island by the local religion. In the 16th century, the Holy Nirartha lived in the temple. He is still highly acknowledge by the Balineses. One of the pagodas on the cliff's edge was built in his honor.
Until the early 20th century, the temple was closed for ordinary Balineses, and only members of the Royal family could pray there. Today the temple is open not only to all believers, but also for tourists, although they can get there not all the time. During religious ceremonies, the temple is closed for tourists. Uluwatu is surrounded by a small forest inhabited by monkeys. They are the second most important attraction of this place. Their favorite activity is to beg for treats from tourists.
The special staff who will always help if someone of their “clients” misbehave, take care of monkeys. Multi-colored cotton belts are distributed at the entrance to the temple. It is a part of the national costume and a sign of respect to the holy site. If a stick is also offered- take it. It will come in handy for scaring away monkeys.
In the evening, at sunset, the performance is given for tourists. It is the dance Kecak. It is not just a dance but a real show. Its duration is about 1.5 hours, the performance starts at 6 p.m.. Its plot is the scenes from the Holy Hindu book Bhagavad Gita.
09:00 – 18:00
24/7 (As a place of worship)
Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
8° 49′ 44″ S, 115° 5′ 7″ E
Adult price: IDR 30.000
Children price: IDR 20.000