Pura Luhur Uluwatu or more widely known as Pura Uluwatu is an enchanting sea temple nestled on top of a cliff facing the sea, warding off evil from the Land of God. Pura Uluwatu is also one of the most prominent temples in Bali along with Besakih Temple, Tanah Lot Temple, and six other directional temples. For the tourists, Pura Uluwatu is a perfect place to enjoy spectacular view of the exotic temple and sunset sky as its backdrop. Visiting Pura Uluwatu in Jimbaran is absolutely a must during your stay in Bali.
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The Origin of Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple's name was derived from local language, which means a temple that was built at the edge (Ulu) of a rock (Watu) cliff. The structure was said to be built by in early 11th Century, though some experts argued that the temple was built way earlier before the period. Legend has it that a Javanese sage called Empu Kuturan built a large portion of the temple, while Hinduist monk namely Dang Hyang Nirartha who also built numerous other main temples in Bali constructed the padsamana shrine. Uluwatu Temple was also a place where Dang Hyang Nirartha was believed to reach the state of moksha, the highest stage of three paths in human life according to Hinduism. Uluwatu Temple was built not only to protect the island from evil but also as a worshipping temple to worship Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa's manifestation as the Roaring God Rudra. Balinese Hindus also believe that the Uluwatu Temple is the central where the power of three Gods (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) met and protect the island.
The Monkey Forest
Ubud is not the only place where you can spot and interact with wild Macaque monkeys. You can also find these mischevious fellows when you are visiting a small forest in Uluwatu Temple area. The monkeys are not exactly feral as they have getting used with humans around them. In fact, some of them are even brave enough to approach you. Be careful though, they might snatch your stuffs away! You can make them return your stuffs by offering them food as an exchange, but it doesn't guarantee that they won't do the same thing next time. Avoid wearing jewelleries that shine and wear backpacks only. It is best to not pack some food either. These monkeys are clever and they have a sharp sense of smell, and they will know that you carry some delicious treats. They will know how to get it at all costs, even if it means they will have to grab your bag.
Just below Uluwatu Temple is the stunning Uluwatu Beach. The beach is a famous spot to surf and many waves riders spend most of their time here. Uluwatu Beach offer challenging barrels and long swells, only the experienced ones are allowed to surf in this beach. While it is absolutely not an ideal place to swim, non-surfers can chill on their sun loungers while enjoying spectacular view of the pristine beach with endless view of the blue sky.
Enjoying Kecak Dance as the sun sets have charmed almost every visitors who visit Uluwatu Temple. The dance have been going on since 1930s and they are still performing the dance everyday few hours until the sun sets. Kecak Dance, or also known as Ramayana Monkey Chant is a ritual dance performed by more than 150 men wearing checkered cloth around their waist where they will be sitting on a circle and chant “ke chak” multiple times as they moved their hands and arms in unison. The dance was a depiction of Ramayana Epic Battle where Prince Rama assisted by Hanuman battling against the evil King Ravana. The performance invoke mystical vibe, especially when the sun starts to set in the background.
Dalem Jurit Temple
Entering Uluwatu Temple complex, you'll notice a small temple on the right side known as Dalem Jurit Temple. Dalem Jurit Temple is a small temple built in 16th Century as an addition to the main temple building. Hinduist literatures mentioned that the temple was built during the arrival of Dang Hyang Dwijendra to the land. The small temple boasts three statues depicting Brahma God, Vishnu, and the manifestation of Shiva Rudra called Ratu Bagus Dalem Jurit.
Statue of Dang Hyang Dwijendra
Dang Hyang Dwijendra was a prominent figure in Bali, as he was the founding father of Shaivite Priesthood in Bali. Numerous Hinduist temples was built under his instructions, some of them are the famous Tanah Lot Temple and Uluwatu Temple. The Bali Hinduists are also believe that he attained moksha in Uluwatu Temple, and that's probably the main reason why you will find his statue at the courtyard right behind the main shrine. The statue was carved in such great details, and it was located in such a way that it seems like the Brahmin was gazing over the Indian Ocean.
How to Get Tickets?
To enter Uluwatu Temple, you will have to pay Rp 30.000,- or about $21 USD for adults and Rp 20.000,- or $14 USD for children.
How To Get Around?
All Uluwatu Temple's attractions can be accessed on foot. Be sure to wear the most comfortable shoes.
What Should I Wear?
Although you can wear your bikini in Uluwatu Beach, you will have to cover yourself first before entering Uluwatu Temple. You will have to wear sarong or sash to cover your shoulders and knees. If you don't have any, a rental is available nearby where you can rent a sarong for few rupiahs.
Best Time to Visit
Obviously the best time to visit Uluwatu Temple is in the afternoon, few hours before sunset. You'll get a chance to enjoy Kecak Dance performance while witnessing the sun slowly sets in the horizon.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, all informations you need can be easily found in this website
How To Get There?
The most common way to get to Uluwatu Temple is by taking a taxi or rent a car. From the main road to Nusa Dua take a bypass road that will lead you all the way up to Uluwatu.