Pura Luhur Uluwatu caps the steep rocky cliffs of Bali's southern shore. The spectacularly perched temple is one of Bali's holiest locations as it is one of the nine directional temples believed to protect the historically Hindu island from evil spirits. The placement of the temple high above the pounding surf below makes this temple the most beautiful of the main Balinese sacred sites. The hollow waves breaking at the base of the promontory are regarded as world class and highly sought after by skilled surfers. Sunset creates a magical atmosphere at the temple as the cliffs take on gold and orange hues and the ocean with its rolling waves shimmers and glistens in the receding sun's final rays. From Kuta Beach, Uluwatu is about 18 km south towards the Bukit Penninsula. Beware of the feisty macaques guarding the entrance!
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The Balinese Sea Temple of Pura Luhur
The temple at Uluwatu & the ancient Kecak dance experience were the highlights of my trip in Bali this year.
The temple is perched 230 feet above a cliff surrounding the magnificent Indian Ocean. Cheeky temple monkeys run around the vicinity adding to the charm of the place.
The best time to see Uluwatu is at sunset. Most of the tours stemming from Ubud, Kuta, Sanur & Seminyak includes a dinner-trip to Jimbaran Bay where you end your night with phenomenal seafood, though a bit pricy, is definitely worth it.
While in Pura Luhur Uluwatu, make sure to stay for the Kecak dance, an ancient Ramayana monkey chant that Balinese men perform as ritual. It truly is an out-of-this-world experience.