Having been to Bali a few times, I have had the chance to really see this beautiful country, so consequently, I fall more and more in love with it every time I go. Being a country that is full of temples, it’s hard to find one that stands out from the rest, but guys… I found one.
On the Southern point of Bukit Peninsula, 90 meters up is the beautiful Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple (also known as Uluwatu Temple) that looks over the Indian ocean. This temple is built right on the sea so has the most incredible views.
The temple was created to protect the island from evil spirits and has been doing so for thousands of years. In 1999 a lightning strike set part of the temple on fire. The temple has since been restored, but the temple is under constant threat from the pounding of the ocean against the cliff that it is perched on top of.
Before being allowed to enter the temple we were asked to wear orange and green wraps around our waist. The path leading to the temple is lined with tall trees that provide shade from the sun. The long road leading to the temple sets a great first impression for this stunning place.
The lovely thing about Uluwatu its that it is less touristy and commercialised than other temples, due to its remote location. This means it actually feels like a place of worship and not an attraction like many other temples in Bali.
Most importantly, Uluwatu is still a place of worship, but they have opened their doors to tourists as well. When looking around it is very important to be respectful to those people who are there to pray rather than to look around the temple.
The walk around is through the outer rim of the temple, alongside the cliff edge. If you are scared of heights, don’t look down. The pink flowers that had come into bloom just added to the vibrancy of this place. From all angles of the temple, there is so much to see. The path you walk along is uneven so wearing trainers or sensible footwear will help, as a few people slipped on the rock.
As we walked through the large gates towards the temple, we were greeted by lots of monkeys. They were very friendly. However as cute as they are, don’t be fooled. They stole a few pairs of glasses and unzipped a few bags so be careful of that.
9 am to 6 pm for visitors but it is open 24 hours for worship.
For one adult it costs 30.000 Indonesian Rupiah
For one child it costs 15.000 Indonesian Rupiah
Uluwatu is a favourite spot to watch the sunset over the Indian ocean. If this is something you are interested in seeing, and you are there March/April time, then you should visit the temple at 5 pm. But if you want to avoid the grounds, then I would suggest going early morning.
Things to know
Uluwatu translates to top rock. Ulu means top and Watu means rock.
What to take
Wear something that isn’t too revealing
Uluwatu is perfect for anyone who enjoys breathtaking scenery and spectacular ocean views. Be sure to have your camera and best smile at the ready, because you’re about to get some fantastic pictures.