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Uluwatu Temple is one of the Bali's nine key directional temples, which is situated on the top of a steep cliff, approximately 70 metres above sea level, facing the Indian Ocean. Uluwatu, as the name describes itself-‘ulu’ means ‘land’s end’ and ‘watu’ means ‘rock’, the temple is locally known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Luhur signifying ‘something of divine origin’.
Mpu Kunturan, a Majapahit monk, is said to have laid the foundation of the divine place and Dhang Hyang Dwijendra aka Danghyang Nirartha was the architect. The temple was constructed to worship Lord Shiva Rudra, as locals believe that Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva amalgamated into one here. It is also believed that a sage named Dnag Hyamg Mirartha from East Java attained moksha at the temple when he disappeared into a strike of lightning in 1999, which also set the temple on fire. The temple was restored after that, to preserve its past and history and it was then open for tourists. The temple is a home for varied bands of monkey, who are believed to guard the temple from bad influences. The visitors are advised to keep their belongings safe as the monkeys might snatch them.
The temple has two entrance gates, which have a couple of sculptures in front of them- figures of human bodies with elephant heads- Hindu deity, Lord Ganesha. One-piece winged stone gate leads to the temple’s courtyard, is a heritage of 10th century, winged gates are not a common sight on the island. The temple is made of black coral rock, and is situated at the land’s end to protect it from the evil spirits.
June, July and August are the best months to visit, being the coolest months in Bali. To visit the temple, it is recommended to visit it from 5 to 6 pm to have a scenic view of the sunset and catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing Kecak dance- a Balinese art form that starts at 6. The temple welcomes the worshipers to perform prayers at all hours of the day. Kecak dance is a compilation of the story of Lord Rama’s life during and after the exile. The stage has limited seating area so one must go early to grab a front row seat for a perfect glimpse.
In every six months, according to the Balinese 210-day Pawukon cycle, the royal family of Jro Kuta from Denpasar organizes a fest to celebrate the anniversary of the temple. The visitors must wear appropriate clothes to the temple and to wear a sarong and a sash is essential.
Uluwatu Beaches are one of the famous attractions for the surfers around the world and has been a tourist destination since early 1970’s. Amateur surfers are recommended to sit by the beach and gaze the beauty of Mother Nature.
Address: Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu, Pecatu, Bali, 80364, Indonesia.
Phone: +62 361 8471000
Address: Jl. Belimbing Sari, Tambiyak, Pecatu, Kuta Selatan Pecatu Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80364, Indonesia.
Phone: +62 361 8482166
Address: Jalan Pura Goa Lempeh Banjar Dinas Kangin Pecatu, Uluwatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8470700
Address: Jl. Goa Lempeh, Uluwatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 2090300
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.