Uluwatu Temple

Price Range

2 - 800.00

Reviews

4.6

Overview

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’.

 

 

History

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.

 

About

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.

 

Luxury Hotels and Villas to stay in Uluwatu

  1. Bulgari Resort Bali- Luxurious Villa with a private sundeck and plunge pool.

Address: Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu, Pecatu, Bali, 80364, Indonesia.
Phone: +62 361 8471000
Website: bulgarihotels.com

  1. Alila Villas Uluwatu- Modern Balinese-style villa with an elevated outdoor pavilion overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Address: Jl. Belimbing Sari, Tambiyak, Pecatu, Kuta Selatan Pecatu Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80364, Indonesia.
Phone: +62 361 8482166
Website: alilahotels.com

  1. The Edge Bali- Located on Bali's Uluwatu cliff tops, the eight private villas overlooks the magnificent Indian Ocean.

Address: Jalan Pura Goa Lempeh Banjar Dinas Kangin Pecatu, Uluwatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8470700
Website: theedgebali.com

  1. Six Senses Uluwatu- With an infinity style pool, the outdoor decks have an uninterrupted ocean view.

Address: Jl. Goa Lempeh, Uluwatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 2090300
Website: sixsenses.com

  1. The Ungasan Clifftop Resort- The resort comprises of seven private villas, with its private pools. Address: Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, Pecatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia.
    Phone: +62 811 9421 110
    Website: theungasan.com

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 07:00 pm

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.

 

How to Reach

  • Road : It is a 45 minute drive from the Denpasar airport and Kuta area by road. There is no public conveyance to reach the temple, one can book the guided tours like Uluwatu Temple Tour.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Entry fee for the temple : 2.04 USD for children and 2.72 USD for adults
  • Fair for Kecak Dance : 10 USD
  • Uluwatu Temple Tour : 40 USD
  • Avg. Hotel price of single room : 850 USD
  1. Sightseeing of the great architecture of the temple with the scenic sunset. It gives the best views for photography.
  2. Kecak Dance depicts the Balinese culture and the story of Lord Rama.
  3. Uluwatu Beaches- Balangan Beach, Padang-Padang Beach etc. are close to the temple and are a great attraction for surfers.
  4. Tours- a tour of the city; boat tour, which also provides water sports.

Address

Uluwatu Temple, Pecatu, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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Grace Holland
Grace Holland
08/11/2020 07:19
Nice experience, it’s better if you have a local guide to explain the beautiful Hindu history. Be careful with the monkeys, make sure you don’t bring food in your bag because they try to steal it!
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N N
08/12/2020 18:32
Great view over the cliff and nothing else. You can't go inside, and you don't see anything from the temple.
Thomas Spanner
Thomas Spanner
07/11/2020 20:34
This temple is amazing. Next to the sea, with some amazing cliffs for a spectacular view! Lots of cheeky monkeys that try to steal your stuff, beware! Good parking opportunities. Shops and restaurants outside. Bring moskito spray and avoid the heat if possible come early morning!
Muhamad Dahuru
Muhamad Dahuru
07/29/2020 16:43
Amazing ocean view with towering cliffs. Well maintain site. A spacious parking space. Please becareful with the monkeys there.
hanen lazar
hanen lazar
08/21/2020 17:55
amazing view and very spiritiual location.just be careful while walking as lot of monkey there trying to steal your food .

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FAQs

Yes, the wheelchair is accessible to the temple.
It takes minimum 45 min to reach Uluwatu from Kuta via a motorbike.
It takes 5 mins to climb the clifftop.
No, camping is not allowed.
No, but one must keep their belongings safe.
No, one has to pay a visit to the deities in order to enjoy the sunset.
Yes, one can rent them at the temple itself.
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