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Uluwatu Temple

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

IDR 50,000

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"To truly appreciate Uluwatu Temple's dramatic clifftop setting and the mesmerizing Kecak dance performance, arrive a bit early to secure the best viewing spot and savor the panoramic views. Remember to be respectful and watch out for mischievous monkeys who might try to snatch your belongings!"

One of Uluwatu's most famous attractions along with the Kecak Dance in Uluwatu, the Uluwatu Temple is a Balinese Hindu sea temple, and can be found in the most southern tip of the Bukit peninsula. 

Perched on a steep cliff (around 70 meters above sea level), you're sure to get some stunning coastal views! We'd definitely recommend visiting here as part of your Bali tours itinerary.

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The history of Uluwatu Temple dates back to at least the 11th century, and probably even earlier. Uluwatu temple was thought to be a portal to heaven, and the Balinese Hindus today still consider it one of the most important temples on the island. 

It is also home to hundreds of monkeys as they are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and are allowed to roam around freely.

Why you should go to Uluwatu temple:

There are many reason why you should visit Uluwatu temple, let's break it down:

  • Breathtaking ocean views: because the temple is located on a cliff, it's needless to say you will have the best ocean views in Bali!
  • Kecak fire dances: If you like Balinese traditions, we recommend staying for the Kecak fire dances. It’s unique, even to Balinese dancing because instead of instruments, the dancers use their own voices to create the atmosphere as the dance is performed. Like all Balinese dances, it tells a story. Make your way down to the amphitheatre nearby Uluwatu Temple to catch this unique experience.
  • One of the best sunset spots in Bali: Uluwatu temple is definitely one of the top places in Bali for witnessing a sunset, with direct views overlooking the beautiful waves of the Indian Ocean. The stunning orange glow on the sandy beaches is a view one will not easily forget. The silhouette of the mysterious temple will 100% complete your pictures ;)
  • There is a lot of history
  • You like being around monkeys

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How to get there:

Uluwatu Temple is 30 kilometers south of Denpasar and is very easy to reach. It will take 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic. You can consider booking a tour or hiring a driver for a day if you want to do other excursions in the Uluwatu area.

Best time to visit:

Like any other tourist attraction in Bali: the earlier you go, the less people there will be :) Although in this case we suggest going in the afternoon and staying for sunset, as it is truly magical at Uluwatu temple.

Tips:

  • Visitors must wear a sarong and a sash, as well as appropriate clothes common for temple visits
  • Beware of the monkeys! Although they might be adorable and entertaining, they are also incredible cheeky.  Remember to keep an eye on your smartphone when you’re taking snapshots of those beautiful views. Also make sure to put your sunglasses and bottles of water in your bag! The monkeys are also very fond of snagging slippers, so try to wear sneakers or sandals.

Frequently asked questions

Where is Uluwatu Temple located?

Uluwatu Temple is located on the southwestern tip of the Bukit Peninsula in Bali, Indonesia.

What is the significance of Uluwatu Temple?

Uluwatu Temple is one of the six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars. It is dedicated to the spirits of the sea and is known for its stunning cliffside location.

Is Uluwatu Temple accessible to the public?

Yes, Uluwatu Temple is open to the public for visitation. However, certain areas of the temple may be restricted for tourists.

Are there any restrictions or dress codes for visiting Uluwatu Temple?

Yes, visitors are required to wear a sarong and sash as a sign of respect. These can be rented at the entrance. Additionally, visitors should be cautious of the resident monkeys who may snatch belongings.

Is there any cultural significance or events associated with Uluwatu Temple?

Uluwatu Temple hosts the Kecak dance performance at sunset, which depicts a traditional Balinese tale. This performance is a popular attraction for visitors to the temple.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

IDR 50,000

Find it on google maps