Of the many temples in Bali, one that holds its charm is Uluwatu Temple. This temple, which is located in Pecatu Village, South Kuta District, not only has strong religious power but also has an enchanting sunset view.
This temple can be reached by traveling about 30-45 minutes from Denpasar City. Its location which is not too far from the provincial capital of Bali makes this temple worthy of being one of your exploration destinations on the Island of the Gods.
Uluwatu Temple is one of the Hindu religious houses of worship which has the status of the ‘Sad Kahyangan Jagat Temple’ or support for the wind axis of the island of Bali. In Lontar Padma Bhuwana, Uluwatu Temple is a temple that supports the southwest direction of the island of Bali.
With this status, it means that Uluwatu Temple is a place of worship for all levels of Hindus, without restrictions on caste/clan, lineage, type of profession, and region of origin. Other temples that have similar status are Pura Besakih in the northeast and Pura Goa Lawah in the southeast.
As the name implies, the initial building of Uluwatu Temple is on a rocky hill as high as 90 meters above sea level. Literally, “Uluwatu” means rock top. The main temple complex is directly facing the west side of the Uluwatu Peninsula.
Based on the Lontar Padma Bhuwana manuscript, this temple was built around the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan. As the number of people who worship at this temple increases, about 15 years ago a new complex was built at the bottom.
Initially, there was only one access to this temple, namely through the gate on the east side of the temple. As this area develops, new access is made in the northern part. Entering through this new access, visitors will walk along the cliff through the path.
The route through this north side access is approximately 1 kilometer. This path penetrates the thicket inhabited by a group of wild monkeys. For this reason, visitors are advised to store their valuables properly.
The sea panorama from the top of the cliff looks beautiful, especially in the afternoon before sunset. The panorama of the temple with the backdrop of the sky and the high seas deserves to be immortalized as part of your memories on the Island of the Gods.
Towards dusk, the orange light shining in the sky will further add to the beauty of the panorama on the side of this cliff. Witnessing this beautiful painting created by the Creator is an unforgettable experience.
Complementing the visit to Uluwatu Temple, the Kecak dance performance against the backdrop of the sunset is the perfect ending. This colossal dance which is a Balinese cultural heritage is routinely performed every day, starting at around 18.00-19.00 WITA.
The dance, which is performed by tens to hundreds of people, is performed on a stage in the south of the temple courtyard. Visitors who are interested in seeing the Kecak dance performance can buy a ticket for IDR 75,000.