Uluwatu Temple Bali - History, Location, Best Time to Visit

Uluwatu Temple Bali - Sunset Cliff


Uluwatu Temple Bali is a Balinese tourist spot located in Pecatu Village, Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali. This temple is 30 kilometers south of Denpasar. Uluwatu Temple also called Luwur Temple is one of the six Sad Kahyangan Temples as the main spiritual pillar on the island of Bali. Uluwatu Temple is the most popular tourist attraction on the island of Bali, where many guests come to enjoy the beautiful sunset views against the backdrop of the sacred Uluwatu Temple and the ocean. The matchless natural beauty deserves to be a very popular tourist spot, if you really like sunset views, then this tourist spot is perfect for you. Here you can see how amazing the sunset is with the expanse of the ocean from the Indian Ocean. Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of this phenomenal work of nature.


Uluwatu Temple Popular Tourist Destinations in South Bali


Uluwatu Temple has always been a very popular tourist attraction in the South Bali Islands among tourists because Uluwatu Temple offers a very beautiful sunset view. Seeing the beach view from the Uluwatu temple, and seeing the sunset process makes a very beautiful beauty incomparable. You will definitely feel at home for a long here while admiring the phenomenal works of nature. Being at a height and standing on a cliff will make the view wider without obstruction. Enjoying this beautiful view with your partner will make an unforgettable experience in your life. Uluwatu Temple has always been the best among the rows of tourist attractions on the island of Bali. So if you are on vacation on the island of Bali, don't miss this Uluwatu Temple attraction


History of Uluwatu Temple

There are two different opinions regarding the history of Uluwatu Temple.

- The First opinion, some people believe that this temple was built by Empu Kuturan in 9 AD, during the reign of Marakata.
- The second opinion, other people claim that the temple was built by Dang Hyang Nirartha, a pedanda (Hindu monk) from the Daha Kingdom (Kediri) in East Java. In 1546 AD Dang Hyang Nirartha came to Bali, during the reign of Dalem Waturenggong and built the Uluwatu Temple on Pecatu Hill. After completing a spiritual journey around Bali, the monk returned to Uluwatu Temple and died there. He moksha (died and his body disappeared), left Marcapada (worldly life), and entered Swargaloka (heaven).

Piodalan or a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the temple is held on Anggara Kasih Day, in the Medangsia wuku in the Caka calendar. Usually, the ceremony lasts for three days packed with thousands of Hindus.


The Unique Location of Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple is located on a 70-meter-high cliff jutting above the Indonesian Ocean. Due to its unique location, visitors to the temple must pass through a long stone staircase to reach it. This temple is facing east, unlike other Balinese temples which face west or south. Along the path outside the temple, there are hundreds of monkeys roaming. Although the monkeys look tame, visitors perceive the monkeys as a nuisance because they often take food from visitors' hands and snatch visitors' belongings. A small forest lies ahead and hundreds of monkeys live here. They are believed to guard the temple against bad influences. The winding path to the temple is fortified by a concrete wall on the side of the cliff. It takes about an hour to get from one end to the other as there are several fenced points along the way for stops. The view from the bottom of the undulating water over the rocks and ocean horizon is magnificent.


Ceremony at Uluwatu Temple

The three divine powers of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are believed by Hindus to be one here. This belief causes Uluwatu Temple to become a place of worship for Siva Rudra, the Balinese Hindu god of all elements and aspects of life in the universe. Uluwatu Temple is also dedicated to protecting Bali from evil sea spirits. Every six months according to the Balinese Pawukon cycle of 210 days, a big temple anniversary celebration is held at the temple. The custodian of the temple, the royal family of Jro Kuta from Denpasar, became a supporter of the event. Believers regard it as a manifestation of the divine power that protects Uluwatu Temple. Outside the temple area, there are public facilities. Unlike some other tourist destinations in Bali, the Uluwatu Temple area has a limited number of traders.


Uluwatu Temple Geographically

There are two doors at the end of the road, the north door and the south door, through which visitors enter the temple complex. The entrance is in the form of a stone gate. Standing opposite each gate were two statues of the man with the head of an elephant. The front of the gate is decorated with fine relief sculptures depicting leaves and floral patterns. Behind the gate, there is a stone staircase that leads to the inner court. Along the steps, trees are planted to provide shade.


Best Time and Tour to Visit Uluwatu Temple


Kecak and Fire Dance - Uluwatu Temple


Visitors must wear a sarong and sash, as well as appropriate clothing for a visit to the temple. They can be employed here and the best time to visit is before sunset. Kecak and Fire Dance performances are performed daily on the adjacent clifftop stage from 18:00 to 19:00. Visitors are charged a nominal fee. What makes it the favorite place to watch the Kecak dance is the background of the performance at sunset. There is no public transport to get here and getting back into town would be difficult without a prearranged ride or taxi. we have a tour program to visit this temple and dance, you can read the details here Half Day Uluwatu Sunset Tour. Apart from the tour packages that we offer, we from Bali Tour also offer car charter facilities to go to Uluwatu temple, so you will enjoy the atmosphere more without having to rush to join the tour program, at very affordable prices and experienced drivers will make the trip this is getting more and more fun.

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