HaiBanana – Pura Luhur Uluwatu or Uluwatu Temple is one of six key temples believed to be Bali Spiritual pillars. Its magnificent location perched on the top of cliff above the Indian Ocean. Uluwatu temple is one of the top places to visit for sunset delight with direct view into Blue Ocean. Uluwatu Kecak dance also performs daily every sunset in the special stages near the temple.
Uluwatu history was instigated by Mpu Kunturan, a Majapahit monk who also participated in establishing several other important temples in Bali such as Pura Sakenan in Denpasar, about 1,000 years ago. A holy priest from eastern Java, Dhang Hyang Dwijendra, then chose Uluwatu Temple to be his spiritual journey’s final worshiping place. Balinese Hindu devotees believe that he reached the highest spiritual point of oneness with deities by a strike of lightning and completely disappeared. Legend, however, says that Dhang Hyang Dwijendra (also frequently referred to by name as Danghyang Nirartha) was the architect of Uluwatu Temple and several other temples in Bali, Lombok, as well as Sumbawa. Until 1983, Pura Uluwatu was hardly accessible and a lightning strike in 1999 set some parts of the temple on fire. The temple has had some restorations since it was first built.
For the Uluwatu dresscode, you just need to dress neatly. If you have a bali sarong, you can wear it before enter the temple, but if you are not, there are a place to rent bali sarong in the entrance of the temple. They do not put a price, usually traveler give a donation to the temple. Ten thousand rupiah or 1 dollar should be enough. Woman on menstruation period are prohibited to enter the temple.
To watching Uluwatu Kecak dance, they will charges you around 10 dollars per adult person. You will sit in the round stages and watch the kecak dance while enjoying sunset. Uluwatu entrance fee 5 dollars for foreign traveler and Uluwatu opening hours start from 9 Am to 6pm for traveler and 24 hours for worship. Please mind your items before enter Uluwatu temple, there are so many monkeys. If they steal your item like sunglasses or etc, call the local guide and they will help you to get back your item. Enjoy your Holiday!