Located on south-west side of Bali, Uluwatu Temple is approximately an hour’s drive away from Nusa Dua or Kuta. The beauty of this temple is its unique architecture.
Uluwatu is a nine-directional temple perched on a cliff which is 70 meters high. Stand at the top during sunset with waves crashing by and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.
However, beware of monkeys. Here you will find a large number of monkeys who are not afraid of you and will take away your camera and glasses in a blink.
Precautionary signs warn visitors of the monkeys grabbing attractive items such as sunglasses and cameras. However, they can be calmer when approached with peanuts or bananas, lending an opportunity to retake stolen possessions.
There hasn’t been any significant erosion on the shoreline underneath the temple’s towering cliff. Believers regard it as a manifestation of the divine power that protects Pura Uluwatu. Public facilities are available, but not in the temple area. Unlike some other tourist destinations in Bali, Uluwatu Temple area has limited amounts of hassling vendors.
Visitors must wear a sarong and a sash, as well as appropriate clothes common for temple visits. They can be hired here. The best time to visit is just before sunset. A Kecak dance is performed every day at the adjacent cliff-top stage at 18:00 to 19:00. Visitors are charged a nominal fee. What makes it the most favorite venue to watch a Kecak dance is the sunset background of the performance.
There’s no public transportation to get here and going back in to town will be difficult without any prearranged ride or taxi. A guide is not necessary, though helpful. The service offered is hassle-free at very minimum prices.