The Uluwatu Temple, Bali – A Temple with a View

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Locally known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, this temple is one of Bali’s spiritual pillars and is located on the edge of a cliff.

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History
According to the inscriptions inside the temple, it was said to have been instigated by Mpu Kunturan, a Buddhist monk. It was also stated that the architect of the temple was Dhang Hyang Dwijendra.

Monkey business
Do keep in mind that there are wild monkeys around and they can get quite boisterous. Monkeys have been known to grab sunglasses, bags and cameras and you are advised to be aware when walking around the temple. However, if one of them happens to steal something, try the old barter system and swap a fruit with them instead!

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Attire
Like with any temple, make sure you are dressed appropriately, with your legs and shoulders covered at all times.

Uluwatu Temple By Jenn Evelyn-Ann jenn_azraimages, CC0 via Wikimedia Commons
Uluwatu Temple By Jenn Evelyn-Ann jenn_azraimages, CC0 via Wikimedia Commons

Timing
The temple is open to visitors during the whole day; however the ideal time is just before sunset. Witness the daily performance of the beautiful Kecak dance at 6pm.

Location
The Uluwatu Temple can be found along the coast of Bali in Pecatu Village, in close proximity to Alila Villa Uluwatu and other accommodation options in Bali. Luxury villas are one of the most popular choices amongst tourists.

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.

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