Bali is one of the most vibrant of all the Indonesian isles, as it opens up a world of experiences for the shopaholics, the culture vultures, the beach bums, the nature lovers and the vacationing families of the world. The island also provides an exciting glimpse into Indonesia’s Buddhist past, as the country is dotted with magnificent monuments erected during what was the “golden age” of Buddhism in the nation.
Overlooking the pristine blue waters of the Indian Ocean is the Uluwatu Temple, one of the famous nine directional temples erected around the island that apparently protects it from the influence of evil. Entrance into this fascinating locale is around IDR 20,000 as of October 2012, and appropriate attire needs to be worn whilst on the premises, so no bared skin. If need be, sarongs and sashes are available to rent free of charge at the entrance. Uluwatu Temple is renowned for rewarding its visitors with breathtaking sunsets over the Indian Ocean and the charming antics of thieving monkeys who might spirit away your sunglasses and cameras when you least expect it, so remember to keep all valuables well hidden. But remember to take in such inconveniences in stride, as monkeys can be bribed with fruit to return your items, and the local guides and temple priests are more than happy to assist with the retrieval – for a small fee of around IDR 10,000-50,000.
Adding to the temple’s charm is the Kecak dance (a monkey dance) that is held at the temple everyday from 6-7pm. This eclectic show is truly an example of visual splendour, and tickets cost around IDR 75,000, a small price for a quaint little exhibition of island charm. During the 11th century, a Hindu Javanese sage by the name of Empu Kuturan made significant structural expansions to the temple site, which held only a small shrine prior to this. Another sage named Dang Hyang Nirartha, who constructed the padmasana shrine series, was believed to have attained “moksha” or “ultimate liberation” on the premises, further adding to the temple’s mystery and spiritual allure.
Visitors wanting to indulge in some natural sightseeing will be interested to explore a scenic cave replete with an intriguing array of rock formations. This cave ultimately leads down to the beach, where surfing enthusiasts can ply their craft on some excellent waves, which the entire Uluwatu region is famous for.
Check into a prime Nusa Dua resort in order to fully appreciate the cultural monuments peppering Bali’s landscape. Offering all visitors an idyllic yet luxury option for accommodation in Bali is The Laguna Resort & Spa Nusa Dua Bali. With its warm island hospitality and charming interiors, it is the ideal option of a luxury resort Bali has to offer its visitors.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+