The island of Bali is world renowned for its picturesque, lush landscapes, steeped in cultural traditions and legends, and the spectacular peninsula of Uluwatu is no different. Some of the greatest attractions in Bali can be found here, including one of the most sought after and iconic temples on the island, Uluwatu Temple. Located not far from several of the best bali luxury Villa, Uluwatu has on offer such as the Alila Villas Uluwatu, and situated at the edge of a steep limestone cliff, 250 feet above the waves of the Indian Ocean is the beautiful Uluwatu Temple.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu, as it’s known by locals, dates back to the 10th century and is regarded as one of the six main temples that make up Bali’s spiritual pillars, which protect the island from evil spirits. In front of the temple is a small forest where hundred of monkeys live and it is believed by locals that they guard the temple from bad spirits. A winding pathway leads to the temple and takes roughly about an hour to get from one end to the other. A strong concrete wall runs along the cliff side and there are a few fenced viewing points along the way for photographic opportunities.
Once you get to the top, there are several beautiful things to admire in and around the temple, but some of the must see highlights include the Brahmin statue behind the main shrine, which is said to be a depiction of Dhang Hyang Dwijendra, stone sculptures of human statuettes with elephant heads and a one-piece winged stone gate located near the inside courtyard, among others. The Uluwatu temple is one of the best locations to catch a gorgeous sunset as it offers panoramic views across the Indian Ocean. And even if you don’t make it up in time, the view from the bottom, of the great waves breaking against the cliff rocks with the horizon in the distance is unforgettable.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.