Pura Uluwatu or Uluwatu Temple is a Balinese Hind shrine situated on the top of a rocky cliff about 80 meter. The name Uluwatu is derived from 2 words, the word Ulu which means the head or the tip and Watu which means stone. Therefore, Uluwatu means a temple set in the tip of a rock. It is a popular tourist object located in Pecatu Village, South Kuta district, Badung Regency. In the eastside of the temple, there are savannas called Alas Kekeran which is dwelt by groups of monkeys. Visitors must keep a very close grip on all belongings because the monkeys can snatch visitor’s belongings, including bags, cameras, eyeglasses and jewelries. Balinese Hindus believe that these monkeys protect the temple from bad influences.
Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s most sacred temple, it is one of the nine key directional temples. This temple was first expanded by a Javanese sage during the 11th century. Locals come to this temple to pray and worship the Rudra God as the God of storm and wind. As the temple is a sacred ground, visitors must dress properly when entering the temple area as a respect to Balinese Hindus. Sarongs are available for free at the enterance of the temple. Visitors who come to the temple are free to explore the temple grounds except for the central courtyard, it can onlybe entered during special rituals. The entrance fee to this magnificent temple is only Rp 30.000.
Besides as a place to worship and pray, Uluwatu temple offers great panorama of deep cliff bank of white stone with a beautiful beach underneath it. Especially on the afternoon, visitors may see beautiful sunset view from this temple. Balinese Kecak Dance with spectacular sunset backdrop is also performed in this temple daily to complete this tourist object. Uluwatu temple is appointed as one of the best tourist destination in Bali, visited by tourists from all over the world everyday.