Uluwatu temple, Bali, Indonesia

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The Uluwatu temple

The Uluwatu temple in Bali, Indonesia. Right on top of a 70 meter/250 feet high cliff,  you find the impressive Uluwatu temple. One of the most famous sea side temples of Bali. Ulu means: “top” and watu means: “rock”. The Uluwatu temple is located in Pecatu Village, Kuta sub-district, Badung regency, about 25 kilometers south of Kuta. The Indian sea side Uluwatu temple was built in the 11th century.

Uluwatu insight

Not only Uluwatu temple is worth a visit, as the surrounding nature is just as amazing! Especially at the entrance though, beware of the monkeys! They are cunning in their ways of grabbing the things they want from you.

Picture: Right view on Uluwatu temple  Picture: Left view on Uluwatu temple 

The detailed temple gate (temple guardian), the elephant god Ganesha statue and the temple tower itself are the key items of the Uluwatu temple. The Uluwatu temple tower towers out over the Indian sea as it is built right on the edge of a cliff.

Picture: Uluwatu temple  Picture: Uluwatu sunset view

The Uluwatu temple is built on a high cliff. The views are truly amazing, especially around sunset. The best pictures of the surrounding cliffs can be made from the stairs to and from the Uluwatu temple.

Picture: Left view from Uluwatu temple  Picture: Right view from Uluwatu temple 

The inside of the temple can only be admired from a distance as typically, the gates of the temple are closed.

Picture: Uluwatu temple gate Picture: Uluwatu temple area

You will need to climb some stairs to get (close) to the Uluwatu temple. Also, it tends to get very crowded during the day. As the days can be quite hot in Bali, it is advisable to come early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the hotter hours of the day. If you can get there late afternoon, do not forget to go see the Balinese Kecak dance!


Around sunset, you can enjoy a typical Balinese dance and “singing” performance called: “Kecak”. We must say, this is quite impressive! The Kecak is sung by a group of single Balinese men. They use only their voices to make ketjak sounds to support the dance performance. There are no instruments used throughout the performance. The singers sit in a circle and sing/say the word “kecak” continuously in different rhythms and tones. The dancers actually perform a play. At the entrance, you will receive a paper explaining the story line.

Picture: Kecak arena Picture: Dancer with Uluwatu in the back

The performance is held in the middle of a stone arena. As a tip: Choose a seat right across the entrance of the arena. That way, you will be able to see the sunset over the sea on your left side, the Uluwatu temple straight ahead in the distance, and you will have a good view on the dance performance. The performance is interesting in terms of movements of the dansers as well as funny as several jokes are made.

Picture: Dance performers Picture: Ketjak single men singers

“Kecak, kecak, kecak, kecak!”

Practical information 

  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00.
  • Dresscode: you will receive a long purple skirt or an orange scarf to wrap around your waist to borrow, before you can enter the premises.
  • Entree tickets: You can purchase the tickets at the sight itself. For 1 person, the price is: Rp 30,000 (20,000 for children).
  • Kecak performance ticket: Rp 100,000
  • Parking fee: Rp 2,000 per scooter and Rp 7,000 per car.
  • Start time Kecak performance: 18:00.

How to get there

The Uluwatu region is somewhat secluded. If you have booked a hotel close by, you can drive there with a rented scooter. Other options are: hire a driver (a driver for a whole day should cost approximately USD 50) or book a guided tour online.

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