Uluwatu Temple

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Uluwatu Temple showing a temple or place of worship

One of the oldest temples in Bali is also one of its most striking. Its cliff-top setting only enhances this stunning landmark.

Having experienced the delights of Uluwatu Beach, amble up to the Uluwatu Temple. Here, marvel at one of the oldest religious buildings in Bali. A key directional temple (this means its purpose is to ward off evil spirits), Uluwatu towers 70 metres above the Java Sea. The immense crashing sound of the waves adds to the dramatic setting; it's easy to understand why this spot has long inspired humility in men.

Learn how Uluwatu Temple has existed here for many centuries, and was expanded by Empu Kuturan during the 11th Century. It's thought the 'padmasana' shrines here were created in the 15th century by the sage Dang Hyang Nirartha. Within the walls of Uluwatu Temple, he is said to have attained Moksha (liberation from rebirth). See how far you can get to this inside half an hour.

Exchange pleasantries with the many resident monkeys, but be warned that they are liable to pilfer sunglasses and wallets. Keep these well hidden while walking around. If you do lose any valuables, it's possible to get them back by trading fruit with the furry thieves.

Aside from the sight of the black coral-carved temple, the complex looks out over amazing views of the south Balinese coast; the deep blue Java Sea and rugged headlands interspersed with bright green foliage. Stick around until early evening, when the nightly Kecak (monkey) dance is performed (by humans). This traditional hoe-down is the perfect accompaniment to the sumptuous sunsets.

There’s a small entry fee. You will find that local guides are eager to show you around, but unless you especially want one, this is not necessary. Note that to enter the temple, you must be fully dressed. Sarongs are available to rent at the entrance.

Uluwatu Temple is nearby to the village of Pecatu in the South Kuta district. It's 30 kilometres south of Denpasar. Public transport isn't readily available, so hire a bike or car, or take a taxi.

Top 10 Hotels Near Uluwatu Temple

The Pande Hill Homestay
The Pande Hill Homestay
3 out of 5
Jalan Raya Uluwatu Pecatu, No.188, Pecatu, Bali
The price is S$25 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar
Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu Cliffs and Uluwatu Beach. Uluwatu Temple and Nyang Nyang ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great stay
"The staff was very accommodating. They loaned me a phone charger and gave me rides when I needed. They were kind and courteous. The facilities are nice and quiet and real comfort setting away from the loudness of the city."

Reviewed on 5 Feb,2020

The Pande Hill Homestay
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
5 out of 5
Jl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Pecatu, Bali
The price is S$1,008 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb
Situated by the sea, this luxury resort is within a 10-minute walk of Bukit Peninsula and Uluwatu Temple. Uluwatu Cliffs and Uluwatu Beach are also within 15 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (175 reviews)
"Nice and chic place with excellent service. Restaurants are all great!!"

Reviewed on 19 Oct,2019

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
Artha Mulia House
Artha Mulia House
3 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Suluban, Uluwatu - Pecatu, Pecatu, Bali
Situated in Pecatu, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu Cliffs and Uluwatu Beach. Uluwatu Temple and Suluban Beach are also within ...
Artha Mulia House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Batu Kandik Homestay
Batu Kandik Homestay
3 out of 5
Jalan Batu Kandik No. 1, Uluwatu, Pecatu, Bali
The price is S$23 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb
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Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
5 out of 5
Jl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Pecatu, Bali
The price is S$1,008 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb
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Artha Mulia House
Artha Mulia House
3 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Suluban, Uluwatu - Pecatu, Pecatu, Bali
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The Pande Hill Homestay
The Pande Hill Homestay
3 out of 5
Jalan Raya Uluwatu Pecatu, No.188, Pecatu, Bali
The price is S$25 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar
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Uluwatu Jungle Villa
Uluwatu Jungle Villa
3 out of 5
Jalan Pantai Suluban, Uluwatu, Pecatu, Bali
The price is S$33 per night from 25 Feb to 26 Feb
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Ketty Homestay
Ketty Homestay
2.5 out of 5
Jalan Pantai Suluban Uluwatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Bali
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Jacko House Uluwatu
Jacko House Uluwatu
2.5 out of 5
Jln Pantai Suluban Gg Arya 3 No 3 pecatu, Kuta selatan badung bali, Pecatu, Bali
The price is S$38 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
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Bhujangga Village Uluwatu
Bhujangga Village Uluwatu
2.5 out of 5
Jalan Pantai Suluban, Pecatu, Bali
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Puri Uluwatu Villas
Puri Uluwatu Villas
3 out of 5
Jl. Labuan, The Bukit, Pecatu, Bali
Puri Uluwatu Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.