Uluwatu Temple Bali

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of Bali's kayangan jagat (directional temples) and guards Bali from evil spirits from the SW, in which dwell major deities, in Uluwatu's case; Bhatara Rudra, God of the elements.  Bali's most spectacular temples located high on a cliff top at the edge of a plateau 250 feet above the waves of the Indian Ocean. Uluwatu lies at the southern tip of Bali in Badung Regency. Dedicated to the spirits of the sea, the famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is an architectural wonder in black coral rock, beautifully designed with spectacular views. This is a popular place to enjoy the sunset. 

The temple is inhabited by large number of monkeys, who are extremely adept at snatching visitors' belonging, including bags, cameras and eyeglasses. Keep a very close grip on all your belongings and stow away your eyeglasses if at all possible. If you do have something taken, the monkeys can usually be induced to exchange it for some fruit. 

When visiting temples dress as modestly as possible. When paying a visit to a Balinese temple, both men and women are expected to wear shirts that cover shoulders and part of the upper arms. Flip-flops are perfectly acceptable, so long as the overall look is modest.

The following leg coverings are mandatory for both men and women preparing to enter a Balinese temple:

Sarong (also known locally as kain kamben) around your legs
Temple scarf (known as a selendang) around your waist.

These items are usually rented out at most temple entrances, but you’re absolutely free to bring your own.


 Photo of the temple at Uluwatu.

Photo of the temple at Uluwatu.

 This monkey managed to steal a sandal from a tourist as he was sitting on the wall his sandal was dangling! Then came in this fella who snatched it up and took off with it. I don't think he recovered his sandal that day.

This monkey managed to steal a sandal from a tourist as he was sitting on the wall his sandal was dangling! Then came in this fella who snatched it up and took off with it. I don't think he recovered his sandal that day.