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ULUWATU TEMPLE (Pura Uluwatu) + SUNSET + Ramayana Kecak Dance

ULUWATU TEMPLE

– All Details to Know About Uluwatu Temple –

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT ULUWATU TEMPLE?

AWESOME LOCATION
Located in the end of the deep steep cliff.
Beautiful sunset and ocean view.

AWESOME MONKEY JUNGLE
It’s located around the jungle.
Many tree around the temple.

POPULAR TEMPLE 
You are going to visit the scenic temple in Bali.
Probably the most visited temple in Bali.

AWESOME RAMAYANA SHOW
Ramayana story performed in balinese acapela.
Combined beautiful sunset view and nice dance show.

NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Uluwatu beach, Padang padang beach.
You can combine to visit those places.

ULUWATU TEMPLE VIEW

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WHAT IS ULUWATU TEMPLE?

DESCRIPTION:

Uluwatu temple  is one of Bali’s best sea temples. The temple located on the edge of deep cliff and facing to the Indonesia ocean. Positioned high a top a 70 meter cliff. It’s offering the best panorama and sunset view.

Uluwatu consist of two balinese words, ‘Ulu’ and ‘Watu’. Ulu means high place or edge or end. Watu means stone. So, Uluwatu means building made from stone and located on the highland or end of the deep cliff.

There is no stone inscription telling history of Uluwatu temple. But, the chronogram (sengkala) and some palm inscription revealed the history. Chronogram (candra sengkala) is a combination of ambiguous words which remind some important event in the past and enable to figure out of Saka (Isaka) years.

The chronogram in Kurung temple or Kori Gelung Agung located between ‘Jaba tengah’ area and ‘Jeroan pura’ area in Uluwatu temple. The carved chronogram show: Gana sawang gana. It means 808 Saka year or 886 AD. This fact very important since other literature or blog/website informing that Uluwatu temple was build by Mpu Kuturan who arrived in Bali on 923 Saka year or 1001 AD as request of King Gunapriyadharmapatni. So, the chronogram show that Uluwatu temple was build before Mpu Kuturan arrived in Bali. It was 115 years earlier from Mpu Kuturan arrival.

In the ‘Usana’ palm inscription written that Mpu Kuturan who build or renovate the Uluwatu temple about 1,000 years ago. It was a place to worship Siva Rudra god refer to ‘Padma Bhuwana’ palm inscription. It marked also by Tri Murti statue in ‘Dalem Jurit’ area in Uluwatu temple. Mpu Kuturan known as the head of hindu priest who unified hindu sect in Bali by Tri Murti concept. He also involved in establishing several other important temples in Bali such as Sakenan temple in Denpasar.

In the ‘Dwijendra tattwa’ palm inscription written that Dang Hyang Dwijendra or also known as Dang Hyang Nirartha developed or expanded the temple in the King Waturenggong era about 1460-1552 AD. Dang Hyang Dwijendra (Dang Hyang Nirartha) is hindu priest from east Java who arrived in Bali on 1546 AD. He was chosen as ‘Purohito’ or advisor of King Waturenggong. Dang Hyang Dwijendra (Dang Hyang Nirartha) chose Uluwatu temple to be his last spiritual journey worshiping place. Balinese Hindu believed that reaching the highest spiritual point of oneness with deities by a strike like lightning and completely disappeared (moksa). The day he disappeared as Anggara Kasih Wuku Medangsia commemorated by local hindu people by visiting and praying at Uluwatu temple.

There are two megalithic stone in the temple area. If both of them are joined, it will looks like a sarchopagus (Megalithic coffin). Seem this area used as sacred place since along time ago, about 500 BC.

ULUWATU DEEP CLIFF

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WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ULUWATU TEMPLE?

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

OPENING HOURS:
9.00 AM – 6.00 PM.

*) It will be crowded if your visit in the peak season (summer) or same time of student visit.

SUNSET TIME:
6.40 PM – 6.45 PM.

*) The color gradation start on 6.15 PM.

KECAK DANCE SHOW:
6.00 PM – 7.00 PM.

*) The ticket price is IDR 100K per person. It’s awesome art show combining acapela, drama, dance, moving & lightning show telling of Ramayana story.

PUJAWALI ceremony or Hindus special day:
25 April 2017, Pujawali Anggara Kasih, Wuku Medangsia
21 November 2017,  Pujawali Anggara Kasih, Wuku Medangsia
19 June 2018, Pujawali Anggara Kasih, Wuku Medangsia
13 August 2019,  Pujawali Anggara Kasih, Wuku Medangsia

*) It held for three consecutive days every six months based on balinese calendar. There will be so many hindus pilgrim visit here for praying and follow the ceremony. It will be crowded, i suggest you to come earlier due to traffic jam around the site.
**) You can see hindus people praying and the sequence of ceremony it self.

ULUWATU BEFORE THE SUNSET

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CATCHING SUNSET AT ULUWATU

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*) It’s favorite place for tourist to catch the sunset moment.

ULUWATU CLOUDY SUNSET

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HOW MUCH IS THE ULUWATU TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 30K
Child : IDR 20K

UPDATE ENTRANCE FEE 2019:
Adult : IDR 50K
Child : IDR 30K

*) The Uluwatu temple entrance fee lifted up since July 2019.

KECAK DANCE FEE:
IDR 100K per person.

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : IDR 1K
Car        : IDR 2K

ULUWATU TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE

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*) There are two entry gate on Uluwatu Temple, the south gate and the north gate.

WHERE IS THE ULUWATU TEMPLE LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Uluwatu
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Kuta Selatan
Regency (Kabupaten): Badung
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 30 km southwest of Denpasar or 1 hour and 15 minutes.
About 58 km southwest of Ubud or 2 hours.
About 23 km southwest of Kuta beach or 1 hours.
About 21 km southwest of Ngurah Rai airport or 1 hour.

MAP OF ULUWATU TEMPLE:

HOW TO GET TO ULUWATU TEMPLE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is cheap public transport to get there. Trans SARBAGITA Bus. Ticket only IDR 3,500. First, you must go to halte bus/bus stop of Trans SARBAGITA. Then, you must reach to Garuda Wisnu Kencana halte (halte GWK Depan), and then take Feeder Bus to Uluwatu. Ask to the operator if you still confused. Operator will glad to give information. 🙂

From DENPASAR :
please to reach Ngurah Rai Stadium – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte,
or reach ‘Kamboja’ or ‘Surapati’ or ‘Sudirman’ Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
Then, take Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 1 – Stop in front of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK Depan).
Then,  take Feeder Bus to Uluwatu temple.

From UBUD :
please to reach Batubulan Bus Station – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte,
please take Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop in the ‘Pesanggaran’ Shelter/Halte.
Then, take Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 1 – Stop in front of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK Depan).
Then,  take Feeder Bus to Uluwatu temple.

From KUTA :
please to reach Kuta Central Parking – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
please take Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop in the Patasari (Tuban) Shelter/Halte.
Then, take Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 1 – Stop in front of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK Depan).
Then,  take Feeder Bus to Uluwatu temple.

From Ngurah Rai Airport :
please to reach ‘Patasari’ Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte,
or reach ‘Kelan’ Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
Then, take Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 1 – Stop in front of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK Depan).
Then,  take Feeder Bus to Uluwatu temple.

*) There is no direct public transport to get there. If you use public transport, you will waste your time because the feeder bus not really sure when it will arrive (no timetable).

**) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this temple and use google map as your navigator.

***) Better you put your helmet into the helmet box because the monkey sometime jumping from scooter to the other scooter. So, your helmet will falling down. They also bites and scratch your helmet for sometime.

THE ULUWATU TEMPLES:

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HOW IS THE BEST ROUTE TO EXPLORE ULUWATU TEMPLE AREA?

BEST ROUTE:
There are two entry gate to enter Uluwatu Temple, from the north and the south. I suggest you to start from the north gate first. Then turn right to explore the monkey forest (Alas Kekeran), then you will see the Indonesia ocean. You can walk along the deep cliff to the south (temple). After see the temple, you can take a rest first, then continue walk to Ramayana kecak dance stage. Watch the show and enjoy the sunset view. After the show you will go out through the south gate.

ULUWATU TEMPLE WALKING ROUTE

THE GUARD OF ULUWATU TEMPLE

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*) The guard of the temple statue looks different than other temples. How come it looks like Ganesh (Elephant head) is very interesting topic to be discussed.

HOW IS ULUWATU TEMPLE DRESS CODE?

DRESS CODE:
There is a dress code for Balinese people who want to pray in holy temple. They need wearing a sarong with scarf wear on the waist. It’s a typical dress for prayer/pilgrims in whole Bali island.

For visitor/tourist/traveler you can bring your own sarong and scarf. Otherwise you can rent sarong and scarf for free at ticket window. So, you don’t need to buy it.

*) Uluwatu temple lend you violet sarong and orange scarf for free.

**) if you wore long pant or long dress, you don’t need to wear sarong. Just wear scarf on the waist.

ULUWATU TEMPLE PILGRIMS

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OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some shop selling foods, snacks and souvenirs.

MONKEYS AT ULUWATU

Uluwatu area has a small forest called Alas Kekeran which has means as monkey forest. Some monkey play around Uluwatu temple and the forest it self. Even some of them play around the deep cliff and also interact with visitors.

*) Be careful to the monkey. They stealing visitor stuff like snacks, sunglasses, hat, phone, camera, sandals, etc. I become eye witness that always happened again and again to visitor. Please, safe your stuff in the proper place.

**) If your stuff stolen by monkey, don’t hesitate to ask to Uluwatu temple guard. Usually they wear a uniform, sarong and Balinese hat. They will help you to get your stuff back. They will give the monkey a fruit to exchange your stuff.

NORTH SIDE VIEW FROM THE ULUWATU TEMPLE

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SOUTH SIDE VIEW FROM THE ULUWATU TEMPLE

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SCENIC ULUWATU SUNSET VIEW

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*) This place has amazing view. The deep cliff, ocean view and even the sunset extremely beautiful. No doubt this place become an icon and a must visit place in Bali.

GET A BIG PICTURE OF THE ULUWATU TEMPLE FROM VIDEO:

RAMAYANA KECAK DANCE:

DESCRIPTION:

Turn on your fantasy… just what would it be, if the tales sculpted on the Ramayana were imagined as well as showed into performing fine arts? Ramayana Kecak Dance performance is the answer. The tale is taken from Walmiki’s legendary as well as produced into an enchanting performance with mixed variety of aspects from the acapela, balinese culture, moving, songs, drama, lyrics as well as song, make-up, particularly chosen outfits, stage and also sunset background.

TICKET PRICE:
IDR 100k per pax.

OPEN HOURS:
6.00 PM – 7.00 PM.

SHINTA IN THE PARK:

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RAHWANA FOUND SHINTA PROTECTED BY SUPRANATURAL ENERGY:

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A TRAP MADE BY RAHWANA TO GET SHINTA:

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SHINTA TAKEN AND BE PRISONED BY RAHWANA:

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RAHWANA CELEBRATE HIS VICTORY:

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RAMA SENDING THE ‘HANOMAN’ WHITE MONKEY TO GET SHINTA BACK:

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HANOMAN LOOKING FOR SHINTA:

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SOMETIME THE WHITE MONKEY MAKE A JOKE WITH THE AUDIENCE:

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Sorry, i can’t telling you more. You should watch it by your own.

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SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ IN AND NEAR ULUWATU TEMPLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Uluwatu temple:

1. Ramayana show in Balinese Kecak dance at Uluwatu stage.
2. Trekking at Uluwatu monkey jungle (Alas Kekeran).
3. Uluwatu beach.
4. Nyang nyang beach + Paragliding.
5. Nunggalan beach.
6. Truly Padang padang beach.
7. Labuan Sait beach Padang padang.

You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 7 itinerary.

*) I suggest you to visit or arrive Uluwatu temple on 5.00 PM or before 5 PM for better. So, you can explore the monkey jungle, watch the ocean view, visit the heritage temple and watch Ramayana Kecak dance and the sunset view.

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