During our visit to Bali, we didn’t leave our amazing resort much, but one place we wanted to see was the Uluwatu Temple or Pura Luhur Uluwatu.
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Last Updated: June 1, 2020
Uluwatu Temple Monkeys in Bali Indonesia
Perched on top of a steep cliff, Uluwatu Temple offers beautiful views and is a great place to see the sunset. On top of the amazing views, you have the chance to see daily Kecak dance performances, beautiful Balinese architecture, and ancient sculptures.
About the Uluwatu Temple
The Uluwatu Temple (or Pura Luhur Uluwatu as locals call it), is a Balinese Hindu sea temple built on the edge of a 230 feet cliff and one of the most important temples in Bali.
Although they are not sure who constructed the temple, stories say Dhang Hyang Dwijendra, a priest from eastern Java, was the architect.
Uluwatu Temple Entrance Fees & Hours
There is a fee to enter the Uluwatu Temple. It is IDR 30,000 (roughly $2 USD) for foreigners and IDR 15,000 for local visitors. Stop by the ticket counter at the main get and have cash handy before arriving.
The temple is open for worship 24 hours but only open from 9 AM to 7 PM for visitors.
Pro Tip: The best time to visit is between March and September for your best chances at a clear sunset.
Uluwatu Temple Dress Code
They require both men and women to wear a sarong and sash to enter and provide them at the entrance to the temple at no cost.
Uluwatu Kecak Dance
They perform the Kecak Dance, a traditional Balinese dance, each evening around sunset (usually around 6 PM). It tells the story of a prince who rescues his wife from an evil man, with the help of his brother, the monkey king, and a troop of monkeys.
To see the performance, you do have to pay a separate fee of IDR 100,000 (around $7 USD) per person, and purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.
Pro Tip: With limited seating, it’s recommended to arrive before 5PM to get the best seats.
Uluwatu Monkey Forest
As you can tell by our photos, we were most fascinated with the monkeys, grey long-tailed macaques, that live in the small forest in front. Because there are so many visitors to this temple, they are all used to humans being around. They are bold enough to come up to you, and sometimes they grab your belongings.
There are warning signs that tell you to watch your things around them, and sunglasses and cameras are some of their favorite items to grab. If you do happen to get something taken, you can usually trade some peanuts or banana to get it back. Smart guys, huh?
The Monkey Forest surround the cliff edges and you don’t actually explore the forest, but since the temple grounds are open, the monkeys can be found all over the place.
Easily missed if you’re not looking, the Uluwatu Beach is deep under the cliff bank and an extremely popular spot for pro surfers. The waves are big, fast, and often barrel bringing surfers from all over the world. It’s a great spot to stop by when you’re already in the area.
How to Get to Uluwatu Temple
The Uluwatur Temple is located in Pecatur Village, Kuta sub-district, Bandung regency. It is about 45 minutes away from the Denpasar airport and Kuta area and unfortunately, there is no public transportation to get there. Your best bet is to rent your own car or book a tour.
Essential Tips for First Timers
- It is a 45 min drive from Nusa Dua. There is no public transportation to get to the temple, so be sure you prearrange a ride or taxi for leaving.
- Visitors must wear a sarong or a sash that you can get there.
- Public facilities are available, but not in the temple area.
- Best time to go is just before sunset.
- Don’t let the monkeys steal your stuff. They aren’t the most friendly either, so be cautious.
- Fun fact: Ulu means “land’s end” or “tip” and watu means “rock”
Have you been to a monkey temple? What’s your favorite animal to see?
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