Bali – Uluwatu Temple


Our final stop for the day is none other than the famous Uluwatu Temple, one of the seven famous (important) sea temples in Bali. Pura Tanah Lot is another one of the seven sea temples and we already covered that in the morning. You can refer to the post here for more details.

There are many reasons why I was so excited about this attraction. First of all, this temple is situated at the top of cliff (70 metres above the Indian Ocean) and I was told this is the most spectacular temple with the most stunning sunset view. But like what my guide had warned me prior to the trip, the probability of rain is very high in Bali during December and to catch sunset would really require the help of the almighty Thor. He was so right and it really rained when we visited the temple. Nevertheless, the view was still awesome even with the overcast sky.

The cliff of Uluwatu

It can get very crowded as you get nearer to the theatre where the Kecak Dance is to be performed

Now, there is one thing that you should take note of when you are visiting this temple and that is the danger of the wild monkeys snatching your loose belongings. I have read about this in many blogs and websites and I can tell you from a personal experience that this is true!

You have been warned …

This is also the second reason why I was so looking forward to visit this temple – watching the mischievous monkeys at work. Having been to the Monkey Forest (Day Four of my trip) and also seen many monkeys in Bali, I can tell you that the monkeys in Uluwatu Temples are probably the most aggressive and “fun”. If I were to rate the monkeys in a zoo as level one (i.e. domesticated),  then the mokeys in the Monkey Forest (Ubud) should be level three and the monkeys in Uluwatu temples should be at level five.

It’s also probably interesting to share our experience at the Uluwatu Temple Ticketing Office with you. There were a lot of people who were selling foods such as bananas and peanuts for feeding of the monkeys at the ticketing office. Initially, we politely declined their offers but some of them became more “pushy” and even said that it was compulsory to buy the food. We ignored all these nonsense and had no problems in the temple at all.

 Upon entering the sacred ground, we were given a glimpse of what to expect from the monkeys. The first scene was a monkey grabbing the sarong of a visitor, who had bananas in her hand. When she refused to give any to the monkey, it just sat there and refused to let her go. It was like watching a live comedy. 🙂

A lady and her “pet”

Well, not all scenes were fighting ones though. Just look at the lady in the photo above and how they (the monkey and her) lived in harmony. The lady was basically peeling the orange, slice by slice, and the monkey just waited patiently for its food.

Monkeys scratching each other’s back

Have you wondered how did the phrase “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” come about? I strongly suspect we learned this from the monkeys. Monkeys scratching each other’s back is such a common scene in Bali. 🙂

A monkey with a pair of glasses snatched from a tourist

So I told you to be careful with your loose belongings, right? See what happened to a tourist in the photo above? He just lost his glasses and I doubt he got his glasses back as this monkey ran away with its loot. Please be warned and keep your sunglasses away …

A monkey with its loot – a packet of peanuts snatched from a tourist

Like a boss

And for goodness’ sake, please do not litter. Let’s do our part to keep the place clean and also to protect these wild monkeys from junk food. Bali is a nice place and let’s keep it that way; not only for ourselves but also for our future generations.

A monkey rummaging through a bag of rubbish

Finally, the last but not least reason why visiting this temple is a must for me – Watching the Kecak Dance in the setting sun, which is my next post. Stay tuned !

Useful Information – Uluwatu Temple : 

Admission Charges:

  • Adult 20,000 IDR, inclusive of rental of Sarong
  • Child 10,000 IDR, inclusive of rental of Sarong

Opening Hours:

  • 0900 to 1800 hrs
  • Kecak Dance at 1800 hrs daily

Rules and Advices:

  • Sarongs are required to enter the sacred area
  • Women who are having their period can only go until the steps of the temple
  • Loose items such as glasses, sunglasses, handbags, etc should be handled with care. Leave them in the car if possible. Monkeys snatching these items from the visitors is a common sight. I witnessed a tourist’s pair of glasses being taken away from a monkey. See the photo above. *** You have been warned ***
  • A lot of vendors will be selling you food like bananas and peanuts to feed the monkeys. You DO NOT HAVE to buy from them. In fact, these items are “monkey-magnets”.

Estimated traveling time by car:

  • Pandawan Beach  Uluwatu Temple: 30 minutes

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