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Uluwatu Temple Bali – A Guide to Visiting Bali’s Magnificent Sea Temple

By Meeta Shah on Feb 28, 2023
Themes:  Nature  | Category: History & Culture | Country:  Bali

Bali is renowned for its beaches, a destination apt for short breaks and honeymoons – but this island of Bali is also famous for its temples. We all know that Uluwatu Temple is one of the most famous temples in Bali. Instead, we could say that Bali is synonymous with Uluwatu Temple. The image of this temple is what most tourists relate to with that of Bali.

There are numerous different sets of temples in Bali, such as sea temples, water temples, village temples, and most important – directional temples. Now, this; Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is one of the directional temples in Bali. It means that this temple protects Bali from evil spirits.

This magnificent temple, poised at the edge of the rock and looking out over the sea as if it were on guard, is something to behold. In the ancient language, the word Luhur means – something of divine origin; watu means rock, and ulu means the land’s end. The meaning of this unique shrine was perfectly captured in the word itself.

History of Uluwatu Temple

The history of this monument is extensive and fascinating. Legend has it that a Majapahit monk – Mpu Kuturan, was the creator of the Uluwatu Temple. It is believed that what he built must have been a small temple, but later in the 11th century – a Javanese monk – Empu Kuturan, expanded it. Dang Hyang Nirartha, a third monk, is credited with building the Padmasana shrines and much of the structure, which you see today.

Hindus in Bali think that Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva’s combined energies can be found here. Because of this belief, Uluwatu Temple has become a place of worship for Siva Rudra, the Balinese Hindu deity of all forces and dimensions of life in the world. Explore these sacred temples of Bali with our Bali tour packages and experience the divinity.

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Uluwatu Temple Address & Map Location

It is in Kuta South District’s Pecatu Village. It is on the southernmost tip of Bali in a region called Bukit Peninsula. By road, it usually takes around an hour to get from Kuta to the temple.

How to Get to Uluwatu Temple

The simplest way to visit the Uluwatu temple is to have a guided tour with our Bali tour package. Watch the traditional Kecak dance, and then have a special meal while looking out over Jimbaran Beach.

The distance by road between the temple and Kuta city is roughly 45 minutes. Remember that there are no public transport options available close to the temple. If you opt for private transportation, you can take a taxi from any place on the main island or rent a car.

Uluwatu Temple Entrance Fees

There is a set entrance price for the Uluwatu temple that guests must pay to enter the main temple. The typical entrance ticket cost is around IDR 30,000(INR 180). Though, it may change with time. Collect the tickets from the entrance of the temple. Indonesian Rupiah is the sole currency accepted for payment. Hence – remember to carry cash while visiting this temple.

Uluwatu Temple Opening Hours

Every day of the week, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, the Uluwatu Temple is open to the public. It is also accessible for worship 24 hours a day.

Best Time to Visit Uluwatu Temple

The best way to visit Uluwatu Temple is with our Bali tour packages, and the best time is during sunset. The best months are September and March, as the sunsets during these months are stunning and guaranteed to leave you speechless. With fewer crowds, mornings are also the best to visit Uluwatu for those who prefer a quiet setting; to pray.

Dress Code for Visiting Uluwatu Temple

Visitors visiting this temple, like all others in Bali, should dress modestly and respectfully. These are sacred places, and respect is essential. A sarong or skirt that covers the knees, a sash to wrap around the waist, and a shirt that covers your shoulders are the ideal options for both men and women. But if do not it – worry not! The Sarong and Sash will be provided on the temple grounds and can be used for free as long as you are within the temple grounds.

Kecak Dance at Uluwatu Temple

We recommend going before sunset to enjoy this ideal spot for watching the sun sink into the horizon. If you want to see some traditional Balinese dance, there are Kecak Dance performances every evening at 6 pm. Arrive 30 minutes early to get the right viewing spot.

A nearby amphitheater hosts captivating Balinese Kecak and fire dance performances. A group of about 75 male dancers enters the stage with their arms outstretched, hands shaking, and a chorus of “chak” chants. As the sun sets, fire becomes the core of the ceremony.

The performance is just a tourist attraction and has no legit spiritual value. Tourists who want to see the dance must purchase tickets. The dance show ticket can be purchased in advance for approximately IDR 1,00,00 per person. Remember that the stage seating is minimal, therefore it is advised to arrive at least an hour before the dance starts.


The Uluwatu Temple is an enriching and awe-inspiring experience that shouldn’t be missed when in Bali. A one-of-a-kind experience is created by the spectacular structure, stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding area, and the spiritual aura that permeates the temple. The intricate details and carvings of this temple reflect the rich heritage of Bali, while the ocean and the natural beauty of the surroundings create a serene and unique setting. Here, you can enjoy the stunning views of Pura Luhur Uluwatu along with quiet tranquility. Let Flamingo Transworld take you to Bali with its Bali tour packages from Ahmedabad.

About Author

Meeta Shah
Meeta Shah

I graduated in commerce from Bombay University and run a family-owned business where we believe in transparency, trust, knowledge distribution and provide quality tours to our customers. According to me “Customers are our brand ambassadors and employees are our biggest Strength”. I also believe that “Travel brings knowledge, Knowledge brings opportunity and Opportunity brings prosperity”. With God’s grace was awarded the “Best Female Entrepreneur of India” by Tourism awards Gujarat. And currently, I am actively involved in key decisions and itinerary staff management in the travel industry. 

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