On the south of Bali, Pecatu Village, 20 mins from Uluwatu where the Dreamland located. its unspoil beach, white sandy beaches, clean water, and blue sea. To come to this beach is not as easy as other beach in Bali... cos we must go down from the hill to the beach, trhought the cliff, houses and hostels.... but when arrived this beach, you never regret it.
The temple is perched on a cliff right at the waters edge and it looks like it could drop off into the sea. Ulu Watu is one of several temples on Bali that are important to the spirits of the sea. From several places you can see the temple as the surf crashes against the rocks below.
It's one of the most sacred pura (temple) in Bali island. Situated in the edge of a cliff, you can see the Indian Ocean directly from the temple. And 'thousand' monkeys will greetings you warmly --be careful for those who wearing earrings, necklaces, hats and glasses. They like to steal it then play it around the trees there.
At the opposite side of Pura (temple) Uluwatu, you can find a cliff 'hanging' directly to the Indian Ocean, with approximately 70 metres high. The breeze and the waves sounds so perfect. The panorama remind me of ... somewhere place that we can find in postcards from Ireland :)
As a girl who spent her childhood and teenager years nearby the sea, fishermen villages are not something new for me. Grass, sand and salt water fragrances mixing --I call it 'Oceanus'-- is something I always want to smell :) So, spend a half-day in this village make me happy. Ask them to sell their fresh crab and prawn then grilled it nearby the coconut trees. Hmmmmmmm :)
It's a cultural park owned by Bali government. Our artist I Nyoman Nuartha carved the rock to make a giant sculpture of Wisnu, or Vishnu God --one of the Trimurti symbols in Hinduism; Brahma-Wisnu-Syiwa.
The view of the cliff is simple breathtaking , looking at the tiredless waves throwing themselves at the rock ....and the sweet smell of fresh air sweep in from the vast Indian Ocean ....
Uluwatu is known as a surfing paradise and, in nearby hostelries, its Full Moon rage parties. It rages at the temple too but in an orderly way, thanks to the royal house of Puri Agung Jero Kuta, Denpasar, who are the temple's hereditary pangemong (custodians).
Our guide said that sometimes you will see dolphins or turtles as you are walking up the steps along the sea. We didn't see either one but we did see tropic birds. We could have stood there for hours watching them gracefully flying about.
Before you enter the temple you have to rent a yellow cloth / sash to be tied to your waist. It cost only Rp 3000 for the entrance fee ( the sash is included )
make sure you wear something decent as a respect for the religious place
And when you are there , try not to wear anything glittering . silver or gold which will attract the attention of lost of monkeys there !
There were cases where they even snatch glasses ...so becareful and shoo them away if they get too near !
The main purpose of visiting Uluwatu is to experience the beautiful Hindu temple sitting on the edge of the cliff. Besides its dramatic location, the beautiful architecture of the temple is to be admired. The temple is rather small, so it does not take very long to walk around. More photographs of the temple are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
The dramatic cliffs around Uluwatu temple are really frightening as they plunge many metres down to the rocky shores below. From here, you have a good view of the bright blue waters of the Indian Ocean. More photographs are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
On the left of the path leading to the main Hindu temple, there is a path that leads to a spot where you can view the dramatic white cliffs. There is a good spot (shown on photo) for you to pose with the white clffs, very beautiful on a sunny day.
Pura Luhur, Uluwatu is also one of Bali's important Sad Kahyangan temples, in which dwell major deities—in Uluwatu's case; Bhatara Rudra, God of the elements and of cosmic force majeures.
In the 15th Century the great pilgrim priest Dhang Hyang Dwijendra, who established the present form of Hindu-Dharma religion, chose Pura Uluwatu as his last earthly abode: history records that Dwijendra achieved Moksa (oneness with the god, in a flash of blazing light) while meditating at Uluwatu. The temple is regarded, by Brahman's island wide, as his holy 'tomb'. Legend also tells us that Dwijendra was the architect of the beautiful temple, as well as many other major temples on Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa
Behind the main pagoda of Pura Uluwatu's small inner sanctum, a limestone statue of a Brahman priest surveys the Indian Ocean—it is said the statue represents the founding priest Dwijendra. Another shrine within the complex represents the boat on which Dwijendra travelled from, then, Hindu Java. According to legend he arrived at Pura Peti Tenget, north of Kuta
Hundreds of nobles from this family, and many 'devotees' (pengayah) and village pemangku priests from nearby hamlets, ensure that every seven months (on Anggar Kasih Medangsya by the Wuku Calendar, to be exact) the festival is run efficiently, and most elegantly. The palace is proud of its ancestral role: it manages the awesome logistics with fitting dignity.