Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur), Bali

Pura Luhur Uluwatu, or Uluwatu Temple, is a famous Balinese sea temple in Bali. It is one of the nine directional temples of Bali meant to protect it from evil spirits. This spectacular temple is one to marvel at as it perched at the edge of the rock overlooking the sea as if on guard.

The name Luhur means “something of divine origin,” ulu the “land’s end” and watu the “rock” in the old language. The name itself aptly describes what this unique temple is all about. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is regarded as one of Bali’s six most important temples, along with Pura Besakih.

The inner sanctum of the pura (temple) is perched at the edge of cliffs that tower over Bali’s legendary surf breaks in the south. Most travelers enjoy the view of this temple from two different vantage points, from both the northern and southern parts of the area.

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Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by Francesco La Corte on Unsplash

Uluwatu Temple History and Facts

As one of Bali’s nine key directional temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is meant to protect Bali against evil. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god of the sea, Lord Varuna, and is one of Bali’s most important cultural and spiritual landmarks.

According to Balinese mythology, the temple was initially built by a Javanese sage named Empu Kuturan, and later expanded by another sage, Dang Hyang Nirartha, in the 16th century.

The temple is perched at a staggeringly steep cliff as tall as 70 m over the roaring Indian Ocean waves. Today it is well known for its traditional Balinese architecture and daily Kecak dance performances during sunset.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by melburnian

Where is Uluwatu Temple located?

Uluwatu Temple is located in the village of Pecatu in South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali. It is situated on a cliff, about 70 meters above the Indian Ocean, and is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. It is in the southernmost of Bali, a place known to tourists as Bukit Peninsula.

The temple can be easily reached by car or motorcycle, and several guided tours are available, including a visit to Uluwatu Temple.

Sunset view of Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Sunset view of Uluwatu Temple. Photo by aishifu ash

Why visit Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple is one of the main temples in Bali, and besides, the dramatic view of a temple perched at the cliff over the roaring sea is all reason enough to visit. It is an ideal spot to watch the sunset.

The temple is also a remarkable cultural and spiritual landmark that allows visitors to learn about Balinese Hinduism, its traditions, and its unique rituals.

Also, many visit Uluwatu Temple for the daily Kecak dance performance, a traditional Balinese dance that takes play during sunset.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple's Old Gate, Bali Indonesia

Pura Luhur’s Old Gate. Photo by Deni Saputra

The best time to visit Uluwatu Temple

The best time to go to Bali is July-August as it is the coolest and driest but naturally peaks with tourists. Generally, all time is an excellent time to visit Uluwatu Temple though you may find some rain in the evening during the rainy season. Come between March to September for the best chance of a clear sunset over Uluwatu.

Uluwatu Temple Entrance Fees

The entrance fee to enter Uluwatu Temple is 50,000 IDR for adults and 30,000 IDR for children (as of 2021). The entrance fee includes a sarong rental, which both men and women must wear as a sign of respect for the temple’s religious significance. Please note that prices are subject to change, and it’s always best to check the current rates before visiting the temple. A guide is not necessary.

Sunset at Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Sunset at Uluwatu Temple. Photo by Kevin Poh

Uluwatu Temple Opening Times

Open from 9 am to 6 pm for visitors. For worship purposes, it is open 24 hours daily.

Where to stay near Uluwatu Temple

If you wish to stay nearby this wonderful temple, you will be spoilt for choices in the Uluwatu area of Bali. There are several excellent reviews for hotels, bed & breakfasts, and homestays around here.

Gravity is a luxury cliff-top resort in Uluwatu, Bali that offers stunning ocean views, spacious and elegant villas with private pools, and world-class amenities. The resort features an on-site restaurant, a spa, a fitness center, and a large infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Gravity’s location is ideal for surfers, providing easy access to some of Bali’s best surfing beaches.
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Yoga Searcher Bali
Yoga Searcher Bali is a serene and eco-friendly yoga retreat in Uluwatu, Bali that offers comfortable and beautifully decorated rooms and villas, a yoga studio, an organic restaurant, and a saltwater pool. The retreat’s location provides easy access to several popular surf breaks, beaches, and cultural attractions.
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Pandawa Beach Homestay
Pandawa Beach Homestay is a budget-friendly accommodation option located near Pandawa Beach in Bali, offering comfortable and clean rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, and a restaurant serving Indonesian and Western dishes. The homestay’s location provides easy access to several popular beaches and tourist attractions in the area.
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Get in and get around

From Nusa Dua to Uluwatu is 45 minute’s drive

From Kuta – A taxi from Kuta to Uluwatu will take 30-40 minutes and cost about 150,000Rp one way. You can consider hiring a car for the day in Bali for other excursions since all the tourist spots are far from each other.

Monkey at Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Monkeys at the temple. Photo by Schristia

Nearby tourist attractions

Uluwatu Beaches – well known among surfing enthusiasts as there are good surf spots like Uluwatu, Dreamland, and Padang-Padang. They are also part of the Top 10 Best Bali Beaches.

Tirtha Wedding Chapel – many people choose to marry here in Bukit Peninsula, Bali, as the stunning and modern chapel comes with a romantic beachfront. Numerous resorts offer wedding packages here.

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Uluwatu Beach, Bali Indonesia

Uluwatu Beach, Bali. Photo by Dhi

Travel Tips

All travelers recommend the sunset trip to Pura Luhur Uluwatu. The sight of the sun setting over the dramatic temple by the cliff is a sight to behold.

A note of caution about the monkeys if you are unlucky they will come and grab your small belongings. Therefore, always keep small things like sunglasses and a camera in your pocket.

There is also a Kecak Dance performance held every day here at Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, and many travelers recommend it as one of the things you must do in Bali.

Kecak Dance Performance at Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Kecak Dance Performance at Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by Meru Muhammad

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