There were three temples I wanted to visit in Bali, Lake Bratan Temple, Tanah Lot Temple and Uluwatu Temple. Its a bit of shame that due to time constrictions, we were not able to visit the first two but when we finally got to Jimbaran we decided to sneak away a couple hours to see Uluwatu Temple in its sunset glory.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu, the locals name for it, is a Balinese sea temple located in Kuta South. It is one of the top of Bali’s most spectacular temples sites and its also been praised for its architectural wonder.
Its astounding that archaeological remains have proven that the temple dates its origin all the way back to the 10th century. Something this old always ave different local stories as to how the temple came about. There are those that believe the place expanded by a Javanese Sage while some locals claim that the temple was built by a Hindu Monk. Whatever it may be, the site feels magical when you walk through the temple.
What does the name mean? In the local language Luhur means something of divine origin and it certainly has that vibe. Ulu means end of land or coast while Watu means rock in the old Balinese language. Castal Rock Temple is exactly what Uluwatu Temple is. This temple is also regarded as one of the nine temples around the island that protects Bali from evil spirits.
The temple grounds is inhabited by a big number of monkeys. They live in the forest that surrounds the temple. TOURIST BEWARE, they are not friendly and would happily take your belongings if you are not careful. They not only take things away but I have seen monkeys chase visitors as well as one monkey that seemed to want to play the death stare with me as I do a time-lapse.