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Uluwatu Temple

ULUWATU TEMPLE

It is located on the very steep valley on the west ofPecatu Village, in the district of Kuta, Badung Regency, about 30 km from Denpasar.

Uluwatu Temple perches on the south-western tip of peninsula, where sheer cliffs drop precipitously into the clear blue sea. The temple hangs right over the edge, you enter it through an unusual arched gateway flanked by statues of Ganesha. Inside, the walls of coral bricks are covered with intricate carving of Balis mythological menageries. But the real attraction is the location for a good angle, especially at sunset, walk around the cliff to the left (south) of the temple. Watch out for the local monkeys, which for some reason like to snatch spectacles and sunglasses, as well as handbags, hats and anything else they can get.

Uluwatu is one of the several important temples to the spirits of the sea to be found along the southern coast of Bali. Way back in the 11th century the Javanese priest Empu Kuturan first established a temple here. The temple was added to by Nirartha, another Javanese priest who is known for seafront temples, like Tanah Lot, Rambut Siwi and Pura Sakenan. Nirartha retreated to Uluwatu for his final days, when he attained moksa, or freedom from earthly desires.