If you’re visiting Bali, you must visit Uluwatu Temple! It’s located in Pecatu Village on the southernmost tip of the island. It’s one of the oldest temples in Bali dating back to the 11th century. The temple has gone through several renovations – the most notable in 1979, 1997 and 2000.
The construction of Uluwatu temple is quite unique. It’s carved out of black coral rock, and positioned ~80 meters above sea level. Waves crash below while monkeys play in the jungle nearby.
Uluwatu Temple was originally used as a place of worship for holy priest Kuturan who passed his teachings to the local community. Pastor Dang Hyang Nirartha also practiced here during his travels in 1550.
Every day, guests can enjoy the “Kecak Fire Dance” in Uluwatu’s 1,000-person amphitheater (6-7pm). Dances and chants are accompanied by the beautiful sunset. It’s important for villagers to preserver the land’s cultural heritage; practicing the dance continues the tradition to future generations. It’s not to be missed!