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Bali, Indonesia has been recognized all around the world for its beautiful tourist destinations. Uluwatu, as one of every traveler’s favorite in Bali, has tons of fun activities and magnificent features that are sure to blow you away.
Also formally known as Pura Luhu Uluwatu and an hour and fifteen minutes away from its neighboring tourist destination Kuta, is home to a magnificent temple situated at a cliff. It has been believed to be one of the most important temples in the area. Locals have been taught by ancestors that this temple was built to ward off evil spirits of the ocean. Located on top of a steep cliff, visiting this place will surely amaze you.
A minimal entrance fee is required when you tour the temple. Upon entry, they would require you to wear a sarong around your waist and to cover your feet. You may bring your own sarong or rent some at the temple’s entrance. The best views would be visible from the southern and northern vantage points within the temple area.
The place has a picturesque view of the magnificent Indian Ocean which is known to have the best view among all of Bali’s vacation spots. Just imagine, touring a temple and then enjoying the clear view of the sunset, the ocean and be amazed of how magnificent this place is.
The temple also has a unique feature: monkeys. Although not encrypted in its very walls as art, these living creatures roam around the temple and even interact with people. You might want to be a bit more cautious because sometimes they can be aggressive. However, since these creatures are used to having visitors and taking pictures with them, they can be friendly at times too. Also, tourists are also cautioned about bringing food and beverages to the premises since the monkeys tend to steal them away. Sometimes, they could even snatch your sunglasses, hats, cameras or other small items. The monkeys have adapted that they will receive an award such as food in exchange for returning the things that they’ve snatched! Pretty wise, eh? So be careful about showing off your things as they might just take them away from you and trick you into giving them food as ransom. Geez! Monkeys are smart!
When tourists come here and enjoy the view of the sunset by the ocean, they usually leave early. But, it is best if you could stay a little while longer and witness performers entertain you with a monkey dance called Keckak showcased at around six or seven in the evening within the temple. You may avail of tickets for the show by the entrance before it starts.
Not only is Uluwalu famous for its exquisite temple, you may also engage in surfing here by the ocean.Because the beach has massive bulges, surf enthusiasts love to visit here and enjoy the sport. It would be best to go surfing during the summer season. Since there are also challenging reef breaks, visitors who would like to go surfing here are usually the ones who are experienced and skilled on the sport.
Since touring could be a little tiring, you may also come by the wooden huts at the beach and indulge yourself with a Balinese massage or recharge your batteries with tasty snacks. A few shops are also open where you can buy souvenirs and antiques that will help you remember Bali b by.