If you ask me what’s the warmest place I’ve ever been to, I can without a doubt answer: Pura Luhur Uluwatu! Apparently, the name translates to mean “Noble Temple Uluwatu”. But I’m pretty sure that it actually means “The hottest place on the planet”. Maybe don’t quote me on that, though…
Pura Luhur Uluwatu, in itself, is fairly simple. It’s the temple’s location that beckons guests to it daily. Perched on the edge of a lofty cliff with the Indian Ocean waves rolling in below, it boasts some of the most breathtaking panoramic views in all of Bali. Therefore justifying being subjected to such inhumane heat.
Sunset is the most popular time to visit the temple. There are daily Kekac dance performances at sundown that have been highly recommended by many.
In an effort to avoid the crowds as best as we could, we opted to go in the morning instead.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu: Basics
Consequent to entering the grounds you will be required to rent a sarong and sash to wear during your visit. As with most (maybe even all) temples, modesty is very important. In addition to the sarong and sash, you will need to make sure the rest of your attire is respectful. Meaning no swimsuits, and nothing revealing. It’s a perfectly acceptable request, yet I was amazed to see some girls walking around with their sarongs tied in a manner that would produce a hip-high slit.
Note that only Hindu worshipers are allowed to enter the inner temple. Us regular folk are permitted to wander the other areas, though.
And ladies, don’t even think of entering the temple (even if you are of Hindu faith) if it’s your time of the month. Yes, that really is a rule; they post it everywhere.
Use caution around the thieving monkeys. People are constantly complaining about having their sunglasses and cell phones swiped right out of their hands. We were fortunate to not only avoid having anything stolen, but we didn’t even encounter any of the greedy little mammals, except in the parking lot.