Monday, October 29, 2012

Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu)

Visiting Bali cannot be complete without visiting its temples. And amongst the must visit ones is non other than the Uluwatu Temple (aka Pura Luhur Uluwatu).

And it's actually surprising that though I've been to Bali a few times now, it's only in my last trip that I visit here. So this time round, I made a point to visit the Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

The place isn't actually that far from Kuta - though it still took us over an hour to arrive by bike (more on that in another time).

Upon arrival, we were pestered to buy some sarungs - being told by the shopowner that our shorts were... too short (and inappropriate).

But luckily we didn't heed her advice and proceeded to the counter - where they lent us sarungs to cover ourselves.

Simply beautiful views at Pura Luhur Uluwatu!

There was an entry charge - and it 'came' with a tour guide, who guided us to see the cliffs. Ah, the views were stunning, as it was also the sunset time at that moment.

Seeing the sunset, with the view of the wide ocean.

I must say the views are astounding. It's exactly like the views we see in the movies!

But we couldn't enjoy the views long.. as soon, the kecak dance was about to begin. Now the kecak dance that is a repetitive cak-cak-cak is another must watch thing on the island.

And though I've seen this before, but never amidst the beautiful sunset backdrop - and with the moon appearing too.

Everything was simply breathtaking, and I was just soaking in the mood of being in Bali - and at that location and moment.

Truly an evening well spent, and a very pleasant one. Though it could have been better if the 'tour guide' didn't demand for a fixed amount of tip, just for that less than 15 minutes guide.

*Tourists going on their own to watch the Kecak dance are advised to go early, to be on time for the dance performance, and to get better seats. We obviously came a lil 'late' and had to cram up above with other tourists :)

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