Pura Luhur Batukau
Pura Luhur Batukau Bali Reviews
The Monkey Temple Nov 06, 2009
The Uluwatu Temple or Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Luhur means "something of divine origin" while "Uluwatu" can be broken into "ulu" which means "land's end" and "watu" means "rock" in the old language) temple sits atop steep cliffs which have formed where the land ends at the South East coast of the Island of Bali, and is believed to guard against the evil spirits of the ocean. Built in the eleventh century, the temple is one of the oldest and most important temples in Bali. The drive to the temple from Kuta takes about 30 minutes.
Entry fee is only Rp 3,000, or .30 cents. Once inside you are fitted with a sarong or sash. The temple itself is inhabited by several monkeys. You might also spot a chicken or a dog. There are plenty of warnings about the monkeys stealing things from you, but we never had any problems with them. I think they are just getting too fat and lazy from all the tourists feeding them. I also heard a few stories about how the monkeys are trained to steal and then locals will retrieve your possessions for a price. Again, I never witnessed any of this.
There are some very nice views of the ocean and the cliffs from the temple. As you can see in one of our pictures, some guy was standing so close to the edge of the cliff that I thought he was going to jump. Tourists can roam around freely, except for in certain inner courts where only worshippers are allowed.
The most popular time of the day to visit is during sunset, when most people come for that and the Balinese dance.
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Balinese remote Temple May 06, 2008
Off the beaten track,in a dense ,damp and misty jungle ,on the lower sacred slopes of the Mount Batukau,the second highest mountain of Bali(2276m) after Gunung Agung lies the Pura Luhur Batukau on the end of a narrow and bumpy road.
Till the 17th century,it was a state Temple when Tabanan was an independant kingdom,
The Temple complex consists of several sanctuaries and meru:in the inner sanctuary is a seven-tiered meru dedicated to Mahadewa,the God of Batukau.
A Holy lake with an island in its middle has been dug East of the main temple.
Part of the INDONESIA 2008 travel blog