Uluwatu is a region is southern part of the island of Bali which is situated on a dry and arid terrain covered with almost leafless tress. This is made possible due to the dry climate of this southern region of the island which is pretty much different from what I experienced in Ubud which is covered by lush forest. That might raise a question of why I would go to such barren place. It is because Uluwatu is the place where the nine-century-old High Temple of Uluwatu (or I’d rather call it The Majestic Temple of Uluwatu) is located.
In Balinese Hinduism tradition, there are several temples which act as the major temples whose existence brings the universe into balance. Uluwatu temple is one of them. Perched on the the edge of a limestone cliff facing nothing but the vast Indian Ocean, Uluwatu temple is aptly situated as one of the most reverred temples of all. The temple itself is actually rather small in size, however it is notoriously famous for the high population of monkeys around the temple. Those long-tailed primates are not the nicest monkeys of all, I must warn you, for their bad habit of stealing things from visitors. You’d better keep your shades, hats, even sandals safe so that those monkeys have nothing else to steal. You cannot really avoid them though, just make sure you don’t make a direct contact with them and keep a safe distance.
Apart from the monkeys, the view from the edge of the cliff is unforgettable! Standing there and listening to the sound of waves crushing to the rocks below made me strangely relaxed.