During our time in Nusa Dua, South Bali, we decided to drive upto Uluwatu Temple one day on our bike – it took us about 30-40 minutes. The temple is very easy to locate if you are using Google Maps. Plenty of parking space and a few restaurant/shops selling you local cuisine, coconut waters and cold Bintangs. There is an ATM machine as well right next to the ticket counter and a very clean and well maintained public restroom before you enter the walk to the temple.
If any part of your bare legs is visible – men or women, they loan you a satin sarong to wrap your legs in. If not, you still have to tie a satin belt around your waist like I did. Aman had shorts on so he had to put on the sarong. Once you enter the gate, there is a walkable path on which you will find monkeys and the monkeys here are notorious for grabbing and stealing stuff so it’s a good idea to tuck in your valuables inside a bag. It’s a short walk up to the cliffside where the resplendent views leave you speechless for a bit. It’s mostly a walk along the entire cliffside and views are plenty. There is ample space to sit under a tree shade and catch your breath if you like – it can get really hot really quick! Tourists are not allowed to step inside the actual temple area (quite common across Bali) so it’s mainly the surrounding area that you get to explore – you’re not really missing any great views so it’s okay.
The sound and views of the waves crashing against the rock face is almost hypnotising – you can look at it for hours! Unless you feel the need to sit and meditate somewhere, you don’t really need much time to explore the area. It’s a pretty basic walk that you can cover quite quickly. And once you’re out you realize the importance of those touristy shops selling food and coconut waters and cold Bintangs – because you most definitely will want to have one or the other.
Shirt Dress + Pants: Three Clothing by Pallavi Dhyani
Sunglasses: Vogue Eyewear
Location: Uluwatu Temple, Bali
Photographs of me courtesy Aman Godara