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Uluwatu Temple picture in Bali
Uluwatu Temple picture in Bali
Uluwatu Temple picture in Bali
Uluwatu Temple picture in Bali
Uluwatu Temple picture in Bali
Uluwatu Temple picture in Bali

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Travelers rave about Uluwatu Temple's stunning cliffside locale and beautiful architecture. This combination is rendered only more dramatic by the crashing of waves more than 200-some feet below. But don't think that you'll have this isolated sanctuary to yourself. Uluwatu Temple is popular with not only tourists and locals but also some sneaky monkeys – many visitors warned to be on the lookout for the monkeys, who snatch up things like hats, purses and glasses from unsuspecting travelers.

Though many travelers were impressed with the stunning views, they also warned that this is not a good place to come for peace and quiet as it is usually crawling with tourists, especially around sunset. Others were disappointed with the restricted temple access.

Also known as "Pura Luhur Uluwatu," this sacred site is located about 15 miles south Kuta, along the southern coast of Bali. The area is best reached by car. The site is open daily to visitors from 8 or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; admission costs 30,000 rupiahs (about $2.15) for adults and 20,000 rupiahs (about $1.45) for children. There is also a traditional Kecak fire dance performance that begins at sunset every evening. If you purchased a tour, the Kecek fire dance is usually included in the price of admission; walk-ins tend to cost anywhere from 70,000 to 100,000 rupiahs (about $5 to $7), which most recent travelers say is well worth it.

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