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Dramatically perched on a high promontory overlooking the surf at Uluwatu, this is possibly Bali's most visually spectacular shrine. Its name literally translates as "the one on the top." Like most other temples in Bali, the origin is obscure, however inscriptions signed during the reign of King Marakata date the temple to at least 1025. The temple is well known for its walet birds, who can be seen floating and darting in the breeze and perching on the sacred temple. Their nests are an important ingredient in Chinese birds' nest soup.

Dedicated to the spirits of the sea, the temple is an architectural wonder in black coral rock, and despite its age and exposure to the elements, features well-preserved stone carvings. This is one of the six directional temples on the island and is the southwest guardian against evil spirits. This is also purportedly the dwelling place of almighty deity Bhatana Ruda, god of the elements and cosmic forces. Although the temple complex is open to all, only Hindus are allowed to enter the inner temple.

Visiting Pura Luhur Uluwatu at Sunset -- Every evening at sunset (6pm) at Pura Luhur Uluwatu dancers present a thrilling performance of kecak, arguably Bali's most famous and dramatic dance. It will cost about Rp5,000 to enter the temple and an additional Rp50,000 to view the dance. Both men and women will need to rent sarongs and sashes at the entrance if you're not already traditionally dressed.