Tour start: 12.30.pm
Duration: 07-08 hours
Type: Full day tour
Nusa Dua - Uluwatu Tour visiting: Tanjung Benoa; (Beautiful beach for water sport) water sport activities.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue
The substance of the concept was built directly into the architectural plans with the focus on two mutually supportive components that constitute a harmonious fusion, creating an alternative tourist facility with a very special attraction.
The first of these two components is the principal, the statue and its pedestal. This is referred hereafter as Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK).
With it’s immense size, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana is expected to draw the attention of potential visitors within a wide area of sight (20 km. Radius).
The second component is the 230 ha support area which will be developed into a cultural park.
The Bukit’s most famous landmark in Jimbaran is Pura Luhur Uluwatu, an exquisite monument situated on a headland at the westernmost tip of the Peninsula. The carvings which decorate the temple are very well preserved in comparison to many of Bali’s temples, due to the extremely hard, dark gray coral stone used in its construction.
Uluwatu temple was reputedly built by the architect-priest Mpu Kuturan around the 11th century as one of the six major sad kahyangan territorial temples of the island. The reformer priest Pedanda Wawu Rauh, rebuilt it in its present state in the 16th century. He is said to have attained his moksa (release from earthly desires) here. The temple is home to a small colony of monkeys who have caused some damage to the temple over the years, but still retain their status as sitting tenants.
The temple’s structure follows the tripartite pattern of godly, human and demonic courtyards. The outermost entrance is a candi bentar split gate shaped as a set of curved Garuda wings, an unusual feature as they are usually left smooth. Inside the temple, a second gate is capped by a monstruous Kala head guardian figure. At the foot of the gate, right and left, are two Ganesha “elephant god” statues.
The temple underwent renovations in the late 19th century, in 1949, and more recently in the 1980s, and some parts are actually as new as they look. Despite the temple’s mixture of old and new it is a breathtakingly beautiful spot, especially when the sun begins to set.
Kecak Dance at the Uluwatu Temple
The most famous of the Balinese dances, the Kecak originated from the Sanghyang dance choirs who chant a distinctive 'kechak kechak' accompaniment. The Kecak as a dance developed in the 1930's in the village of Bona where it is still perform regularly. The theme is taken from the Ramayana and tells the story of Rama who with the help of the monkey army tries to rescue his wife from the clutches of the evil King Rahwana.