The kecak dance can be enjoyed daily at Uluwatu Temple on Bali’s southern peninsular. It is performed at sunset against a mesmerizing backdrop elevated on a limestone cliff above the Indian Ocean. This dramatic temple complex dates back to the 11th century and is quite an appropriate setting for what has become one of Bali’s most unique dances.
The kecak dance was created in the 1930’s as a collaborated between a local artist and renowned German painter, Walter Spies. It blends movements and themes from the traditional sanghyang exorcism ritual with portions of the Ramayana, an epic Hindu poem considered a great work of Indian literature. The dance was intended to showcase authentic Balinese traditions but also engage audiences of Western tourists.
The regency of Gianyar is popular for the most delicious varieties of authentic Balinese food from around the island such as roast suckling pig and smoked duck.
Even though Bali is a relatively small island, it offers travellers lots of fabulous experiences. A visit to Uluwatu Temple at sunset is not to be missed.
Bali regularly finds itself topping the polls as a favourite holiday destination. Although everyone has their own take on how to enjoy the island, it is important to pay attention to what the experts have to say.