Bali: Pura Pulaki’s Charm and Monkeys

Hi, all!

First of all, we want to wish you all a happy new year! 🙂 We hope that all this year will be a kind year to everyone and that we’ll be able to travel and share our stories with you, continuing to inspire people around us to travel 😀

Continuing with our Bali series, we’re now going to visit Pura Pulaki.

Main entrance
Main entrance

Pura Pulaki is a Hindu temple located in Grokgak, Buleleng, Bali. It is around an hour drive from Lovina, where we stayed (as we mentioned in our previous post), or you can also reach it from the Gilimanuk harbor (which provides transportation from and to Java).

The temple is magnificent!
The temple is magnificent!

It is located right by the Java sea. It is separated by the Gilimanuk-Singaraja road just across the beach. This temple is perched at the bottom of a stone cliff, with its architecture consisting of mostly black stones. As with traditional Balinese architecture, the temple features different levels in its temples for different praying zones.

A monkey statue

Another interesting thing about the Pulaki temple is that there are a lot of monkeys roaming there. At this point, we hadn’t been to the infamous monkey forest in Ubud, Bali, so we can’t really compare. But the monkeys are quite big and they wouldn’t hesitate tugging at your clothes and asking for stuff. However, there will be a person in charge of the temple who accompanies you, and they’ll help you out with the monkeys.

Monkeys. Chilling.
Monkeys. Chilling.
More monkeys inside.
More monkeys inside.

The fact that we came right during sunset might have contributed to the increasing number of monkeys coming into the temple. We were basically one of the last visitors there, so it was quite nerving to navigate ourselves through the mass of monkeys. We couldn’t get to the top part of the temple for fear of more monkeys and aggressive ones, so we decided to go home.

This blurry picture defines fear: me walking quickly as monkeys follow me behind, my brother being nervous that he took the picture shaking.
This blurry picture defines fear: me walking quickly as monkeys follow me behind, my brother being nervous that he took the picture shaking.

We definitely recommend you, guys, to visit this place if you’re in Northern Bali. It’s one of a kind and the view is spectacular! Plus, you get to see monkeys. They’ll be the fun stories to tell later 😀

Practical info: The parking lot is located by the beach, across the temple. Upon entering the temple’s compound, you will have a to pay a certain amount of voluntary fee for the maintenance of the temple and food for the monkeys. They will also ask you to wear a Balinese skirt while inside.

Friendly reminder: Do not feed the monkeys. Do not enter the temple while on your period.

xoxo,

san

Pura Pulaki
Jl. Seririt-Gilimanuk, Banyupoh,
Gerokgak, Kabupaten Buleleng,
Bali 81155, Indonesia

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