But my favorite temple was Ulu Watu. By far. The most dramatic and the most atmospheric. The inner sanctum is right on top of the cliff, but a lot of the crowds come here by evening just to witness the spectacular sunset! As should you. And oh, let's not forget the "Eat" of it all. Do stop by for the best Rendang curry at this little nondescript restaurant called "Cikgo" on the way to (or back from) Ulu Watu, towards Seminyak. You will be surprised at the magic of the food here!
And if you are so inclined at all, do stay to watch the Balinese re-telling of the Ramayana and the conquest of good over evil, just to lend your own personal journey a cosmic happy ending, after all. There was the word "Pray" somewhere in there, wasn't it?
On my last day in Bali, on the way to the airport, at a city temple, I suddenly came upon the resounding chimes of a dozen Gamelans playing to the most melodious composition ever. I asked the taxi to stop, ran up to the temple, and to my sheer joy and amazement, found a dozen children under the age of 15, all learning to play the Gamelan with their awkward little hands but making the most mesmerizing music I ever heard. (The Gamelan is Bali's most traditional and most beautiful musical instrument, predominantly strings and percussion all together in one). If I weren't already, that's the moment I fell truly in love with Bali and knew I'd be back - not once or twice, but over and over again.
Let there be Love, we say. Let there be Bali.
A very luxurious villa. For 3 nights, I paid about 400 Euros. The villa also arranged a driver with a car upon request and was served by a very polite, hospitable and gentle butler at all times, even though meals were my responsibility.
Ulu Watu by sunset is spectacular, as is the Kecak dance of the Ramayana