The Rambut Siwi Temple is one of the biggest of all the Hindu temples in Bali and is located in the Negara regency in the west of Bali. Situated about 2 hours away from Denpasar in the further western areas where the atmosphere is classically Balinese with un-spoilt tropical woodlands and small villages spread out around the coast with a few larger areas inland. Most of this area is the conservational park of Bali which is home to many of the island's endemic species that are now protected in the hope of re-sustaining the entire island. Located right the beach the Rambut Siwi Temple is very photogenic and is extremely beautiful with the main shrine set in to the cliff. As with many of the Balinese temples, the recorded history of the Rambut Siwi Temple is unsure and sparse although the locals maintain that the temple is one of the water temples was built in order to keep the powerful forces of the sea away from the land and the village. Rambut Siwi Temple is the location of many ceremonies and activities in the Balinese Hindu calendar and the family calendars of the local families such as birth and marriage ceremonies.
The locals also believe that the Rambut Siwi Temple is a secret temple, today it is difficult to spot and it is said that there was a time when the temple was secret and held many secret objects and is shrouded with mystery and uncertainty to this day. this certainly adds to the charm of the Rambut Siwi Temple and is one of the reasons that its tucked away and yet grand statue is so impressive and yet humble. Another use of this temple is for the blessing of the journey that is made when traveling in these parts as often the passing of the Rambut Siwi Temple is on a long journey. There are other temples that are used in similar ways but many locals can be seen stopping at the Rambut Siwi Temple for a short time in order to ensure that their journey will be safe one heading either further north or back to the south of Bali. The views in this are sensational ether looking towards the sea and down over the temple or from the beach looking up to the temple and over the tropical woodland that surrounds it.
The gardens include extremely well kept tropical flowers and trees presented in classic Traditional Balinese styles and maintained with a great amount of care. Visiting the Rambut Siwi Temple is cheap and a very beautiful way to spend part of your day in this area, particularly at sunset when it is at its most beautiful. The Rambut Siwi Temple is a far less crowded alternative to the Tanah Lot temple that is the most visited temple in Bali and the most Photographed of all the places in Bali. However you have to be willing to make the longer journey to enjoy the Rambut Siwi Temple's serenity.