I know that you don’t want to follow the “tourist trail”, but make an exception for the Kecak Dance at Uluwatu Temple. The setting is spectacular and the Kecak Dance is a sight not to be missed. Concentric circles of chanting men clad in the familiar black and white check cloth sarongs form the chorus for a famous segment of the Ramayana story featuring Rama and Sita, Hanuman and the Garuda along with a deceptive evil king, golden deer and a happy reunion.
It is helpful to bring along your own sarong and sash. You will need to pay a small fee to enter the temple if you decide to visit it before the dance. You will pay a fee of 50,000 rupiah (less than US$5) to see the Kecak dance. Regard this as a contribution to the temple and the surrounding community. The dance now starts at 6pm sharp, no doubt a concession to hungry tourists (it used to begin at sunset). Follow the story on the printed sheet that you will be given at the entrance. You will leave humming- chaka chaka chaka chaka chaka chaka chaka chaka chaka CHAK CHAK CHAK CHAK!