The Kecak dance, a form of Balinese music drama, originated in the 1930s and primarily features male performers, aside from dancers who perform as the main characters from the Ramayana epic, on which it is based on. This is also why Kecak is also referred to as the Ramayana Monkey Chant.
The dance is performed by a circle of 100 or more of the male choir who wear chequered cloths around their waists, percussively chanting "chak", while waving their arms up in the air. The dance depicts an episode from the Ramayana where monkeys help the titular Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana to rescue Sinta.
The Kecak dance takes place at sunset in an open amphitheater beside the majestic cliff-top Uluwatu Temple, adding to the magical vibe and backdrop to the performance. After the show, continue to Jimbaran Bay for an unforgettable dinner experience by the white sandy beach. The memorable dinner lets you relish in a selection of freshly barbecued seafood, with an assortment of Balinese spices and vegetable mixes.
Highlights of This Tour:
- Uluwatu Temple, one of Bali's majestic cliff-top temples, with a monkey forest nearby
- Kecak Dance, open air dance performance against a magical sunset
- Jimbaran Bay, go-to place for seaside seafood dinners in Bali