Cekik – more a junction than a proper town – is the gateway to Taman Nasional Bali Barat from the south. Archaeological excavations here during the 1960s yielded the oldest evidence of human life in Bali. Finds include burial mounds with funerary offerings, bronze jewellery, axes, adzes and earthenware vessels from around 1000 BC, give or take a few centuries. Look for some of this at the Museum Manusia Purbakala Gilimanuk in Gilimanuk.
On the southern side of the junction, the pagoda-like structure with a spiral stairway around the outside is a war memorial. It commemorates the landing of independence forces in Bali to oppose the Dutch, who were trying to reassert control of Indonesia after WWII.
Cekik is home to the park headquarters of the Bali Barat National Park; it's just off the main road near the junction.