Tanah Lot Temple, you just can’t miss it.
I’m a sucker for sunset shots, where else can I go aside from Uluwatu Temple? I asked the tour desk at Bali Dynasty Resort. Have you been to Tanah Lot Temple? she replied. Not yet! Please book a ride for me. An hour after, I found myself at the passengers seat enjoying the long, but scenic drive to the temple.
As one of the most popular places of importance in Bali, this temple is the kind of place every traveler ought to know and visit. But jam-packed or not, the dazzling temple hovering on a rock just out to the sea with the sound of waves crashing against rocks is simply among Bali’s finest.
Tahan Lot Temple in Bali
Yes, it’s the scenery. That’s why everybody visits it.
The Tanah Lot Temple is simple in its construction but its ocean-front location gives it the dramatic weight. It is located in the Beraban Village of the Tabanan Regency and is included on most tours to Bali’s western and central regions.
Civet Cat in one of the Coffee Shops near the temple
Tanah Lot is derived from the words “Tanah” meaning a rock or land, while “Lot” or “Lod” means south or the sea, therefore Tanah Lot means the Rock by the Sea. Many claimed it to be the work of the 16th-century Hindu priest Dang Hyang Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island’s beautiful setting and was inspired by the sacredness of the place.
Sunset in Tanah Lot
The temple itself is reachable only at low tide. There are two pavilions and two shrines in the place, regrettably, non-Hindu tourists aren’t permitted inside the temple at any time. With that said, for a small bequest you can walk 20 meters on a pathway around the side of the temple for a better sight of the ocean.
Scary Stone Barong Mask At Entrance To Tanah Lot, Bali
Beneath the temple of Tanah Lot is a cave, a home for a number of large and small black with yellow striped snakes that are believed to guard the area against evil spirits away. Locals say that the snakes are tame but must not be disturbed.
Coffee Shops overlooking the temple
From the gate, theres a lot of souvenir shops and restaurants where you can spend time while waiting for the golden sunset.
Sunset is the best time to visit the place, when the golden red skies frame the temple magnificently, but remember it is a sacred area, so visitors must be properly dressed and must not behave inappropriately. When religious rituals are held, visitors are expected to stay at a distance and not disturb the ceremony.
Silhouette of Pura Tanah Lot at coloured sunset.
If you are into photography, there are large number of restaurants along the cliff top that offer the best sunset view but they will require you to order a drink if you stay in front of their restaurant.
Souvenir Shops and Restaurants leading to the entrance of the temple
Tanah Lot Temple is around 30 km west of the city of Denpasar, there are several large signboards making it easy for tourists to find the place. Admission is Rp 30,000 for adults and Rp 15,000 for children.
Genuinely, the temple is the perfect epitome of the romantic island of Bali. A place perched high above the crashing waves with the background of the colorful sky at dusk, lit by the gently vanishing sun… simply stunning.
Tanah Lot Temple
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 19:00
Location: Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban Village, Kediri, Tabanan
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