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Tanah Lot is a rock formation and a pilgrimage temple that is very popular among tourists due to its unforgettable setting. The name of Pura Tanah Lot means „land in the sea”.
Rock face below the temple was extensively reconstructed in the 1980’s when it began to crumble. It was the Japanese government that provided a loan to the Indonesia government to conserve the historic temple and other significant locations around Bali.
1. What to see
The temple is usually associated with Danghyang Dwijendra (also known as Nirartha or Pedanda Sakti Bau Rauh), a Javanese priest who was forced to flee from religious persecution and found a refuge in Bali. According to the legend, during his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island's beautiful setting and rested there. Local fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. He spent the night on the little island and asked the fishermen and to build a shrine on the holy rock to worship the Balinese sea gods.
Local legends say that poisonous sea snakes protect the temple from evil spirits and intruders at the base of the rocky island. One of them, a giant snake was created from the priest’s scarf when he founded the temple on the island.
Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple precinct similarly to the temple of Uluwatu. Inside there is a five-tiered meru, the abode of the divine trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
2. When to see
Tanah Lot temple is open daily 7am-7pm except for Nyepi day. The best time to visit Tanah Lot is definitely at sunset (between 5:30pm and 7pm). There is low tide in the evening enabling visitors to get close to the temple on foot, but only Hindus are allowed inside. However, you can get a blessing of the priests in the sacred cave below the temple.
4. How to get there
Most tourists visit Bali on a package tour that includes an option to select from a range of excursions. If travelling on your own, probably the easiest way is to rent a car with a driver for an entire day. It is not recommended to drive on your own in Indonesia due to the general negligance of driving rules. Singposts are written with Latin alphabet, but it might be difficult to find remote places on your own.
5. Where to stay
There are plenty of hotels to stay in Bali, the best beaches can be found at Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dusa. If you prefer sightseeing, Sanur area is highly recommended since it has the best location to avoid the traffic jams of Denpasar.