Visit the pilgrimage, religious site of Pura Tanah Lot, a Hindu temple built on a rock above the sea. The rock is an island during high tide.
It is best to visit it at low tide or late in the afternoon to watch the sunset.
I would rate Tanah Lot as th top must see places of interest in Bali. It is located on the coast of West Bali.
Tanah Lot means "Land in the Middle of the sea".
The area leading to Tanah Lot is highly touristy and enterance fees are required. To reach the temple, we have to walk through all the souvenir shops which cover each side of the path down to the sea.
Sunset is the best time to visit Tanah Lot. I would be best to go earlier to take some shoots before it gets overcrowded with loads of tourist.
Departure in the morning after breakfast around 9 am, We are going to cruise up through the small villages to enjoy its natural beauty of spectacular rice terrace view, dozens of stop can be made for a chance of photography and sharing information about villages, farming and Subak Irrigation system which unchanged for thousands of years. We continue to drive to the top of Pucak Tedung at the village of Sulangai to get the best view over rice terraces, Bali volcanoes and the southern Peninsula of Bali. Next we continue to central mountain of Bedugul to visit the lakeside temple of Ulun Danu Beratan with a short stop at the local spices and vegetable market of Candikuning. After the temple, we drive up to view the two lakes of Buyan and Tamblingan with its dense rainforest, driving down the mountain side to see a nice waterfall at Munduk village that’s well known for its spectacular view of mountains, rice terraces and the north Bali Sea. We visit Banjar village for its natural hot spring where we can have a nice swim. We head to Lovina for night stay.
We make day excursion to Menjangan Island for a great snorkeling or diving. On our return from Menjangan Island, We visit Pura Pulaki and Pura Melanting that was built in the 16th-century by a Javanese Hindu Priest. Head back to Lovina hotel.
Depart for southern Bali, taking road via Pupuan and Belimbing which are another rice bowls of Bali, enjoying its spectacular rice terrace view along the way. We also visit a great temple in the rain forest name Pura Mekori with its monkeys. We have a fabulous coffee break at Belimbing village while enjoying a scenic panorama over the southern peninsula of Bali. We take back roads via local villages heading to Pura Tanah Lot for a great sunset. We then head back to next hotel after sunset.
Tanah Lot Temple was really created by erosion - the pounding of the rough waves over many years. Ever since it became a sacred temple though, there are man-made steps proceeding to the top. It used to be open to public but due to the apparent disrespect shown by tourist, the temple is now closed and only used by the highest religious people on sacred occasions.
You get to catch a beautiful sunset. Best time to be there is at 3.30 to 4pm. For an entrance fee of IDR3,300, you are allowed to walk up to the temple to examine the outer perimeter, that is if it is low tide. When the tide comes up, the temple will be inaccessible as it would be surrounded by water. It makes a great photo shot.
This is the temple sanctuary built in 16th Century at a top huge rock which surrounded bythe sea at high tide which called TANAH LOT. Every one visit the temple in the late of afternoon, to see a beautiful panorama of Sunset. Don't miss to see some sea snake in the cave just around tanah Lot
If one visit a sanctuary temple of Tanah Lot, don't miss to see a snake in which for the peoples of Hindu's Bali , the snake is a holy snake. One can even touch the snake and the guard of the shrine said that the snake is not a wild snake
If you love beautiful scenery, then you must go to Tanah Lot.
Its best to get there around 3.00om and find a nice spot on the cliff and sit back and wait for the sunset, its worth the wait absolutely spectacular.
The temple looks like it is floating when the tide is high and when it is low you can walk to the temple. There are also many caves around the temple which are inhabitated by sea snakes.
Tanah Lot means "temple of the earch in the sea" . Legend says that inside one of the shrines is a huge snake, which is left undisturbed by the Balinese
Tanah Lot was founded by a 16th century priest called Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock islands with their beautiful setting and decided to rest there. Local fishermen brought him gifts and invited him to stay in their huts. Nirartha refused and spent the night on the little island. He then asked the locals to build a shine on the rock as it was a holy place. The locals then built the first temple there and this became Tanah Lot.
The area has many market stalls, who have taken over a nearby cliff and there is also a dozen or so restaurants and open air pubs.
We highly recommend a visit to Tanah Lot, don't forget your camera!!
Admission is Rp 1,000.- per person.
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