A trip to Tanah Lot is a must see when you visit Bali.
The beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia has many popular tourists attractions and Tanah Lot is only one of them.
Tanah Lot is only one of the popular recreational tourist attractions of Bali, and is definitely a must.
Perched atop the picturesque south west coast of Bali, Tanah Lotus is extravagantly blessed by nature. The beautiful geographical landscape is adorned with soaring imperial cliffs making the place no less than a paradise.
Tanah Lot house a famous Hindu temple, which was built in the 13th century by famous Hindu monk known as the Pura Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot can best be described as a famous rock formation off the Indonesian cost of Bali. During high water, the rock takes on the appearance of a large boat at sea.
Tanah Lot is a popular tourist destination visited by people from all sort of different part of the world.
Tanah Lot is also often referred to as Tanah Let, which means ancient land, and also Tanah Lod, which means the land to the south. The temple Pura Tanah Lot happens to be one of the main temples in the worship of Balinese gods.
It can only be accessed during high tide and the best time is by far during the sunset, when the golden red skies border the temple and waves hit the rocks.
Accordingly to popular myths, in the 16th century, priest Niratha chose Tanah Lot for his meditations to avoid being harassed by local priests.
Tanah Lot is dedicated to the guardian spirits of the sea. The temple itself is said to be guarded from evil by the sea snakes that inhabit the caves below.
The temple itself is accessible to visitor, and magnificent views can be had from a variety of points nearby. Crowds especially gather on the terraces nearby to watch the glow of the sunset behind the temple.
Naturally, there are plenty of souvenir shops and cages with a view.
IN 1980 the temple’s rock face was starting to crumble and the area around and inside the temple became dangerous.
The Japanese government then provided a loan to the Indonesian’s one of 800 billions Rp (approximately USD 130.000.000) to preserve the historic temple and other significant locations around Bali.
As a result, over one third of Tanah Lot’s “rock” is actually cleverly disguised artificial rock created during the Japanese-funded and supervised renovation and stabilisation program.
Tanah Lot is about 45 minutes by car North West of the main southern tourist areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak and is en-route for those heading to West Bali.
From Ubud it can be reached in about 30 to 40 minutes by car. Once you arrive, park our vehicle in the official car park (5,000 Rp) and proceed by foot. There are large numbers of restaurants along the cliff top, which offers great views, but less great food.
The best advice here would be to order a drink, get your fill of the views and photo and eat elsewhere.