Indonesia Travel Guide

Tanah Lot

One of Bali´s most famous sea temples, Tanah Lot, is built on top of a huge rock which is surrounded by the sea. Poisonous sea snakes that have been found at the base of the rocky island are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. The temple is situated on a crag in the sea close to the shore. On the footpath it can only be reached at low tide without getting wet.

Travelers can reach the temple from the beach after a 50-meter long corridor of smoothed stones and fine dark sand. Once arrived at the small island there is a short ascent towards the temple, where a gate barred the entrance to the temple. The temple can be entered only by believers. Tanah Lot is most popular in the late afternoon when the temple is silhouetted in the sunset.

Travel to Tanah Lot

INFO: the sea temple

The temple was founded by the Javanese Hindu priest Danghyang Nirartha. He lived in Java and had to flee as many Hindus and Buddhists at the end of the 15th Century with the spreading Islam. During his trip at the beginning of the 16th Century, he rested and meditated with his students near the island of Tanah Lot. In order to avoid confrontation with the local priest, he meditated on the rocky island in the middle of the sea and created in this way, Tanah Lot.

HOTEL: Pande Homestay

Hotel Tanah Lot Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu, Bali
from $ 22 p/n
Set amidst lush tropical gardens, Pande Homestay offers air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms. Free coffee and tea are provided daily. Wi-Fi is accessible for free throughout the building. Tanah Lot Temple is 15 minutes´ drive away.

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