Tanah Lot Temple is famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. The ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of a rocky outcrop surrounded by constantly crashing waves is one of the most visited and photographed temples in Bali, especially at sunset.
Tanah Lot name means the ‘small island floating on the sea‘. Tanah Lot Temple differences with other temples on the island of Bali, Tanah Lot does not have a few pages because it is built on a plain of coral that irregular corners of his home. Inside the actual temple compound itself, there are tiered shrines that follow the fundamental elements of Balinese design where the number of levels constructed is symbolic to the complexities of the faith.
Pura Tanah Lot is is closely associated with the Majapahit priest Dang Hyang Nirartha a high priest from the Majapahit Kingdom in East Java. In 1489, Nirartha came to Bali to help spread Hinduism. He saw a rock in the shape of a small island in the sea. In this place, he meditated and he felt the vibrations of chastity. So on top of the rock, he suggested setting up a holy building for the worship of God, which became the Tanah Lot Temple.
Nirartha shared his teachings to Beraban villagers, only to face opposition from the village chief who soon gathered his loyal followers to dispel Nirartha. The rock’s original name, Tengah Lod, means ‘in the sea’.
Before setting off, Nirartha gifted him a holy kris dagger, which is now among the sanctified heirlooms of the Kediri royal palace. Pilgrims bring these relics each Kuningan day by foot on an 11km pilgrimage to the Luhur Pakendungan temple, the priest’s former meditational site.
There are other formations within the area that indicate that the site is not only of great religious importance but also maintains archaeological value. Temple nestled in the ocean has a ritual or ceremony which takes place every 6 months or 210 days. At that time, all the Hindus from different areas in Bali will come to worship in peace and harmony to invoke.
It’s said that each of the sea temples was intended to be within sight of the next, so they formed a chain along Bali’s southwestern coast; from Pura Tanah Lot you can usually see the clifftop site of Pura Luhur Ulu Watu far to the south, and the long sweep of seashore west to Perancak, near Negara.
About the Taman Ayun Temple:
Bali Tanah Lot Temple is located in coastal side of Beraban countryside, Kediri sub district and Tabanan Regency. It is situated in 30 Km in the west side of Denpasar town and about 11 Km on the south side of Tabanan town. The temple is built on the rock with 3-acre size and reachable in a few minute by walk because it is just 20 meters from the coastal lip. This temple is very famous among tourist destinations in Bali with a spectacular view of the sunset. At some nooks of coral reef around Tanah Lot Temple.
After centuries of large waves persistently crashing at its rock base, Tanah Lot faced the constant threat of erosion, reaching a significant decline in 1980. The authorities carried out preservation efforts to Tanah Lot and other historical sites island-wide with aid from the Japanese government. Fully restored, a third of the present Tanah Lot is actually artificial rock.
At high tide, waves flood the causeways making it impossible to cross. At low tide, you may cross to view the rock base where the legendary ‘guardian’ sea snakes dwell in crevices around the Tirta Pabersihan fountain.This natural spout is the source of holy water for all the temples in the area. Priests at the fountain bless visitors by sprinkling holy water over their heads. You can cup your palms and take a sip to prove it is amazingly fresh water.
When the main offshore temple is inaccessible during high tide. Other smaller temples around the site host prayer sessions for various aspects of the villagers’ agrarian life, from good rice harvests to rites of passage.
Pura Tanah Lot Entry Fee
Opening Hours: 07:00am-7:00pm
Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban Village, Kediri, Tabanan
How to get there:
Pass the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort. To reach the temple, walkways run from the parking lots through a sideshow of typical souvenir shops down to the sea.
Pura Tanah Lot Tips
- Aim to coincide your visit with the tide.
- High tide – The temple is marooned at sea;
- Low tide – You can walk over to the temple itself. (non-Balinese people are not allowed to enter)
- There are evening Kecak and fire dance performances (50,000Rp) from 6.30pm
- Peak time is at sunset
- January/February and July/August are usually the quietest months.
Tahnah Lot Temple Tours
Cost: From $74.03
Duration: 5 hours
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Cost: From $100
Duration: 8 hours
From this full-day Bali water temples tour, you get to visit the three of the most famous temples in Bali: Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu and Taman Ayun Temple. On this tour, you will get the chance to visit the world’s most famous Tanah Lot situated in the midst of the ocean with an interesting story behind it. Later on, you will get to experience the Ulun Danu Temple in Bedugul with a view of Lake Bratan and as well as Taman Ayun. Read More