Stunning Sea Temple, Pura Tanah Lot – Standing Watch Over the Island of Gods

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Set amidst crashing waves and magical sunsets, the Pura Tanah Lot is an iconic Hindu temple in Bali that is well worth visiting. It offers wonderful insights into the island’s rich cultural and natural heritage.

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Flickr user: Jos Dielis Tanah LotCC BY 2.0

Planning Your Trip

The temple can be found in the village of Beraban around 20 km from Kuta. Those staying at a Bali beach resort including at Tanjung Benoa properties such as Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa can easily plan an excursion here.

The Legend

According to local legend, the temple was established by a Hindu priest, Dang Hyang Nirartha, in honour of Varuna, the Sea God. While he meditated here, it is also believed that sea snakes helped him keep the site safe from harm.

Sunsets & Sea Snakes

Tanah Lot is one of the seven famed sea temples in Bali and amongst its most popular allures is the coastal view at sunset. While you cannot go inside the temple itself, during low tide the rocky base becomes accessible; here you may see one of the guardian sea snakes of this rock near the sacred Tirta Pabersihan fountain.

Things to Keep in Mind

Since this is a sacred site do remember to dress conservatively. Keep in mind that due to its popularity Tanah Lot can get crowded especially during sunset, so look to get there a bit early for a good vantage point. Also, consider taking in a traditional Kecak fire dance performance in the evening which will complete your visit.

Damon Starky is a creative nomadic travel writer, who is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler. Google+

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