One of the iconic attractions in Bali, the Tanah Lot Temple is also one of the most photographed and a visit offers captivating insights and stunning backdrops to discover.
Planning a Visit
This ancient Hindu temple can be found in Beraban village in the Tabanan regency. Those staying at the best family hotels in Bali including South Kuta properties the likes of Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali can easily plan an excursion here. This site is open from 07:00am to 07:00pm though look to visit at sunset for the best pictures.
A Sacred Temple
The name of the temple stems from “Tanah” meaning “earth” and “Lot” meaning “sea” which is apt since it can be found perched on a rock overlooking the ocean. The temple is linked with Dang Hyang Nirartha, a holy priest from the 16th century.
Arriving at Tanah Lot
An ornate Balinese gate stands at the entrance of the site and you will find many shops selling handicrafts and other items, while there are smaller shrines here too. You can get some great pictures of Tanah Lot Temple though you are not allowed to walk to the top where it’s located.
The Sacred Fountain
When the tide is out (check tide timings on the day of your visit), you are allowed to head to the base of the Tanah Lot; here you will find the sacred Tirta Pabersihan fountain where priests bless visitors and sprinkle holy water on their heads. You may also spot some of the temple’s famed guardian sea snakes that add to the site’s allure!