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Tanah Lot: A Guide to Visit Bali’s Sea Temple

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Imagine the sight of a Balinese temple set high on a cliff overlooking the vast ocean. Tanah Lot welcomes you with crashing waves below and the stunning colors of the beautiful sky as a backdrop, lighted by the gently setting sun.

Tanah Lot is located in Tabanan, around 30 kilometers from Denpasar. The well-known Tanah Lot temple is around 300 meters offshore. Here is a complete guide to Tanah Lot.

Story of Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot means “Land in the Sea,” referring to the island’s offshore location. Tanah Lot temple was expected to have been built in the 16th century. Its origins can be linked to a respected religious figure in Bali, Dang Hyang Nirartha.

Dang Hyang Nirartha is believed responsible for establishing the three-temple system in Balinese villages. Setting the site plan, the temple erected in the northern portion of the village would be for Brahma, the temple built in the center area for Vishnu, and the temple built in the southern area for Shiva. He came across the small rock island while driving along Bali’s southern coast and decided to spend the night there.

The rock was called Gili Beo, a bird-shaped rock in Beraban village. He suddenly realized that this was a holy spot to build a shrine. Beraban’s leader was furious and ordered that Nirartha be exiled from Gili Beo.

Dang Hyang Nirartha was a man of great magical power in Balinese mythology. So he relocates the entire rock island to the sea, constructs a temple, and names it Tanah Lot. The entire Beraban village was surprised and later joined in.

Tanah Lot temple was created to honor Bhatara Segara or the Sea God. Using his immense ability, he conjured a venomous snake from his sash to safeguard the temple. The sea snake is said to live at the base of this rocky island to protect the temple from attackers.

Location of Tanah Lot Temple and How to Get There

How to Get Tanah Lot?

Tanah Lot Bali is located in the Tabanan Regency of Braban. Here are some distances and travel times to Tanah Lot Beach from popular tourist destinations in southern Bali.

  • Kuta Beach is 20 kilometers away from Tanah Lot. It takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • The journey from Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park to Tanah Lot takes around 1 hour and 25 minutes and covers a distance of 35 kilometers.
  • It will take 1 hour and 40 minutes to travel from the Uluwatu temple area to Tanah Lot.
  • With typical traffic, it will take one hour to travel from Seminyak’s Petitenget Beach to Tanah Lot Temple. The distance is around 18 kilometers.
  • The 36-kilometer journey from Ubud Monkey Forest to Tanah Lot Temple will take 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • The temple location may be accessed in around 1 hour and 20 minutes if you go directly from Ngurah Rai airport.

So, how exactly do you get there? Because there is no public transport on Bali Island, many people rely on motorbikes or cars.

  • Rent a scooter

Riding a scooter is the most cost-effective method to move around Bali. There are numerous motorcycle rentals in Ubud, Kuta, and Seminyak, with costs ranging from IDR100,000 to IDR300,000 per day. In addition, the price varies by the type of scooter.

  • Package Tour to Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot Temple has become one of Bali’s most popular tourist destinations. As a result, many travel agencies provide Tanah Lot trips. So, if you’re looking for a more straightforward method to go to Tanah Lot, consider a Bali tour package.

  • Car Rental with the Driver
    If you do not wish to purchase a tour package to visit Tanah Lot, you can hire a car in Bali with a driver who will accompany you to the temple. There are numerous vehicle rentals with drivers in Bali, and the typical pricing for car rental in Bali is roughly IDR 700,000 every 12 hours.

Navigate to the Tanah Lot Temple

Stroll through a row of Balinese tourist shops to get to the temple from the parking lot. Follow the path that leads down to the sea.

Tanah Lot Entrance Fee and Opening Hours

The entrance charge varies depending on whether you are an adult or a child and a local or a foreign tourist. Foreign travelers were charged IDR60,000 for adults and IDR30,000 for children. The local visitor charge, however, is IDR20,000 for adults and IDR15,000 for kids. The entrance charge allows you to enter the temple grounds and surrounding region.

Don’t waste your time exploring the beauty and peacefulness of Tanah Lot. The opportunity to experience spectacular sunsets and colorful local culture and traditions is included. Carry some cash with you because not all ticket counters and souvenir shops take credit cards.

Tanah Lot Temple is open to tourists from 6 AM to 7 PM. If you want to pray in the temple, the Tanah Lot area is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Best Time to Visit Tanah Lot Temple

1. Time of Day

To get the most out of your visit to Tanah Lot, go during the day. Both morning and afternoon excursions provide distinct and one-of-a-kind experiences. You might visit in the morning for a more tranquil atmosphere and calmness. Because of the appeal of the sunset, the afternoon visit will be more busy.

2. Sunset Views

The best time to immerse yourself in the sunset view is around 5 PM to 7 PM. However, if you don’t like crowded places, you must visit Tanah Lot temple in the morning around 7 AM.

3. Weather

The greatest time to visit is during the dry season, when it rarely rains. The dry season lasts from April to October. So it’s no surprise that now is the most popular time. However, your chances of seeing the finest sunset are higher.

4. Crowds

The low season lasts from the middle of January until the middle of April. In addition, Bali’s low season lasts from mid-September to mid-December. You’ll have several advantages if you visit during the low season because there will be fewer people. The primary tourist season in Bali is in July and August, the end of December, and the first few weeks of January.

5. Watch out for the low and high tides.

During high tide, the Tanah Lot temple is surrounded by seawater. Knowing the tide time on a given day before your visit is preferable. Walking to the beach during high tide is not advised because big waves can arise anytime.

6. Cultural event at Tanah Lot

If you want to get an indigenous experience, come at Odalan time. Every 210 days, the Odalan is commemorated. The holy day is known as Buddha Cemeng Langkir. The rites commonly occur near the Galungan and Kuningan festivals. Rows of Balinese women will be bearing offerings on their heads as they pray at the Tanah Lot temple.

Tanah Lot Dress Code

Dressing up is unnecessary if you merely want to visit Tanah Lot Bali without entering the temple area. However, if you intend to enter the temple area, you must adhere to a rigorous dress code.

  • Women must wear a sarong (clothes that wrap from the waist to the ankle) and a kebaya with a scarf or sash tied around the waist. Please remember that women are prohibited from entering the temple area while menstruating.
  • Men must also wear a sarong, shirt, scarf, sash knotted around the waist, and Udeng (a Balinese headpiece made from intricately folded textiles).

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Things You Can Do in Tanah Lot

1. Kecak Dance Performance

The Tanah Lot Kecak Dance performance is available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 18:00. Kecak Dance performs at Tanah Lot’s Surya Mandala Cultural Park.

2. Pray at Tanah Lot Temple.

Tanah Lot Temple is open 24 hours a day for those who pray. However, if you are not intending to worship and are not dressed in traditional Balinese attire, do not enter the inner section of the Tanah Lot temple. The inner space temple is a shrine that is only used for worshipping. You can, however, enter all locations outside the inner temple.

3. Photo hunting

You can walk about and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Although it is well-known for its sunset views, you may wish to come early in the morning for a more calm impression of the temple.

4. Temple hops around Tanah Lot

There are also other temples to visit in and near Tanah Lot. Pura Pekendungan, Pura Batu Bolong, Pura Jero Kandang, Pura Enjung Galuh, and Pura Batu Mejan are among them. There are numerous legends and myths regarding the historical origins of these places. If you enjoy historical excursions, you should go for it!

5. Go shopping

You may come across several souvenir shops as you go to the temple. Stop by and pick out some keepsakes to take home. You can choose from a variety of items with a Balinese flair. Perhaps some keychains or sarongs could be a possibility. 

Bali is known as the “Island of a Thousand Temples,” and Tanah Lot is one of the must-see destinations. It should be on your schedule since where else will you see the magnificence of a temple in the middle of the sea? You don’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience. Check when is the best time and dress appropriately to get maximum enjoyment out of your visit to Tanah Lot.

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