Pura Tanah Lot - Bali, Unforgetable Moments 51
Tanah Lot Temple is an extremely popular tourist destination located in coastal side of Beraban, Tabanan Regency. It is located in 30 Km in west of Denpasar town, an approximate 20km northwest of Kuta, and about 11 Km in south of Tabanan city. The pura is built on the rock and reachable in a few minute walk, since it is just 20 meters from the coastal lip. Below the rocks around Tanah Lot Temple there is a holy snake in black and white color where according to the legend that the snake is the protector of the temple from the bad influence.
For the local people, Pura Tanah Lot is one of the most important sea temples. Like Pura Luhur Uluwatu, at the tip of the southern Bukit Peninsula, and Pura Rambut Siwi to the west, it is closely associated with the Majapahit priest Nirartha. 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 Ulu Watu far to the south, and the long sweep of sea shore west to Perancak, near Negara.
This temple is an overwhelming popular tourist destination and the whole area is often crowded, especially in the late afternoons, pre-sunset.
Getting here would take about 30-45 minutes from Kuta, depending on the traffic conditions. All tourist usually rent a car or a bus, specifically with driver to drive them around. Car for hire rates are very competitive in Bali, such as this Bali car rental , with all the best services and english speaking drivers.
The area between the car park (Rp 5,000 per vehicle) and the beach adjacent to the temple is a maze of souvenir shops selling just about every Balinese trinket imaginable. Don't forget to bargain. Once you have fought your way through the souvenir vendors to the beach, you will see the magnificent temple perched on a rock just a few meters offshore. There is a footpath to the raised cliff area just to the south from where the views of the temple and the sunset behind it are outstanding. Photo-opportunities abound.
Most people stay around one hour. During high tide, the rock is completely surrounded by water. Best time to visit is during low tide (afternoon / evening) which allows you to get very near, watch the holy snake in the cave (in a box!) and take some amazing pictures at the shore and from the coastline.
As a favorite tourism destination in Bali, Tanah Lot owns a magnificent view in particular at the sunset time where the sun slows down to the earth stomach. Every visitor who is paying a visit to this place will be marveled to see the beauty panorama of Tanah Lot. Beside of this temple, there are other temples which can be seen on your visit to Tanah Lot like Batu Bolong Temple, Batumejan Temple and Enjung Galuh Temple.