Pura Tanah Lot is one of the tourist attractions in Bali which is famous for its beauty, especially at sunset

Pura Tanah Lot Bali
Located on the eastern side of Java Island, Bali is Indonesia's prima donna of tourism which is well known around the world. Besides famous for its natural beauty, especially the beach, Bali is also famous for its unique and interesting arts and culture.


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Bali as a complete tourist destination and integrated has a lot of interesting sights, what are the attractions in Bali that must be visited?

Pura Tanah Lot is one of the tourist attractions in Bali which is famous for its beauty, especially at sunset. Tanah Lot Temple consisting of 2 temples is a temple to worship the god of the sea. 

The uniqueness of Pura Tanah Lot is this temple is located on a large rock on the edge of the sea. At the time of sea tide, you can not get closer to Pura Tanah Lot because around the rocks of Pura Tanah Lot buffer will be flooded by sea water. 

At low tide you can see some tame sea snakes which according to locals are keepers of Tanah Lot Temple. In addition, in this location you can also hold a sacred serpent that is benign and harmless.

Legend of Tanah Lot
Dang Hyang Nirartha, a high priest from the Majapahit Kingdom in East Java who travelled to Bali in 1489 to spread Hinduism, arrived at the beautiful area and established a site honouring the sea god, Baruna. Here, he shared his teachings to Beraban villagers, only to face opposition from the village chief who soon gathered his loyal followers to dispel Nirartha.


The priest resisted, incredibly shifting a large rock he meditated upon out to sea while transforming his sashes into sea snakes to guard at its base. The rock’s original name, Tengah Lod, means ‘in the sea’. Acknowledging Nirartha’s powers, the humbled chief vowed allegiance. 

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.

Tanah Lot Highlights and Features
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. Onshore temples include the Penyawang, a spiritual proxy to Tanah Lot that hosts pilgrims 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.

North of Tanah Lot is Batu Bolong, similarly built on a rock formation with a ‘hollow’ overpass linking to the mainland. Convenient pathways and well-kept tropical gardens line the grounds from Tanah Lot to Batu Bolong, with resting spots offering shades and good viewpoints to both outcrops.

Art shops selling souvenirs and curios of all sorts line the pathway from the parking area to the temple, also with peddlers selling traditional snacks such as jaja kelepon –yummy, must-try palm sugar-filled gelatinous balls rolled in grated coconut.

Tanah Lot Temple
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 19:00
Location: Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban Village, Kediri, Tabanan
How to get there: Pass the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort until reaching the end of the street.