Tanah Lot Temple Bali is a fascinating rock formation a lot the coastline about 20 km from Kuta and Denpasar. It is a lovely attraction that you should see if you are in the area. The sunset at the temple are stunning, and we visited twice during our time in Bali, to see it both in daylight and evening. Tanah Lot is very popular for photography, and there is a dance show at sunset, so come early to get a good spot to what the last light of the day.
Legend of Tanah Lot Temple Bali
Tanah Lot means “Land is the Sea” in Balinese, and the temple sits on a large offshore rock, which has been shaped by the ocean over centuries. The Temple is said to be the work of Dang Hyang Nirartha in the 16th century. During his travels along the coastline of the southern Bali, Dang saw the rock island beautiful formations and went in for a rest. Local fishermen saw Dang and brought him presents. After a few days on the island, he told the fishermen to build a shrine, as Dang felt the location was perfect as a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.
Tanah Lot Temple Bali is a part of a group of seven sea temples in total, which was established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast. The temple is said to be guarded by venomous snakes, but we didn’t encounter any during our two visits.
The area is highly commercialized, and when you arrive, you have to walk through a set of Balinese market-format souvenir shops, covering the path down to the sea. There is also a few places to grab a quick bite to eat. Nothing extraordinary, but there are quite a few restaurants to choose from on the mainland clifftops. Be aware that the first temple you meet when entering, on your right-hand side, is not Tanah Lot, but instead the Batu Bolong, another beautiful temple. A good spot on the walkway gives you the opportunity to catch some stunning sunset shots.