Tanah Lot Temple, A Stunning Temple by The Ocean

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Tanah Lot is dramatically located on the Tabanan coast. Built on a promontory only accessible at low tide, this temple is one of the most important in Bali. It means “Sea Temple of the Earth”. This stunning religious complex and impressive architectural feat sits on a gigantic jagged rock that rises out of the ocean on Bali’s southern coast. World Monuments Watch lists it as one of the 100 most endangered and historical sites in the world.

Tanah Lot is also celebrated for the breathtaking sunsets. Here, when the sun slowly and gracefully sinks into the horizon, every pair of eyes in the area are bound to look at one specific spot in the sky.

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Nearby, there is another beautiful temple; Batu Bolong Temple, meaning “ hollowed rock”.  The small shrine is built on a rocky promontory that is said dedicated to the protective sea spirits in that area. This site on the north of Tanah Lot has its own allure, it’s quite underrated if we may say. So be sure to walk up north and visit Batu Bolong Temple as well.

The Fact About Tanah Lot Temple

  • On the temple complex there are 2 temple with breathtaking ocean view; Tanah Lot Temple and Batu Bolong Temple
  • Admission IDR 60.000/person
  • Beautiful ocean and sunset view from anywhere around the temple side
  • Best time visit is on sunset (If it does not rain or cloudy)
  • Restaurants are available on cliff side overlooking to the ocean/sunset
  • Souvenir shops are available along the street
  • Balinese Dance performance on sunset with IDR 100.000 extra charge
  • ‘Klepon’ is the authentic sweet cake in this area you must try
  • Holy snakes you should see on the cave (with a small notes as donation!)
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