Sunday, 7 July 2013

A Temple by the Sea: Pura Tanah Lot


When visiting Bali, you'll notice that the whole island is dotted with temples. Private or public, big or small, new or old, whatever their shape, size or age, they're everywhere. I visited a few during my stay on the island, but my favourite one was
Pura Tanah Lot.

A Temple by the Sea: Tanah Lot


In Balinese Pura Tanah Lot means temple on land in the sea and that's exactly what it is; a temple perched on a rock formation that rises out of the Bali Sea. It's completely surrounded by water, especially at high tide. The waves are crashing against the temple's rocky pedestal and the views of the sea in the background are far-reaching. The coastline is rocky and there are a few more temples dotted on protruding rock formations.  It's this setting that makes Pura Tanah Lot so special.


Photos of Pura Tanah Lot, Canggu

                       This photo of Pura Tanah Lot is courtesy of TripAdvisor

It is said to be built by a 15th-century priest called Nirartha who spent the night on the rock and asked some fishermen who spotted him to build a shrine. I'm not sure how true this is, but a shrine indeed was built.You can't actually go inside the temple as it's only accessible for local worshipers. There's a lovely small and well kept park area that overlooks both PuraTanah Lot and neigbouring Pura Batu Balong, another temple perched on an adjacent cliff jutting out into the sea.

A Temple by the Sea: Tanah Lot

I do wish that Pura Tanah Lot wasn't so commercialised, but like everywhere else in Bali, it is. Before you even get to the ticket office, you have to meander through rows and rows of souvenirs, food and drink stalls, stocked with products at exorbitant prices. But just ignore them and once you're in, it's absolutely worth the visit.

Photos of Pura Tanah Lot, Canggu

                        This photo of Pura Tanah Lot is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The temple is best visited in the early mornings with the sunrise creating stunning photo-ops and with fewer tourists. Or if you're not much of an early bird, like me, sunsets are good here too.

6 comments:

  1. Purah Tanah Lot looks like an amazing place! I would love to visit Bali. If you have a cool sunset photo from visiting the temple, you should enter it in this week's Travel Photo Carnival here - goo.gl/VLBje. Sunsets are my favorite but I'm not an early bird either. :)

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  2. Ha, thanks for the tip! I will have a look in my folders. I lost a lot of my pics recently though... :-(

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  3. Wow, this place looks incredible!

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  4. It was. Even with all the tourists.

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  5. Heading to Bali in a few weeks, this temple is now on my hit list!

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  6. It should. And have a look at Uluwatu as well. It's got monkeys.

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