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Pura Batu Bolong is a brief walk.

The Beach at Tanah Lot

A pathway for water in the stone beach

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Pura Tanah Lot

Alina I.  Author / Photography and Production Keith Eaton
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Tanah Lot is a rock situated on the island of Bali, in Indonesia. This rock houses the Pura Tanah Lot, a famous sea temple. It is a popular attraction for tourists who visit this island and a pilgrimage temple for the locals. For the Balinese people this is one of the most important and venerated sea temples.

There are seven temples on the Balinese southwestern coast, each of them being built so it could be within sight of the next. From the Pura Tanah Lot you can see the Pura Ulu Watu temple, far to the south, and the Perancak, near Negara, to the west.


The temple of Tanah Lot is situated in the Beraban village with the same name, located in the Taban Regency. The town of Kuta can be found 20 km away, while Denpasar is located at a distance of 30 km from Tanah Lot. Tabanan is only 11 km south of this location.


The name Tanah Lot is composed of two Balinese words. The word "Tanah" means an isle or a reef, while "Lot" means "the sea". So, Tanah Lot means "a small island on the sea". The name significance is obvious since Tanah Lot is a rocky island situated directly in the sea, at a distance of 20 meters from the beach.Inside a cave at Tanah Lot


Tanah Lot has been used since the Megalithic period as a place of worship. However, the temple that tourists can visit today is believed to date from the 15th century. The rock was at first inhabited by the Bharatha people, a Sri Lankan caste of Paravar immigrants from Tamil Nadu, in India.

During his journeys along the south coast of Bali that had as purpose promoting Hinduism, Dang Hyang Nirartha, a high priest from the Majapahit Kingdom, situated in East Java, saw this majestic rock who inspired him to build a temple dedicated to the sea. He told the fishermen that were living here to built him a shrine and this place became a worship place of the Balinese sea gods.

This temple is part of the Balinese mythology for hundreds of years now, and it is very rich in Hindu influences.

In 1980, the locals noticed that part of the rock started to crumble, which made the areas inside and around the temple dangerous. The Japanese government decided to help the Balinese people keep their historic temple intact and a few other important locations in Bali, so they provided a loan to the Indonesian government of Rp 800 billion. This money helped, among others, "artificially" rebuild about one third of the rock.

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20 Aug 14


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