One of the smaller temples on the site
The rocky beach of Tanah lot
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Alina I. Author / Photography and Production Keith EatonPura Tanah Lot, North Bali
Tanah Lot is a mystical place in Bali that attracts tourists from all over the world. It is a beach made of stone that has become home to one of the seven sea temples along the Balinese coast, and a place that has its own legends and stories to whisper to those curious to listen.The temple on Tanah Lot (Tour Intro)
The temple chiseled out of Tanah Lot is called Pura Tanah Lot. While foreign visitors can only get as close as the base of the temple, this remains an active temple for the Hindu people of Bali, and ceremonies may give travelers a glimpse into the Balinese Hindu culture. Travelers also find that the natural wonder extends beyond the temple. The stone beach is dotted with impressions filled with water and seashells (Scene T105b) and the stone cliffs facing the temple and peppered with little caves opening towards the beach (T10a).
Being one of the top touristic attractions in Bali, Tanah Lot is often very crowded. Most tourists gather on the beach in front of this temple in the afternoon, getting ready for a spectacular sunset and sublime views of Pura Tanah Lot while the sky is changing colors.
The locals know about the fame of this place and many of them arrive here to sell all sorts of Balinese trinkets to those interested in buying souvenirs. The stands create a true maze and you literally have to make your way through the busy alleys to get to the beach. Your effort will be rewarded with the amazing views of the temple that sits quietly on an impressive rock since the 15th century, when it is believed that the Hindu priest Nirartha founded the temple. (Scene T01)
When there is a low tide, visitors can walk to the base of the rock. However, the best views of the temple are to be captured from the beach.
On-site you can find many restaurants situated on the cliff top that welcome tourists not only with traditional dishes, but also with amazing sea views. The traditional drink served by all restaurants here is Es Kelapa Muda (chilled coconut). (See this on the tour)
If you want to stay close to the temple, you can choose from a variety of accommodations. You can book a room at cheap hotels such as Hotel Astiti Graha, or pamper yourself at one of the luxury resorts in the area, like the Pan Pacific Nirwana Golf and Spa Resort.
In the vicinity of Tanah Lot there is one of the best golf courses in Asia, the Nirwana Golf Course. Players will pay between $170 and $200 for a round.
The village of Pejaten, a great destination for acquiring traditional ceramics, is to be found 7 km from Tanah Lot.
How to get to Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot is situated on the coastal side of Beraban countryside, in the sub district of Kediri and Tabanan Regency. The most popular towns located in the vicinity of this temple are Denpasar, situated 30 km away, and Tabanan which is located at a distance of 11 km south from the temple.
You can also get here from Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, situated about 45 minutes by car from Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot is located conveniently on the route to West Bali.
A trip by taxi from Kuta costs between Rp 100,000 and 300,000. However, many tourists prefer to book a tour to Tanah Lot from one of the local tour companies
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