Tanah Lot

by GoingPlaces.sg

Tanah Lot is one of the most popular tourist destinations and symbolic of Bali

Tanah Lot, Bali

Your trip to Bali would not be complete without a Tanah Lot Sunset tour to see this Hindu temple on a rock-island. And it is an obligatory stop for photographers, casual and professional, to capture the spectacular sunset.

Tanah Lot at Low TideTanah Lot by a priest named Nirartha is founded in the 15th century. The priest spent a night on this rock-island and the next day he told the fishermen nearby to build a shrine on the rock as he believed it is a holy place to be dedicated to worship sea gods.

Tourists can walk over to the rock-island during low tide. However, being one of Bali’s most sacred sea temples, entry to Tanah Lot is restricted to Balinese people only.

Tanah Lot Sunset

During pre-sunset, busload of tourists would gather on the terraces nearby to watch the sunset behind the temple. To beat the crowd and get the best spot to view the the Tanah Lot sunset, you want to be there in the early afternoon or even before noon or check into a hotel near Tanah Lot.

Due to the erosion of the ocean tide over years, the tower of rock that the temple sits upon has been reconstructed and it is a surprising fact that over one-third of the rock is artificial! But it’s still posed as an excellent staging for sunset lovers.

Tanah Lot is located in Beraban Village, about 22km from Denpasar or about 35-minutes car-ride from Ngurah Rai International Airport depending on traffic.

The area between the car park (IDR5,000 per vehicle) and the beach adjacent to the temple is a maze of souvenir shops selling just about every Balinese trinket imaginable.

Tanah Lot Entrance Ticket Price:

Local Foreigner
Child IDR 5,000 IDR 10,000
Adult IDR 7,500 IDR 10,000

There is a higher entrance fee payable for international tourists and the area is lined with market stalls aimed at the passing tourist trade. Some of the stuff did look nice but prepare to bargain hard.