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Tanah Lot

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As one of Bali’s most photographed and mythological natural features, this unusual island temple is one sight you won’t want to miss.

Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most iconic attractions. The rocky cliff is home to Pura Tanah Lot, a small temple perched precariously above the Indian Ocean. Join the crowds in the late afternoon to capture one of Indonesia’s most captivating sunsets.

Pura Tanah Lot has been a site of pilgrimage for over 500 years. “Tanah Lot” means “Land in Sea” and the Hindu site is dedicated to the god of the sea. The arched cliff is subject to coastal erosion, but artificial rocks now support the island in an un-obtrusive way.

At low tide, you can walk around the cliff in your bare feet and admire the temple’s architecture. Venomous snakes in the caves below are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits. Banded sea snakes are indeed common here, although you’re unlikely to see one.

Watch the worshippers follow the flattened rock bridge to access the temple rock. Notice how all who come to pray cover their legs with sarongs. The men also wear an “udeng,” a folded Balinese headdress, and the women a “kebaya,” an Indonesian blouse-dress.

Local Hindus perform the Kecak Dance each night at sunset. One of the best spots to admire the often spectacular sunsets is from the Enjung Galuh temple, so you can see the arch of Tanah Lot. The Batu Bolong Temple on the headland is another good spot.

Tanah Lot sits just outside Beraban village in the district of Kediri, near Tabanan, on Bali Island. There is an entrance fee for Tanah Lot; children get a 50 percent discount.

Tanah Lot is open to visitors during daylight hours, but worshippers can come here 24/7. The temple is about 45 minutes by car from both Denpasar and Kuta and about an hour from Ubud, depending on traffic. There is no public transportation available later in the day, but metered taxis are cheap. If you have a flight to catch in Denpasar, factor in at least an extra hour for the return trip to Tanah Lot. If you are coming by motorbike or private car, you’re asked to pay a small fee for parking near the island rock.

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Natya Hotel Tanah Lot
Natya Hotel Tanah Lot
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Kawasan Wisata Tanah Lot, Tabanan, Bali
The price is SG$36 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Tabanan, this beach hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Tanah Lot, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Seminyak Beach and Eat Street. Seminyak Square and Double ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (73 reviews)
Very convenient for Tanah Lot temple visit
"Very convenient, a mere 7-min walk to Tanah Lot Temple, which is the main attraction at Tanah Lot. Hotel staff were very helpful overall and the breakfasts were quite tasty with enough variety for a two-day stay :)"

Reviewed on 26 Jan,2020

Natya Hotel Tanah Lot
Beachfront Villa Nixie and the Sea
Beachfront Villa Nixie and the Sea
Pantai Pasut, Kerambitan, Desa Tibubiu, Tabanan, Bali
This family-friendly Tabanan villa is located on the beach, just steps away from Batu Bolong Temple and Tanah Lot. Kedungu Beach and Nirwana Bali Golf Club are ...
Beachfront Villa Nixie and the Sea
Dewi Sinta Hotel and Restaurant
Dewi Sinta Hotel and Restaurant
3 out of 5
Obyek Wisata, Tanah Lot, Tabanan, Bali
Situated in Tabanan, this beach hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Tanah Lot, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Seminyak Beach and Eat Street. Seminyak Square and Double ...
3.3/5 (3 reviews)
"Ich will nicht wissen, was in der Bettdecke alles drin gehangen ist... Die Schränke von innen vollkommen verstaubt, im Kühlschrank steht das Wasser, im Bad gab es einen Schlauch, aus dem die ganze Nacht Wasser getropft hat, etc. Das Hotel ist mitten im Touristenzentrum und man muss Eintritt bezahlen, ..."

Reviewed on 22 Oct,2019

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OYO 1762 Hotel Astiti Graha Tanah Lot
OYO 1762 Hotel Astiti Graha Tanah Lot
2 out of 5
Jl. Raya Tanah Lot No.264, Beraban, Tabanan, Bali
The price is SG$17 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
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Beachfront Villa Nixie and the Sea
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Natya Hotel Tanah Lot
Natya Hotel Tanah Lot
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Kawasan Wisata Tanah Lot, Tabanan, Bali
The price is SG$36 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
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Dewi Sinta Hotel and Restaurant
Dewi Sinta Hotel and Restaurant
3 out of 5
Obyek Wisata, Tanah Lot, Tabanan, Bali
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3 out of 5
Jl Bali Nirwana Resort, Tanah Lot, Tabanan, Bali
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Villa Tantangan
4 out of 5
Jalan Pantai Nyanyi, Tabanan, Bali
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Silversand Villa
Silversand Villa
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Kedungu, Belalang, Kediri, Tabanan, Bali
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Anginsepoi Villa
4.5 out of 5
Banjar Pengembungan Desa Pererenan, Mengwi, Tabanan, Bali
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