Tanah Lot Temple

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The Tanah Lot temple is an important historical landmark in Bali that is renowned for offering some of the most stunning sea views. All the popular Bali trip packages have Tanah Lot in the itinerary. The temple is housed in a beautiful offshore location of Beraban village of Tabanan. The temple is frequently visited by photographers who come to capture the captivating natural atmosphere. While visiting this temple you can discover the traditional Balinese architectural designs and sculptures in this temple. Visit Tanah Lot temple for a fascinating cultural experience while marvelling at the breathtaking beauty of the natural surroundings.

History of Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple and is one of the seven sea temples in Bali. The temple was constructed in the 16th century by Danghyang Nirartha, a famous Shaivite traveller.  The word “Tanah Lot’ means “Land in the Sea” and the temple was established in devotion to the Balinese Sea Gods. The principal deity of the temple is Lord Baruna, famously known as the God of the Sea. According to the Balinese methodology, this historical structure was built in order to seek prosperity and peace between the land and the sea. One of the major attractions of the Tanah Lot temple is the Kecak dance performance, which is a fire dance depicting the scene of Hanuman destroying the Golden Lanka Kingdom in the Ramayana. It is one of the best places to visit in Bali to learn more about the culture and heritage of the island.

Highlights of Tanah Lot Temple

  • Explore the temple’s unique architectural designs and statues.
  • Explore the holy water cave under the temple 
  • See the holy snake in the temple’s snake cave 
  • Kecak Fire Dance Performance 
  • Enjoy the sunset view from the temple 
  • Witness the stunning landscapes and capture wonderful photographs 
  • Get a great shopping experience at the nearby shopping sites 

Operational Hours of Tanah Lot

The temple is open to the public on all days from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, the Kecak dance performance starts only at 6.30pm and ends at 7.30pm.

Entrance Fees For Tanah Lot

Domestic Tourists

  • Adults-IDR 20,000 (Rs. 107.01)
  • Children-IDR 10,000 (Rs.53.51)

Foreign Tourists

  • Adults-IDR 60,000 (Rs. 321.04)
  • Children's IDR 30,000 (Rs. 160.52)

Things to know Before you Visit Tanah Lot

Wear fully covered clothes when visiting this temple. Do not wear mini skirts, trousers or see-through dresses. Worshippers visiting this place must cover themselves from knee to shoulder with a scarf or sarong.

How to Reach Tanah Lot Temple

Bali offers a wide range of transportation services for tourists to reach various attractions. If you are planning on a budget trip, using public transport is an excellent choice, but if you wish to explore more places in Bali, then a private vehicle is the better option. You can use online apps like Grab and Gojek to book your taxis to reach your destination. If you are planning to stay in a place for more than two days, then you can rent cars with a personal driver or scooters. If you love riding bicycles, then you can also rent bicycles to reach nearby locations, which would make it even more fun on your holiday trip.

The best option to reach the Tanoh Lot temple is by taking a private vehicle from your hotel. You can also book your rides through online apps and reach the temple.

Distance between Tanah Lot temple and other cities

Places KilometresTravel Duration
Ubud 33.0 km1 hr 13 mins
Canggu 10.9 km25 mins
Kuta 21.8 km1 hr 4 mins
Denpasar19.9 km55 mins

Accomodation Near The Tanah Lot Temple

There are several housing opportunities near the Tanah Lot Temple. Overlooking the stunning landscapes, there are many hotels and private villas that are located nearby. Here are some of the top picks that you can choose for your Bali trip.

  • Natya Hotel Tanah Lot
  • Swell Hotel, Pool Bar & Restaurant
  • Hotel Astiti Graha Tanah Lot.
  • Coco Verde Bali Resort
  • D'sawah Villa
  • Nirjhara 

Best Time to Visit Tanah Lot

From January to April is the best time to visit Tanah Lot Temple. Not only can you enjoy the amazing weather, but you can also witness the temple’s parade festivals. As the temple receives numerous visitors during these months, all the shops and restaurants near the temple are open, making it ideal for shopping in this location.

Attractions Near Tanah Lot

1. Kelating Beach

Kelating Beach in Bali is a stunning beach that is well worth a visit. Located in the popular district of Karangasem, the beach is only 13.5 km away from Tanah Lot. The beach offers visitors a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf. The beach is surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful mountains, making it a picturesque site. The sand is soft and white, and the waters are clear and inviting. The stunning sunsets make for a great backdrop for the perfect sunset photo. There are also plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops to explore nearby.

2. Tabanan Anom Palace 

Bali is an Indonesian island known for its natural beauty, its vibrant culture, and its many temples. The Tabanan Anom Palace is one of the most famous temples in Bali. It is located in the town of Tabanan, on the west coast of the island and is located  at a distance of 12.9 km from Tanah Lot temple. The temple was built in the 9th century, and is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture and its many sculptures. 

3. Jatiluwih Green Land

Distinguished as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jatiluwih green land is home to some of the most breathtaking rice terraces in the world. The place covers around 600 hectares of land which is located in the central highlands of Bali and is 35 kms away from Tanah Lot temple. The rice terraces here are unlike anything you will have ever seen before.  The terraces are a beautiful sight to behold, and the place sets an example of how humans can live in harmony with nature. If you are ever in Bali, make sure to visit Jatiluwih  it really is a piece of paradise on earth.

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