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Tanah Lot Temple

 

Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot is Balinese Hindu temple that sits on a large offshore rock. In the Balinese language Tanah Lot means "Land (in the) Sea". Temple is located in Tabanan (about 20 kilometers from Denpasar). 

Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the priest Dang Hyang Nirartha, that arrived to Bali from Java in 16th-century. During his journey along the south coast he saw the perfect place for the temple – beautiful rock that was surrounded by ocean. He spoke to the local people and told them to build a shrine on the rock, for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods. 

The Tanah Lot temple always has been a part of Balinese mythology. The temple is one of the seven holy sea temples around the Balinese coast that protects the island from danger. Each of these temples was established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast. 

Tanah lot temple is a popular touristic destination. Thousands of people come to this beautiful place to learn more about local culture and enjoy romantic sunset. But if you come here during morning hours, you also can enjoy amazing view of the famous temple. If there is a low tide you can even come very close to the foundation of the temple and wash your face in the holy water spring (for donation).

You can get to Tanah Lot temple by taxi or by renting a car or by joining one of our tours for more information.

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