One of the most famous attractions in Bali is Tanah Lot Temple, which is located in the southern village of Tabanan about 1 hour from Denpasar.
The name comes from the word “tanah” which means “land”, and “lot” which means “the sea”. According to the story, Tanah Lot Temple was built by the holy Brahman “Nirartha”. It’s guarded by a snake who is the reincarnation of Nirartha’s shawl.
Tanah Lot is situated along a long line of beaches with beautiful cliffs and crashing seawater. These beaches are made of stone, offering a unique experience outside our familiar sandy coasts. At the bottom of these cliffs, you’ll find the “holy serpent”, a cavern, which holds the holy snake that brings good luck.
There’s another temple nearby beautifully positioned on an arched stone formation.
The best time to visit Tanah Lot Temple is late afternoon when you can walk the grounds, then, enjoy a beautiful sunset. There’s a stretch of markets and restaurants overlooking the temple, which create the perfect romantic atmosphere.
While you can view Tanah Lot Temple from outside, entry is only permitted for practicing Hindus. The best time to witness this is during Odalan, a religious festival where many people gather in traditional dress to pray. This location is particularly interesting because of the rising tide; people must cross to the temple during low-tide, or they’ll be forced to wade back in the shallow water!