Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most vital landmarks, well-known for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of a ridge among constantly crashing waves; Tanah Lot Temple is simply among Bali’s not-to-be-missed icons – especially if you are a devout practitioner of the Balinese faith.
The temple has been etched in Balinese history. There was a time when Dang Hyang Nirartha, a high priest from the Majapahit Kingdom in East Java travelled to Bali in 1489 to spread Hinduism, arrived at the beautiful area and established a site honouring the sea god, Baruna. Here, he shared his traditions with Beraban villagers, only to be faced with opposition from the village chief who momentarily gathered his loyal followers to oust Nirartha. The priest resisted, incredibly shifting a large rock he meditated upon out to sea while transforming his sashes into sea snakes to guard at its base. The rock’s original name, Tengah Lod, means ‘in the sea.’
The onshore site is dotted with smaller shrines alongside visitors’ leisure facilities that comprise restaurants, shops and a cultural park presenting regular dance performances.
There are fitting pathways and well-kept tropical gardens that line the grounds from Tanah Lot to Batu Bolong, with resting spots offering suspects and good viewpoints to both ridges. There are also art shops selling souvenirs and Balinese curios of all sorts line the pathway from the parking area to the temple. Additionally, there are also peddlers selling traditional snacks such as jaja kelepon – delicious must-try palm sugar-filled gelatinous balls rolled in grated coconut.