Our first visit to a Balinese Temple – Pura Tanah Lot

Hi Travel Buddies,

All the travel books we read about Bali will mention Pura Tanah Lot as one of the top 10 sights in Bali, so we were very excited to embark our first visit to a Balinese Temple – Pura Tanah Lot, founded by the wandering Hindu priest Nirartha, who sailed to Bali from Java during the 16th century.  In the eyes of the Balinese, Pura Tanah Lot is one of the holiest places in Bali.

Our driver, Made picked us up at 9.30am sharp at our hotel in Kuta.  After a comfortable ride of about an hour, we finally arrived.  Much to our surprise, the site is huge, we may not know where best to start our walk if is not because of Made, who did a great job to guide us to start from the west.

He led us to Pura Batu Bolong, a small Balinese Temple located at the edge of the rock formations facing the Indian Ocean.  The rock formations has a natural hole underneath and “Batu Bolong”, means rock with a hole, how interesting!  We wonder why this temple was not much mentioned as we think it is really beautiful.

Next, we walked towards the direction of Pura Tanah Lot.  This was the place where you can get really nice pictures of Tanah Lot from far.  Fun loving tourists enjoyed getting wet from the strong pounding waves from the Indian Ocean and you see many surfers in action!

During low tide, you can walk over to the temple and take a sip of the holy water or view the holy snake.  We went down to take a peek at the entrance to the holy snake but we thought this may be just another touristy show.


Tanah Lot is more famous for its dramatic sunset view but we chose to go early in the day.  Why?  We heard that the car traffic in the evening is usually very congested and we want to avoid the crowd so that we can spend more time and enjoy the temple views and the surroundings.  So if you intend to catch the sunset view, be prepared to go earlier in the afternoon and find a good spot to wait for the sunset.

Read our related post to find out what other attractions and things you can do in Bali.  Click here Stay tune for our next update after Pura Tanah Lot! 🙂

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