Tanah Lot Temple (Purah Tanah Lot)…
…Bali’s only off-shore temple, is located 13 kilometres south-west of Tabanan, in Beraban village, about a 1 ½ hour tour from Kuta.
Tanah Lot Temple (Pura Pakendungan is the ancient name for Tanah Lot) dates back to the 15th century and sits graceful on its little rock, waiting for low tide so it can welcome Balinese worshipers.
Legend says, Tanah Lot Temple was built by Sanghyang Nirantha one of the last Brahman priests who arrived from Java and got plenty of followers very quickly. Bendesa Beraben, the local ruler, who was afraid of losing control, ordered Nirantha to leave. The Newcomer then used his magical powers to split the rock that Tanah Lot is situated on, from the mainland. Nirantha also transformed his scarf into a holy snake, which nowadays still protects Tanah Lot. Eventually, and many years later, the old leader Beraben followed the newcomer Nirantha.
Pura Tanah Lot, is a very popular attraction in Bali. As Uluwatu Temple, Tanah Lot Temple also offers an unbelievable sunset and a lovely area to stroll around. During low tide, the rocky coast is the perfect place for kids to catch crabs and romp around. Ceremonies at Tanah Lot are spectacular and make the most fabulous postcard pictures. Check out the events calendar of Tanah Lot Temple, to make sure, you can take an outstanding picture of a magical moment in Bali.
Many shops and some Warungs can be found around Tanah Lot. The prices are reasonable and the sellers are not overly pushy. Some showmen offer you the opportunity to take pictures with monkeys or snakes for a small donation.
Purah Tanah Lot guarantees you and your family a nice afternoon, and in the event of good weather, a gorgeous sunset as well.
Tip 1: Pura Tanah Lot is a very nice area for kids during low tide but please take care of your children as the rocks can be slippery
Tip 2: Check out the events calendar and ask your hotel staff for the ceremony time to take the perfect postcard picture
Additional information 1: Tanah Lot is derived from the words tanah (land) and laut (ocean) which finally means offshore.