Located in the Beraban countryside of Kediri is one of Bali’s main tourist attractions, Pura Tanah Lot (or Tanah Lot Temple). This iconic landmark offers some of the best sunset views in this island-destination. Although that has been somewhat overshadowed by the sheer number of tourists, this famous sea temple is still worth a visit. As what our guide used to say, you’ve never been to Bali if you didn’t visit Tanah Lot.
1. This ancient Balinese Hindu temple is said to have been built by Dang Hyang Nirartha, known in Bali as Ida Pedanda Sakti Wawu Rawuh. With the local village suffering from an epidemic at that time, the presence of Nirartha, a religious figure in Bali, helped the community recover. He was also said to have provided the villagers religious guidance and instructions for their livelihood which included farming and fishing.
2. Another legend surrounding its creation shares how Niratha placed the coral rocks using his spiritual powers and named it “Tengah Lot”.
3. Tanah Lot (Tengah Lot) translates to a small island (land) floating in the sea.
4. It is one of the seven sea temples surrounding Bali’s coastline. Renowned for having a close distance from each other, the chain of temples starts from the south to the west coast of Bali and includes Pura Pulaki, Pura Gede Perancak, Pura Rambut Siwi, Pura Tanah Lot, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Pura Mas Suka, and Pura Sakenan.
5. While the temple can be reached during low-tide, non-Balinese people are not allowed to enter the temple itself.
6. It is said that a giant snake made from Nirartha’s “selendang” (sash) protects the temple, while venomous sea snakes protects it from evil spirits.
7. When waiting for the sunset (which, at times, is covered by clouds), tourists can walk around the hundreds of souvenir shops, art market, or have a meal at the sunset terrace.
8. In 2017, the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), signed an agreement with Indonesia for the Bali Beach Conservation Project which included the conservation of Tanah Lot. The agreement includes the conservation of some of Bali’s famous beaches including Sanur, Nusa Dua, Kuta, and to reinforce the seawall of the famous temple.
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