Reckoned as an imposing rock formation of Bali, Tanah Lot is visited by many pilgrims and vacationers throughout the year. The meaning of Tanah Lot in Balinese language is "Land Sea", and it houses a very beautiful temple. Tanah Lot is precisely situated 20 km away from Denpasar and visitors have to pay some charges to enter in the Tanah Lot area.
Things to Do
Visit Temple: Tanah Lot has a beautiful temple named Pura Tanah Lot/ Tanah Lot. The temple looks very exotic! Though its exoticness makes for one of the reasons for it being photographed, it is the temple’s cultural influences that also attract a lot of photography lovers.
The temple is situated on a very big offshore rock and looks a bit different in shape after every few years and which is the resultant of oceanic tides.
Visit Souvenir Shops: On the way to temple one can also make visit to various Balinese market-format souvenir shops, which slump on the two sides of the causeway treading to the sea.
Savor Delectable Food: There are many restaurants sprawling on the mainland cliff tops where the tourists can eat delicious food. The food is hygienically cooked and served to the guests at affordable prices.
Origin of Tanah Lot Temple
During 16th century, Dang Hyang Nirartha used to visit south coast and on one of his travels, he saw a beautiful rock island setting. He decided to spend some time at the island, and before leaving the island he asked the fishermen to construct a shrine on the rock. Dang Hyang Nirartha felt the island was very holy and suggested there should be a shrine devoted to Balinese sea gods there.
In 1980s, the temple started to break down. So, the Japanese government gave a loan to the government of Indonesia for conserving the temple.
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