Beautiful Sunset with Temple @ Tanah Lot, BALI
We missed the sunset at Jimbaran because we had another sunset view at Tanah Lot. It tooke around 10-15 min walk from the main entrance to Tanah Lot. Along the way to the beach side, there were stalls selling Balinese goods and souvenirs. Prices for the items were negotiable.
What is this Tanah Lot means? Check some facts of Tanah Lot:
Tanah Lot means “Land in the Middle of the sea” in Balinese language. Located in Tabanan, about 20 km from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.
Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th century priest Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island’s beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.
The Tanah Lot temple was built and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples were established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast.
At the base of the rocky island, poisonous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. As well as one giant snake which also protects the temple, which was created from Nirartha’s scarf when he established the island.-Wikipedia
Since it was almost sunset, we paced ourselves to the beachside. When we reached there, we saw something quite amazing and yet recognizable. The scenery was exactly the same as the pictures on the post cards everywhere in Bali.
It was the “Tanah Lot”. An amazing rock island with a temple on top of it. It was low tide so we still can walk across to the island. It is impossible to do it during high tides.
Everyone crossing over to have a better look at Tanah Lot and we were glad it was low tide.
A tourist receiving blessing from the priest. This was free of charge and it was believe that there is a holy spring water in the cave.
Amazingly, there were spring water glushing from the top. We need to wash our face with the holy water and then received blessings from the priest. The priest will placed a few grains of rice to the forehead.
Indeed, the sunset here was amazing. Thank god, I managed to take this nicely with Canon 20D. 🙂
Another shot of the sunset at Tanah Lot.
Me and Rachel in front of the Tanah Lot.
We recommend you to visit this place during sunset but there could be many tourists at that time. Plan your visit well so you can visit other places at the same area. This place is a must visit places in Bali.