Tanah Lot is one of the most stunning destinations in Bali that must be visited by all the travelers visiting this breathtaking island. Located in the Village Beraban, the place is at a distance of about 13 km in the west of the Tabanan city. It is a popular rock formation located off the Bali, which is regarded as home to the pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot. The location is a popular tourist spot and cultural icon for photography.
Tanah Lot is located on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. This temple is as important as Uluwatu Temple. Cliff of this location connects the temple with the mainland and the curved into the shape like a bridge.
Tanah Lot literally means “Land Sea” and this temple has been a part of the Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one among the seven sea temples of the Balinese coast. It is regarded as a place of worship by the god of the sea guards. Surrounded by extreme sea water during high tides, the temple has a small cave nearby housing some sea snakes.
Tanah Lot is supposed to be a work of the 16th-century Dang Hyang Nirartha. During his journey along the south coast, he observed the beautiful setting of the rock-island and rested there.
He convinced the people here to build a shrine on the rock to worship the Balinese sea gods. The main divinity of this holy place is Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, who is supposed to be the sea god or sea power. At present, Nirartha is also worshipped here.
It is not so easy to get public transport to visit Tanah Lot and its surrounding area. If you are living in Ubud or Kuta tourist area, please use a taxi to reduce your transportation costs.The ideal way is to use a cheap car hiring services with driver. This will be more reasonably priced, convenient and safe.