It is located at Braban Village, Kediri District, Tabanan Regency. It is about 13 km from the closest city of Tabanan, about 30 km from the main city Denpasar. It can be reached by motorcycle and road fairly good. From Denpasar you can go from Denpasar’s Ubung terminal to tanah lot via Kediri and then from Kediri turn left around 11 kilometers to the south.
The spectacular location of Tanah Lot is possibly the best known and most photographed temple on Bali. The tourist crowed here are phenomenal, especially at sunset, and the commercial hype is terrible. Tanah Lot sunset tours are heavily promoted in all tourist areas. The Tanah Lot Temple perched on a little rocky islet, look superb whether delicately lit by the dawn light or starkly outlined at sunset. But can it ever live up to the hype! For the Balinese, Tanah Lot is one of the important and venerated sea temples. Like Pura Uluwatu, at the southern end of the island. The name of Tanah Lot Temple in tourism bibliography about Bali almost never absent. The name Tanah Lot is probably from “Tanah Laut ” means land in the sea. It is the fact that the strong sea abrasion has separated the temple area with Bali mainland, so it looks that the temple nests on a small speck of rock building up on the ocean. Despite the fact that strong hit of sea wave but the site is still standing while the whole sides have disappeared by the raged waves of hundreds of years. No historical record is found so far to construct the history of the temple. Scripture of Dang Hyang Nirarta mentions that the priest Dang Hyang Nirarta had visited the temple and asked the people around the area to build shrine.
While the priest also educates the fishermen there in making fish trap. The temple as a whole is dedicated to the God of the sea. Fishermen pray to get fish and prosperity. A story mentions that one of the shrine at Batukaru temple was lost, and was found here standing at Tanah Lot temple complex. It was very probable that the temple was built by Mengwi Kingdom as the sea temple. A kingdom in Bali normally had 3 main temples, one located near the sea, one in the city or near the palace, and one on the mountain or near the mountain. This concept of 3 temples has also influenced the smaller unit of Balinese settlement in the level called “Banjar“. Every “Banjar” in Bali has also 3 main temples dedicated to different way of worshipping the gods and ancestor’s spirits. Now only 3 villages that responsible for the temple those are all nearby villages of Beraban, Kelating, and Tibu Biyu, and still as the temple for Mengwi Palace. The ceremony is performed every 6 month, based on Hindu-Java calendar which is already printed out during November every year. For tourists, it is not only the traditional magic of the temple is interested, but the location in the natural setting, especially during the sunset, the temple changes into silhouette against the sunsets above Indonesian ocean
MANAGED BY :
Tanah Lot Tourism Object is managed by the Community of Beraban Village.
Telp. / Fax : +62 361 880361
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
ENTRANCE TICKET :
Rp. 30.000 / pax
What you can see around Tanah Lot Temple :
1. Monkey Forest Kedaton, Alas Kedaton or “Holy Monkey Forest” is a small Forest measuring about 12, 00 ha. There are hundreds of monkeys in this forest and high up on the big trees many bats ate hanging and singing with their loud voices. In this Forest is an old temple what we called Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton Temple is one of the important and attractive temples amongst thousand of temples all over Bali.
2. Taman Ayun Temple, The huge state temple of Pura Taman Ayun surrounded by a wide moat, was the main temple of Mengwi kingdom, which survived until 1891 when it was conquered by the neighboring kingdoms of Tabanan and Badung. The temple was originally built in 1634 and extensively renovated in 1937. It’s very large and spacious, and the elegant moat is an unusual feature. The first courtyard is a large, open grassy expanse and the inner courtyard has a multitude of Merus (multi-tiered shrines).
3. Bali Butterfly Park is one of the biggest butterfly parks in Southeast Asia. Find out the beautiful scenery by seeing a thousand species of butterflies from throughout Indonesia.This park offers many different kind of colors, shapes and sizes.