If you are in search for breathtaking sunset backdrops and a unique offshore destination, then you have to visit the Tanah Lot Temple in Bali. This temple is considered an icon in Bali and is visited by hundreds upon thousands of tourists each year.
The temple is located in the Berban Village, just a few kilometers northwest of Kuta. If you are on a tour package covering Western Bali, this temple will most likely be among the places you will visit. Though it is located quite far from the other famous areas in Bali, it is still worth the trip. To begin with, the temples are rich in historical stories and are totally worth seeing. Aside from the temples, you can also check out local restaurants that offer authentic Balinese cuisines and souvenir shops that sell items made by local tribes. There are also regular dance performances available to make your cultural experience even richer.
Standing the test of time
The temple is located on top of a sea that has persistent waves crashing on its rock base. Thus, over the years, it faced a lot of erosion threats. In the 1980’s, the temple has seen tremendous damages. This prompted the national government to make a move and intensify its preservations efforts. It also received aid from the Japanese government. Now, a third of the rocks that form the temple’s base is artificial, but has made the temple sturdier through the years.
During high tide, it is impossible to cross the rock base, as it is extremely dangerous. However, during low tide, there are some people who brave visiting the base for certain beliefs.
If you can’t visit the temples due to huge waves, you can simply visit the onshore temples such as the Penyawang, which is considered a spiritual proxy to those who can’t visit the Tanah Lot temple. There are smaller temples nearby where believers go to when they want to ask for blessings especially in regards to agrarian life. Once you are done visiting the temples, you might also want to visit street shops selling traditional snacks, including the jaja kelapon, a local dessert made from grated coconut.
Only for the brave of heart
There are a lot of reasons for visiting this temple. It also has a lot of obstacles though. It is important that you condition yourself that heading to the temple is a huge challenge, and it is only for the brave of heart. You will not regret it if you happen to pursue visiting the temple.