Pura Tanah Lot: An Offshore Temple in Bali

Pura Tanah Lot is one of the famous and most photographed landmarks in Bali with its unique offshore setting and sunset background.

Pura Tanah Lot in Balinese means Temple of Land in the Middle of the Sea. It was founded by Nirartha, a high priest who traveled to Bali to spread Hinduism. The temple of Tanah Lot is situated on top of a rocky island. They say it is guarded by sea snakes that inhabit the cave below.

Visitors are actually not allowed to enter the temple but a great view from various points beside the spacious ground can be obtained. Strong waves can be observed near the edge of the island and strict safety measures must be observed.

Many people prefer to visit Pura Tanah Lot late in the afternoon to catch a magnificent sunset. Just before you reach the gate of the island, there is a detour going to a higher spot in the area which is popularly known as Sunset Terrace where a number of restaurants are lined up. You can get a panoramic view here of the temple and the sea. We just felt that the food being sold is quite more expensive (the view you have costs the extra rupiahs).

For lunch, we ordered Spaghetti Bolognese for IDR 65,000, Fried Chicken for IDR 60,000 and Soda in can for IDR 20,000. There was nothing special with the food we ordered. Pricey indeed. We also saw some restaurants near the parking area. We think the food there might be cheaper.

There are also a lot of souvenir stores you can find on your way to the temple.

Admission Fee: IDR 30,000

Parking Fee: IDR 5,000