Introduction to Tanah Lot
The Tanah Lot Temple is located in the Tabanan Regency of Western Bali. Because of its location to the west of the island, it offers absolutely stunning sunset views on most days of the year. Out of all the temples in Bali, it is Tanah Lot that is the most visited and accessible to tourists.
How to get to Tanah Lot
Getting to the temple is quite easy. Follow the main road Jl Bypass Tanah Lot running west from Denpasar all the way to a little town called Kidiri, then take a left turn onto Jl Raya Tanah Lot. You can’t really miss the massive sign pointing to the entrance of the temple grounds. Click on the map below.
Alternatively, you can book one of our fantastic guides to drive you there.
As you enter
Entrance fees are payable at the main gate and many shops line the way to the main temple complex offering goods for sale. So, should you need a visit to the restroom, buy a new t-shirt, handicrafts, sarong or something to eat during your visit you will be very well catered for. Recent improvements to the infrastructure include a massively expanded car park and a streamlining of ticketing, making it a hassle-free experience to gain entry.
Tanah Lot is one of the most important directional temples in Bali. The temple is located on a small island rock outcrop just offshore. It is said to have been founded by a revered 16th-century Hindu priest called Danghyang Nirartha of the Majapahit Kingdom in East Java. Purah Tanah Lot forms an important element of Balinese spirituality and mythology. It is said that when Nirartha found the little island he spent the night on it and told local fishermen that they should build a shrine as he believed the area to be holy. Tanah Lot is dedicated to Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara or, the god of the sea.
While You Are There
The site has vast gardens to stroll around and take in the absolutely stunning views. To reach the actual temple of Tanah Lot, you will need to cross at low tide. On its northern side stand two other Balinese temples built on an overhanging cliff that connects the islet to the shore. Underneath the bridge formation is caves that are inhabited by sea snakes, believed to be the earthly guardians of the temples.
Following are the corresponding dates for future anniversaries at Tanah Lot
The very best time of the year to visit Tanah Lot is during Odalan, celebrated every 210 days, for the Galungan and Kuningan festivities. These special and revered days are called Buddha Cemeng Langkir. On any of these two days, you will see many Balinese families gracefully making their way to the holy places to make their offerings and to make prayers.
- 13th June 2018
- 9th January 2019
- 7th August 2019
- 4th March 2020
- 30th September 2020
Gate price for Tourists. Included if accompanied by one of our guides
Jl. Raya Tanah Lot, Kawasan Pura Tanah Lot | Desa Beraban, Kecamatan Kediri, Beraban 82121, Indonesia
Open 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM