Tanah Lot is located about 12 kilometers from Tabanan City and 20
kilometers from Denpasar. The area comprises a wondrous mixture of
natural beauty and sheer human effort. Here lies an idyllic white sand
beach with crashing waves, complemented by a small yet majestic temple.
This temple, known as Pura Tanah Lot, juts out to sea on a rocky
background. Tanah Lot attracts throngs of both locals and tourists
daily. Most come here longing to catch a glimpse of the romantic Tanah
Lot sunsets, a regular occurrence during the dry season (April to
The royal Taman Ayun temple was built by one of the last priests
to come to Bali from Java in the 16th century. The temple stands on the
top of a huge rock, surrounded by the sea and is one of Bali's most
important sea temples. Tanah Lot pays homage to the guardian spirits of
the sea. Ancient rituals pay homage to the guardian spirits of the sea.
Poisonous sea snakes found in the caves at the base of the rocky island
are believed to be guardians of the temple, standing Virgil against evil
spirits and intruders. At the base of the rocky island are poisonous
sea snakes believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders.
The best time to see Tanah Lot is in the late afternoon when the temple
is in silhouette.