TANAH LOT TEMPLE
The Tanah Lot Temple is a must for anyone on vacation in Bali. Tanah Lot, which means “land in the sea” in Balinese, is not without reason the most visited tourist attraction in Bali. It is really one of the most famous pictures of Bali and makes for a spectacular day tour.
The surrounding parking lots, markets, and parks make it a fairly large area. The main attraction is a path that leads to the rocks, where you can walk to the temple itself at low tide. When the tide comes in, local guides sometimes have to convince many tourists to climb off the rocks, which can be covered by water fairly quickly.
There is a large market along the way, which has some of the best souvenir shopping and deals on the island. Surprisingly, perhaps due to competition and the sheer number of tourists, prices can be much better than in other markets in the tourist enclaves of Kuta, Seminyak, and Nusa Dua. I, therefore, recommend taking the time to shop instead of rushing through the city complex.
As you approach the gates leading to the temple, I recommend turning right around the coastal parks to see Tanah Lot from a higher perspective. From there you also have a good view of the rocks and can check the tide before you set off.
The incoming tide can catch careless visitors on the rocks between the land and the temple.
If you look at the temple from the land, there is a path on the left that offers a spectacular view of the temple, especially at sunset. There are around a dozen outdoor cafes with temple views and the best views.
I recommend doing the right side first and then if the tide allows it to go down to the rocks before going up the path for another look at Tanah Lot which is stunning at sunset.
Entry fee: IDR 60,000
Location: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency
Opening times: Mon-Sun 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.