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Pura Tanah Lot

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One of Bali's most important sea temples, Pura Tanah Lot ("Temple of Land in the Middle of the Sea") is a spectacular sight, especially at sunset.

History

The tiny island was formed by the gradual erosion of the ocean tide over thousands of years. The temple of Tanah Lot is said to have been founded by the 16th-century priest Nirartha, one of the last priests to come to Bali from Java.

What to See

The temple of Tanah Lot stands on a rocky island just off the southwest coast of Bali. One of Bali's most sacred sea temples, Tanah Lot is dedicated to the guardian spirits of the sea. The temple itself is said to be guarded from evil by the sea snakes that inhabit the caves below.

The temple itself is not accessible to visitors, but magnificent views can be had from a variety of points nearby. Crowds especially gather on the terraces nearby to watch the glow of the sunset behind the temple. Naturally, there are plenty of souvenir shops and cafes with a view to keep you well-supplied while doing so.

Quick Facts on Pura Tanah Lot

Site Information
Names:Pura Tanah Lot; Pura Tanah Lot, Bali
State:Bali
Country:Indonesia
Categories:Temples
Faiths:Hinduism
Feat:Spectacular Setting
Status:active
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Indonesia
Coordinates:8.621200° S, 115.087000° E  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Pura Tanah Lot

Below is a location map and aerial view of Pura Tanah Lot. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.

References

  1. Tanah Lot - Bali Vision
  2. Tanah Lot - Magic by the Sea - traveler account of a visit in 2001

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Title:Pura Tanah Lot
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:02/20/2010
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