Pura Tanah Lot - Temple of Land in the middle of the Sea
Pura Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot is one of island of Bali's most
significant sea temples. The name means the
"Temple of Land in the Middle of the Sea"
and it is a truly spectacular spectacle,
most especially during sunset.
A small island formed by the slow process of
erosion of the tide of the ocean over a
period of thousands of years, the Tanah Lot
temple is reputed to have been founded in
the 16th century by Nirartha who had come
from Java to the island of Bali and was one
of the last priests to have done so.
The Tanah Lot temple is located on a stony
island just off Baliís southwest coast. It
is one of the islandís most hallowed sea
temples and it was built to honor the seaís
guardian spirits. It is believed that the
Tanah Lot is protected from evil by the
caveís sea snakes that live below it.
Visitors cannot access the temple itself,
but magnificent photo opportunities and
views can be seen from nearby areas.
Visitors are especially encouraged to stand
on nearby terraces just to watch the effect
of the last rays of the sun on the temple
towards the end of the day. There are
several cafes and souvenir shops to
accommodate sightseers as they view the
splendid temple from afar.