The Complete Guide to Tanah Lot Temple in Bali
Bali is called the land of gods for a reason – the island is stacked with several beautiful and historic temples. But even amid all these spectacular temples, some stand out from the rest. Tanah Lot (loosely translated to Land In The Sea) is one of them.
Located on a rock jutting out of the ocean, with massive waves battering its base, Tanah Lot is one of the most unique temples you can lay your eyes on. Needless to say, it certainly merits a visit on your Bali trip.
Here’s a detailed guide to help you make the most of your Tanah Lot trip.
Reaching Tanah Lot
The temple is a 40-minute drive from Seminyak, but you can easily take twice that amount of time on the way back if you stay to watch the magnificent sunset, since there is a single road that goes in and out.
We’d suggest renting a private vehicle. Taking a cab is an option, but you will have trouble getting a taxi for the return trip.
Timings & Dress Code
Tanah Lot is open from 7 am to 7 pm. We’d recommend you get there as early as possible, as the place gets really crowded from 10 am. The current entrance fees for the temple are:
- Adults: 60,000 rupiah (US$ 4.30)
- Children: 30,000 rupiah (US$ 2.15)
- 2-wheeler parking: 2000 rupiah (US$ 0.14)
- 4-wheeler parking: 5000 rupiah(US$ 0.36)
- Women need to wear a sarong (clothes that wrap from waist to ankle), kebaya (native Indonesian dress) and tie a scarf or a sash on the waist.
- Men must wear a sarong, shirt, scarf or sash tied around the waist, along with Udeng (Balinese headdress created from elaborately folded clothes).
Things to Do In & Around Tanah Lot
Explore The Temple
At low tide, you can walk to the rocky base of Tanah Lot. For a small donation, you will be blessed by a priest and from there you can walk towards the temple.
Explore the temple as you watch waves crashing on one side. Keep your camera handy as every moment here is a photo opportunity. But make sure you walk back across the rock bed to the shore before the tide rises.
If you’re going in the evening, there is a footpath to a raised cliff area to the south from where the views of the temple (and the sunset behind it) are outstanding.
Play Golf of a Clifftop
There’s a beautiful golf course, with a stunning clifftop setting next to Tanah Lot. It is a bit expensive, though.
Try Horse-Riding At Gangga Beach
You can go horse-riding on Gangga beach near Tanah Lot. It’s a spectacular two-hour ride over quaint local villages, beach temples, rice fields and river crossings.
Finally, it includes a stop at a bat cave, for its exceptional views
Shop for Souvenirs
The entrance to Tanah Lot is lined with souvenir shops. It’s not too bad a place for some local shopping.
Enjoy Chilled Young Coconut Water
There are plenty of restaurants along the clifftop, facing Tanah Lot.
The best thing to do here is gulp down some refreshing Es Kelapa Muda (chilled young coconut water), while absorbing the views.
Other Temples Near Tanah Lot
For a temple run, we recommend that you start with Tanah Lot, then proceed to Alas Kedaton and end at Taman Ayun.
Alas Kedaton Temple
From bats to monkeys, this forest temple has some diverse wildlife. It is believed that the monkeys here guard the temple from bad influences.
The playful wildlife is fun to watch in the forest area, while you relax and soothe your mind in the temple.
Taman Ayun Temple
Built in 1634, Taman Ayun is an ancient temple surrounded by a moat – although now it’s more like a public park. The beautiful gardens inside are draped in lush green.
The courtyards and lotus-blossom-filled pools around it create a calm and peaceful ambience. You can also climb to the top of the temple for some magnificent views.