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TANAH LOT TEMPLE (Pura Tanah Lot) + SUNSET

TANAH LOT TEMPLE

– All Details to Know About Tanah Lot Temple –

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT TANAH LOT TEMPLE?

AWESOME LOCATION
The temple located in the small island.
It will looks like isolated island when the high tide come.

AWESOME SUNSET
It’s Bali scenic temple.
Beautiful sunset and ocean view.

POPULAR TEMPLE 
You are going to visit the main temple in Bali.
Probably the most visited temple in Bali.

NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Karang Bolong temple and Tanah Lot beach.
You can combine to visit those places.

TANAH LOT TEMPLE

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WHAT IS TANAH LOT TEMPLE?

DESCRIPTION:

Tanah Lot temple  is a temple located in the small island and surrounded by big wave sea water when it’s high tide. It’s a place to worship balinese sea god, Dewa Baruna or Bethara Segara.

The name ‘Tanah Lot’ means floating land in balinese language. It’s long natural process to be an island like today.The connected land (a cape) get erosion by sea wave for thousand years. It become big hole like you can see in the west of Tanah Lot. Then the junction crumbled and fall down. Then it looks like separated land, it looks like an island today.

*) There is a nice story about Tanah Lot history. Seems the history not make sense for me. That’s why i didn’t wrote here. But, i still respect it. You can check it in other blog or other website to find the history.

PILGRIMS ON TANAH LOT TEMPLE

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HOW MUCH THE TANAH LOT TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 60K
Child : IDR 30K

KECAK DANCE FEE:
IDR 50K per person.

*) The Kecak dance show held everyday at 6.30 PM – 7.10 PM on Dewi Sinta restaurant.

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : IDR 2K
Car       : IDR 5K

TANAH LOT ENTRANCE FEE TICKET

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WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT TANAH LOT TEMPLE?

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

OPENING HOURS:
7.00 AM – 7.00 PM.

WEEKDAY:
Monday – Friday.

*) It will be crowded if your visit on weekend or Indonesian holiday or in the same time of student visit.

SUNSET TIME:
6.40 PM – 6.45 PM.

*) The color gradation start on 6.15 PM.

BALI KECAK DANCE SHOW:
6.30 PM – 7.10 PM.

*) The Kecak dance show held everyday at Dewi Sinta restaurant. The entrance fee is IDR 50K per person.

**) After you watch sunset at Tanah Lot better you watch Fire Kecak dance show. It’s nice show in the evening. Also the ticket price is not so expensive compare to Uluwatu Kecak dance show.

TANAH LOT SUNSET

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FIRE KECAK DANCE SHOW:

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CEREMONY (Piodalan) or Hindus special day on Tanah Lot temple:
19  April 2017, Buda Wage Langkir ceremony.
15  November 2017, Buda Wage Langkir ceremony.
13  June 2018, Buda Wage Langkir ceremony.

9  January 2019, Buda Wage Langkir ceremony.
7  August 2019, Buda Wage Langkir ceremony.

*) You can see hindus people praying and the sequence of ceremony it self. Bali music can not be separated with the ceremony. Awesome ceremony & culture!

HINDUS DHARMA PEOPLE PRAYING ON SPECIAL DAY:

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HINDU DHARMA PRIEST GIVING HOLY WATER FOR BLESSING:

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WHERE IS TANAH LOT TEMPLE LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Beraban
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Kediri
Regency (Kabupaten): Tabanan
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 21 km northwest of Denpasar or 1 hour.
About 33 km southwest of Ubud or 1 hour and 15 minutes.
About 23 km northwest of Kuta beach or 1 hours.
About 26 km northwest of Ngurah Rai airport or 1 hour.

MAP OF TANAH LOT TEMPLE:

HOW TO GET TO TANAH LOT TEMPLE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no direct public transport to get there.

*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this temple and use google map as your navigator.

TANAH LOT TEMPLE ON HIGH TIDE CONDITION:

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*) You really can not reach Tanah Lot when it’s on high tide. Even for the local hindu who want to pray in the ‘floating island’ temple.

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some shop outside of temple selling foods, snacks and souvenirs.

*) There are some restaurant with nice ‘Tanah Lot’ view. You can reach it by walk up the stairs. It’s located in the northeast of Tanah Lot temple.

OTHER NICE VIEW ON TANAH LOT TEMPLE:

PURA BATU BOLONG:

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PURA BATU BOLONG SUNSET:

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*) This place also has an awesome view. The location is on the west of Tanah Lot temple, still in the one area. You just need walk to the west.

THE HOLY SNAKES AT TANAH LOT CAVE

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*) There is a cave which is a place of sacred black-white (zebra) snake inside. The local people believed it’s shawl from holy hindus priest that change turn into a snake. Seems it just another nice story.

WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT VISIT TANAH LOT TEMPLE?

TANAH LOT TEMPLE TIPS:

1. WEEKEND.

On the weekend usually it become more crowded. Some local people spend time to visit Tanah Lot temple on weekend. Don’t visit this temple if you prefer quiet atmosphere.

2. INDONESIAN HOLIDAY.

On Indonesian holiday some local people from Java or other island visiting Bali. Tanah Lot temple one is one of the affected ones. It become super crowded on Indonesian holiday. Just don’t visit if you don’t like crowded situation.

3. HIGH TIDE.

If your visit in the same time of high tide wave, then you can not enter or reaching Tanah Lot temple. You just can watch from far away distance. Even Hindus pilgrims also can not enter the temple for praying.

TANAH LOT SUNSET

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*) Well, it’s not easy to get best sunset picture. I need four time visits to get a good picture. If you got best sunset picture at first visit, it mean you’re so lucky.

GET A BIG PICTURE OF THE TANAH LOT TEMPLE FROM VIDEO:

SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR TANAH LOT TEMPLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visit Tanah Lot temple:

1. Kecak dance show at Dewi Sinta restaurant.
2. Canggu beaches.
3. Gusto Gelato ice cream.
4. Kuta beach (Surfing + sunset)

You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 6 itinerary.

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