Pura Tanah Lot - Temple of Land in the middle of the Sea

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Pura Tanah Lot

 

Pura 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.