Tanah Lot Bali Temple on Rock, A Sacred Hindu Temple on the Sea with Magnificent View

Tanah Lot is a sacred Hindu temple complex situated on the rocky beach, west coastal side of Bali Island. It is one of the famous tourist destinations in Bali as well as Bali tourism’s icon. It is situated in Beraban countryside, Kediri sub-district and Tabanan regency. Furthermore, It is about 30 Km in west side of Denpasar town or 11 Km in south side of Tabanan town. We can reach it by a step of walk since it is just 20 meters from the coastal lip. The place is well featured by the magnificent view of Indian Ocean with a temple on rock as center point.

And also, the beautiful landscape garden, complete public facilities, safety life guard as well as spectacular sunset as a backdrop are captivating every visitor to visit this Tanah Lot. Plenty of food stall, restaurants, bargaining shops as well as Kecak Dance performance as an alternative attraction are also featuring this site. Therefore, Tanah Lot is a great place to visit during your holidays in Bali that you can reach it through booking a tour at your local travel company or hire a car.

Tanah Lot Temple Philosophy

The word Tanah Lot comes from 2 words namely the word of Tanah is interpreted as a rock or island. While the word Lot means the sea. So, Tanah Lot means a small island floating above the sea. Furthermore, the location is now called as Tanah Lot has been used at a Megalithic era. The place that looked into holy, proven from the existence of menhir. Based on environmental conditions, the structure of Tanah Lot Temple was built on irregular reef terrain. And also, it has an angle that only consists of one plain page as the main area of the temple.

Bali Temple on Rock Function

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Firstly, the function of this temple can be realized from the function of the main temple building which is located in the temple main area. Furthermore, there is a main temple to worship the god in form of Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, the sea power. The media of worship to this god is the temple building with 5 storied building. Meanwhile, the 3 storied temple building in north part of this area is purposing to worship to Dang Hyang Nirartha.

We can realize the status of Tanah Lot Temple from the temple history, function as well as incoming devotee existence pray during temple ceremony.

  • Tanah Lot Temple as dang Kahyangan(the big Holy Temples in Bali). It is because the history and the Penyiwi (The people taking care of the temple) are from the local people from Tabanan regency and surrounding area
  • Tanah Lot temple as Segara Temple. It is because the function as sanctum to worship the Bhatara Segara, the God with manifestation as the ocean Power Deity

We can also see a holy snack in the cave (front of the main temple). We can also meet it at other coasts in the world. Part of its stomach, there are no athwart skin, there is only small skin, but this sea water snake very noxious. Despite noxious, the snakebite case are very seldom happened, because the sea water snake generally very passive.

Places of Interest Nearby and What to See when Visiting Tanah Lot Temple

As a favorite tourism destination in Bali, Tanah Lot offer a magnificent view in particular at the sunset time. Every visitor who visits this place will be marveled to see the beauty panorama. Furthermore, we can see other temples when visiting Tanah Lot like Batu Bolong Temple, Batumejan Temple and Enjung Galuh Temple. There are many places of interest close with Tanah Lot such as Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest, Penatahan Hot Spring, Butterfly Park, Watukaru Temple, Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, Taman Ayun Temple, Ulun Danu Temple, Beratan Lake and Bali Botanical Garden. Meanwhile, other tourist destinations in Tabanan Regency that recommended to visit includes Serijong Temple, Blemantung Waterfall and Belimbing Rice Terrace. The following favorite tours are covering tourist destinations in Tabanan Regency that we can recommend to you includes Tanah Lot Tour, Subak Tanah Lot Tour, Tanah Lot Sunset Dinner Package and Rafting Tanah Lot Tour Package.

Places of Interest in Tabanan Regency to Visit During Bali Tours

Tabanan Regency is a famous regency as a center of rice in Bali Island. Moreover, this region is featured by many places of interest those are most appointed as tourist destinations. The following favorite Bali Full Day Tours and Bali Half Day Tours that we can recommend to you such as Bedugul Tour, Batukaru Tour, Tanah Lot Tour, Tanah Lot Sunset Dinner Package, Bali Farm Tour, Rafting Tanah Lot Tour Package, Tanah Lot Tour for Cruise Line and Jatiluwih Tanah Lot Tour.


  • Parking Area
  • Police Station
  • Food Stall
  • Bar
  • Balinese Dance Performance
  • Life Guard
  • Souvenir Shops
  • Public Telephone
  • Restaurant
  • Guest House
  • Money Changer
  • Public Toilet
  • Drinks Stall
  • Hotel
  • ATM
  • Security
  • Photographer

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