Having seen the Tanha Lot temple as a sticky picture in almost every Bali tourism pamphlet, the curiosity was simply too much ! We therefore set out to see what this famous place had to offer.
Tanha Lot is a massive rock formation on the coast of Bali. Its famous for the ” Pura Tanha Lot Temple” a Hindu pilgrimage. It was founded in the 16th century by a monk called Dang Hyang Nirartha. Also the legend goes that the temple is guarded by mystical venomous snakes who live among the rocks in the bottom of the temple caves.
The inner sanctums of the temples are closed to visitors since the excessive footfalls have started to cause damage to the structure. However that’s immaterial since the place has so much to offer one can still have the time of their lives.
Best time to visit: Tanha Lot is located in the southwest of the Bali island, thus making it an ideal place to visit the spectacular sunset of Bali. One can come here one to two hours before the sunset and stay till it becomes dark. During peak season best time to visit is in the morning to avoid huge crowds that flock this place. Temple is open from 7AM to 7PM everyday.
It took us over an hour and a half to reach Tanha Lot temple from our resort in Seminyak. Its best to rent a bike. Four wheelers are a bad idea in Bali, especially tourist areas.
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Entrance Fees: Visits to the Tanah Lot Temple are subject to an entrance fee of IDR 60,000/per adult foreigners IDR 30,000/per child. Vehicle Parking Fees: IDR 5000/per car, IDR 2000/ per 2 wheeler. Prices can be revised at any time. Best to check before you travel there.
The pathway to the Tanha Rocky complex is through a market. While its a tourist area, the prices are still affordable. One can pretty much find everything in that market. Touristy tit-bits, souvenirs,food, drinks, paintings and traditional Balinese art & craft.
After the market you go through a doorway and you see heaven! Its a huge rocky complex spread over a kilometer. The island is the main attraction with the temple on top and tourists mostly tend to wander around close to the main structure and initially so did we !
However if you are curious minded you can take a walk to the left (if you face the temple). You will see a lot more of the rocky complex and I promise you, thou shall not be disappointed.
We walked on for about a kilometer and then climbed up a plateau. The place was deserted and the view was breath taking. You will feel as if you are part of a painting. Great for pictures and one does tend to get naughty ideas 😉
The view to the Tanha Lot temple from this hill was spectacular.
Once we were done with the whole scenic view bit of it we headed back and stopped by to check out the market and the eateries that are located to the left of this gate.One can enjoy panoramic view of the whole beach and temple complex from these restaurants. The wind is welcoming ! Its the perfect place to sit and grab a meal and an exotic drink maybe. Well mine came in a tender coconut. A perfect Pinacolada to end this amazing day. Yum!!!
That was our visit to the Tanha Lot Temple. Do feel free to ask us anything you may want to know about the place. Cher !