Bali’s must-see sights

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Tanah Lot

  Tabanan, Bali - Indonesia

Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali's most important landmarks, famous for its unique sunset and offshore setting. An ancient Hindu temple in the middle of continuously crashing waves perched on top of an outcrop; Tanah Lot Temple is literally one of Bali's not-to-be-missed icons.

The Tanah Lot temple complex's onshore site is dotted with smaller shrines, along with leisure facilities for visitors that include restaurants, shops and a cultural park where regular dance performances are regularly displayed. The temple is situated in the Tabanan regency's Beraban village, about 20 km northwest of Kuta. It is often included in the west and central parts of Bali on sightseeing and cultural tours.

Following decades of relentless crashing of large waves at its rock foundation, Tanah Lot faced the constant threat of erosion, entering a significant decline in 1980. With the aid of the Japanese government, local authorities made efforts to preserve Tanah Lot and other historic sites across the island. Fully restored, it's manmade a third of the current rock.

Practical walks and well-tended natural gardens line the grounds from Tanah Lot to Batu Bolong, with seating spots providing both outcrops shades and pleasant viewpoints. Art shops selling souvenirs of all sorts line the route from the parking area to the shrine, including peddlers offering popular snacks like kelepon – palm must-try sugar-filled gelatinous balls wrapped in rubbed coconut.

Try to reach Tanah Lot in the early afternoon on combined day tours to explore the site, then head to the grand open stage near Batu Bolong at the Surya Mandala Cultural Park to see the sunset Kecak 'fire dance' performances (held daily at 6.30pm), then stay on for dinner at one of the restaurants on Sunset Terrace. Western and Asian options are available, but the preferred spicy sauced grills and seafood from Bali are must-tries –along with ice-cold beers and temple views.

Address : Jl. Raya Tanah Lot, Kawasan Pura Tanah Lot, Desa Beraban, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia