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Explore the Serene Beauty of Tanah Lot in Land of Gods
Perched elegantly on top of the sturdy cliff is one of the most sacred temple in Bali, namely Tanah Lot Temple. Many believe that the temple was built in 16th century by Dang Hyang Nirartha right on the spot where he meditated. The temple was erected under his order as a place to please and worship the Sea Gods. Tanah Lot Temple can only be visited when the low tides, but even so only Bali residents can enter the temple complex, which is reasonable since the place is supposed to be a praying site (and they would love to keep it that way). There's nothing to be disappointed about though, since you still can enjoy marvelous view of the beach and the temple from afar, the view of the temple and the island are exceptionally beautiful during sunset.
Right below the temple is a natural spring called Beji Kaler. Considered as a sacred spring, the pilgrims will come down to the spring and drink its water before they enter the temple. Not only as a part of purifying ritual before entering a holy praying site, many people including curious visitors often request for a bottle of holy water from the spring to the guard. They believe that drinking the healthy water can ward off diseases and bring good luck. However, they are required to be honest with their request and come with clean mind, otherwise they can't savor the holy water's benefits.
Galungan Festival is one of the most-awaited festival when you're going to Tanah Lot. It's a festival where Balinese people march along the shorelines wearing traditional Bali clothes toward Tanah Lot Temple and every corner of the streets and houses are decorated with 'penjor' or ritual paraphernalia. The festival lasts for 35 days every 210 days, which is the reason why you can't watch the festival if you don't come at the right time. Galungan Festival is held in order to celebrate the victory of Dharma (Good) against Adharma (Evil). It's a perfect time to witness elegance of Balinese culture with your own eyes.
How to Get Tickets?
To enter Tanah Lot, you should pay about Rp 60.000,- or $4.32 USD for adults and Rp30.000 or $2.16 USD for children. If you go to Tanah Lot by taxi, the driver usually gives you starting price of Rp250.000 or $18.01 USD, though if you're persistent enough they might lower the price until Rp100.000 or $7.20 USD.
How To Get Around?
It's much more flexible to own (or rent) a private car to make commuting from and to Tanah Lot much easier. Though you can also take a taxi. Just be sure to have haggling skill and check on the meter before you decided to buckle up.
What Should I Wear?
If you're planning to only wander and enjoy the Tanah Lot beach, then you're free to wear anything you want, be it a bikini, swimsuit, or a shirt and shorts. However, if you want to enter the Tanah Lot Temple area, you should wear a more conservative clothes, covering your thighs. It can be done by wrapping a sarong around your waist and make sure it covers your knee. Men are also require to wear 'udeng' or Balinese headscarf. If you just happened on your period days, you are not allowed to enter.
Best Time to Visit
Tanah Lot is open from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM. It's better to come in the afternoon, when the weather is much cooler plus you'll get to see stunning view of sunset. If you want to see piodalan ceremonies that are always being hold before Kuningan ceremony, you should come to Tanah Lot on these dates; June the 13 th 2018, January the 9 th 2019, August the 7 th 2019, March the 4 th 2020, and September the 30 th 2020.
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Will I Need a Guide?
A guide is not necessary, but hiring one is not a bad idea. Especially if you are wary of being accidentally rude, the local guide might help filling you in about certain local ethics and DO's or DONT's while you're enjoying your time in the beach.
How To Get There?
Tanah Lot is located at Jl. Raya Tanah Lot Beraban Village, which is about 20 kilometres to the northwest from Kuta. You can reach it via taxi or by your own private car. It takes about 45 minutes from Kuta, and 30 to 40 minutes from Ubud.