16th century Tanah A lot temple - Bali


Bali's #1 Tourist Attraction


When researching Bali and planning out my trip, I came across this picturesque rock island in the middle of the sea that was home to a ancient pilgrimage sea temple.

It was the Tanah Lot temple that sold me on Bali as a whole and I couldn't wait to photograph it. I rented a car with a driver for R500 ($50) back in 2013 per day and drove around the island for a duration of 10 hours. This was my first stop.

The Tanah lot temple (meaning land sea in the Balinese language) is Bali's most prized tourist attraction. It is located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres from the main city of Denpasar. It is said that the temple has been in existence since the 16th century and built by the holy monk - Dang Hyang Nirartha.

In Bali, it is customary to honour all the gods and spirits especially those of nature, and you can see the Balinese Hindus doing so when passing by their houses and temples. They considered this rock island as a holy place of worship thus building a shrine to honor the sea gods of Dewa Baruna and Bhatara Segara.