Sunset at Tanah Lot
“The land in the sea” – that’s what Tanah lot literally means and it is a pretty good a description to the rock formation that’s located just offshore, providing an imposing view of the sea and the evening sun. The ancient temple of Pura Tanah Lot sits atop the rock formation, constructed by the 16th century religious and cultural figure Dang Hyang Nirartha.
The Tanah Lot Temple is rich in folklore and cultural aspects. It is one of the seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Legend has it that the base of the rocks are occupied by poisonous snakes who keep evil at bay. The entire temple is believed to be protected by a gigantic fierce snake created by Nirartha from his sash.
The highlight of Tanah lot is not just the temple, however. Despite being a highly commercialized area, lined with stores and shops offering anything under the sun, Tanah Lot is a must-not-miss place to visit in Bali, simply for the magnificent sunset view. The gently crashing waves at the base of the rocks, the immaculate landscaping and the general sense of calm despite the hordes of visitors eager to get a glimpse of the most picturesque sunset in Bali make this place a delight for any tourist visiting Bali.
Let the pictures do the talking then!