Tanah Lot Travel Guide

Situated high on a cliff in Bali, Tanah Lot has long been one of the island’s most interesting and picturesque attractions. This is a popular pilgrimage site, with people visiting from all over the world to pay their respects.

Tanah Lot is believed to have been created by priest Nirartha in the 15th century. According to local legend, the priest was spotted by local fishermen, who brought him gifts. He spent the night on the rocky outcrop and decided to build a shrine there as he believed it to be a holy site.

One of seven sea temples around the coast of Bali, Tanah Lot is said to be guarded against evil by a number of poisonous snakes. Over the years a couple of resorts have been built in the area, attracting visitors who want to combine worship with playing golf and spending the day at the spa.

Located just a 30-minute drive from Bali’s large international airport, it is possible to head straight to Tanah Lot, explore for an hour or two and then head to one of Bali’s beautiful islands or beaches. However, the town of Kuta is a mere ten minute bus ride away and this is a great place to use as a base.

Getting There & Away

Access is from the city of Denpasar, where there is an international airport with connections to Jakarta. The town of Kuta is just a 10-minute drive from the airport, while Tanah Lot is a further 20 minutes.