Is a visit to the water temple Tanah Lot worthwhile?

Pura Tanah Lot

Admittedly, it’s been quiet on our blog the last few days. We have enjoyed some of the beautiful beaches and great pools in Bali and so let the year 2019 slowly end. But since we have a visit from a friend, we have of course also explored the island together and again the sights (which we were already allowed to get to know in 2016)

Arrival to Tanah Lot

A real highlight is probably the water temple (in Bahasa: Pura Tanah Lot) in the northwest of Kuta is easily reached by bus, Grab, GoJek, cab, scooter, bicycle or even on foot. The trip by car takes about 1 – 1.5 hours depending on where you start in Kuta or Seminyak. The distance is 11 kilometers and averages between IDR 80,000 – 120,000 per car. BlueBirds often charge more than the apps GoJek and Grab, so we strongly recommend downloading the apps when you arrive on the island to get from A to B quickly and cheaply. When choosing a SIM card, we recommend Telkomsel, here you can get activated SIM cards in many street stalls already from 100,000 IDR with 6 GB data volume. However, recharge should be done by yourself, because here many of the dealers add another fee.

Scooter would probably be the fastest and easiest option, however, the roads are now even worse and more crowded than in 2016, which we decided not to rent a scooter on Bali.

Beautiful lawn in the temple complex
Along the paths you will find many vendors and merchants offering a variety of goods and take photos.

Worth knowing about Tanah Lot

The sea temple Tanah Lot or also Pura Tanah Lot is a Hindu temple.The name Tanah Lot means exactly translated as “land in the middle of the sea”.  But what makes Tanah Lot a very special temple?

  • In the hell below the temple itself, you will find a freshwater spring that rises directly in the sea. This spring is constantly guarded by priests, as the spring is considered sacred. 
  • Under the cliffs on the mainland, at the height Ular Suci overlooking the temple itself, lives a sacred snake, which is also attended by priests. 
  • Tanah Lot can be reached dry only during low tide. At high tide, the temple gets its real charm of the sea temple. 
  • The temple is the most popular photo motif on the island
  • The temple was founded in the early 16th century.  
  • Tanah Lot is rather a small shrine in Hindu belief. 
  • Pura Tanah Lot belongs to a chain of different sea temples (Pura Sakenan, Pura Ulu Watu, Pura Rambut Siwi and Pura Petitenget)

How expensive is the entrance fee to the temple complex?

For the visit of Tanah Lot one pays per person 60,000 IDR for the parking of the car 5,000 IDR are due. So you should let the driver throw you out of the car in front of the barrier, then you can save 5,000 IDR.  The price is paid upon entry into the facility. You get a ticket with a QR code that is scanned. 

View of the great temple
Crowds inside the temple complexes

Is it worth visiting the temple?

After visiting the temple back in 2016 and being really overwhelmed by the sight then, we have mixed feelings about visiting it in 2019. During our visit in the late afternoon, the site was very crowded. Many vendors are now crowding the walkways trying to sell photos, paintings, coconuts, strange flowers and fliers. In between you find a photographer carrying around a meter long python and offering to take photos with it. On the way there and back one is driven through different alleys where one can buy souvenirs, drinks and clothes left and right. Also a Ralph Laurent Store is to be found directly at this tourist mile.  All this, around the temple complex, takes of course the feeling at a spiritual and great place to be, rather it conveys that it is a place which is regularly visited by tourists.


Cafes and stores as far as the eye can see.

The temple itself is of course beautiful and really great to look at, even if you are not allowed to enter the temple itself (thank God), Tanah Lot is more than just a photo motif.

View of the temple Pura Batu Bolong, another Hindu temple on the coast
View of Tanah Lot

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