Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Day 2: Part II - Tanah Lot @ Bali

Here we are the first itinerary, The Pura Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot (literally "Tanah Lot temple") and a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.

The area leading to Tanah Lot is highly commercialized and people are required to pay to enter the area. To reach the temple, visitors must walk through a carefully planned set of Balinese market-format souvenir shops which cover each side of the path down to the sea. On the mainland cliff tops, restaurants have also been provided for tourists.

Tour guide showing the way

Along the way are souvenir shops

Lot's of tourist visiting

Going down for a better view

Nearer to Tanah Lot

Popular spots for photography

Family photo

Me @ Tanah Lot

Another view of the Tanah Lot area,
strong wind and nice to hear the wave splashing sound.

During high tide, not able to walk across to the Tanah Lot temple

It is home of a pilgrimage temple, a popular tourist and
cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.

Pretty mama ^_^

A glimpse of the prayers area

Family photo at candi bentar, or split gate.

Walking back to souvenir shop

Lot's of western tourists

Tanah Lot means "Land Sea" in Balinese language Located in Tabanan, about 20 km from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.

Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th century priest Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island's beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.

The Tanah Lot temple was built and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples were established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast. However, the temple had significant Hindu influence.
At the base of the rocky island, poisonous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. A giant snake purportedly protects the temple, which was created from Nirata’s scarf when he established the island.

Spending nearly about three hours here, visiting, photography and shopping for souvenirs. You can buy your souvenirs here, very cheap and reasonable price when you walked along the street before reaching the Tanah Lot.  This is a must place to visit if you are coming to visit Bali , memorable place to be with beautiful view. Sun burnt too, worth for everything. After hot sunny day, we're moving up to cooling place for lunch. Up next more on my blog post ^_^

The Pura Tanah Lot
Jalan Raya Tanah Lot
(Beraban - Kediri), Tabanan,
Bali, Indonesia