Located in the Beraban village of the Tabanan Regency, East Bali, Tanah Lot temple is arguably the most popular temple to visit in Bali. Tanah Lot temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Gods of the Sea and dates back to the 16th century. Perched on a rock jutting out of the ocean with massive waves battering its base, it is famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops.
The onshore site of the Tanah Lot temple complex is dotted with smaller temples together with leisure facilities such as souvenir shops, restaurants and a park where local dance performances are shown regularly.
Due to its stunning location, Tanah Lot temple is simply one of Bali’s not-to-be-missed attractions. Listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanah Lot temple attracts millions of visitors every year.
What will I see at Tanah Lot temple?
Upon arrival, admire the impressive rock formation that the temple sits upon, that has been shaped over the years by the crashing waves beneath it. At high tide, waves may flood the causeways making it impossible to cross. At low tide, you may cross to see the base from a closer look.
Take your time time to explore Tanah Lot temple and its stunning surroundings, and learn more about the rich history of this place.
If you have the chance to visit Tanah Lot temple during sunset time, find the perfect place to relax and see the sky changing colors against the backdrop of the ocean, with Tanah Lot temple standing proudly at the forefront. Look in wonder at the ancient Hindu shrine and watch the sun melt over the horizon.
If you are looking for souvenirs, don't miss the local market stalls that surround the temple complex, offering handmade textiles, Balinese instruments, and more.
What kind of Tanah Lot temple tours are available?
Booking a guided tour is a great idea if you wish to visit Tanah Lot temple. You may find below the most popular Tanah Lot temple tours.
Tanah Lot temple day tours
Small group tours are great to meet other travelers and budget friendly. Ask questions to your local tour guide and learn more about the history of the temple and region. On the other hand, Tanah Lot temple private tours offer a more intimate experience as you can limit it to your family or friends.
Tanah Lot temple sunset tours
Tanah Lot temple offers stunning photo opportunities and this is particularly true during sunset time. Tanah Lot temple sunset tours are also great if you are looking for a romantic time with your loved one.
Full day tours combined with other attractions in Bali
Full day tours are an exciting way to see Tanah Lot Temple along with other Balinese attractions. Ubud and the Monkey Forest, Bedugul, Jatiluwih rice terraces, Uluwatu are other places to visit (among others) that often get combined with guided tours of Tanah Lot Temple.
Are Tanah Lot Temple tours worth it?
Absolutely. You don't have to worry about how to get there or booking tickets. Transportation is covered, no need to navigate Bali busy streets, you can sit back and appreciate the surroundings. Everything is settled and your tour guide will provide you with in-depth information about Tanah Lot temple.
How much does a tour to Tanah Lot Temple cost?
Small group tours are moderately priced and generally start at US$ 20. While private tours are usually priced higher (starting at US$ 50), it does offer the most intimate and informative experience.
Full-day tours are the most expensive yet allow you to see multiple places in Bali. Full-day offers allow you to start your day at Tanah Lot Temple or conclude it during a prized sunset. Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple is exceptionally popular due to the breathtaking views of the rock formation and coast.
Use our search engine and compare Tanah Lot tours from a variety of travel agencies so you can pick the one that fits best your needs. You will have the option of selecting from one-hour, half-day, or full-day tours. Combining Tanah Lot with other Bali landmarks is the best value for your money.
How to get to Tanah Lot temple? How long does it take?
Tanah Lot Temple is located in Tabanan destrict, approximately 20 kilometers northwest of Denpasar.
Count around 45 minutes to reach Tanah Lot by car from the main southern tourist areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. If you are staying in Sanur or on the Bukit Peninsula, plan at least an hour drive to reach Tanah Lot. From Ubud, count around 30 minutes drive.
Once you arrive at Tanah Lot, you need to walk through a series of Balinese souvenir shops while strolling down a path to the sea. There are restaurants available for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Most of the restaurants exist on the mainland clifftops overlooking Tanah Lot Temple.
It takes a few minutes of walking to reach the temple from the main parking lot. It is recommended you take an immediate right at the entrance of the temple. You will wander through a scenic garden before reaching the top of the hill for a fantastic vantage point of the sacred grounds.
During low tides, it is also possible to walk beside the temple. The interior is open to the public during normal operating hours.
Here are some helpful tips for your day trip to Tanah Lot Temple:
- Arrive early to beat the crowds. Early morning hours (before 10 am) and off-season months (January-April, and September to November) are the best times to visit with fewer people.
- If you plan to catch the sunset at Tanah Lot Temple, make sure you arrive at least 1 hour before the scheduled time for the day. Sunset is very popular to see the rock formation, and therefore prime viewing spots fill up fast.
- Consider visiting Tanah Lot Temple during periods of low tide. More of the rock formation is accessible and creates better photo opportunities.
- Prepare for some walking. Visiting Tanah Lot require a fair amount of walking on some variable terrain. Consequently, make sure you are prepared physically with comfortable walking shoes.
- Bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing.