Our original plan was to visit Tanah Lot in the evening as I heard it has one of the most beautiful sunset in Bali. However, my guide advised me against the idea as the place is usually very crowded in the evening and it will be very difficult to get a photo without passers-by. Besides, December is a rainy period in Bali and there is a high probability that we won’t get to see the sunset anyway. I agreed with his analysis and he was proven right again; read on to find out why. ◕ิ‿◕ิ
There are 2 entrances to the famous Pura Tanah Lot (aka Tanah Lot Temple) and our guide brought us to the one that is further away from the temple. If you look from where we were (facing the sea), Pura Tanah Lot will be on your left, and on your right will be a smaller temple (Pura Batu Balong) located at the end of an arch. As a tourist, I find Pura Batu Balong more scenic than its more famous counterpart. However as a devotee, Pura Tanah Lot is definitely more impressive. 🙂
There are many “sea temples” in Bali and Tanah Lot is one of them. What’s spectacular about these sea temples is the scenic coastline and most of them are built on top or near a cliff. If you like, you can even go down to the beach at Tanah Lot for a dip. For us, a group photo at the midpoint is good enough. 🙂
So I said in the beginning of this post that it is not a bad idea to visit Tanah Lot first thing in the morning, right? It was about 10am when we reached the temple and as you can see from the photos below, it was already quite crowded. Can you imagine the crowd in the evening, when everybody will be there for the sunset? Besides, it’s true that the weather in Bali is unpredictable during the rainy season. It was scorching hot when we were at Tanah Lot and then thunderstorm came just before we left; all in a matter of 2 hours. I guess a hot and sunny morning is any time better than a (potential) rainy or cloudy evening. Thus, I am glad that we took the guide’s recommendation and switched our itinerary.
Useful Information – Tanah Lot :
Address and Opening Hours:
- Address: Jl. Tanah Lot, Canggu
- Opening hours: 7am ~ 7pm
- Adult: IDR 60,000
- Child: IDR 30,000
Estimated traveling time by car:
- Kuta → Tanan Lot : 1 hour
Best time to visit Tanah Lot?
- I think the best time is during the low tide so that you could get real close to the temple. In our case, the tide wasn’t low enough and we couldn’t make it to the temple without getting wet.
- Sunset will be good, but I think the crowd and weather should be considered as well.