Bali sunset view: Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot is bali sunset view of the most popular places of interest, is located on the coast of South Bali, at the village of Beraban in the Tabanan Regency. It is also called Tanah Let which means ancient land and also Tanah Lod, which means the land to the south. The Tanah Lot temple, simple in its construction, is dramatic in its ocean-front location and is one of the main temples in the worship of Balinese gods.
Tanah Lot means “Land in the Middle of the sea” in Balinese language. Tanah Lot is said to be the work of the 15th century priest Nirartha. The story goes that 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.
Tanah Lot tourist attraction is located in sub-province of Tabanan, precisely in countryside of Beraban, district of Kediri, sub-province of Tabanan. Tanah Lot tourist attraction visited by one million of domestic and foreign tourist every year, so that Tanah Lot becoming one of the tourism icon in Bali. All of that thing because of Tanah Lot have different characteristic with the other, that is, looks like a floating one if the tide is high but when tide is low, people can walk to the temple. Because of erosion many caves, which are inhabited by sea snakes, are formed. People cannot disturb these snakes because according to the belief, they belong to the God in the temple. Main thing is different like :
Tanah Lot temple nearly in the see when tide is high. For many things this location was something that is interesting.
A cave of holly snakes which is located in front of the temple. That people believe they are the guards of the temple.
The view of the sunset combine with Tanah Lot temple, being one set that is very enjoyable to watch.
Living cultural present a requral ceremony every six month where there where another ceremony at the same week in Pakendungan temple.
Tanah Lot is rocky beaches in effort of making nice wave.
Because of the beauty, many tourists domestic or international come to this place. But if seen from management process, realized that the management of Tanah Lot need to increase creativity and performance to developing Tanah Lot Area.
Apart from Tabanan ± 13 km
Apart from Denpasar is about ± 20 km
Wide : 202.830 m²
Circle : 2.509 m
North : Rice Field
East : Bali Nirvana Resort
South : Indian Ocean
West : Indian Ocean and River of Kutikan
Several events held in Tanah Lot
To increase the amount of visit, Management Operational of Tanah Lot tourist attraction always perform a promotion by media print, internet, and also other media. Promotion media which not less important is performing special event which expected can increase tourist enthusiasm to visit and follow to participate each event that performed. On the way, each event that performed in Tanah Lot tourist attraction always successful and crowded if seen from visitor and participant.
That thing, not get out of performance all related side which have mission and vision to successful each existing event. Events that have been performed are :
- Tanah Lot 10 K 2005
- Tanah Lot International Kites Festival 2006
- Kecak 5000
- Beleganjur Festival
- Arts Performance of Tabanan Regency
- Tanah Lot 3 days
- Tanah Lot Kites festival 2007
- Tanah Lot 10 K 2007
- Okokan and Tektekan Colosal 1500
- Tanah Lot 10 K 2008
- Tanah Lot Kites Festival 2008
Source: Tanah Lot official website
Tanah Lot sunset view photo by Wira