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Tanah Lot, Memorable Place in Bali

Posted at January 14th, 2018 | Categorised in Culture, Destinations, Featured, Temples

Tanah Lot Temple History

Its has been told in “Dwijendratattwa” in the book “Pura Luhur Tanah Lot di Segara Kidul” written by Drs. Ngurah Oka Supartha.

During the Majapahit Kingdom in East Java, there was a holy Hindu priest, named “Dang Hyang Dwi Jendra” or “Dang Hyang Nirartha”. He has been appreciated and respected by the King and the people throught his spiritual teaching. He was well known in teaching Hindusm as “Dharma Yatra” (Scholarship method). In Lombok he was called “Tuan Semeru” or the teacher from Semeru. “Semeru is the name of an active volcano in East Java.

When he came to Bali in the 15th century, the King of Bali at that time was “Dalem Waturenggong”. The King accepted and welcomed him very well. The King also gave him an opportunity to teach and extended the Hindusm throught all over the island. Then he built so many temples in every sacred place with elocal people.

On his journey from west to east along the shouthern coast of Bali he made a first stop at “Rambut Siwi” and performed a “Dharma Yatra”. In a meditation he was seen a holy ray coming from south-east direction. He followed the ray and finally he found the holy spring. Near by the spring he made a place for performing a meditation. He found a beautiful and peaceful place, the so called “Gili Beo”. Gili means rock and Beo means bird. So, that rock look like a bird. There the priest mediated and devoted to god of the sea.

The priest continued his journey to the east and made another stop at Beraban village. Beraban village was headed by “Bendesa Sakti Baraban”. The local people at Beraban and there monotheism. In a very short time Dang Hyang Nirartha could be able to influence the local people and became his followers. Soon the local people left their belief of monotheism. But “Bandesa Sakti Baraban” (village head) refused the tiotion of hinduism. He organized his faithful followers and chased away the eholy priest Dang Hyang Nirartha.

The legend of the local people that Dang Hyang Nirartha protected himself by moving part the rock where he seated and became a small floating island where the temple is located now. Now, that small island is called “Tanah Lot“. “Tanah” means earth and “Lot” means sea.

Finally the village head of Beraban confessed the magicful power of Dang Hyang Nirartha. The village head of Beraban began to learn the doctrines of holy priest and became a faithful follower.

Before leaving the village of Beraban, the holy priest gave the village head a “Kris” (the old traditional weapon). Until now that “Kris”, named “Ki Baru Gajah” has been considered as a sacred weapon and now is keept in the former palace of the Royal Family at Kediri.

Every 210 days right in the celebration of temple festival at Pekedungan temple, approximately 300 meters to the north west of Tanah Lot temple. On that festivity, the holy Kris of Ki Baru Gajah always carry on a procession from Kediri to Pekendungan temple about 11 kilometers.

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VISITORS : Info & Guide

Entrance Ticket Price


Child : Rp. 15.000/Person
Adult : Rp. 20.000/Person


Child : Rp. 30.000/Person
Adult : Rp. 60.000/Person

Opening Hours 

Every day start from 07.00 AM ’til 07.00 PM

Show schedules

Kecak dance performance on 06.30 PM at Surya Mandala Cultural Park. Ticket price Rp. 50.000/person


Toilet – Available in parking area and the main road to Tanah Lot Temple

Rest Area – available in front of ticket gate. This facility are for guide or driver when they waiting their guest.

First Aid – avalibalbe at public relation office. In case of emergency ask the management on duty or any member of their staff.

Parking Area – large parking areas also for tours busses.

Other Information

Please, please buy the entrance ticket before entering Tanah Lot, and always bring the ticket to be checked at checking ticket.

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