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TANAH LOT TEMPLE (PURA TANAH LOT)

TANAH LOT TEMPLE (PURA TANAH LOT)

Pura Tanah Lot, located in Tabanan (20 km away from Denpasar) is one of the seven sea temples of Bali.

Each one was built within eyesight of the next and form a chain along the south-western coast of the island. Proudly perched on an off-shore rock shaped by centuries of ocean tireless fury, Tanah Lot has been part of Balinese mythology for centuries.

It was built around the XVth century by a priest called Niratha. The holy man was seeking for a place to worship the Sea Gods. The legend has it that some religious leader, jealous of Niratha’s popularity, demanded that he leave the island. Niratha literally left the island and relocate the rock where it stands now! The temple’s rock is inhabited by sacred - but venomous- sea snakes (don’t worry, you should be fine if you don’t go plunging your hand in the first hole you see) protecting the island against evil spirits and invaders.

It is indeed a magical place, even though you will have to get past the not-so-spiritual alley of stores waiting for tourists. Nonetheless, a sunset in Tanah Lot remains a must-see in Bali. You may want to avoid the crowd by walking behind the parking lot along the path and walk down the cliff to get there by the beach (only possible when the tide is low).
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The crater lake 'floating' temple of bali dates back to the late 1663 and is situated on the edge of lake Bratan in Bedugal. This water temple used for worshipping the Hindu trinity Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva and Dewi Danu the water goddess of Balinese Hindu's, lies  just north of Bali where the weather is cold and the villas have ...

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GOA GAJAH

2 km South-East from Ubud, Goa Gajah, “the elephant cave”, is a sacred Hindu sanctuary from the 9th century. It was first mentioned in the 1365 Javanese poem called Desawarnana. The Elephant Cave itself is a large gaping mouth surrounded by demons carved in stone, symbolizing the entrance to another reality. According to ...

BESAKIH TEMPLE (PURA BESAKIH)

Built in the 14th century on the south slopes of Mt. Agung, Pura Besakih, also known as the Mother Temple is the biggest and holiest temple in Bali. Perched nearly 1000 meters up the side of Gunung Agung, it is an extensive complex of 23 separate but related temples. The largest and most important temple of this complex is Pura ...

THE SACRED MONKEY FOREST

Located on the south end of, well, the Monkey Forest Road, the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud is an invitation for a short walk in the jungle and a visit the Dalem Agung Padantegal, a temple under the protection of monkeys. It’s quite fun to see them play around in the trees and even take a dive in the small pond near the temple. As for ...

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