Tanah Lot & Kuta Land Tour
Starting bright and early from our resort in Padangbai at 08:00 am, this Bali tour will lead us to the southwest coast. On our way there we will first stop in Mengwi to visit the royal family temple Pura Taman Ayun, meaning a beautiful garden. Indeed, in this complex listed in UNESCO World Heritage, you find a picturesque garden with lotus-filled fishponds and several temples in traditional architectural style spread out across courtyards. The temple dates back to the 17th century and is the manifestation of Balinese art of stone carving. It is built on a small hill symbolizing the islands of Bali with a surrounding channel representing the ocean around the island.
Our itinerary will lead us next to the famous Pura Luhur Tanah Lot from the 16th century. It is the legacy of Javanese priest Danghyang Nirartha whose mission was to preserve the Hindu religion in Bali. Tanah Lot is also unique thanks to being located on a rock that is only accessible during the low tide. It is believed that crevices in the rock and nearby fountain with holy water are home to sea snakes guarding the temple. Bali priests use water from the spring for all temples in the area and bless visitors by sparking them with it, too.
Bali UNESCO listed temple Taman Ayun
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After soaking in the atmosphere of Tanah Lot and the Batu Bolong temple, we will head to Kuta to experience a different kind of ambiance. Buzzing with Bali tourists from all over the world, Kuta is the ideal place to shop for all kinds of souvenirs and gifts.
There are also endless options for dining, so even though the lunch is not included in this Bali trip, you are welcome to take a lunch break whenever you feel like having one. With bags full of nice gifts for your loved ones, we will head back to our diving resort in Padangbai.
- Legend says that if you visit Tanah Lot with your boyfriend or girlfriend, the two of you will soon break up.
- If you, however, come to the temple as a married couple or family, you will receive blessings.
- Since menstruating women are forbidden from entering the temple, the legend says that a bridge at Tahah Lot once broke when such lady tried to visit the temple.
- Water from the temple’s springs is believed to bring you good fortune.
- The snake guardians of the temple are venomous.
- Tanah lot had to be renovated due to the erosion of rock on which it stands.
- When entering Balinese temples, both women and men should wear a traditional cloth called sarung when entering the temple.
- Priests in Bali are paid by the Indonesian government.
- The traditional philosophy in Bali is based on “three causes of well-being” – harmony among people, harmony with nature, and harmony with God.
- When an object such as tree or statue is wrapped in a cloth, local people believe that spirits reside within. The cloth keeps the spirit inside and protects people from being approached by it.