Tanah Lot, November 2013
In the Balinese language Tanah Lot means “Land and Sea”. It is apparent that the land and sea meet when you arrive. The first thing you notice are the the cliffs being eaten away by the waves continuously pounding the land, taking bites with each wave.
The area leading to Tanah Lot was pretty commercialized, and we had to pay a small entrance fee of about 30,000 IDR to enter. On the way to the seaside temple, there were souvenir shops and a couple of restaurants flanking a paved path. A larger restaurant rests, nestled at the end of the tiny peninsula with a view of the water and the temple buildings.
The lady was selling something almost like Gushers candy, it was little coconut pouches filled with coconut gel. She wrapped them up in a banana lead it cost 5000 IDR roughly $0.50!
As we walked towards the sea, we saw the carved cliff trickled with tourist trying to get their photo ops .
A few more vendors were at the center square between the temples. There you can find trinkets, snacks, and water
At the edge of the cliff you can dine at the restaurant. The prices, of course, are heavily inflated, but it does come with a wonderful view.
We finally get our turn to view the temple without obstruction which lasts only a few minutes until another wave of visitors arrive.
The temple all to myself!
Yipee, sorry mandatory jumping action
Nope, we are not alone again.
The surrounding landscaping was very lush
The wonderful details of Tanah Lot
On the opposite side of the island, a temple appears to be built floating on the sea.
On the far left, you can see people walking into the sea to get to the temple.
A lot of visitors come to watch the sunset at Tanah Lot, Unfortunately it was a very cloudy day. I liked the clouds as it seemed to make Tanah Lot more mystical
On the way to the lower temple, I’m pretty sure I photo bombed at least a dozen photos. It was a bit difficult to avoid due to the crowds.
That’s me, saying exactly that.
Taking a breather and doing the mandatory photo op.
My friend Hazel, captured me doing what I do best, capturing Tuktuk.
On our way down, there were older Balinese people hanging out, eating, and enjoying the view. Some were selling little hand crafts. There was also a bunch of trash underneath the caves. It seems as if the visitors couldn’t hang onto their trash until they find a garbage can.
Stepping into the sea with these sandals was a bad idea, but going barefoot was even worse… The rocks were slimy and very, very slippery. There were a few local Balinese men to help guide you to the temple and back. The water was cold at first, but with the humidity it felt nice and refreshing.
A group photo before we headed out.
Hopefully on my next visit, the sun actually comes out so we can watch the sunset on the temples. I will be back Bali, with Tuktuk in hand.