Tanah Lot tantalises


Being a keen photographer with a soft spot for sunrise and sunset photos, I was determined while in Bali to make a visit to the famous temple by the sea known as Tanah Lot, in hope of snapping a photo as the sun set.

Tanah Lot is derived from the meaning ‘earth’ and ‘ocean’ (‘Tanah’ means earth and ‘Lot’ means ocean).  It is said to be the work of revered 15th century Hindu priest Nirartha, and forms an important element of Balinese spiritualism and mythology.  The temple is located on a rock just offshore, and appears to be adrift in on the ocean, owning magnificent views of sunsets in the late afternoons.

It began with a 45 minute drive from Sanur, and with my camera in hand, made my way through the maze of souvenir market stalls selling just about every Balinese trinket imaginable.  Finally I reach the beach, and found myself in awe at the magic of this temple perched on a rock just a few metres offshore, and this was before the sun had begun to set.

After taking a few photos at ground level, I made my way back up what seemed like hundreds of steps, to take my vantage point at one of the many restaurants that line the cliff top overlooking the temple.  With a nice refreshing Bintang cooling me off, I watched the sun sink lower in the sky as it begins to create a contrasting darkness of the temple against the backdrop of reds, oranges, pinks and purples.

As the last of the sun’s golden glow slipped away past the horizon, I could see why this attraction draws crowds of tourist and is one of the most popular tours offered in Bali.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: Kate Webster
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