Temples in the Ocean

  Hindu Temples in the Ocean...

When I arrived in Bali, my first wish was to go to the Tanah Lot site.

So here I am for my first solo day, on my way to this mysterious and impressive place of beauty, about twenty kilometers north of Denpasar-Seminyak.

If the temple of TANAH LOT is by far the most famous, the small neighbouring sanctuary BATU BOLONG is just as admirable because of its surprising location.

  A remarkable site: PURA BATU BOLONG

North of the PURA BATU BOLONG, a glimpse of the coast that has remained completely wild


Rising on an islet beaten by the waves of the ocean, it is said to be the work of Nirartha, a 15th century priest. Legend has it that during a trip he discovered this magnificent rocky island and settled there. Fishermen who saw him would have brought him gifts.

After spending the night there, Nirartha would have found this place suitable for worshipping the god of the sea and would then have asked the fishermen to build a sanctuary there.

The Tanah Lot temple thus built became a reference in Balinese mythology. It is one of the seven temples of the Bali Sea.

These seven temples are built along the coast so that one can always see the next one from the previous one. They are all in the Hindu style.

At the foot of the rocky islet, sea snakes are supposed to preserve the temple from evil spirits and invaders.

According to legend, a giant snake created with Nirartha's scarf would protect the temple.

  Tanah Lot...

The Pura Tanah Lot at high tide or low tide....
This site offers a fascinating spectacle when the waves collapse against the walls of the temple

  Around the Tanah Lot...

This place of pilgrimage, which is, it must be said, quite exceptional, brings many tourists from all walks of life.
Of course, merchants and traders settled in the surrounding area.
There are many shops selling all kinds of local items

  The «Canang Sari»

You can't walk around Bali without noticing these women carrying offerings on a tray and placing them here and there. These small daily offerings, the Canang Sari, are modest offerings composed of two small baskets made of banana leaves.

Deposited on the ground in front of houses and altars, to honour the gods and drive out evil spirits, they can sometimes be seen piling up by the hundreds in front of temples or sacred trees.

Every morning, therefore, I was able to observe the ritual of Balinese women depositing these small baskets filled with flowers and food, see them light an incense stick and sprinkle it all with a few drops of sacred water, gestures that will be repeated the next day and the following days.

Canang Sari is a testimony of gratitude for the benefits granted by the gods.
As for those found in cemeteries, bridges, crossroads, shops, cars,... they essentially have an expiatory function.

If you trample on a Canang Sari, (it happened to me) don't worry, only the act of depositing the offering counts, what happens next is no longer important and they will be replaced the next morning anyway. Carried by the wind, these ephemeral creations are often found piled up in the gutters, mixing with waste and rubbish and finally being burned.

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D1 - The Tanah Lot temple

1st Day (Morning): When I had spent my first moments of research on Bali on the net, I came across the TANAH LOT. I discovered some pictures of this temple built in the sea, accessible only at low tide. Needless to say, I was eager when I arrived in Bali to discover it and walk around.

D2 - Ubud

Day 2 (Morning): I had decided for my second outing to go for a walk on the Ubud side.
I fill up the motorbike, 17,000 ruphia ! impressive figures with a string of zeros at the end... and say that it's only 3 liters!
Well, come on, my headphones aimed in the ears, the headphones on top, and let's go for about two hours of driving...

D2 - Tagallalang

Day 2 (afternoon): After 2 hours on the road and almost 2 hours visiting this small village, I had a good, fresh Bintang. For the second part of the day, I decide to take a taxi driver to take me to the rice fields a little higher. I find one a priori nice and smiling (not hard to find, they are almost all nice), and ask him to take me first to a restaurant to eat a local "Nasigoreng"... he must know a place...

D3 - Uluwatu Cliffs

Day 3: To return a little towards the sea, my third day is devoted to visiting the breathtaking cliffs of Uluwatu. There too, I had seen some impressive photos here and there and I wanted to see this exceptional site... The distance not being enormous at most about twenty kilometers from my hotel in Seminyak, I leave for another day of discoveries...
It's sunny, it's hot... come on, let's go!

D4 - Pura Ulun Danu at Bratan Lake

Day 4 (Morning): To reach Lake Bratan, I left my motorbike in the hotel parking lot and it is with a private driver that I go to the shore of this lake constantly covered with threatening clouds at about 1000m altitude.
After 2h30 of travel, we reach the Beratan temple which is beautifully located by the lake.
There are, of course, countless tourists: I am one of them!

D4 - Jatiluwih

Day 4 (Afternoon): I had enjoyed the rice fields of Tagalalang 2 days earlier, but the tourist merry-go-round had left me a little hungry. Of course the colours and views were magnificent... I was heading for my 4th day, to Jatiluwih... another impressive site of terraced rice fields, absolutely magnificent.

D5 - Nusa Dua & Kuta

Day 5: I'm getting a little tired. All these days of movement, in addition to the heat and humidity, make me decide to take an easy walk to Nusa Dua, a complex of luxury hotels located on the East Coast, which I reach in less than an hour.

D6 - Golf at Tanah Lot

Day 6: Back to Thanah Lot where I will take a walk on the golf course next door. Walking on a golf course is always very pleasant, but today, I find myself on a golf course like no other!

Bali by Night

A few steps on the sidewalks of Seminyak and Kutaen early in the evening... nice bars, small shopping malls open late, smiling encounters