Tanah Lot Temple#3 in Best Things To Do in Bali
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Most jaws drop at the sight of Tanah Lot Temple. This stunning religious complex (and impressive architectural feat) sits on a gigantic jagged rock that rises out of the ocean on Bali's southern coast. And while you'll have to wait for low tide to reach the temple, many say it's worth it, adding that snapping a photo of Tanah Lot Temple at sunset is a must. There are also many stalls with vendors nearby selling everything from food and drinks to souvenirs.
Recent travelers warned that while the view is nice and makes for a great photo op, the area does get very crowded with tourists.
Tanah Lot Temple is northwest of Kuta. You can visit the temple from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Admission to the temple's rocky perch costs 60,000 rupiahs (about $4.30) for adults and 30,000 rupiahs (about $2.15) for children. If you’re parking a car, there's an additional cost of 5,000 (about $0.35).
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#1 Pura Tirta Empul
While Bali's other temples may be larger or more jaw-dropping, Pura Tirta Empul, which translates to "Holy Water Temple," possesses a unique serenity that cannot be matched. This active prayer site inspires both Balinese Hindus and visitors of different beliefs. While there are several shrines and other structures on the premises, the temple's tranquility is best seen in the large rectangular pool at the complex's center. You'll see worshipers enter the water to pray, so be respectful of the Balinese customs and do not disrupt them. Travelers, too, are welcome to enter the water, known for being a holy mountain spring. Keep in mind, though, that you're expected to enter the water fully clothed (and must wear a sarong as well; they are available to rent for free on-site), so visitors suggest bringing a change of clothes along.
This ancient temple can be visited from about 7 or 8 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. daily. Adults should expect to pay around 15,000 rupiahs (roughly $1) to enter, while children are charged about 7,500 rupiahs ($0.50). Travelers often visit Pura Tirta Empul on their way to or from the village of Kintamani or Gunung Kawi, another religious site. The site is most easily reached by car.
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