will close on Feb 27th.

Please save any personal content and exchange contact info with other members you?d like to stay in touch with. Thank you for your contributions to the VirtualTourist community.

"Mengwi/Tanalot/" Indonesia Things to Do Tip by mallyak

Indonesia Things to Do: 469 reviews and 867 photos

  Pura Tanah lot
by mallyak
  • Pura Tanah lot - Indonesia
      Pura Tanah lot
    by mallyak
  • Sunset at Tanah lot - Indonesia
      Sunset at Tanah lot
    by mallyak
  • After worship at Pura Tanah Lot - Indonesia
      After worship at Pura Tanah Lot
    by mallyak
  • Pura Taman Ayun - Indonesia
      Pura Taman Ayun
    by mallyak
  • moat around Pura Taman Ayun - Indonesia
      moat around Pura Taman Ayun
    by mallyak

In the town of Mengwi is the great royal temple of Pura Taman Ayun. Built in the 17th century, the temple served as the family temple of the Mengwi dynasty, whose kingdom survived until the late 1800s. The temple is famous for its exquisite wooden merus, or pagoda-like shrines.Dating back to 1634, this picturesque complex is surrounded by a moat with multi – roofted meru shrines and intricately carved wooden gates.
Along Bali's southern coast we visited the island's most famous sea temples: Pura Tanah Lot ). The Javanese priest Nirartha established a series of sea temples around the island in the late 15th-early 16th century; today they are some of the most visited tourist attractions in Bali. Tanah Lot has a long history in the world of tourism.
The temple itself is built on a small promontory which is only accessible at low tide.
During high water the rock takes on the appearance of a large boat at sea, such is its shape.
The preist at the temple will give you holy water and flowers similar to the Hindu temples in India

Poisonous snakes live in the nearby caves to 'guard' the temple and contribute to the temple's dangerous reputation.

Sunset is the best time to visit Tanah lot, when the golden red skies frame the temple and waves crash into the rocks.
It is advisable to avoid the tourist crush here as it can be severe.Wonderful to see local people come in droves and a group of school kids were delighted to have their photo taken

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated May 30, 2007
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Be a traveller, not just a tourist/appreciate the culture , not just the sights”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 1 8 7

Have you been to Indonesia?

  Share Your Travels