Bali is a very interesting place in relation to religion and faith. In general Indonesia`s population is mostly Muslim, but Bali could save it´s Hindu religion through the centuries. So nowadays we can visit diverse temples and other impressive religious places. One of the most famous ones is called “Pura Tanah Lot” and is situated in Tabanan around 20km away from Denpasar.
This temple was built on a large offshore rock and can only be visited at low tide. It is said that the builder of the temple came to this place in a coconut shell from Java and he liked to meditate on the rocks in the sea- so he created Tanah Lot.
For me it was a very special atmosphere to walk on slippery stones and to look at this unique construction- which was built in the 16th century! Although there were many tourists, this is a place where you can really see how Balinese people practice their faith. There are prayers and people also sing and dance.
We were really interested in what those people do and so we went to see a cave below the temple. In this cave there is a holy fountain- you can even drink from the sacred water after a little donation. As a sign of respect and gratefulness you get some rice on our forehead and a flower behind your ear. In my opinion it was a nice way of them to say “thank you”.
After visiting the cave we had a little walk around the area and then decided to have dinner at a restaurant on top of the cliffs. From this point we had an amazing view over the sea and Pura Tanah Lot. Also the Indonesian food was very delicious and so we enjoyed one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.
Although the ride to come to Tanah Lot is very long- and you also may ride back in the dark- I highly recommend to visit this place and enjoy a unique and thoughtful side of Bali