Pura Tanah Lot (Tanah Lot temple), Bali

We all know Bali as one of the world’s most exotic and exciting places you can enjoy. If you are not familiar with this island, you can read previous articles about its fascinating destinations and tours. One of the Bali’s precious locations is right this temple - Pura Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island. It is home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot, and a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.

Tanah Lot means “Land in the Sea” in the Balinese language. Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometers from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. It is said to be the work of revered 15th century Hindu priest Nirartha and forms an important element of Balinese spirtualism and mythology. The Tanah Lot temple was built and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. At the base of the rocky island, poisonous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. A giant snake purportedly protects the temple, which was created from Nirartha’s scarf when he established the island.

A comprehensive restoration programme started in the 1990s when it was realized that the rock was seriously eroded and in danger of collapse. This major work resulted in the actual temple being out of bounds which was still intermittently the case in early 2009. This is not really a hindrance to visitors though as entrance to the actual temple is not the key attraction.

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Extreme Bali Cycling Tour

Hidden in Indonesia, Bali area offers you an unique tour you probably didn’t have a chance to experience, without buses and unapproachable for your vehicle. This tour is special, not only because it is extreme, but because you are cycling through the untouched nature that not so many people have seen. All you need is running shoes, sunblock, camera, hat and money for cash payment on the day ride. So challenge yourself with an extreme journey in three levels with small groups (up to 10 people). It will be a great workout cycling up the hills and through rice fields, visiting local villages. But most important of all you will have a good and exciting time while learning alot about the Indonesian culture and their way of living. Start your morning with a face wash in pure spring water from the mountain stream, and listening to the nature around you. The cycle tour starts with a delicious breakfast from the Labhagga Restaurant & Sky Lounge at Pacung village and passes through Baturiti and Tabanan onto Ubud along quiet village lanes. You will be also warmly welcomed by their traditional lunch after an extreme morning.
The prices are:
- $55 per rider
- $40 for children under 12
- $20 (Child under 5 years using child-seat)
For the extreme tour:
- $72 per adult rider
If you do not ask for an easy or extreme tour, you will do the intermediate. Most people who have been through this adventure have it engraved in their brain, and will always recommend you trying it also.
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