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Tanah Lot has mythical past

Bali promises a diverse range of landscapes to see and explore and Tanah Lot is just one of the beautiful ocean temples that sits on the coast of this wonderful country.

Pura Tanah Lot, the temple itself, was said to have been built in the 16th century at the request of a holy man and to pay tribute to the guardian spirits of the sea. Each of the six sea temples that sit along this stretch of coastline can be seen from one of the other ones, meaning the whole coast line is kept safe.

It is believed this wonderful ancient shrine, which sits on the top of Tanah Lot, is protected by snakes, who guard it from the demons. And there may be some truth to this as sea snakes have been known to make their homes in the caves at the bottom of the rocks, which have been carved out by the erosive sea as it pounds against the cliff face.

When it is low tide, you can make your way to Tanah Lot on foot. The outer parts of the temple are open to visitors and holy men will bless you as you head towards it. However, you won't be able to go inside the inner sanctum of the temple as this is forbidden for anyone who isn't Balinese.

If you're feeling brave, you might want to explore the caves at the foot of the cliff, as long as you're not too worried by the snakes. And within one cave in the beach, you can even go and receive a blessing from the sacred snake.

Even if you don't feel brave enough to head near the temple itself, there are some stunning Instagram shots to get from a "safer" distance. The temple looks stunning, stood out against the sea backdrop and is particularly beautiful when the sky is changing colours.

For a unique experience, Tanah Lot offers you a chance to explore the wonderful myth and adventure of Bali.

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