Built by a priest during the 16th century, the temple is dedicated to the guardian spirits of the sea and is believed to be guarded by the dangerous sea serpents that dwell below the surface. When the tide is high, the rock on which Pura Tanah Lot is located becomes almost completely covered, but for a few hours a day it is possible to walk to the temple barely getting wet. The interior of the temple, which is accessed through a staircase carved into the rock, cannot be visited but at sunset it is possible to go to the sanctuary to receive a blessing granted by the priests.
Tanah Lot Temple is a spectacular sight, especially at sunset when the sunlight turns golden and descends the horizon, turning the temple into a dark silhouette. At the end of the day the area is filled with tourists who end their excursions in one of the most special temples in Bali. In the surroundings of Tanah Lot you can visit other temples, among which Pura Batu Bolong stands out, a small sanctuary located on a mound in the sea that communicates with the shore by means of a natural bridge. At 7 in the afternoon, the fire dance show, known as kechak, begins in the surroundings.