Bali main religion is Hindu, and hence the many temple (Pura) located in almost every corner of Bali. There are a couple of main/famous one, such as Pura Tanah Lot and Pura Uluwatu.
Pura Tanah Lot
Pura Tanah Lot is almost an island in itself. Visitors are able to cross over only when the tide is low, otherwise, you could only see from the distance, or like about 3 meters away. I don’t imagine they will let you swim across. Like a lot of places in Bali, Tanah Lot is one of the go to place to visit during sunset, but considering the limited time we had, we chose to forgo this option and arranged to go there in the morning. Bad idea since we don’t usually follow the schedule, we arrived about about 11am and it was scorching hot. The view are still nice, but the tide is high and we are not able to cross over. There are a lot of shops leading to the main entrance of Tanah Lot. A lot of souvenir and trinkets. I will go ahead and say that you need to haggle. It is not that expensive if you convert it to North American currency, but there’s no harm in haggling. Bf was interested in personalized key chain with Bali drawings. The guy has this heat emitting pencil-look a like device to ‘burn’ the bamboo, he made the device himself. He charge the key chain IDR6,000 each. After a short haggling We managed to get them for IDR 30,000 for 8 pcs. We saved a few cents, but hey, I can haggle! Yay me.
This famous temple is located on the cliff and also home to the well-known Kecak and Fire Dance. The dance is performed everyday and start at sunset. Hence the very high number of spectators. It is highly recommended that you arrive early and ensure that you have ticket to the performance by 5pm. Show start at 6.10pm. You should also make your way to the outdoor ‘theater’ immediately after you got your ticket. Seats filled up fast. We got there just before 5pm. It was hectic and crowded. We didn’t really get to look at the temple and surrounding area. So make sure you have ample time to enjoy both the temple ground and the performance. Temple entrance for foreigner is IDR30,000 for domestic tourist is IDR 10,000. Driver is allowed to escort and they have a special ticket only valid for escorting. The ticket for performance is IDR 70,000 per person. You get the ticket from a table inside. You have to compete with everyone else. It is a little bit like the olden times stock market. With the seller in the centre. So, again, arrive EARLY!
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