Tanah Lot temple is a most visit tourist spot in Bali. This temple is one of Bali’s most sacred sea temples and probably most photographed. Situated on a large rock, Tanah Lot is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Bali. It has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of 7 sea temples, each within eyesight of the next, to form a chain along the south-western coast of Bali. Tanah Lot Temple is said to be the work of a 15th century priest called Nirartha. On his travel along Bali south coast he found this beautiful spot and rested there for the night. Local fishermen saw him and he instructed them to build a holy place where the Balinese Sea Gods could be worshiped.
Inside the actual temple compound itself there are tiered shrines that follow the fundamental element of Balinese design, where the number of level constructed are symbolic to the complexities of the faith. Hidden admits the rock and crevices surrounding Tanah Lot there are a number of black sea snakes. Although these snakes are tame, visitors are warned to be cautious and refrain from unnecessarily aggravating these reptiles or wandering off unaccompanied to explore. These snakes are believed to be the guardians of the temple and protect the entire area from unseen evil forces.
Only certain Balinese people about to perform the ritual prayer or religious activities are allowed entry into the Temple. Visitor are only allowed to observe from outside. Crowds especially gather on the terraces nearby to watch the glow of the sunset behind the temple.