Our day began with our wonderful private tour guide Agus (if you’re heading to Bali be sure to book your excursions with him, though move fast as he is a very popular guy and his bookings fill up fast! agusbali.com) taking us to the west coast of Bali early in the morning to beat the crowds to see the beautiful Tanah Lot Temple.
The temple was built in the 16th century and from its creation has been included within Balinese mythology for centuries. It is believed that the venomous sea snakes that swim around the temple and guard it from evil spirits.
While the tide was moving in and the pathway to the temple was swallowed by the sea, viewing the temple from the shore was no less beautiful.
This water temple is located in Ubud but don’t confuse it for the ‘main’ water temple in Ubud which is very popular with tourists.
This little temple is one of the least visited temples in Bali making it a must if you want to see just how beautiful and peaceful a temple can be.
Before entering (as a foreigner) you must pay a small entrance fee which goes back into the upkeep of the temple and collect your sorong (the long skirt) in order to be fully respectful to the temples traditions.
Agus took us through the layers of the temple and back to the fresh water springs that are naturally flowing from the mountains.
It is in these springs that the local people come to pay their respects and at times bath in this holy water.
In the very back of the temple is a small shrine completely surrounded by crystal clear water which fills the area from fresh underground springs.
This is the most holy water and can only be taken by temple priests who can only use it during ceremonies.
We ended our tour with Agus with a tour of a traditional Balinese home where we met the local family which lived their and understood how simple life still was for many of the Balinese who live in rural country side. I didn’t take many photos here but instead filmed our experience which I share near the of my Bali Vlog video (if you would like to see I’v added a direct link here.)
Parting ways with Agus back at our hotel Mr. Z and I decided to end the evening with a beautiful dinner at Bamboo Restaurant back in Ubud.
Tomorrow would mark out last full day in Bali.
We headed back to the hotel to pack our bags as our driver was set to meet us at 7am to make the journey to the famous water palace.
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