Very few places exist in the world where one need not enter the premises to admire and enjoy the beauty of it. Tanah Lot Temple, a sacred site of worship located half an hour away from Alila Villas Soori, is one such destination.

Considered as one of the most iconic attractions in Bali, Tanah Lot Temple is not to be missed. The temple has a history of interest where according to the legend, the temple was built amidst strong objections of the village head, who later on was showed the error in his ways. Tanah Lot Temple is a significant landmark, and many flocks here not simply for the cultural heritage, but for the picturesque sunsets that the temple is very much popular for. What the casual visitor might not know is that 1/3 of the rock upon which Tanah Lot Temple stands is, in fact, artificial. Sea erosion was threatening the sustenance of the temple in the latter part of the 19th century, that the government took measures to preserve the structure by incorporating artificial rock into the original structure.

There is a causeway between the land and the temple premises which go under water during high tide. During low tide, visitors can walk across it to visit the guardians of the temple – the sea snakes. The water in this natural spring is also the source of holy water in all the temples of the area.

You may wish to be at ease during your visit to Tanah Lot Temple, and would like to take up room at the best resort in Bali. You would be in trouble if this is the case, though, for the temple area itself is dotted with luxury hotels, high-end restaurants as well as cultural parks. However, whether you stay at a luxury hotel or a budget hotel, it is advised that you visit Tanah Lot Temple during the festivities: September, April, and November are the months where festivities envelop the temple, transforming it into a structure that is more grandeurs than on regular days.

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.