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Excursion to the temples of Tanah Lot and Luhur Ulu Watu

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That was our last day in Bali. In fact, that afternoon our flight left for Jakarta, which would almost put an end to our trip. Taking advantage of the fact that we had to go south, we rehired the services of the driver who had previously taken us around the island, to visit a couple of enclaves before going to the airport and, at the agreed time, he was waiting for us at the door of the hotel .


Our first destination was the Pure Tanah Lot, one of the most revered temples in Bali. To get there, we first had to cross Kuta. Kuta has a very bad reputation because it is where all Australian tourists and surf enthusiasts have put their base. To give you an idea, it would be the Salou or the Lloret of the Australians. In fact, when you approach the city you see how the landscape changes completely, and from rice fields you go to see large stores of leading surf brands, in addition to the motorcycles directly carrying a hook on the side to be able to transport the board of Surf on the island.


When we finally got through the city, we arrived at the Pura Tanah Lot. Actually, we were lucky and it only took us an hour and a quarter to arrive from Ubud, but depending on the time of day it may take a long time to cross Kuta.


When you arrive at the temple car park, lots of souvenir shops welcome you. We set off to go in the direction of the temple and saw a sign that indicated that we had to go along a path that went through a narrow alley that, at the end of the tour ... was going to stop where you started! The very wicked have put it because, if not, nobody would pass through that parallel street full of stops and little shops.

Do you see the temple up there?

When you finally reach the end of the commercial route, you have to go down some stairs and, in the distance, inside the sea, is the sanctuary. In fact, you cannot enter the temple, but on the rock there is a kind of small sanctuary and that one can be visited. The bad thing is that to cross you have to be careful not to get wet or to be dragged by the waves and for that there are a couple of temple employees on the opposite shore to help people cross.

Come on, I zoom in on you.

The most beautiful thing about the temple is the fact that it is surrounded by water. The sunset is the star time to visit it and, therefore, the time it is busiest. On the cliff in front of the temple there are restaurants with a terrace and views where you can sit and have a drink and see the temple from above. But if you do not want to take anything, you can also climb without paying, since there are areas that are not from any place.

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