In Search of Tanah Lot and the Serenity of Jatiluwih (Bali)
One cannot come to Bali without the obligatory pilgrimage to Tanah Lot. Meaning "Land in the Sea" in Balinese , this pilgrimage temple is l ocated on the coast of West Bali at the village of Beraban. Pura Tanah Lot, the temple itself, sits on a large offshore rock that’s been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. One of the seven sea temples that skirt the Balinese coastline, each of the temples were established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast. At the base of the rocky island of Tanah Lot, venomous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. On the day of our visit, wild seas raged around the rock island, mammoth waves pounding against its waves before crashing onto the coastline.
Scenes from Jatiluwih, Bali
After the serenity of Tanah Lot, we headed inwards and up to see the rice terraces of Jatiluwih, a UNESCO world heritage site. With “Jati” meaning “really” and “Luwih” meaning “good” or “beautiful”, the local paddies are as famous for its organic agriculture system as its breathtaking unfolding from coastline to mountainside. Jatiluwih enjoys a much cooler atmosphere to the rest of Bali, thanks to its altitude of 700 meters above sea level. Lunch at Jatiluwih was a buffet at Billy’s Terrace Cafe (since 1969). While lunch was fairly mediocre, the uninterrupted view of the terraces made it worthwhile.