Bali's Water Temples

April 16, 2014

The afternoon sky is scattered with colorful kites and the sound of the waves is hypnotizing.

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan

The sky was still gray and gloomy when we reached the lake. The air was chilly up there but it was puzzling to see so many people wearing swimsuits as if we were on a beach. For a brief second, I wondered if I should have brought mine with me.

Like most (if not all) temples in Bali, we had to pay to get inside. As usual, my ill-fated memory continues to annoy me as I can't remember how much I paid. I assume it was probably within the range of 15,000 IDR to 25,000 IDR.

Giddy and Excited, I hoped for the best and went in to see the temple.

The temple was small and serene, floating in a lake with lush green mountains covering it.

The trees stood like guardians. We walked around for a few minutes ignoring the driver's request for us to be back early. We suspect that he wanted to go home early thus imposing short hours for each place we visited.

Tanah Lot and the Surprise Sunset

The drive to Tanah Lot was long but our expert and eager driver was able to overtake most of the tour vans and got us there earlier. He seriously wanted to end the tour as early as possible and did not care about our safety. After our earlier accident (read about it here), you'd think he'd learned his lesson. But instead, it was as if he'd developed amnesia in a short amount of time and tried to cause another problem.

Anyway, it was a long and boring ride. I was crossing my fingers the whole time and with luck the sun was out when we got there.

Tanah Lot is definitely one of those places you have to visit when in Bali. There are tons of people waiting for the same thing as you but the sunset view and the rock formations are worth it. The afternoon sky is scattered with colorful kites and the sound of the waves is hypnotizing. It is also quite interesting to observe the crowd as they move around from rock to rock, drawn by the light and the crashing waves.

The red flags on the beach are placed as warnings for areas with harsh tides and current.

My camera’s battery died just as the sun had began to set which drove me to the decision of using my phone’s camera. The photos below are taken using my iphone 4. Can you tell the difference?

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