#ShelinaTravels Day 2: Tanah Lot and Nusa Dua beach

  • Tanah Lot temple, Bali | Image credit: Shelina Janmohamed

    Tanah Lot temple, Bali | Image credit: Shelina Janmohamed

    The story goes that a 16th century religious figure Niratha sat on the rocky outcrop island at Tanah Lot (Land in the Sea) and the fisherman down below started coming to give him offerings.  So he told them to build a temple as he felt this was a religious place. The legend says that below it in the waters snakes guard the temple.

    We wanted to see some of the local history, religion and culture, so this was a great choice. The Temple made for a good half day trip from our hotel in Nusa Dua. We passed through Denpasar after a cheeky stop at KFC – entirely at the request of the kids who seem tired of trying very hard to eat Indonesian food and just craved some halal chicken nuggets.  An hour later after driving through stunning rice fields and whizzing through small villages the glorious silver sea greeted us.

    We paid for entry to the compound and found ourselves in a long marketplace. It had all the usual tourist offerings. But also useful things like lots of toilets, ice cream (it was hot, this saved us from cranky kids!) Eventually the walkway descends down the sea through imposing gateways until you reach the black sandy beach.

    Our timing was unlucky, we arrived at high tide so we couldn’t walk to the temple. But the kids had fun on the rocks, and the black sand was unusual. As it was Sunday the crowds were large. And it is also the period of Kuningan festival so everywhere was festooned with yellow cloths and offerings. The other smaller temples were also closed only for worshippers, so we missed out there too.

    But the fresh sea air was invigorating, and a relief from the humidity. And what could beat watching the glinting sea and crashing waves while eating a cornetto with your kids?

    Nusa Dua beach in the cloudy twilight Image credit: Shelina Janmohamed

    Nusa Dua beach in the cloudy twilight
    Image credit: Shelina Janmohamed

    Around 430 we set off again, to return to Nusa Dua and enjoy dinner at the beach.  We took a promenade along the beach front, the golden yellow sand soft, the beach quite quiet and the beachfront hotels and restaurants looking welcoming. With hungry kids we picked the first one – Agendaz, and sat perched on their epic beach beds. I ordered – you guessed it – satay. And boy was it good. Although a light meal for the four of us it was definitely the priciest, but the view was priceless. Nusa Dua might be a bubble for tourists, but boy is it a well-manicured, hospitable and relaxing bubble.

    Then it was straight back to the hotel for an early night – after all further adventures await!

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