A Visit to the Tana Rock Temple in Bali

Aug 01, 2023


The Tana Rock Temple in Bali, Indonesia, is unlike any other temple you’ve ever visited. It’s completely built on the side of a massive rocky cliff that overlooks the ocean. There are steep steps leading up to the entrance of the temple, and carved into the cliff face are several intricate statues, as well as deep alcoves and caves that invite you to peer out at the ocean below or meditate in private seclusion.

The Basics

Standing at 5 feet high, you may think that it’s strange to call something as small awe-inspiring, however, most people don’t realize how huge their awe is about something until they actually visit and see it firsthand. In Hinduism temples are built not just for worship but also to teach lessons and act as landmarks in people’s lives.

What it looks like

The temple, which was built about 500 years ago, sits on a huge rock jutting out into a rice field and is reached by climbing hundreds of steps carved out of stone. The view from the top is said to be breathtaking. A climb up takes about 20 minutes and involves many different terraces containing various religious statues that have been made over time. There’s also a small museum near where you can buy souvenirs.


How do I get there?

The temple is on a hill outside of Ubud, so you need a car or a taxi. You can hire your own driver from Ubud for around 50 000 IDR ($4) per hour or take a bemo (public minibus) up there for 1000 IDR ($0.75). The road ends at a small parking lot; it’s about 15 minutes further up to the temple. There are no signs, but if you ask around people will point you in the right direction. But the most cost efficient route is to add on the optional excursion to the temple when you purchase a Bali vacation package.

Is it worth it?

Absolutely, it's worth it! Not only is Bali a gem to visit, it's an affordable island. You can indulge in the luxury of more expensive places for a fraction of the cost. We are so happy to offer 6 Bali vacation packages. Whichever you choose, you will not be disappointed.