Tanah Lot tourist attraction has become the destination of Ngembak Geni celebration, a feast celebrated by the Hindus in Bali the day after Nyepi. Usually, on that day, the Hindus do social visit to relatives who are far away. “Currently we make a visit to the nature at Tanah Lot,” said Made Suparka, one of the visitors to Tanah Lot. With the children and family members, visitors thronged the destination at Beraban village, Kediri subdistrict, Tabanan. Although the activities of traders have not maximized, the spill of community to spend vacation to Tanah Lot was flowing like the sea of people.
Indeed, the day before all the people who earned a fortune at Tanah Lot tourist attraction, either the merchants or employees were executing the Nyepi of the Caka New Year 1936 for 24 hours. So, on the Ngembak Geni, Tuesday (Apr 1) they returned to their regular activities to serve visitors. “I accidentally open the shop while celebrating the Ngembak Geni,” said Luh Manik, a souvenir seller.
Division Head of Development of Tanah Lot tourist attraction, Kadek Suarniti, said that from the morning the queue of vehicles had been seen at the entrance of Tanah Lot. Even, starting at 11:00 a.m. the traffic started to be crowded. They came mostly by motorcycles. Bustling visitors required the operator to divert to reserve parking lot located in the south.
This reserve parking was deliberately provided by the management of Tanah Lot in anticipation of the flood of visitors. Tourist visits increased sharply early afternoon. Foreign travelers did not want to miss the good moment to witness the return of the sun (sunset).
The tourist visits estimated to reach thousands of people tended to have sightseeing activities in the area of the object. Some saw the holy snake, holy water, the rush of the waves and took pictures with the temple background. Some others did shopping and enjoyed the culinary along the object area. Meanwhile, the others were sitting in the café and restaurant while chatting with friends or family.
However, the most awaited was the appearance of sunset. “This moment is usually the most awaited by tourists and of course they will immortalize the moment with their camera shots,” said Kadek Suarniti while greeting her guests. (BTN/015)