- Buda Cemang Matal celebrated in Bali in August

July 07, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News highlights tourists who are eager to explore the cultural side of Bali during their stay at hotels in Kuta should pay a trip to Tanah Lot at the time of the Buda Cemang Matal festival.

Set to take place on August 4th 2010, the religious celebration takes place every year and gives Balinese Hindus the opportunity to engage in meditation in a bid to cleanse their mind of any negative thoughts.

Also known as the day of Sang Hyang Mankik Galih, inhabitants of the island traditionally mark the event by praying to Dewa Sang Hyang Sri Nini for protection and prosperity.

Special gifts are also offered to the god during the festivities, according to the official website of the Tanah Lot monastery.

It could be the perfect opportunity for people who are staying at hotels in Kuta to take a trip to the religious structure, which is one of Bali's most popular tourist attractions.

Located off the coast of the island on a rocky outcrop, it is believed to have been built back in the 15th century by a priest called Nirartha.

Travellers who wish to take a trip to the monastery will first need to purchase a ticket, at a cost of 10,000 Indonesian rupiahs (73p).

Posted by Charlotte Springer

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