Indonesia is more than just Bali. It is a country made up of 1,700 islands, a large portion of which is covered in lush greenery and dense forests. Indonesia is home to an eclectic variety of tourist attractions. Listed below are three hidden gems in Indonesia waiting to be discovered.
The Natural Wonders of Indonesia
Indonesia has some of the most captivating volcanoes, some of which are active, exhilarating underwater diving adventures, and fascinating interactions with a wide variety of unique wildlife species.
- Formed about 70,000 years ago, Lake Toba is the biggest volcanic caldera lake in the world. Check out the picturesque landscape and get to meet the friendly Batak people who live here.
- Mount Bromo is an active volcano located in East Java, bang in the center of Tengger caldera, which is a crater full of fine black volcanic sand. Tourists can enjoy a hike up to the volcano, which perennial spews off white sulfurous smoke, and later relax in the enchantingmountain-top views that present itself to you.
- The waters of the Raja Ampat islands, located in Papua, is a true diver’s paradise. The region is dotted with untouched corals and reefs, extensive biodiversity, and assorted marine life, including over 3000 species of fishes. An underwater diving expedition in these turquoise pristine waters will enthrall even the most experienced of divers!
- A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia, the Komodo National Park,located in Flores, is the home of the rare Komodo Dragon. Tourists can get up close and personal with these unique creatures as well as get to see varied other terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Tourists should also go to the Orang Utan sanctuary in Bukit Lawang to get a glimpse of the endangered Sumatran Orangutans.
The Historical Attractions in Indonesia
Indonesia is one place where you will find many ancients temples, mosques, and other places of historical importance.
- The Candi Borobudur temple, located in Java, is one of the biggest Buddhist temples on the planet and a popular pilgrimage center. The UNESCO Heritage site features over 500 magnificent statues of Buddha, 6 large platforms with over 2,500 relief panels, and several intricate structures and unique carvings. It is truly a sight for sore eyes!
- Other must visit structures in Indonesia include the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, the Candi Prambanan Hindu temple, and the spectacular Uluwatu Temple located atop a limestone cliff.
The Indigenous People and Culture of Indonesia
Indonesia is home to numerous aboriginal tribes and distinctive ancient traditions and customs.
- Located in southern Sulawesi, Tana Toraja is an unspoiled piece of land replete with lavish green rice terraces, blue misty hills, and high bamboo and limestone graves. It is famous for its unique funeral rites which have been performed for many centuries. Tourists may come across baby tree graves, hanging graves, tall wooden effigies, and other weird stuff.
- Go for a trek across Baliem Valley, in Papua, to the tribal lands of the Lani, Yali, and Dani tribes, who still live a life as they did many centuries ago. You may simultaneously enjoy views of vast lush green fields, wide flat rivers, and stunning mountains.
- Tourists can also go for a boat ride across the Mahakam River in Borneo/Kalimantan, all the way towards the untouched forested lands of the Dayak tribes, see their lifestyle, and later enjoy a traditional dance performance by them.
Indonesia is calling. So pack your bags and get ready to revel in the wonders of ancient history, nature’s wonders and fascinating cultures!