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4. Tana Toraja
Tana Toraja is a regency situated in South Sulawesi (Celebes), about 350 km northern Makasar, the capital city of South Sulawesi. Tana Toraja is culturally rich and consists of lushly green areas so that a lot of people want to visit this place.
There are some attractions that shouldn't be passed up when you come to Tana Toraja. In the lush nature of Tana Toraja first you'll notice the icon of Tana Toraja, the Tongkonans. Tongkonans are Torajan traditional houses which have specific architecture resembles the shape of bull horns. Tongkononans have some uses in Torajan lives, when I went to Tana Toraja I visited some Tongkonans and found some of their functions as dwelling places, rice storage, and temporary place for family dead bodies prior to their funeral ceremony.
The second main attraction is Rambu Solo. Rambu Solo is a funeral ceremony for the deceased family member and the body sometimes has waited for years at particular tongkonan until the family can afford the ceremony. It's a very festive, more festive than wedding ceremony they normally hold, and costly too due to the number of invitees which can reach hundreds or even thousands to attend the ceremony, and the offerings the family must present. Those bring a consequence that the family has to prepare big budget to get ready for the big event.
A series of ceremony are performed and lavish food is served for the guesses during this ritual. Torajans do not bury the dead body in the ground, but they keep the body in caves at steep rock sides instead. Through the processions in Rambu Solo, the dead body is relocated by all family members from its temporary rest place to new place at the rock sides so that the body can rest in peace for ever.
Other worth visiting sites in Tana Toraja are
Batu Tomonga (Tomonga rock). From this rock you can see the natural beauty of lush greenTana Toraja.
Palawa, This is a nice place for exploring Torajan cliff graveyards and ceremony held prior to the funeral execution.
Ke Kete, At this place you can find the making and selling of beautiful Torajan crafts, like woodcarving, Torajan woven products, etc.
Peculiar Tarra Tree. Located at Kambira village of Sangalla district, Tarra is not just a tree for Torajan. It is an extraordinary tree where old Torajans used to keep the body of their deceased sinless babies in the past.
5. P a n g a n d a r a n
Pangandaran is located at the southern coastal areas of the province of West Java, around 300 km away from Jakarta the capital city of Indonesia. This is one of those places I recommend you to visit for its many exotic objects you can enjoy :
Green Canyon : Green Canyon is jokingly called an alternative destination for Grand Canyon in USA if the later is too far for you to visit. Frankly speaking Green Canyon has its own attractions which make its beauty different from Grand Canyon. Located at a village named Kertayasa (around 31 km to southern Pangandaran), you have to rent a boat to explore the area and to reach its center of attraction since those spots are located around and by Cijulang river.The boat driver will skillfully drives the boat as well as function himself as your tour guide.
The forest and natural texture of the earth along the river walls are stunning, and stalactites and stalagmites create extraordinary view.
In short, exploring Green Canyon through Cijulang river makes it like a wild jungle exploration which gives unforgettable memory.
Pangandaran National Park : Located at southern Pangandaran, Pangandaran National Park offers some attractions which make it different from other destinations. The forest can be explored by tracking and after that, from the monitoring tower you can spot wild buffaloes on their grazing fields. The park also enables you to watch exotic birds including horn bills.
Pangandaran National Park is also habitat for rare flower Raflessia. It can become your lifetime experience since only lucky visitors have the opportunity to see the blooming flower.
Batu Hiu (Shark Rock) : Batu Hiu or Shark Rock refers to the appearance of one rock in the sea there which happens to look like a shark fin. Just go up the 30 m hill there and you'll find a breathtaking view over the Indian ocean. The beach below the hill is awesome and invites you to comb too.
Other locations still in the Pangandaran areas and they are worth visiting too are Citumeang or Green Valley, and Batu Karas (Karas Rock).
When your time for shopping has come, you can pay a visit to souvenir market nearby. The market was built specially for facilitating tourists who want to go shopping.
6. S o l o. An alternative for Exciting Tours.
Solo is a culturally rich city In central Java, situated about 450 km from Jakarta. This city will treat you with its varied attractions ranging from tourism objects, culture, events, shopping to culinary.
Solo has many places to visit. Your available time and energy will determine how many objects you can manage to go to.
Here are some interesting locations that you can visit in Solo :
Kampung Batik Kauman (Kauman Batik Village) This is another-must-visit destination which is also located in Solo area.
motifs produced in Kampung Batik Kauman were originally inherited by
royal family in Kasuhunan Surakarta Hadiningrat palace. They taught
common people in the area about how to make batik depicting motifs the
same as the ones royal family wore. They taught how to make fine batik
on quality materials like silk and premium cotton and the methods are
well preserved and practiced until today.
In their development, batiks come from Kampung Batik Kauman have become pieces of artwork and are generally divided into three groups. Fist, hand made batik which the production follows the principles of original batik making and also guarantee the exclusivity for the wearer. The second is printed batik, this method of batik production enables them to produce textile in batik motif in bigger production capacity than the first method, and the last type is combination of printed motifs which are decorated with hand-made patterns.
Off course, not only watch those batik artists work but you can also try to apply your design on batik of your own creation and bring it home as memorabilia.
Kampung Batik Laweyan (Laweyan Batik Village) can be one of major places you should include on your itinerary. This village had been established since 1546 in the era of Pajang kingdom and considered the oldest colony in Java. In this village batik making has run among batik merchants from generation to generation and they are proud of their Laweyan classic batik motifs named Tirto Tejo and Truntum.
Taman Sriwedari (Sriwedari Park). The King Pakubuwono X built this park in order to facilitate his family did recreational activities and took rest in an area called the King Garden.
Another famous attraction performed at Taman Sriwedari is Wayang Orang (Javanese play ) which the stories are taken from Javanese folklore, legends and history and shown every day.