10 MOST ATRACTIONS
1. SHAMAN VISIT MENTAWAI ISLANDS (YEAR-ROUND)
Just hours away from the mainland and gateway of Padang, isolated by strong winds and rough seas, sikerei shamans (pictured) in the remote interior of the islands continue to practice old animistic ways. In the Sibulungan religion, fetish poles placed around the open-air, stilt-raised houses keep away evil spirits, while elaborate tattoos and body ornaments help keep soul and body in balance with the world. The shamans are responsible for communicating with spirits, healing and preserving the harmony of the physical and paranormal.
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2. DAYAK LONGHOUSE STAY (YEAR-ROUND)
Journey back in time up the sun-dappled Mahakam river into Dayak territory, accompanied by a chorus of birds and insects amid corridors of thick jungle growth. Watch for orangutans and flying lemurs through giant vines, before disembarking at a Dayak longhouse for a meal. Built on stilts high off the ground, these wooden dwellings house many families under one elongated roof. Traditional Dayaks still practice ancient traditions such as body tattoos and heavy ear ornamentation, yet their reputation as friendly hosts is well earned too.
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3. KECAK DANCE BALI (DAILY)
Witness the sunset spectacle of a 100-strong male chorus, bare chested and urging on dancers in the center, in a battle scene from the Ramayana. The dancers, each wearing a checked cloth around his waist, rhythmically chant “cak”, throwing their arms up in unison. There are few more stirring locations than the 11th-century Uluwatu Temple, perched dramatically over sheer, 70-meter high stone cliffs that overlook a dizzying view of the sea and surf.
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4. RAMAYANA BALLET YOGYAKARTA (DAILY)
The refined, expressive movements of classical Javanese dance come to life in this dramatic, open-air retelling of the Ramayana epic, involving up to 250 dancers and dozens of accompanying musicians. Staged by night in the heart of Central Java, the enactment’s eerie beauty is reinforced by its historic surroundings. Decorated with intricate reliefs of the Ramayana tale, the Prambanan temple complex dates back to the heyday of Hindu power in the 10th century.
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5. FLOATING MARKET BANJARMASIN (DAILY)
Greet the dawn on the waters at the confluence of the Kuin and Barito rivers amid a flotilla of boats and canoes jostling for position. Laden with local produce, merchants travel hours to attend this daily morning event.
The Kuin market is one of the busiest of several floating markets. Vegetables, fruit, shrimps and fish are traded, while local children look on – making for a colorful and aromatic experience.
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6. WAYANG KULIT / THE PUPPET SHOW
In this very Indonesian event, the hypnotic gamelan orchestra forms a counterpoint to the sonorous narration of the dalang puppet master, dexterously wielding the flat, intricately carved leather puppets behind a translucent, back-lit screen. The shadows shuffle and leap across the screen agilely, bringing time-honored tales and characters based on the Mahabarata to life. The long and sometimes ribald performances have been described as one of the world’s most subtly sophisticated dramatic forms. Performances can take all night, accompanied by leisurely audience chatter if set outdoors.
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7. BROMO FESTIVAL EAST JAVA (SEPTEMBER)
At any time of the year, Mt Bromo, majestically rising from its surrounding sea of sand into the clouds, is a worthwhile stop on any Java tour. Even so, the midnight procession of the annual Kasada Festival, a ritual thanksgiving held by local Tenggerese farmers, is a stand-out experience. Preceded by performances at the foot of the hill, thousands of supplicants, carrying fruit, vegetables or animal offerings, climb painstakingly toward the smoking caldera, where they offer prayers to mountain gods before throwing their offerings into the mouth of the volcano.
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8. SUMBA PASOLA FESTIVAL
The annual Pasola festival is possibly the most violent and adrenaline-packed harvest celebration in Indonesia. Ritual fist fights precede the main festival, which consists of the exhilarating spectacle of hundreds of bareback, colorfully arrayed horsemen charging at one another with wooden spears, all accompanied by whoops and shouts. The blunted weapons are still capable of inflicting damage – so beware.
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9. BATAK SHOW LAKE TOBA (YEAR AROUND)
What better place to experience the Batak love of song and dance than its cultural heart on Samosir Island? Surrounded by South-East Asia’s largest lake, the island’s laid-back atmosphere is reflected in loose, upbeat performances of traditional music and dance, held among the traditional pointed-roofed villages and tourist lodgings. These events are relaxed, with visitors invited to join, and more modern songs often intermixed, in keeping with the spontaneous island vibe.
10. MADURA BULL RUN MADURA (SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER)
Dust billows up behind two pairs of competing bulls as they dash toward the finish line, a gladiator balanced precariously between each pair on a stick. Following a two-month trial selection and days of festivities, prize bulls are brushed, massaged, fed up to 50 eggs a day and adorned with beautiful head dresses. The race is then run in a few frenzied moments, at the annual finals in Pamekasan.
10 MOST FASCINATING
- BOROBUDUR TEMPLE
Temple Borobudur is one of the largest Buddhist temple in the world. This temple was built when Samaratungga – king of the dynasty ruled Syailendra in Central Java. This temple is considered one of the seven wonders of the world. Borobudur temple is located in the village of Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java. Borobudur Temple is very large and consists of blocks of large stones with a very grand architecture. Therefore, I place the Borobudur temple in the first row because of the difficulty of manufacture.
- KOMODO ISLAND
Komodo Island is located in a strait between the island of Flores in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and Sumbawa in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). Komodo Island is the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo monitor lizard (Varanus komodoensis). Komodo dragon is believed to be remains of ancient animals living dinosaur. long Komodo dragon can reach 3 meters with a weight of 140 kg can achieve. On the island of Komodo peariran there are waters that include the magic underwater world. Komodo seabed waters are the best in the world, at sea level menyembulnya dry lands are hilly rock. Komodo island is very appropriate included in the list of wonders in Indonesia.
- THREE COLOURS LAKE KELIMUTU
by the lake is called as one of the nine wonders of the world. The lake is located in three colors Kelimutu, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. There were three adjacent lakes but with the colors different. Crater Lake is Tiwu Ata Polo (Red Lake), Tiwu Nua Muri Kooh Fai (green lake) and Tiwu Ata Mbupu (blue lake). Lake Flores is the only lake in the world in which the water may change at any time, from red to dark green and maroon, dark green to light green, dark brown to blue sky. This natural phenomenon is a miracle.
- MINING PEAK & CARTENZ
which also listed as one of the top seven continents (Seven Summit) which is phenomenal and a coveted mountain climbers in the world. Mining Peak National Park is located in Laurentz, Papua. This summit covered with perpetual snow. Eternal snow on the peak IDR is one of the three fields of snow in the tropics are in the world. In our country through this equator, watch the snow in Indonesia certainly something that is impossible to be understood. Carstenz Pyramid (4884 mdpl) is one of those snowy peaks. The highest peak in Southeast Asia and the Pacific is located in the Sudirman Mountains series. Peak is famous not only because of the high, but also because there is a layer of snow on top.
- PRAMBANAN TEMPLE
Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia. Prambanan temple is located on the border of Central Java and Yogyakarta. This temple was built in about the year 850 AD. The architecture is very grand and there are temples, both large and small in this temple complex. There is also a legend that the temples are only made in one night by supernatural power as a condition of Bandung Bondowoso gain Jonggrang East. But not because of the legend of Prambanan included in this list but due to the stunning architectural magnificence of the world.
- THE ISLAND OF BALI
Island is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The island of Bali is the island’s best tourist attractions in the world. Tourism objects such as the island of Bali Kintamani, Kuta Beach, Lake Batur, Goa Gajah, Tampak Siring, Bedugul, Tanah Lot and so on. The island is included in this list because a lot of amazing places with the architecture and the natural beauty of this island which has also been acknowledged the world.
- BROMO MOUNT EAST JAVA
Bromo is one of the five mountain mountain complex located in the Tengger Mountains in the ocean sand. The appeal of this mountain is a mountain that is still active. Sightseeing Mount Bromo is a natural phenomenon with the specificity of natural phenomena that are not found elsewhere is a crater in the middle of the crater (creater in the creater) with a stretch of sand surrounding sea.
- TORAJA HIGHLAND
South Sulawesi Toraja lies. Tanah Toraja is very unique, especially in terms of burial. The corpses were not buried, but placed in the caves in the rock. The corpses are accompanied by statues representing the deceased person. Here there are graves in the rock. One form of grave is the grave stone that is made at the top of the cliff at the height of the rock. According to animism Dolo Aluk among the Tana Toraja, the higher the place he put the corpse faster to meet the Lord in spirit or heaven.
Eruption of Mount Krakatau never shake the earth. This volcano has erupted on August 26, 1883. The erupted very powerful and also caused a tsunami that killed about 36,000 people. Krakatau eruption voice to be heard in Alice Springs, Australia and the island of Rodrigues near Africa. Mount Krakatau in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands. Even the dust is said to outer space. Although Krakatau was not as dangerous as it used to be (hopefully) but its history is one of the wonders of nature itself.
- LAKE TOBA
Perhaps many do not know that Lake Toba was once a volcano. The lake is located in the former crater in the world’s largest Supervolcano. Mount Toba eruption is estimated at 73 thousand years ago. This eruption was recorded as the largest eruption of fire that affects climate worldwide.