Hotel Santika Makassar
Jl. Sultan Hasanuddin No.40, Toraja, Makassar, Indonesia
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walkway of silt
Very co-operative subject
The sign at the entrance
Center of park
Travel Tips for Makassar
Terima Kasih Banyak - Thanks A Lot
No, no restaurant around, and so hungry! Sailing to one of the coral island offshore of Ujung Pandang our Makassarese companion immediately stopped a fisherman's prahu and "ordered" some fresh fishes. Locals on the island made a fire and roasted our food-to-be. This was so neat, and so well-known of the Indonesians,...
terima kasih banyak
thanks a lot guys
Congueror Toraja Wild River
Rafting in Tana Toraja is very interesting because the river is very wild to be congueror. The two river that ussually used for this purpose are Maiting river ( 4th grade) and Sa'dan river (5th grade). Beside struggled against the wave, tourist also can see the beautiful scenery of the untouch Torajan village along way the river. There many travel agent or adventure agent in Rantepao (Capital of Tana Toraja district) such as "INDO SELLA' ECO EXPEDITION" that already provide all equipment to rafting, include the transportation to the river. But I suggest that tourist sholud bring their personal drugs, mosquitto repellent and some meals.
We knew bad weather was coming up. Still we sailed for the Samalona Island. Funny, at those times I had never heard about "Lampor", the foreboding of the Javanese Ratu Kidul. The complete silence, some bad, strongly sudden winds and dancing waves when "Lampor" ...
It started at the Samalona Island. The sailor warned to go back earlier. We payed attention, ofcourse, though we walked over the island watching the horrible whirlpools in the ocean-water ... the same we had to cross at the moment the sky turned into a black mass. There were the complete silence, some bad, strongly sudden winds. The sailing-home trip took about one hour more! Still we had a great experience dancing on the waves in front of Ujung Pandang. A little later I got involved with the myths about the legendary Javanese Ratu Kidul ...
Dramatic Clouds At Beach
Sulawesi, famous for homeland of the Torajans and its ancient, cultural heritages. More trackers visit Tanah Toraja (Torajan Highland) than any other place on Sulawesi. To watch those typical saddle-roof houses (tongkonan), the remarkable burial rites, striking architectural style surrounded by picturesque rugged-hill landscape.
Torajan people are Christian and its traditions and culture are too complex to explain in some words. They worship their ancestors and have animistic beliefs, performing huge ritual ceremonies for the dead. These festivals are tremendously colorful, free to enjoy by tourists. That is why Tanah Toraja gained popularity as tourist destination. Almost steeped in magic, mystery and mythical traditions you'll never forget Tanah Toraja that soon ...
Tanah Toraja - Sulawesi
Picnic, greenery and limestonefigures
Maros serves as the startingpoint for bemos heading for several local attractions. None are worth spending crossing the planet to reach in itself. However, put together they will give you a fine day. First go to Bantimurung, a recreation area used by the locals (on hollidays it will be teeming with people). Here picnicgrounds are set up in a valley surrounded by steep trecovered limestonecliffs. It is a beautiful and peaceful place if you can get it for yourself. In the forest and along the river you may see a lot of beautiful butterflies, some of the species was familiar to me after visiting Himalaya. Follow the path climbing along the nice waterfall, sadly partly destroyed by a pipeline. Above the waterfall the river is somewhat channellike and flow through a beautifull little valley. Part of the wall is a vertical, naturally ornamented clifface. In those ornaments the treeroots have found a rock solid foundation so even there lush forest thrive. In the bottom of the valley there is a beautifull pool with green water and white sandbottom. It is that tropical dreampool, suitable for bathing with your boy or girlfriend. DON’T!!!! It can kill you. In the middle there is a sinkhole more than capaple to drag you under. If so happens, you will never see daylight again. Instead take a toedip and enjoy the tranquility.
From Bantimurung it is posible to take bemo (actually you need to take two) to Gua Leang- Leang. Here you can see a couple of simple cavepaintings. There are several more in the area, but those caves are closed. The caves are in one of several limestonemountains who gave me aassociations to Ayers rock, Australia. Close to the cave there is a park of natural limestone figures. Here you can wander around and make your own fantasies abot what those figures are. Some surely will find creatures from the tales carved in those stones. This park is also set up for picknicers, but you are likely to have it all to yourself.
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