Places to Visit in Indonesia

The sixteenth-largest country in the world, Indonesia has lots of adventures places for its tourists to visit. The vast archipelago with its heady scents, vivid colors, dramatic vistas and diverse cultures offers numerous places to visit in Indonesia. One of the most sort after tourists destination, the places to visit in Indonesia can keep one in the island for a long time.

  • Bali
  • Besakih
  • Goa Gajah
  • Bedugul
  • Jakarta
  • Taman Mini
  • The National Monument
  • The Ragunan Zoo

  • Yogyakarta
  • Taman Sari Water Castle
  • Krakal Beach
  • Merapi Volcano

Bali

Besakih

on the slopes of 'Gunung Agung' or Mount Holy is a sanctuary over a thousand years old and is known as the Mother Temple of Bali. It's the holiest and biggest of all Balinese temples present. In the main courtyard stand the Trinity shrines, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu, wrapped in cloth and decorated with flower offerings. Eighteen separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and castes stand round the main shrine.

Goa Gajah

is a cave temple believed to be built as a monastery in the 11th century. Two demon-headed statue can be seen at the entrance and a statue of Lord Ganesha (Elephant) sits inside the cave. Six other statues of nymphs holding water spouts in the battle place have been excavated. One must not miss this while exploring Indonesia.

Bedugul

is a beautiful mountain resort well-known for its golf course and Ulun Danu, a temple which seems to rise out of the lake to present itself delightfully. One of the popular places to visit in Indonesia, it provides boat riding, water skiing, and parasailing among the many water sports available in this area.

Jakarta

Taman Mini

depicts Indonesia in as beautifully planned and well maintained theme park in which the varied cultural and artistic traditions of Indonesian people are portrayed in all their color and diversity. The countries 27 provinces are represented by its own pavilion and area. The 100 hectare Taman Mini complex also provides botanical gardens, an Aquarium, a bird's park, a Komodo Dragon museum, a stamp exhibit, a great collection of marriage regalia, an aerial tramway, an elaborate telecommunications display and a giant-screen IMAX movie theatre, along with rides & amusements.

The National Monument or 'Monas'

is a towering obelisk topped with a golden flame built during the administration of Sukarno, Indonesia's first president. Seen from nearly any part of Jakarta it serves as a useful reference point for those apt to get lost. Visitors can take a ride in the elevator to the very top of the 132 m monument, where there's an observation desk. A small museum at the base of the monument exhibits historical artifacts and panoramas.

The Ragunan Zoo

located in South Jakarta, about a half-hour's taxi ride from the city centre has a varied collection of animals. The long shaded walkway winding among exhibits provides an extremely pleasant atmosphere. Indonesia's some of the rare and endangered wildlife species like the komodo dragon, the orang utan, the Sumatran tiger, the cendrawasih bird etc are found here. Small food stalls and informal restaurants make ones visit quite pleasant.

Yogyakarta

The Taman Sari Water Castle, a ten minutes walk from the Sultan's Palace was built in 1757 by Sultan Hamengku Buwono I. A combination and a mixture of Javanese and Portuguese architecture were used in the new style that he created. Once a beautiful and sophisticated water-park, the area around the park east-ward to the city quarters is referred to as the "Kampung Segaran" and it was once full of water. Segaran is the Javanese word for man-made ocean or an artificial sea. Now this place is called Suryoputran.

Merapi Volcano

one of the active volcanoes in Indonesia its situated inside the peaceful and sleepy dense forest. Spread out among the mountain hills are sibilant pines and wild grass which make out the dominating vegetation presenting a very exciting panoramic view of the valley.

 

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